Carbon-14 dating is a method, based on unprovable assumptions about the past, used to date things that contain carbon (e.g. fossils). It can only give maximum ages of around 50,000 years and yet C-14 has been found in fossils and diamonds thought to be millions and billions of years old respectively.
Scientists use a technique called radiometric dating to estimate the ages of rocks, fossils, and the earth. Many people have been led to believe that radiometric dating methods have proved the earth to be billions of years old. We will see that carbon dating strongly supports a young earth.
If radiocarbon lasts only a few thousand years, why is it found in all the earth’s diamonds dated at billions of years old? The radiocarbon ages of all fossils and coal should be reduced to less than 5,000 years, matching the timing of their burial during the Flood.
When scientists fail to account for so many more plants and animals in the pre-Flood biosphere and wrongly assume that plants buried in coal beds had the same proportion of carbon-14 as plants do today, their radiocarbon dating yields “ages” much higher than the true Flood age of about 4,350 years.
In today’s culture we have all been taught that things like carbon dating are “facts,” but they are merely interpretations of facts. If carbon dating is a fact, then coal layers cannot be millions of years old, and the secular “geological time scale” breaks down.
Although many people think radiocarbon is used to date rocks, it is limited to dating things that contain carbon and were once alive (fossils).
How do creationists explain dates of 50,000 years?
In April 2010, a press conference was held in Hong Kong to announce to the world the potential discovery of the remains of Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat. What are we to make of these claims?
Many people assume that rocks are dated at “millions of years” based on radiocarbon (carbon-14) dating. But that’s not the case.
An astonishing discovery made over the past 20 years is that, almost without exception, organic samples from every portion of the Phanerozoic record show detectable amounts of 14C!PDF Download
If the radioactive element carbon-14 breaks down quickly—within a few thousand years—why do we still find it in fossils and diamonds?
The subject is radiocarbon dating, and we think we smell a rat!
It’s the world’s oldest living tree, say Swedish researchers—but don’t worry, they didn’t stay up late counting the rings.
Artificially-inflated 14C dates have been found to occur when trees absorb ‘infinitely old’ carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from local, volcanogenic, subterranean sources.
Many do not realise that index fossils are still crucial to the millions-of-years geological dating, in spite of the advent of radioactive 'dating' techniques.
Recent New Zealand lava flows yield ‘ages’ of millions of years.
Mainstream geologists would never think of trying to get a radiocarbon (14C) date for the coalified wood in this Mägenwil sandstone, because anything that old should not be datable by this method.
‘However, publicity of the find attracted the attention of Mrs Joan Ahrens, a Capetown resident, who recognised the paintings as being produced by her at art classes and later stolen from her garden…’