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Gary Bates of Creation Ministries does a great job of dealing biblically with a very difficult and controversial issue – GHOSTS. You will only need 11 1/2 minutes for this study, but let me suggest it will be worth your time. Let me know what you think. Did it help.
From the work done by the Rate team it is clear that the assumption of a constant slow decay process was wrong. There must have been speeded-up decay, perhaps in a huge burst associated with Creation Week and/or a separate burst at the time of the Flood.
The RATE project began as a cooperative venture between the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), the Creation Research Society (CRS) and Creation Ministries International (CMI).
As a result, there is now powerful independent confirmatory evidence that at least one episode of drastically accelerated decay has indeed been the case, building on the work of Dr Robert Gentry on helium retention in zircons. The landmark RATE paper – Humphreys, D.et al., Helium diffusion rates support accelerated nuclear decay, though technical can be summarised as follows: (www.icr.org/pdf/research/Helium_ICC_7-22-03.pdf)
When uranium decays to lead, a by-product of this process is the formation of helium, a very light, inert gas which readily escapes from rock.
Certain crystals called zircons, obtained from drilling into very deep granites, contain uranium which has partly decayed into lead.
By measuring the amount of uranium and ‘radiogenic lead’ in these crystals, one can calculate that, if the decay rate has been constant, about 1.5 billion years must have passed. (This is consistent with the geologic ‘age’ assigned to the granites in which these zircons are found.)
There is a significant amount of helium from that ‘1.5 billion years of decay’ still inside the zircons. This is at first glance surprising for long-agers, because of the ease with which one would expect helium (with its tiny, light, unreactive atoms) to escape from the spaces within the crystal structure. There should surely be hardly any left, because with such a slow buildup, it should be seeping out continually and not accumulating.
Drawing any conclusions from the above depends, of course, on actually measuring the rate at which helium leaks out of zircons. This is what one of the RATE papers reports on. The samples were sent (without any hint that it was a creationist project) to a world-class expert to measure these rates. The consistent answer: the helium does indeed seep out quickly over a wide range of temperatures. In fact, the results show that because of all the helium still in the zircons, these crystals (and since this is Precambrian basement granite, by implication the whole earth) could not be older than between 4,000 and 14,000 years. In other words, in only a few thousand years, 1.5 billion years’ worth (at today’s rates) of radioactive decay has taken place. Interestingly, the data have since been refined and updated to give a date of 5680 (+/- 2000) years.
The paper looks at the various avenues a long-ager might take by which to wriggle out of these powerful implications, but there seems to be little hope for them unless they can show that the techniques used to obtain the results were seriously (and mysteriously, having been performed by a world-class non-creationist expert) flawed.
Humanism (man the measure of all things), the currently taught world view in our schools, colleges and universities, creates its own moral values depending upon who is in control at the time. How foolish and how devastating will be its eventual outcome. There is no meaning to life, therefore there is no problem for a mother take the human life that has grown in her womb, if she so desires, for whatever reason, nor for governments to terminate the life of the elderly and frail who can no longer contribute to society.
God tells us in His Word that this will be the chaotic state of the world just prior to Jesus return to earth to rule and reign. “He shall rule them with a rod of iron.” Revelation 2:27. Jesus said, at His return, it will be like in the days of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah when God stepped in and judged the nations that existed in those days.
We are seeing the prophesied end times events unfold in our lifetime, the God given inalienable rights which once shaped the laws and values of the Western World are being thrown out one at a time. The courts which are not subject to the people are now shaping our society according to the humanist values of the lawyers making the laws.
Where are the Bible believing Christians that do not believe in evolution that undergirds humanism? Sadly, many have accepted billions of years that is needed for the evolutionary paradigm. Why can’t they see that Noah’s flood provides the evidence to explain the appearance of billions of years in the geologic record. If you need proof, then check out http://www.creation.com for evidence from PhD scientists. Truth that is being rejected by secular scientists only because they cannot countenance a Creator (to whom they would be responsible) and they would need to give up their hedonistic lifestyle.
Needed now more than ever, this explosive message by Francis Schaeffer shows why morality and freedom have crumbled in our society. In the 1980’s he called for a massive movement – in government, law, and all of life – to reestablish our Judaeo-Christian foundation and turn the tide of moral decadence and loss of freedom.
His book A Christian Manifesto (written in 1981 as a couterpoint to Humanist Manifesto 1 (1933) & 11 (1973)) was literally a call for Christians to change the course of history-by returning to biblical Truth and by allowing Christ to be Lord in all of life. Sadly, we failed to take up the call.
How old is the earth? Six to ten thousand years old? Older? How precisely can a creation date be calculated? Does the Bible teach a six thousand year old Earth? Why do most scientists believe the earth is old? This Creation Ministries video explores one of the most controversial issues in the church, and answers these and many more questions regarding when God created.