Del: So how can we trust radiometric dating? Andrew: Well, if we’re in a court of law, the judge and the jury would discard the evidence because I couldn’t really trust these methods to give you reliable and accurate results. Del: But we can tell that we have an eyewitness who testifies to what really happened… Andrew: that’s right.Del:… back then. Andrew: Yes, God gave us the testimony of an eyewitness in the book of Genesis and laid out the history of the world, starting with the supernatural creation that trees already bear fruit. We would expect these trees to grow and bear fruit for a while if you experience it if we go back and look at these trees every day. And today we see rocks that, according to our normal observation, might take a long time to form; but no, God was there and instantly created in a supernatural way, and he says this in the eyewitness records in Genesis.
And then he goes on to say that there was a time when man judged the world for his evil – the time of the flood – and during that time it caused disastrous things to happen. Water came from the ground, molten matter came from inside. the earth and the earth’s surface were completely reshaped. All the high peaks and mountains were covered with water, and Noah came to a completely different world than he lived before the flood, and so the geological processes accelerated in size and proportions that we cannot imagine today. We can only get clues by taking a step back and looking at the geological record – by looking at the bigger picture of the geological record.
I think this is very important, just like we took a step back before. Yes, we see behind us what it calls this ash cone volcano; This looks pretty big, but St. It is small compared to what we have seen even in human history with Mount Helens. However, these lava flows are small compared to what we see in the geological record. And so… we see evidence that we need to open our eyes to a bigger picture on a larger scale and… and… and we need to start understanding what is happening in the world at that time. Del: And apparently the traditional paradigm seems to detach itself from that picture, the picture where the present is not really the key to the past, because obviously the past contains some massive, gigantic catastrophic events that do not happen today?
Andrew: Actually, the Bible used to say that the past is the key to the present. If you are under… if you want to understand why the world is today, you have to understand what happened in the past. And yet, the conventional wisdom that we just have to look into the present and take it back to the past. Charles Lyell went so far as to say that only present-day proportions can be used to interpret the past. But fortunately, traditional geologists are now realizing that this doesn’t work. Del: Yes, yes. Andrew: This is not working. Del: Okay, Andrew, when we talk about accelerating decay – my dad worked in nuclear physics for a long time – would that be a problem for you that generates heat? Andrew: It raises a problem, but we can almost answer the question negatively. If there was too much heat, you would melt the rocks. So you’d expect evidence that rocks are melting. This indicates that there may not be excessive heat produced by the accelerating decay. He talked about another indicator, radiohalos – when you reach a certain temperature, the damage in the crystals will heal: the atoms vibrate and return to their original positions. And so the halos disappear. The truth is… the fact that we can see radiohalosin rocks formed in the past indicates that there is no excessive amount of heat. Radiohalos – polonium requires accelerated decay, but we can still see the end product – polonium radiohalo – indicating that not much heat is generated during accelerated decay. Another indicator is even with helium. We know that if … if you heat the crystal then … then potentially you will leak that helium faster. Everyone is familiar with the helium balloon.
Andrew: You know, if you leave them in your living room for a while, they’ll start… they’ll float to the top of the ceiling. But eventually that helium leaks out and they start to fall to the ground. Now, if you start to heat it up, it will be… because it will expand, it will force it out of them… the membrane keeps it inside much faster. So there are a number of indicators that give us a clue that heat is not an issue some suggest. We are still investigating these issues. This is what I love about science. You know, if we knew all the answers, it wouldn’t be a difficult job to do. And that… excites him. And you can live with the tension of not knowing all the answers. So I can give you a few lines of evidence that heat might not be an issue, causing me to worry that this is a problem.
I have strong evidence that these deterioration rates were much faster in the past. As we said earlier, a rock that is older will decay faster. So it’s not like it’s not a tool we can use, but we need to adjust our thinking on how to use this tool. It doesn’t… it cannot give us reliable, absolute ages. Del: So we’re still left with some mysteries about this whole radiometric dating issue. Andrew: Right. Del: But after those eight years, are you more convinced or less convinced of the… enrollment in Genesis? Andrew: Oh, I’m much more convinced! Now we have concrete evidence that we can point out and say yes, the Bible gives us an accurate history record.
First of all, if we used different dating methods (radioactive parent atoms) on the same samples from the same rock units, we would always have incompatible ages. Del: And would you expect the same? Andrew: Normally, textbooks said you would have methods that give you the same results because they all started at time zero – hours started at time zero. So we discovered, yes, they’ll have to start on time, zero, but that’s… the rate of decay must have been accelerated by different amounts for different parent atoms, and we’re talking about massive changes. We also determined that radioactive decay took place – a lot of radioactive decays occurred. We had two lines of evidence for this, radiohalos, tiny bullets fired by the decay of uranium, and sometimes the uranium atom split into two, like an atomic bomb. And so you see that the particles actually damage the crystal as well. So there was traces of fission, radioactive decay, evidence of a lot of radioactive decay, but it happened at a very rapid rate. We also saw with regard to the helium leak – it gives an age of only 6,000 years, so in real time – 6,000 years – over a period in the past – one billion and a half years of radioactive decay. These are the pieces of the puzzle that we came to, and this questions all the traditional ways of thinking in world history. Yet this reinforces our argument that we should go back to the book of Genesis, God’s eyewitness account, which shows God’s world history is much shorter.
When viewed. And it fits the picture. We are here We have said earlier that this lava flow is only small compared to the volume of lava that erupted catastrophically in the past.
We’ve seen many signs of disasters, geological processes in the past: not just one line of evidence – volcanoes – radioactive decay is another line of evidence, and more, we’ll talk about below when I show you some of the evidence from Sedona. Del: I had no idea what the manicrystalline shops in Sedona were like. Andrew: No, I’m glad you let me stop by because I wanted to get this pet… a piece of petrified wood. Arizona is famous for its carved wood, and that’s what we have to discuss here. Del: When we talk about isotopes, one thing we didn’t mention was all of carbon-14. I mean, most people look familiar but I’m not sure