The way we interpret facts is determined by our starting point, especially concerning creation. Science is finally catching up to the Bible!
5 Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6 And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! Revelation 10:5-6
Must a person believe in a young earth in order to be a Christian? No. Christianity is based upon these dogmas (a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true):
- God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit, three-in-one
- Jesus is God the Son
- Jesus died in our place to rescue us from the consequence of sin, which is death
- Jesus rose from the grave and is now seated at the right hand of the Father
- Jesus will return one day
At the same time, I do believe that there is much evidence pointing to a young earth and a literal six-day creation. One of the those evidences is today’s topic from, “10 Best Evidences From Science That Confirm a Young Earth,” Answers in Genesis:
#5 Rapidly Decaying Magnetic Field
The earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that protects living things from solar radiation. Without it, life could not exist. That’s why scientists were surprised to discover that the field is quickly wearing down. At the current rate, the field and thus the earth could be no older than 20,000 years old. Several measurements confirm this decay. Since measuring began in 1845, the total energy stored in the earth’s magnetic field has been decaying at a rate of 5% per century. Archaeological measurements show that the field was 40% stronger in AD 1000. Recent records of the International Geomagnetic Reference Field, the most accurate ever taken, show a net energy loss of 1.4% in just three decades (1970-2000). This means that the field’s energy has halved every 1,465 years or so.
Creationists have proposed that the earth’s magnetic field is caused by a freely-decaying electric current in the earth’s core. This means that the electric current naturally loses energy, or “decays,” as it flows through the metallic core. Though it differs from the most commonly accepted conventional model, it is consistent with our knowledge of what we know about the conductive properties of liquid iron; this freely decaying current would have started when the earth’s outer core was formed. However, if the core were more than 20,000 years old, then the starting energy would have made the earth too hot to be covered by water, as Genesis 1:2 reveals.
Reliable, accurate, published geological field data have emphatically confirmed the young-earth model: a freely-decaying electric current in the outer core is generating the magnetic field. Although this field reversed direction several times during the flood cataclysm when the outer core was stirred, the field has rapidly and continuously lost total energy ever since creation. It all points to an earth and magnetic field only about 6,000 years old.
Old-earth scientists project back into earth’s time pole reversals dating back 50,000 years to 780,000 years (see Earth’s Waning Magnet), but they don’t account for the world-wide flood and its devastating effects it had on our magnetic field. What does this mean for our future? Christians look forward to Jesus returning to earth physically and uniting His home with our home. When that happens, we need not worry about magnetic fields–or anything else, for that matter!
As we worship today, let’s praise our Creator for His infinite wisdom and knowledge, His creativity and His sustaining power.
Abba, You are the Intelligent Designer. You designed our universe and then spoke it into existence. That it looks old makes perfect sense: You created rock, which has all the qualities of an old rock. You used the same technique when You changed water into aged wine. You are truly amazing, Abba. Keep revealing to us Your hidden surprises about Your universe. Amen.