When God made the world it was perfect and beautiful, with no corruption of sin. One day it will be like that again. The troubles of this world were not God’s will, but result from man’s falling into sin. God never intended the world to be such as place as it is today. Yet his love can still be seen in nature and in the blessings that surround us each day.
Another way that scientists estimate the age of the universe is that it would take light about 13 billion years to cross the universe, if light travels at its current speed. Because we can see very far in the universe, the light we see had to start traveling about 13 billion years ago, so the universe must be this old, according to scientists.
Another issue is that the theory of evolution requires very long time periods for evolution to take place. If life has only existed on earth for thousands of years, then evolution cannot be true. The current scientific view is predisposed to reject any kind of divine intervention in history. This means that scientists have no other choice to explain life but by the theory of evolution, which requires long time periods. Thus they favor measurements that give very long ages for the existence of life on earth.
In fact, the academic world is dominated by the theory of evolution and those who question it are usually expelled from it. The result is that the falsehood of evolution can be taught in our schools, but not the truth of creation.
Also, radioactive dating, such as that based on potassium and argon, is based on the assumption that the rate of radioactive decay is a constant. However, Ephraim Fischbach and Jere Jenkins of Purdue University in Indiana claim that the rates of radioactive decay are influenced by the sun. See http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/36108. According to their results, the rate of radioactive decay seems to be influenced by a 30 day cycle related to the rotation of the sun, to solar flares, and to the alternation between winter and summer. Decay seems to be a little faster in the winter. These changes are very small and are probably caused by neutrinos or some other particle coming out of the sun. However, right now there are no major catastrophes, like the sun acting up or a star exploding nearby, and things are very peaceful, yet there are still small changes in the rate of decay. In a time of great upheavals in nature, the change in decay rate could be much larger. Therefore, whatever is causing the change in the rate of radioactive decay, it is possible that the change was much larger in the past, so that the rate of radioactive decay was much faster then. This could mean that the ages computed for rocks and fossils are in error. If radioactive decay were a lot faster in the past, then in effect the clock was running much faster, so a measured time of hundreds of millions of years could correspond to an actual time of thousands of years.
We also have some good evidence that radioactive decay was in fact much faster in the past. This means that the clocks scientists use to measure ages are unreliable; a clock that sometimes runs faster and sometimes runs slower cannot be used to tell time. The clock scientists often use has to do with a mineral called zircon; when it forms, it traps the elements uranium and thorium in its crystal structure but not lead. The uranium and thorium gradually decay to lead. So if you find lead in a zircon, it is likely that the lead came by radioactive decay from the uranium and thorium. By measuring the quantities of lead, uranium, and thorium in a zircon, and knowing the rate of radioactive decay of thorium and uranium, one can compute an age for the zircon. These ages are frequently in the hundreds of millions of year range or even longer.
However, there is a problem. As uranium and thorium decay, they produce helium. This helium diffuses out of the zircons relatively fast. If the zircons were really very old, there would not be any helium left in them. But there is a lot of helium remaining in the zircons. The amount of helium remaining in them is consistent with an age of thousands of years for the zircons, but not millions of years. Now, a lot of radioactive decay had to take place to produce all this lead that is in the zircons, but it had to take place fast because all the helium in the zircons shows that the zircons are young. Thus the decay took place much faster in the past. Many elements that decay do so by the same processes, so if the rate of decay of uranium and thorium was much faster in the past, then the decay rates of other elements would also have been much faster, and many of the clocks used by scientists to measure ages would be unreliable. Thus the clock sometimes runs faster and sometimes runs slower. This means that these long ages measured by scientists are in error.
There are many other evidences as well that the fossils are young, in fact, only thousands of years old. For example, some methods of dating give much younger ages for the fossils; one of these is carbon 14 dating. Also, some dinosaur bones have what looks like blood still in them, and the proteins in the blood still seem to be fresh. This is impossible if these bones are really millions of years old; the protein would all have been destroyed in such a long time period.
Another evidence that the fossils are young is that dragons are frequently mentioned as real creatures by ancient historians. Dragons look much like dinosaurs, so it could be that dinosaurs lived very recently, only thousands of years ago, and were seen by people. In fact, the Chinese believed that dragons were real creatures. It is also interesting that ancient stones have been found in Peru with both humans and dinosaurs drawn on them. There is also a carving of a dinosaur on an ancient Cambodian Temple. It looks like a stegosaurus. See http://www.bible.ca/tracks/tracks-cambodia.htm. There are also other carvings and drawings by ancient people of creatures that look like dinosaurs.
Another evidence for the young age of the earth is that the measured rate of erosion of soil is too high. At the currently estimated rate of erosion, the continents would have eroded away at least 70 times in the assumed history of their existence.
There are many more evidences as well that I do not have time to discuss. Perhaps some other time. So we have many reasons to believe the Bible account of creation. However, we cannot prove that the Bible is true; our belief does not rest only on evidence, but also on faith. Currently our knowledge is only partial and fragmentary. Our scientific knowledge is also partial; scientific theories change, and it is not wise to put too much faith in them. But though scientific theories change, God’s word is eternal. It does not change with changing evidence and changing scientific theories. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
The way for these last day deceptions is being prepared even now. Nearly the whole world will eventually be taken captive by them. The Bible says that God will send people strong delusion that they should believe a lie. Even many SDA’s who are not earnest in their faith will find in the last days that they are on the outside of God’s kingdom looking in. In fact, even now, some educated SDA’s are accepting the theory of evolution. Which way will our church go? Will we be a people of the word, or will we follow human theories and traditions?
We each need to know the truth for ourselves to escape the delusions of the last days. We need to be Bible students and know the truth from Scripture or we will be led astray and perish with the unsaved. Even Jesus depended on His knowledge of the Bible; Jesus quoted scriptures back to Satan when Jesus was tempted. You see, scripture is a safeguard against the deceptions of the last days. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” “Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.” “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
But it is not enough just to know the Bible; we must also have a connection with Christ and be converted. We need to be firmly attached to the rock, to Christ, so that we cannot be moved.
This is a matter between us and Christ. Are we earnest and sincere in our faith? Are we truly dedicated to Him, or does some idol have first place in our hearts and in our lives?
But even if we know the truth, and know the Bible, we need to be careful. “Therefore if they shall say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; do not go out: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” (Matthew 24:26) The deceptions of the last days will be so subtle that they would deceive if possible even the elect. We would be taken in by the deception if we went out to see the false christs. Jesus will not come again in the desert, but in the clouds and every eye will see Him. But God will shelter and protect His people. The Bible says, “He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you trust.”
In the last days believers will be ridiculed by the learned and educated of this world, but God’s people will be vindicated, and the mockers will call for the mountains to fall on them. Jesus will gain the victory in the end and all who are faithful to Him will triumph with Him.
The Sabbath not only calls attention to Christ as the creator, but it is a day of rest and symbolizes the rest we have in Christ, rest from our own works done apart from God. The Sabbath also looks forward to our eternal rest in heaven. Yet heaven will be a place of labor – but labor there will be a pleasure and will not weary us. In fact, there will be no night there – we will be full of energy and will not need to sleep. We will have vibrant health, and will always be youthful. We will all be gardeners and carpenters in heaven. The Bible says that we will build houses and inhabit them, and plant vineyards and eat their fruit. I’m looking forward to that, aren’t you?