Carbon dating and the age of the earth

Coal and carbon 14In the discussion of the age of the earth, we have not given much attention to carbon dating. It can only be used on the fossils of plants and animals, not on the sedimentary rocks they are found in. Carbon dating has to do with Carbon-14, an unstable isotope of Carbon-12 which is present in living organisms. Carbon-14 decays in 5,730 years to its half life. The oldest dates that can be given with radio active carbon dating, is between 70,000 to 100,000 years. After that there will be no carbon-14 left in the sample.

Carbon dating on diamonds and coal

Coal and diamonds are both carbon based (they were originally vegetation that fossilised under pressure and high temperatures).

  • Carbon dating was done on diamonds from West Africa, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. In all the samples there was carbon-14 (14C) present.  So the diamonds have to be younger than 100,000 years. Yet evolution teaches that diamonds were formed billions of years ago, very early in the (evolutionary) beginning of the earth.
  • Coal was also carbon dated. It is supposed to be millions of years old, but the results were the same: carbon-14 was present.

It proves that the world’s age determinations are completely suspect. The earth is not as old as evolution says.

The crux of the matter is the world’s agenda to disprove the Bible.

  1. It basically revolves around the authority of Scripture. Scripture has no shades of grey: it is  either true, or not. The reason is, if parts of the Bible are not true, which parts? If the age issue is debatable, why not the virgin birth, the death and resurrection of Jesus, and His mission to proclaim the Kingdom message?
  2. It is dangerous to the extreme to doubt God’s Word, while you claim to belong to Him. Jesus said, ‘If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels (Mark 8:38).’  The meaning is clear, believe what the adulterous (rejectors of Jesus) say, because one is ashamed of the truth of the Gospel, and pay the price later. It is a heavy price, so terrible that we ask people to reconsider. One can never take chances with God. God always wins, since He represents truth, which Jesus also represented.


The young/old earth issue has become very divisive. Seen as a whole, it seems as if a young earth fits with God’s plans for His eternal Kingdom. The danger of imagining one can prescribe to God where He erred in Scripture, might be too dangerous. We should defend the authority of Scripture, to the glory of our Lord God Almighty.


Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

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