Clearly, such huge time periods cannot be fitted into the Bible without compromising what the Bible says about the goodness of God and the origin of sin, death and suffering—the reason Jesus came into the world (See Six Days? He said, This only makes sense with a time-line beginning with the creation week thousands of years ago.It makes no sense at all if man appeared at the end of billions of years.Familiar to us as the black substance in charred wood, as diamonds, and the graphite in “lead” pencils, carbon comes in several forms, or isotopes.One rare form has atoms that are 14 times as heavy as hydrogen atoms: carbon-14, or C ratio gets smaller.Example: wood found in a grave of known age by historically reliable documents is the standard for that time for the C14 content.
Carbon has unique properties that are essential for life on Earth.
There are two major assumptions that are impossible to prove or disprove. Based upon the Big Bang theory as well as the theory of evolution, most scientists (and therefore the general public) believe that the universe and the world are billions of years old.
This assumption allows for C in the environment is mostly constant.
If the earth were thousands of years old, the results of these tests would have fit in perfectly. Since the former is radioactive and decays at a constant pace while the latter is stable, the ratio between the two can determine the age of anything that was on the earth and breathed.
I’m going to go through this very quickly and touch on the basics; one could write a book on this topic and still have more to say. Once it stops breathing, it stops taking in C, scientists can use this to determine how long ago the creature leaving behind their remains had died.