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Azazel S. Kasadya

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Does Earth’s Decaying Magnetic Field Prove Young Earth creationism?

The Earth’s magnetic field is rapidly decaying. Young earth creationists point out that the magnetic field was 40% stronger about a thousand years ago. Therefore, it would have been too strong to sustain life 20,000 years ago, so the earth must be younger than that. This theory was first introduced by Dr. Thomas Barnes who believed that Earth’s magnetic field decays at a rapid non-cyclic rate. Measuring of the strength of the magnetic field began in 1845, and since then, it has been decaying at a rate of 5% a century (Snelling 2012).

The magnetic field protects us from particles coming from the sun and directs them to the poles. In fact, this is what produces the Northern and Southern lights. If not for Earth’s magnetic field, life would cease to exist. Also, some animals that migrate rely on the magnetic field (Roach, 2004). The magnetic field extends into outer space, several thousands of kilometers above the earth.

The problem with the young earth creationists’ argument is that scientists have found that the magnetic field does geomagnetic reversals usuallyabout every few hundred thousand years and therefore it is self-sustaining. This is where the magnetic south and magnetic north are switched. For example, 800,000 years ago, a compass would have pointed South (Oregon State University, 2017). Evidence has been found on the sea floors to support this idea. Stripes of magnetism are alternating from north to south. These are referred to as “magnetic striping” (Magnetic Striping, 2014)

Creationists such as Dr. Russell Humphreys have argued that these reversals happened in rapid succession during and after the worldwide flood as described in the Bible. According to Humphreys, tectonic plates moving to the earth’s core would have caused the great flood in Genesis and this would cool the earth’s outer core. This cooling would cause magnetic field reversals over a short period of time. Humphreys believes that the magnetic field was growing in strength until the time of Christ and then it reversed (Humphreys, 1993).

However, that isn’t supported by what scientists have found, and much of the work of Barnes (and Humphreys work since it was based off Barnes) has been discredited. Barnes measured the strength of the magnetic field around 25 times. The model Barnes used was outdated, making his beliefs about the magnetic field invalid. Going by Gunst’s and McDonald’s data, Barnes didn’t use an appropriate measurement to measure the strength of Earth’s magnetic field (Mellem, 2005). He only looked at the dipole component of the magnetic field. The problem with this is that the magnetic field’s strength can remain the same, as the dipole field decays. The dipole field also seems to shift directions much more rapidly than the magnetic field which can be observed in rocks and ancient pottery (Matson 2017).

Then there is the dynamo theory which seems to be the most accepted theory regarding the magnetic field today. The earth’s core brings about the magnetic field. This is done by the hotter metals in the core rising while the cooler heavier metals settle on the core creating a convection current. The Coriolis effect is caused on the core due to the earth rotating on its axis. This causes the core to spin and cut through the previous magnetic field so a new one can be formed. Therefore, the magnetic field is a continued process that has lasted at least three billion years. (Rational Wiki, 2017)

In conclusion, the decaying magnetic field does not prove a young earth. The data used to prove a young earth by using the decaying magnetic field is outdated. Scientists have evidence that the magnetic field reverses every few hundred thousand years; therefore, the earth is probably about 4.5 billion years old as suggested.

Support for a Young Earth:

https://creation.com/the-earths-magnetic-field-evidence-that-the-earth-is-young

http://www.icr.org/article/earths-magnetic-field-young/

https://answersingenesis.org/evidence-for-creation/5-rapidly-decaying-magnetic-field/

Support for an Old Earth:

http://apps.usd.edu/esci/creation/age/content/creationist_clocks/magnetic_field.html

https://infidels.org/library/modern/dave_matson/young-earth/specific_arguments/magnetic_field.html

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Geomagnetism

http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/magfields.html

http://www.psc.edu/science/Glatzmaier/glatzmaier.html

http://gondwanaresearch.com/hp/magfield.htm

Resources:

Humphreys, D. R. The Earth’s Magnetic Field Is YoungActs & Facts. 22. 1993 (8).

“Magnetic Striping.” Prince William Network. Our Changing Continent. n.d. Web. 27 September, 2017.

Matson, Dave. “Young-earth ‘proof’ #11: Since the earth’s magnetic field is decaying at an exponential rate, its strength would have been unrealistically high 25,000 years ago. Thus, Earth is less than 25,000 years old. Retrieved 28 September 2017 from https://infidels.org/library/modern/dave_matson/young-earth/specific_arguments/magnetic_field.html

Mellem, Kevin. The Erosion of Continents as a Creation Clock. 2005. Retrieved from http://apps.usd.edu/esci/creation/age/content/creationist_clocks/magnetic_field.html

Oregon State University. “Earth’s magnetic field ‘simpler than we thought’.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 July 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170707070517.htm

Rational Wiki – Retrieved on 29, September, 2017 from https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Geomagnetism

Roach, John. The Earth’s Magnetic Field is Fading. National Geographic News. 2004, September 9th. Retrieved from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/09/0909_040909_earthmagfield.html

Snelling, Dr. Andrew A. – #5 Rapidly Decaying Magnetic Field. Answers in Genesis. October 1st, 2012. Retrieved from https://answersingenesis.org/evidence-for-creation/5-rapidly-decaying-magnetic-field/

The Myth of Hell and Eternal Torture

Since I was young, I have always been interested in the spiritual. I was always hoping to catch a glimpse of a ghost and wondered if I was going to Heaven.

