Atheist and secular astronomers have taught for decades that our solar system is billions of years old. Most secular astronomers currently believe it is 4.6 billion years old. Yet evidence continues to come in from space probes, space telescopes, and astronomy that may disprove such an old age for the solar system.
Starting at the center, we have two immediate problems. First the sun is spinning much too slowly for the solar system to have formed according to astronomers, and second, there has long been known a “faint young sun paradox.” This means that at the time that evolutionists say the earth was a tropical greenhouse packed with lush vegetation and dinosaurs, astrophysicists say the sun was much cooler and the earth would have been an ice ball incapable of sustaining life. Wikipedia explains:
The faint young Sun paradox or faint young Sun problem describes the apparent contradiction between observations of liquid water early in the Earth’s history, and the astrophysical expectation that the Sun’s output would be only 70 percent as intense during that epoch as it is during the modern epoch.(1)
In addition, there is a “warm planet paradox” in which NASA has found that several planets (Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune) emit more radiation than they receive from the sun. This should not be possible after billions of years. In addition, several planets also have magnetic fields and volcanoes which should have long been extinct if they were indeed billions of years old. Various theories have been proposed for how this might happen, but none make nearly as much sense as a young Solar System. In point of fact, no computer program has ever been devised to show how these large planets could have even formed so far from the sun in less than 10 billion years.
Then consider that astronomers cannot explain why we still have comets. They have postulated (invented) the Oort cloud to explain why they are still here billions of years after they should have all burned out. But as Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan wrote in 1985 (still true today), “Many scientific papers have been written each year about the Oort Cloud, its properties, its origin, its evolution. Yet there is not yet a shred of direct observational evidence for its existence.”(2)
They don’t know why Saturn’s rings are still clear and bright (3), or how tiny distant Pluto could still be geologically active when by all astronomical calculations it should have been a cold, dead, lump of rock billions of years ago. (4) Nor can any astronomer explain why the moon, which is moving away from the earth at one and a half inches per year, was not touching the earth only a billion or so years ago (this is a big problem when the Earth and moon are supposed to be over 4 billion years old, and life on earth is itself highly dependent on the moon and tides).
No matter what the facts show, you can be sure that a secular atheist scientist will see an old universe, because as Harry Nillson told us in The Point, “You see what you want to see and you hear what you want to hear”. But Christians can be comfortable in the knowledge that there is far more scientific evidence for a young earth and a young universe than for an old earth. No matter what some “Mickey Mouse” astronomer tells you about Pluto, be assured that God created our little planetary friend, and it did not happen billions of years in the past.
Psalm 19:1-3- The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
(2) Sagan, C and Druyan, A, Comets New York, Random House, 1985, p. 201
(3) Hebert, J. Secular Scientists Dumbfounded by Saturn’s Young Rings, Creation Science Update, January 18, 2019
(4) Hebert, J. Our Young Solar System, Acts and Facts 47;(9) Sept 2018, pp. 10-13.
(For more on similar topics see “Ancient? Where’s the Proof”)