Friday, December 4, 2009

Young Earth

I was struck by the inertia of the global warming dogma when I brought up ClimateGate with three coworkers over lunch yesterday. They believed that the shrinking polar ice fields is indisputable evidence of global warming. Such blindness to what is really happening is due to a materialistic world view which says, "all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation" (2 Peter 3:4, NKJ).

People reject the fact that the aggregate, average temperature of the planet has not been going up because this data does not fit with what should be expected with the polar ice fields shrinking. A materialistic world view thinks the polar ice has been in place for multiple millions, indeed billions of years. So it is very alarming to them when it becomes apparent that it is shrinking. But if the earth has only been here for thousands of years as the Bible says then a change in the polar ice is not surprising.

Those who don't have a biblical world view will be perplexed by unexplained phenomena in the time leading up to the return of Christ. Luke 21:25-26 says, "there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken" (NKJ).

The reason the polar ice can shrink without the aggregate, average temperature of the planet changing is due to the Second Law of Thermodynamics playing out on a world-wide scale. In this world since the fall of mankind into sin, entropy or randomness increases over time. So polarized temperatures will become less polarized or more dispersed over time. I am convinced that the polar ice fields formed suddenly at the world-wide flood during Noah's day...

The earth was originally created with an atmospheric layer of water vapor called a firmament in the Bible (Genesis 1:7). The water vapor canopy kept temperatures uniform across the planet so it did not rain. This dense water vapor layer compressed the air beneath resulting in a higher atmospheric pressure than today. It also diffused the solar radiation so that temperatures were moderate everywhere across the globe. This facilitated the growth of more plant life than we have today resulting in a higher oxygen content. Thus, the atmosphere was like a gigantic hyperbolic chamber which hospitals use to accelerate healing. This helps explain how people could live longer before Noah's Flood than they do today.

Over time, centrifugal force caused the water vapor canopy to mass over the equator so that there was a thinner vapor barrier at the poles. At the worldwide flood, most of the water in the vapor canopy precipitated down to the earth causing the vapor barrier to break up (Genesis 7:11). Since the vapor barrier was thinner at the poles, it broke up there first. The high pressure air venting through the vapor barrier at the poles caused a dramatic cooling effect, thus forming the polar ice. This is how air conditioners and refrigerators work… a rapidly expanding gas results in cooling.

After 40 days of rain, the earth was covered in water (Genesis 7:19). Eventually, the flood subsided leaving conditions on earth as we know it today (Genesis 8:14). The rapid formation of polar ice is supported by evidence such as the discovery of mammoths that were frozen so quickly that some still had food in their mouths. Also, explorers in Antarctica routinely report seeing tropical vegetation frozen in the ice crevasses. Old earth materialists can not explain these discoveries so the just ignore it or come up with weak explanations that are not logical.

There is a lot of evidence that the earth is not really as old as materialists believe. For example, satellite imagery reveals how much silt has been deposited in the Gulf of Mexico by the Mississippi River. We also know how much is deposited on average each year so simple math tells us how long this process has been going on… It is on the order of 5,000 years, not the multi-millions of years that materialists believe.

The conventional wisdom is that rock dating proves the earth to be multi-millions of years old but all rock dating techniques are dependant on assumptions as to how much radioactive material was originally in rocks. And no one knows what that was! Rock dating has declared lava rocks to be millions of years old in cases where their age is known to be only a 100 years old from the history of the volcano eruption that formed them.

Carbon-14 dating is limited to once-living matter so it is significantly more reliable than rock dating. No assumptions need to be made because the amount of Carbon-14 originally in the matter is known from living organisms. Fossil fuels are the oldest once-living matter on earth. Everyone I discuss this with are amazed to learn that Carbon-14 dating reveals oil and coal to be only thousands of years old, not millions of years as materialists expect.

If you think it was millions of years from the creation of the world before Jesus came then it is easy to believe that it could be millions of years until He returns. But if the earth is only thousands of years old as the Bible indicates then the return of Jesus could be any day now. As the Lord said in Genesis 6:3, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh" (NKJ).

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