The 10 Best Evidences from Science That Confirm a Young Earth
The earth is only a few thousand years old. That’s a fact, plainly
revealed in God’s Word. So we should expect to find plenty of evidence for its
youth. And that’s what we find—in the earth’s geology, biology, paleontology,
and even astronomy.
Literally hundreds of dating methods could be used to attempt an estimate of
the earth’s age, and the vast majority of them point to a much younger earth
than the 4.5 billion years claimed by secularists. The following series of articles
presents what Answers in Genesis researchers picked as the ten best scientific
evidences that contradict billions of years and confirm a relatively young earth
Despite this wealth of evidence, it is important to understand that, from the
perspective of observational science, no one can prove absolutely how young
(or old) the universe is. Only one dating method is absolutely reliable—a witness
who doesn’t lie, who has all evidence, and who can reveal to us when the universe
And we do have such a witness—the God of the Bible! He has given us a specific
history, beginning with the six days of Creation and followed by detailed genealogies
that allow us to determine when the universe began. Based on this history, the
beginning was only about six thousand years ago (about four thousand years from
Creation to Christ).
In the rush to examine all these amazing scientific “evidences,” it’s easy
to lose sight of the big picture. Such a mountain of scientific evidence, accumulated
by researchers, seems to obviously contradict the supposed billions of years,
so why don’t more people rush to accept the truth of a young earth based on
The problem is, as we consider the topic of origins, all so-called “evidences”
must be interpreted. Facts don’t speak for themselves. Interpreting the facts
of the present becomes especially difficult when reconstructing the historical
events that produced those present-day facts, because no humans have always
been present to observe all the evidence and to record how all the evidence
Forensic scientists must make multiple assumptions about things they cannot
observe. How was the original setting different? Were different processes in
play? Was the scene later contaminated? Just one wrong assumption or one tiny
piece of missing evidence could totally change how they reconstruct the past
events that led to the present-day evidence.
When discussing the age of the earth, Christians
must be ready to explain the importance of starting points. The Bible is the
right starting point.
That’s why, when discussing the age of the earth, Christians must be ready
to explain the importance of starting points and assumptions. Reaching the correct
conclusions requires the right starting point.
The Bible is that starting point. This is the revealed Word of the almighty,
faithful, and true Creator, who was present to observe all events of earth history
and who gave mankind an infallible record of key events in the past.
The Bible, God’s revelation to us, gives us the foundation that enables us
to begin to build the right worldview to correctly understand how the present
and past are connected. All other documents written by man are fallible, unlike
the “God-breathed” infallible Word (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible clearly and unmistakably
describes the creation of the universe, the solar system, and the earth around
six thousand years ago. We know that it’s true based on the authority of God’s
own character. “Because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself”
In one sense, God’s testimony is all we need; but God Himself tells us to give
reasons for what we believe (1 Peter 3:15). So it is
also important to conduct scientific research (that is part of taking dominion
of the earth, as Adam was told to do in Genesis 1:28).
With this research we can challenge those who reject God’s clear Word and defend
the biblical worldview.
Indeed, God’s testimony must have such a central role in our thinking that
it seems demeaning even to call it the “best” evidence of a young earth. It
is, in truth, the only foundation upon which all other evidences can be correctly
View an excerpt from the DVD Nuclear Strength Apologetics, which shows how
to use scientific evidence properly when you defend your faith.
SourceThis article originally appeared on answersingenesis.org