Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 11, 2012

Wallenda, Niagara, & the Age of the Earth

Nik Wallenda tightropes across Niagara Falls

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, King of the Highwire, walked a tightrope across Niagara’s thundering Horseshoe Falls on June 15, 2012.

See Wallenda Tightropes Over Niagara Falls for the story with video and picture links.

ABC’s 3-hour coverage of Wallenda’s walk included numerous stunning shots of Niagara Falls. The grandeur of Niagara is impressive at 184 feet high with a water flow of 700,000 gal/sec. From where did such an awesome natural spectacle come?

My previous post Wallenda, Niagara, & Noah’s Flood argued that the Falls formed around 4,000 years ago as a result of Noah’s Flood and the ensuing Ice Age. Noah’s Flood is the pivotal geological event of all time because it utterly transformed the globe. A Biblically-informed understanding of the past explains the present geological condition of the earth by Noah’s Flood.

How does this perspective impact estimates for the age of the earth?

Age of the Earth
Chronologically Noah’s Flood is fundamental. It is critical to the “age of the earth” which directly impacts Creation-Evolution controversies.

Noah’s Flood contradicts the supposed evolutionary history of the world. Fossils and sedimentary strata found around the world were deposited in about one year by the Flood and then solidified over the following decades. Rock layers supposedly proving an ancient earth are more accurately understood as results of Noah’s Flood. They don’t represent millions of years of imaginary history. Evolutionists blindly claim this without sound scientific basis.

How old is the earth? Answers to this question are usually based on interpretations of physical evidence, not on direct observation. Interpretations are driven by worldviews. How old the earth looks depends on the worldview glasses you look through. One person may think it looks billions of years old. I think it looks like a flood-damaged globe that’s thousands of years old.

Horseshoe Falls from Canada’s Skylon Tower
Wallenda walked from Goat Island on the left across the lip of the Falls to Canada on the right.

Dependable answers to age questions require eyewitness testimony. The only record of eyewitness testimony for the creation of the earth is Genesis which specifies heaven and earth were created about 6,000 years ago.

The push in the last two centuries to increase the age of the earth was motivated, not by evidence, but by evolutionism’s requirement for long eons of time. Throughout history the great preponderance of scholarship regarding the Biblical records and the unanimous testimony of cultures worldwide is that the earth is only thousands of years old. This was also the historic teaching of the church until the ascendancy of the theory of evolution in the 19th century. (See article on History’s Views on Chronology).

Scripture is filled with chronological information. Chronology anchors Scripture solidly in real-world history and underscores its authenticity. The Genesis chrono-genealogies record an unbroken line of descent from Adam to Abraham and provide a solid foundation for constructing a reliable chronology. Grammar and context support this, and numerous other Scriptures confirm it. (See article on The Genesis Chrono-genealogies.)

The Genesis chrono-genealogies show that Adam to Abraham covered about 2,000 years. Abraham to Christ was about 2,000 years. Adding 2,000 years from Christ to the present totals about 6,000 years for the age of the earth.

Using the Genesis chrono-genealogies we also ascertain that Noah’s Flood was about 2500 BC. This along with current erosion rates and estimated post-Flood erosion rates gives an estimate of 4,000 years for the age of Niagara Falls.

Here’s a YouTube video from ABC News of some of the science behind Wallenda’s Tightrope Walk Over Niagara Falls.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This concludes the series of 4 blog posts on Nik Wallenda’s historic walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
Read the 3 prequels:
Wallenda Tightropes Over Niagara Falls with video and picture links
Wallenda’s Witness at Niagara with video and picture links
Wallenda, Niagara, & Noah’s Flood with video

Read the sequel about our circus trip to see The Flying Wallendas perform live.
Flying Wallendas at the Circus with videos

See these related articles on the Age of the Earth:
Age of the Earth 1 — Essentials
Age of the Earth 2 — Jesus’ View
Age of the Earth 3 — Genealogies
Age of the Earth 4 — History’s View
Age of the Earth 5 — Radiometric Dating
Age of the Earth 6 — Scientific Dating Methods
Are the Six Days of Creation Regular Days or Long Ages?
The Big Bang!

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday July 11, 2012 A.D.

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