“..Earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence.”
For the last half century many scientists trusted carbon-dating…
However, recent studies show carbon-dating isn’t as reliable as once thought.
It’s rate of decay changes with solar flares. This means studies saying humans have been around over 10,000 years, may be inaccurate. In much of the Christian world, it’s understood humans have been around the Earth for only about 6,000 years, because of Biblical geneaology and modern revelation.
Here’s a little more info about carbon-dating:
Radio carbon dating developed in 1949 and was used to measure age of carbon-containing things up to about 58,000 to 62,000 yrs. The dating was based on the assumption that Carbon-14 found in organic material decays at a constant rate- decreasing in half every 5,730 yrs.
By comparing the fraction of C14 in organic material to the expected fraction of C14 in the atmosphere, the date was approximated. This method proved successful when University of Chicago scientists accurately estimated the age of wood from an ancient egyptian ship (the age was verified through writings).
Most of the production of C14 occurs in the atmosphere 9-15 km high as cosmic rays react with nitrogen. In 1958 Hessel de Vries showed how C14 levels in the atmosphere differ according to time and place. For example during U.S. nuclear testing (1960s), the C14 levels in the atmosphere about doubled. Also with global warming melting more ice, more carbon’s emitted into the atmosphere.
Though once thought constant, people at Purdue University say carbon dating fluctuates with solar flares.
“Every Latter-day Saint may merit personal revelation. The invitation to ask, seek, and knock for divine direction exists because God lives and Jesus is the living Christ.”
- Elder Russell M. Nelson
My Testament: Though it’s interesting to know physical evidences in support of the Gospel, true, lasting testimony comes through the Holy Spirit. The Lord can teach us things our physical senses cannot. Though I may not know everything, I know God lives and guides His Church upon the earth.