1. Why do you claim decay rates can change, when it is proven they can not?
I am not a huge fan of this theory, but I see its plausibility. It is the most technical approach. I prefer the clock being already ticking theory than this. But this is possible too. It could be a combination. I don’t really know. But here is the technical information on this theory:
“Recent experiments commissioned by the RATE project1 indicate that “1.5 billion years” worth of nuclear decay took place in one or more short episodes between 4,000 and 14,000 years ago. The results strongly support our accelerated decay hypothesis, that episodes with billion-fold speed-ups of nuclear decay occurred in the recent past, such as during the Genesis flood, the Fall of Adam, or early Creation week. Such accelerations would shrink the alleged 4.5 billion year radioisotope age of the earth down to the 6,000 years that a straightforward reading of the Bible gives.
Our experiments measured how rapidly nuclear-decay-generated helium escapes from tiny radioactive crystals in granite-like rock. The data show that most of the helium generated by nuclear decay would have escaped during the alleged 1.5 billion year uniformitarian2 age of the rock, and there would be very little helium in the crystals today. But the crystals still retain large amounts of helium, amounts our experiments show are entirely consistent with an age of only thousands of years. Thus these data are evidence against the long ages of evolutionism and for the recent creation in Scripture.
The rates are so great that those who believe in billions of years had expected most of the helium produced during the alleged long ages to have worked its way out of the crust and into the earth’s atmosphere.
But the helium is not in the earth’s atmosphere! When non-specialists hear that, they usually assume that helium has risen to the top of the atmosphere as it would in a balloon, and then that it has leaked from the top of the atmosphere into space. But unconfined helium spreads throughout the atmosphere from top to bottom, and the loss into space is actually quite small. Dr. Larry Vardiman, an ICR atmospheric scientist, has shown that even after accounting for the slow leakage into space, the earth’s atmosphere has only about 0.04% of the helium it should have if the earth were billions of years old.”
I guess in other words, because there are still large amounts of Helium in zircons, and little amounts of Helium in the atmosphere – radioactive decay rates must have accelerated at some point in the past.
2. Why do you claim the flood could cause the geological column, when it is proven it could not?
The Mt. St. Helens eruption proved that a geologic column creation can happen in a little amount of time when great forces are at play.
“After the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, pumice and volcanic ash deposits blocked the Toutle River. Two years later a mud flow breached the area and eroded what is now known as the “Little Grand Canyon of the Toutle River,” cutting canyons up to 140 feet deep. The side canyons and channels resemble the appearance of Grand Canyon and mirror the rapid formation of a canyon in a short period. Nearby, Loowit Canyon was cut out of solid rock to a depth of 100 feet. These observed examples of rapid canyon formation can be used to help us understand how larger canyons and topographic features may have formed as a result of the Flood.
Observations of canyon formation in modern times suggest that Grand Canyon may have formed much as did a small canyon near Walla Walla, Washington—a lot of water over a short time. During an unusually wet period, a small irrigation ditch was used to divert some excess water. As the water passed through the ditch, it became a gully, then a gulch, then a canyon, 1,500 feet long and 120 feet deep. This all happened in six days, not millions of years.“
See this image of the canyon that was formed in 6 days: http://www.answersingenesis.org/assets/images/articles/cm/v24/i4/touchet-beds.jpg
3. Why do you claim that rocks must be created with just the right amount of radioactive material that they test as billions of years old?
The radioactive decay is not just some off the wall number that has nothing to do with the actual physical makeup of the rock. Therefore if God were to create a fully functioning world in six days, the rocks to make up the crust would not facilitate life unless they were at some midpoint in their radioactive decay process. For example, if we somehow could go back and radiometric date the rocks on day 7 of creation – they would not date 7 days old, 7 day old rocks could not facilitate life.
4. Why must anything show the age of BILLIONS of years old when nothing needs to be older than a few decades to hundreds of years old to support life?
Well I’m not quite sure if rocks could be only hundreds of years old to be “fully formed” or functioning. I’m not sure what the cooling process is, etc. But that is exactly why I think it’s actually a combination between the initial condition theory and the increased decay theory.
5. Why would god create sciences such as radioactive decay if they would naturally lead us to questioning his creation?
That’s an easy answer. God did not create those sciences. God did not create any sciences. God creates laws of logic and uniformity of nature that we have then used to do science on it.
6. Why would god place these ages on things when he clearly has the power to just create things fully formed with no signs of age?
God did not place any ages on anything. Man has determined ages. In my opinion man has ignored the historical revelations of a fully formed earth in six days and a catastrophic worldwide flood in their dating methods. That is not God’s fault. Also God works within his set up laws of nature. He did not want to wait billions of years for everything to form on its own. He created it in six days – which very well may have accelerated the decay rates right there. I.e. the decay rates were sped up for six days, and then brought constant. Again, I don’t really know that, but have reason to believe it based on what’s been written.
7. Why would God bury bones of dinosaurs that never existed?
Dinosaurs were created on day six of creation along with humans. They co-existed because everything was vegetarian in the beginning. More than likely dinosaurs were on the ark as well seeing that they are mentioned later in the Book of Job. There are some theories that the atmosphere changed after the flood and that is why humans do not live as long anymore, and why certain species (including dinos) have gone extinct. Carvings of dinos in ancient architecture and cave drawings, as well as “dragon” myths all over the world are additional evidence to me that dinos and humans have coexisted at some point in our history.