As a Baby, I was baptized as a Catholic, but never really took an interested in the church itself while growing up. I found it boring at the time. It was the only religion I was familiar with up until I was twelve when I first became involved with the Pentecostals.  I said a prayer and apparently, I was saved. I didn’t really stick with it then.

Again, at the age of 16, I got involved with the Pentecostals and even went to one of their camps. I witnessed for the first-time people fainting and uncontrollable laughter. I asked what was going on and was told that people were being “slain in the spirit.” I again said the salvation prayer but never got slain in the spirit like everyone else. At the time, it made me feel like I was not good enough for God. Again I left the church.

However, again I returned in my early twenties. It was during this period that I took my faith seriously and studied the Bible constantly. I wanted to go into ministry and travel. I wanted people to get saved and understand the Bible. I saw those who disagreed with me as being dangerous heretics. I would spend hours in debate tossing Scriptures back and forth. I disagreed with pastors on certain issues and was even kicked out of a church for not agreeing with their doctrines. Then chaos entered my life, and I removed myself from the church and studied on my own. A lingering question continued to haunt me which ended up being my first nudge out of Christianity.

What the Hell?

The question was, “Why would a merciful, loving God create mankind, and then send individuals to hell for not figuring out that Jesus is Lord and Savior within their lifetime?” I attempted to find solid answers for this but there was no good excuse for god to do this.

What kind of Parent would do this?

I had kids by this time and I believe I am a loving father. I may discipline my kids with grounding, but I still love them. There is nothing they could do to cause me to allow them to suffer through any kind of torment. If you are a parent, would you allow your children to be tormented for the rest of their life if you had the power to stop it? I think any loving parent would say “no.” You might be thinking, “but I believe in Universal salvation, or annihilation.” I have researched both and hope to get to that at some point. Right now, I want to focus on the idea of eternal torment since that seems to be the prominent belief in Christendom.

Evil Proposal

Imagine a man named Casey who wanted to married a girl named Lynn. One day, Casey comes to Lynn and asks her to marry him. He offers to give her everything: riches, a nice house, a position of power, children, and whatever else she wishes for. However, he then informs her that if she does not accept his proposal that he has a place for her reserved in his basement to torment her for the rest of her life. Can you honestly think Casey truly loved Lynn?  I doubt it!

Torture vs. Torment

Some will object and say that torture is different from torment. Torture is more related to physical pain while torment is more psychologically based. I have come across both beliefs when it comes to being in hell for eternity. There are several Christians out there that believe souls are going to be physically tortured for eternity with fire, with worms gnawing through their bodies, along with various other kinds of torture. Some believe actual demons do the torturing and that there is no escape from this hell.

To sum things up, many of these people believe that you must follow the proper formula for salvation or this kind of torture is awaiting you. One church may say that a person simply has to believe that Jesus is his Savior.  Others believe that water baptism is necessary. Some believe that if you continue in certain sins, even while believing that one will still enter into eternal torment. It varies depending on the church.

I must be choosing to go to hell

At the same time, these people believe that God is loving and merciful. I ask, what kind of God, who is all powerful, would allow for people to be stuck in this pit for eternity? You might say that people choose to go to hell. They are offered the choice to accept or reject Christ and by rejecting Christ, they will go to hell by their own choosing. However, the problem is much more complicated than choosing to go to hell. The problem is, the answers are not definite.

There is no proof that there is a hell for not worshiping God. It is based on belief. Imagine a man that only could communicate to his father by having other people intervene.  He receives letters that are claimed to be from his father, even though they were written by other people. He probably would have a hard time knowing his father and his plans. He may eventually even question whether his father is real or not being that the only evidence he has are from the letters.

It is similar with the Bible and believing in God. We are required to believe what man has written down in order to escape this place called hell. The Bible is confusing. I say this because there are several denominations out there that have different viewpoints of how salvation is obtained and interpretations of the Bible, but they all claim the Bible as their source of Authority.

Trust No Man (and I don’t mean Eowyn)

Psalms 118:8 says “[It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. “ The Bible itself tells us not to put our confidence in man. So how are we supposed to put our confidence in an ancient book that was written by men, translated by men, and so on? How are we supposed to know the Bible is the Word of God? We can’t know that. Even the personality of God in the Bible has many problems which I will write about later.

With that being said, unbelievers do not choose to go to hell. They simply do not believe in the existence of hell. Regardless whether hell is considered torture or torment, it is a very cruel punishment. Psychological torment can be quite difficult to deal with. Remember, the threat that is often given by the religious community is that one will be tortured or tormented for eternity.  What kind of God would allow for this kind of suffering? How is this justice? How is god just for allowing this sort of thing? I have not come across one good answer for this.

I feel that the belief in hell can be psychological damaging and is often used to control and manipulate people. If one truly believes in hell, how can they deal with the idea that many people they know and love will be going to hell for eternity. When I was a Christian, I was very tormented with this idea. I eventually found it impossible to love a god that was going to allow people that I love to be sent to hell forever.

Stop worrying! You are Safe

Be reassured. Hell is a myth created in order to frighten people into obedience. Be a good person because it is the right thing to do, not because you want to escape hell. I will probably edit this post several times as I remember more things I want to put so feel free to visit back often.

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