Those who don’t accept the Biblical account of history look for other ways to discover the age of things.One of these methods is based on a substance found in our bodies, plants and all living things—it’s called carbon. This makes the plant appear to have died many more years ago than it actually did (for example, the plant might appear to be, say, 3,000 years old, rather than 2,000).These rocks are If this method doesn’t work on rocks the ages of which we know, how can we trust it to work on rocks of unknown age?After examining the assumptions behind this “dating method”, and doing scientific experiments to see if this method works on rocks of an already known age, we find that “radiometric dating” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.C and counting the amount of each) allows one to date the death of the once-living things.Perhaps you have heard of Ice Man, a man living in the Alps who died and was entombed in glacial ice until recently when the ice moved and melted.To test this method, some scientists gathered samples from hardened lava at Mount St Helens, which erupted most recently in the early 1980s.The samples, which came from rocks that formed between 19, were sent to a lab and were “dated” using the potassium-argon (K-Ar) method.
When these (and other) problems are then taken into account, a scientist can interpret the result of the carbon dating within a Biblical timeframe, but even so, these results can not be used to the age of once-living things.
After all, the scientists haven’t been around that long, have they?
There are a variety of different ways to figure out how old an object is.
Some elements (we’ll call them “A”) in the lava are radioactive, which means that they change into other elements (we’ll call these “B”).
However, even if we measured how much of A and B were in a sample of rock, could we figure out how long A has been changing into B, and therefore how old the rock is? We don’t know what the rock was like when it formed, or what has happened to it since. All of these factors will affect how “old” the rock appears—in practice, usually making it appear a lot older than it really is.