Well, Sandy, I'm in the YEC crowd with you. I don't buy Dave's claim of "false evidence"
, nor do I intend to get into the subject. My only comment is this:
In college chemistry we got into some work on carbon dating. Well, since none of us had been around for "billions" of years, at least two critical assumptions
had to be made. One was assuming the decay rate to be constant. Another was assuming a starting quantity of carbon.
Of course, the obvious scientific
questions to ask are: How do you know the decay rate has been constant over "billions" of years and how do you know the starting amount of carbon. So any "s.w.a.g." (Scientific Wild-A$$ed Guess) as to the age of the earth rests completely on assumptions which, if wrong, obliterate or significantly alter the old-age premise.
In the end, for me, it comes down to this: Man is a stupid creature (compared to God's knowledge). I have lived long enough in my short 50 years to observe that man in all his scientific "glory" is a vain, stupid creature. What man claimed as "settled science" in one age has been revised and continues to revise. God created man. God created science, the universe and all of the scientific laws we document. However, the created is not superior to the Creator. HE is superior to his creation and operates outside of the boundaries which are imposed on man.
To claim that God may have put "false evidence" in front of us implies that because the currently fashionable explanation for our origins can't, in our infinite ignorance, seemingly be reconciled with God's account of creation in Genesis just means to me that man is trying to explain with his finite mind the creative power of the Infinite One.
I'm Ed Thompson, and I approve this message.