Those who hold to an evolutionary perspective on earth’s history do so with at least one major assumption at play: uniformitism. Uniformitism suggests that the way things work today are the way they always have through all of history. The Bible warns us against this in 2 Peter 3:4 where it says skeptics will say that “everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation”. In this same passage Peter warns us that the two major things that “scoffers” will “deliberately forget” are creation and the flood. Uniformitism shows up in radiometric dating. The decay rates are observed in the present, and then assumed to have never changed throughout all of history. They apply this same concept to their interpretations of the geologic column and the fossil record: slow processes at the same rate as today over millions of years (think Grand Canyon).
How do they know the way they observe things working today is the same as all of history? Well, honestly, they don’t, they just think they have no other option. I believe the Bible is a reliable, historical eye-witness account, admissible as additional evidence, and includes three distinct events that very well would have disrupted or altered this assumption of uniformitism.
EVENT 1 – a literal, 6-day creation: if all life literally popped into existence mid-life cycle, then the starting assumptions of uniformitism would fail. EVENT 2 – a cursed world following the original sin of Adam and Even: if death initiated at this point in history, then this would be the starting point of the decay process we measure today. EVENT 3 – the worldwide flood: if this major catastrophic worldwide geologic event actually restructured the earth, then slow accumulation fails.
The only way to hold to uniformitism is to actively ignore these three Biblical events. But if these events happened the way they read, then uniformitism fails. The ultimate point here is that evolutionary interpretations of radiometric dating, the fossil record, and geologic column do not invalidate Biblical creation. The truth is we are both in the same boat: unverifiable assumptions about the past. Two different conclusions, based on two different starting assumptions. Same evidence, different interpretations. You decide.