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The How, Why, and When of Creation, Part 1
If this is the case, then the solar system has to be immensely older than the few thousand years indicated by the Genesis chronologies. This fact would seem to remove the biblical chronology from serious consideration if we're going to have any honest assessment from science. Let me tell you why that doesn't work. First, and this comes from some interesting, fascinating research by an Australian scientist named Barry Setterfield . Listen to this. “Arguments that the speed of light has been slowing down and thus traveled much more rapidly in the past would indicate a very young universe in terms of thousands rather than billions of years.”
Barry Setterfield an Australian scientist, proposed the decay in the speed of light in his writings called The Velocity of Light and the Age of the Universe . According to Setterfield, “the first careful measurement of the speed of light was made by a Danish astronomer, Rømer, in 1675 and then by an English astronomer Bradley in 1728. It's been measured many times since then, and it's said to have reached an equilibrium at the number I gave you a moment ago. The data indicate that the speed of light in 1675 was about 2.6 faster than today, and that it continued to decline until 1960 when atomic clocks began to be employed to measure it.”
Setterfield charted a rate of about 5.7 kilometers decrease in velocity per second between 1675 and 1728, and 2.5 kilometers per second decrease between 1880 and 1924, and he kept charting the decrease. He worked out a curve tracing the decay of the velocity of light. On this basis Setterfield figures the earth was created about 4,040 plus or minus 100 years. At the time of creation the speed of light was going so much faster than it does now. If the speed of light has indeed decayed along with everything else, then the most basic empirical measurement of the age of the solar system would fit precisely into the genealogical chronologies of Genesis.
If you just take those same figures, put them on a curve, you have light being almost instantaneous 6,000 years ago. Does that surprise you? It shouldn't. Moreover, assuming that's correct, that would explain why the dates derived from various types of radioactive measurements on physical geological elements such as the half-life of uranium 238 decaying into lead over millions of years would all be skewed. The velocity of an electron in its orbit is proportional to the speed of light. Everything changes and what appears to be old isn't old at all if you understand this immense fact. Hence, radiometric ages in rocks, meteorites and other astronomical objects in conventionally allocated years can all be predicted by the high initial value of C and accommodated within a 6,000-year framework.
I don't want to go into any more detail; I've said more than I know now. But I'll tell you this we can start with a fixed point and the fixed point is Genesis 1. We don't find anything in science that will legitimately cast doubt on the veracity of this creation in six days, 6,000 or so years ago. Our time is gone, so I'll save what else I was going to say for next time, and that's the kind of nice thing about this series. I can kind of cut it off wherever. There were three acts of creation; just summarize it: the universe, animals, and man; and man really stands apart.
Made in God's image so God could communicate with us as intelligent, moral, self-aware beings who can understand abstract, symbolic speech and thus can come to know our creator personally so we can worship him and serve him forever, and we'll get more into the why next time. Pray with me.
Father, thank you again for your word which gives light even on this incredible subject of creation. Continue to lead and direct us as we confidently sit at the feet of the Spirit of God, the author of Scripture who gives us the eyewitness account of the very moment of creation. We bless you that you the Creator are also the Redeemer whom we know and love, and with whom we communicate regularly and shall fellowship together with forever. Thank you for this great grace to us in Christ's name. Amen.