Nuclear Decay

“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’

(Luke 19:24) NKJV

It’s impossible to prove that radioisotopes have always decayed at a constant rate throughout history, since the ability to detect and measure radioactive decay is only about 120 years old.

Based on the fact that the Bible only gives us about 6,000 years of history, then we can deduce that obviously nuclear decay rates aren’t constant. We can conclude that they have dropped exponentially. The more material that decayed, the slower the rate of decay became until now when the rate of decay is very low. So low that it appears to be constant.

A quantity is subject to exponential decay if it decreases at a rate proportional to its current value.

– Exponential decay, definition (Wikipedia)

Objects, like a nice cup of really hot tea, cool down faster the hotter they are. As they cool the rate of cooling slows down. Eventually, when the cup of tea is close to the temperature of the surrounding air, the rate of cooling is so small it’s hard to measure.

The hotter something is, the faster it cools.

If we measure the temperature of the apple after day 4 the temperature seems pretty constant because the apple has reached the ambient temperature. That’s what has happened to radioactivity. Radiation was only discovered 120 years ago, and so we only have a short period of recent time from which to draw any data. It’s impossible to prove that the decay rate has always been the same as it is now, but that’s a leap of faith necessary in popular science (SciPop).

The reason why radiometric dating is able to generate bogus dates for specimens containing radioisotopes is because of something called the half life rate law. This law describes how reactants change in chemical reactions. It’s application to nuclear decay is an arbitrary contrivance. There’s no actual evidence that the half life concept has any bearing on rate of decay.

This is an important issue because Creationists need nuclear decay to have been variable, initially rapid then slowing down, to fit their 6,000 year time span. To counter this some clever atheist scientists did some math that shows that, if all nuclear decay had taken place in the last 6,000 years, the the crust of the Earth would be molten. At least, they thought that they were being clever. Unfortunately they assumed that heavy atomic weight elements were uniformly distributed throughout the mantle and crust of the Earth.

We counter the counter easily because the Earth formed around a gravitational singularity so the majority of the heavy atomic weight elements were concentrated in the core. This is known as the core accretion model. When nuclear decay began the core melted, not the crust. The history of Earth since the fall of man has been moved through its successive phases by the expansion of hell. It was responsible for bursting open the fountains of the great deep at the time of Noah’s flood, and for the formation of tectonic plates in the time of Peleg.

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