Secular evolution teaches that the moon was created by the collision of a large planet-sized object and the earth very early in the earth’s evolution. The collision generated enough heat to melt the blob that eventually cooled and solidified and became trapped by the earth’s gravity and now orbits the earth as our moon. This prevailing theory places the age of the moon to be about 4.5 billion years.
In the 1960s, NASA’s main emphasis was landing a man on the moon and to collect samples of the lunar materials to being back to earth for testing. In April of 1972, Apollo 16 became the fifth mission to land on the moon. Unlike the previous four missions, Apollo 16 landed in a highland area. During their three days on the moon, astronauts John Young and Charles Duke collected a number of samples of rocks and soil. The samples were returned to earth and carefully stored at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Researchers from the Centre for Star and Planet Formation, Natural History Museum of Denmark, and University of Copenhagen recently carried out laboratory testing on a piece of one of the Apollo 16 samples. Their tests surprised them as it yielded an age of nearly 100 million years younger than they expected. Analyzing the sample for lead and neodymium isotopes, the team placed the date of the moon rock at 4.36 billion years old.
In reading the article reporting the study, I found two things to be of interest. First was they reported that they had to decontaminate the piece of lunar rock by removing terrestrial lead contamination. This raises a number of questions including:
- If the samples were sealed and properly stored at the NASA center, where did the lead contamination come from?
- Why was lead the only contaminate?
- If they are testing for lead isotopes, could the lead contaminate they removed have actually been part of the radioactive daughter isotopes from the radioactive decay of the material in the moon rock?
- What age would they have gotten had they not removed the lead contaminate?
The other point of interest I noted was that they removed the wrong contaminate. They were looking at physical contaminates but the most important and error causing contaminate I see in this report is a philosophical contaminate. Their presuppositional beliefs in billions of years have definitely contaminated their ability to see the flaws in the dating methods they use and their ability to interpret what they see.
Evolution has contaminated their ability to realize that radioisotope dating methods are based on a number of assumptions that cannot be truly tested or proven. Those assumptions include:
- Existence of billions of years
- Amount of parent and daughter elements at the beginning
- Radioactive decay rates have always remained constant
By basing their entire mindset upon these assumptions, they will always look for answers that fit into these parameters. Additionally, the mathematical calculations used to help determine age dating have been created and adjusted to fit the assumptions.
So what if one or more of their assumptions are wrong to begin with? It will skew all of their data and interpretations based upon the wrong assumptions. Hence, the largest and most dangerous contaminate known in the scientific communities is evolution and the belief of millions of years.
On the contrary, I prefer to base my understanding on the age of the moon on the eyewitness account of the One who created it and placed it in the sky to be the light that rules the night as God tell us in Genesis 1:14-19. God is incapable of lying or misleading anyone. Therefore, I take Him at His Word and His Word says that He created the moon approximately 6,000 years ago.
So in one aspect, the researchers are accurate when the say the moon is younger than they thought, but they fail to realize is that it is MUCH younger.
Using easy-to-understand illustrations and terms, geologist Tas Walker shows how the Genesis account of a worldwide Flood gives the best explanation for the rock layers that we see today. If you aren’t convinced now, you will be after hearing this talk! (High School-Adult DVD)