Is there scientific evidence for a young earth? Many would say that it is absolutely ridiculous to believe that the earth is about 6,000 years old, rather than billions of years old.
Although the Bible does not depend upon scientific evidence to authenticate its claims, there is in fact strong scientific evidence that does support the position that the earth is young. Below is a list of this scientific evidence.
Radiocarbon in Diamonds
Radiocarbon, or carbon-14, can only exist for tens of thousands of years, not millions or billions of years.
Certain diamonds that were thought to be billions of years old were found to contain significant detectable levels of radiocarbon in them. This means that these diamonds could only be about 55,000 years old, not billions of years old.
Recession of the Moon
There is a gravitational relationship between the earth and the moon called a “tidal bulge.” This relationship causes the moon to slowly spiral away from the earth.
If the universe is about 6,000 years old, then that would mean the moon has only moved about 800 feet during this time, which is realistic.
However, if the universe is billions of years old, the moon would have been touching the earth, which seems unlikely.
Earth’s Decaying Magnetic Field (Scientific Evidence for a Young Earth)
The earth, and other planets, has a magnetic field that decays. Scientists who believe the earth is billions of years old have a very hard time explaining how the magnetic fields of planets could last for such a long period of time.
However, if the universe is about 6,000 years old, then there is a clear explanation for how the magnetic fields of planets can still exist today.
Dinosaur Soft Tissue
One significant recent discovery is that a fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex femur was found to have flexible connective tissue, branching blood vessels, and intact cells. However, there is no way that connective tissue, blood vessels, and cells could survive for millions of years.
This discovery suggests that scientists might be wrong about how long ago dinosaurs existed.