MYA (Millions of Years Ago) is a common acronym used when discussing evolutionary topics from cosmology to the age of the earth. It is used to ‘define’ what is called the ‘geological column’ into convenient time periods. Everybody admits that it is not permanent, not ‘set in stone’ (pun intended), and is subject to change based upon new information whenever it is conveniently decided upon by the local reigning ‘gurus’ of science. I have no problem with that- I’m not sure I believe in MYA but when discussing the errors, and fallacious thinking of many of the scientists it is easier to accept their terminology and time spans and point out the other items wrong with their stated point of view.
I will openly admit that I have some confusion on the subject- having been a product of many years of the Darwinian influence in my biology and geography and geology classes. I have been indoctrinated to believe that the world is millions of years old and the universe is “billions and billions and billions” of years old according to Carl Sagan. Evidence from a wide range of scientific disciplines would seem to be poking some holes (and not even black ones) into many of the concepts of space and time and the ‘big bang theory.’ When you have such a complex formula that relies upon many other complex formulas and everyone of them has some kind of ‘fudge factor’ built into it (generally something that we cannot weigh, see, measure, or know about) in order to make sure both sides of the equation balance- there is something wrong with your assumptions. If both sides of the equation don’t match, then the secular scientists change the values of the ‘fudge factors’ until they do. Some people call that the fundamental purpose of the scientific method, I would personally call it sophisticated guesswork. How about simplifying the formula first!
For instance Time Magazine reported in their March 31, 2014 issue on the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole. (I covered it under (http://intelligentdesign.blog.com/2014/04/01/science-equals-money/). They have calculated that in the first billionth of a trillionth of a quadrillionth of a second after the Big Bang, the universe expanded so rapidly, it actually exceeded the speed of light! Come on, first off there is no way we have the capability of measuring that tiny of a time span and it was just concocted to make the theory work. Without it their entire theory falls about. There is nothing ‘scientific’ about fanciful thinking. And certainly not provable or able to measure that time span even today. And wouldn’t a billionth of a trillionth of a quadrillionth second be only a couple hundred yards at the speed of light, so how much faster did all the universe expand?
My point of view:
Is the earth between 6,000 to 10,000 years old? I don’t know- yet. There is a lot of scientific information coming out that puts into doubt many of the foundational pillars of geology and archeology and paleontology. There are several theories being discussed by the Biblical scientists that have a lot of backing in the scientific community and they fit many of the puzzles that the evolutionists have been unable to answer. Still a lot of problems with getting a complete understanding, but with plate tectonics and continental breakup of the supercontinent of Pangaea and pieces of it drifting into the current arrangement of continents, Biblical scientists have a very viable theory that leaves several questions open but answers several others very succulently.
To be a Christian and believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, I need to believe in a young age earth. It is hard for me to swallow that at this point in time, but the information supporting it continues to grow. Again the evillutionists will say it does not, but it does a lot to disprove and disrupt the old age earth point of view. Each of the ‘scientific’ attacks on the Word of God elevates some other ‘authority’, whether derived from geology, astronomy, secular history or theology, above the Bible. This approach is as old as the Garden of Eden and I hope I will be able to dispel many of them for you.
This doesn’t mean I leave no room for science, only that science doesn’t always get the final say. I can reduce each other’s fundamental justifications for the geological timelines to something rather facile: “natural law shows the world is billions of years old” or “the Bible says deep time is wrong”. However, each position is far more complex than that, especially when dealing with some specific empirical evidence. To summarize the issue as best as possible in a single sentence: I believe the Bible is the only self-attesting foundation for knowledge about the past, while the assumptions that deep time are based upon are internally inconsistent.
So I will continue to study and write about what I am finding out and understanding and put it out there for others to see and comment on which is the point of this series of articles: Pangaea Rocks on; Flood facts; Floating flora; Fast fauna and Freaky fossils.