Are diamonds Darwin’s best friend?

In the previous blog, Did science prove Jesus wrong on the age of the earth?, we concluded that the world laughs at the ‘nonsense’ of a 6,000 year old earth according to the Bible.  Yet the ‘scientific’ age of 4,55 billion years for the earth, according to radioactive dating, might not be as correct as people think.  Today we want to show that radio carbon-14 (14C) dating also does not prove that the earth is old.

#  What is 14C (carbon) dating? 

  • 14C is a type of carbon that is produced in the upper layers of the troposphere and the stratosphere (upper atmosphere) by thermal neutrons absorbed by nitrogen atoms.  The 14C mixes with ‘normal’ 12C (the ‘normal’ carbon 12) as a small percentage.  There is one atom of 14C per one trillion atoms of stable carbon (12C). 1
  • Both of these carbon forms enter plants and trees through photosynthesis.   When herbivores eat the plants, and carnivores eat the herbivores, the two kinds of carbon enter their tissues.
  • When a plant or animal dies the 14C begins to decay back to nitrogen-14.  This changes the 12C/14C ratio over time.  Scientists can measure the ratio of the two types of carbon and determine how long ago the plant or animal lived.
  • Researches can only do 14C dating on carbon-based materials like fossils of plants, animals, coal and diamonds (they also use 14C dating in archaeology).
  • The half-life of 14C is 5,730 years.  It means that after ten half-lives there will be  almost no detectable 14C left.  Therefore if there is 14C in a specimen it must be younger than 57,300 years.  Opinions vary, but the uppermost age that can be determined by 14C dating can’t be more than 70-80,000 years. 2

#  Coal and diamonds dated by 14

  • Coal.  Coal is the remnants of plant material, supposedly formed from forests that were swamped and became fossilised over millions of years. Researchers decided to test the age of coal.  They tested coal samples that were acquired from government researchers in such a way as to minimise contamination.
  • The coal samples tested were supposed to be 50-300 million years old.  If that was true, there should be no 14C left.  The tests were done with the sensitive accelerator mass spectrometer.   All the samples tested still contained 14C. 3
  • Diamonds.  Diamonds formed from carbon, high pressure and high temperatures.  They are supposed to be more than 2 billion years old.  Because they are so hard, they are impermeable to outside contamination of 14C.  All the samples tested still contained 14C. 4


  • There should be no Carbon-14 in such ‘old’ specimens.  It disproves the billions/millions of years.  Does the public hear about these anomalies?  Not a chance! They try to keep it under wraps to protect the creation myth of Darwinian evolution over billions of years from contradiction.


  1. Wikipedia, Carbon-14
  2. AA Snelling, Earth’s Catastrophic Past, Volume 2, Institute for Creation Research, 2009, p 855-864
  3. J Baumgardner, 14C Evidence for a recent global flood and a young earth, in L Vardiman, A Snelling, E Chaffin, Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth, Vol II, Institute for Creation Research, El Cajon, CA, 2005, cited by J Sarfati, The Greatest Hoax on Earth, Creation Book Publishers, 2010, p 191,192; J Morris, The Young Earth, Master Books, 2007, p 66; J Morris, The Young Earth, Master Books, 2007, p 66
  4. J Morris, The Young Earth, Master Books, 2007, p 67

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.


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