Is Bible chronology true?

by Fisherman 57 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Fisherman

    According to JW interpretation of Bible chronology, the earliest human, Adam, came into existence some 6,048 years ago compared to scientific dating of human fossils believed to be much older. Since Jesus validated the creation of Adam and Eve as historical people and JC’s own lineage is traced all the way back to Adam, Bible chronology is certified as true and there must be something wrong with scientific dating. What proves scientific dating as accurate that humans are much older than what Bible chronology says?

  • Person
    Dating with c-14 carbon, so called radiocarbon dating is in my opinion BS . Simply because no one really knows how much C-14 carbon was in the atmosphere thru all years. It is like saying: I can calculate how long that candle is burning, because I can measure how fast it deteriorate, but to calculate this you need to know how big the candle was before it started to burn. With this radiocarbon method is similar. You simply don't have enough data. They tried to guess how much C-14 was in the atmosphere but that is exactly what it is: guessing not science.
  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    isnt it a bit arse about face ? Where in the bible does it give the date god created Adam ? It does say that so and so was x years old when he begat his son, and so on--so its hardly rocket science to count back from jesus 4000 odd years and come to a point when the biblical god is alleged to have made a mud pie and breathed life in it. But was Adam in fact the first homo sapiens..or more likely a mythical figure dreamed up centuries later ? Were there countless other humans around long before ?

  • Mowgliandbalu

    Carbon-14 dating is inaccurate: That's exactly what JWs have been brainwashed with for many years. However, very old fossils are not dated using this method at all. This article precisely describes the various methods used to date the human remains found at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, to an age of approximately 300,000 years.


  • Person

    Mowgliandbalu every dating method is inaccurate

    Thermoluminescence dating also.

    Quote from Wikipedia about this method :

    The flux of ionizing radiation—both from cosmic radiation and from natural radioactivity—excites electrons from atoms in the crystal lattice into the conduction band where they can move freely. Most excited electrons will soon recombine with lattice ions, but some will be trapped, storing part of the energy of the radiation in the form of trapped electric charge (Figure 1).

    The question is: how on earth can you know how strong the flux of ionizing radiation was at any given time in the past ? It is simply impossible. That's why I belive that hole dating thing is more like divination then science.


    Don’t forget to use reason when interpreting the scriptures. The Bible says that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, but we know through science that the earth rotates around the sun. Use reason and you might just see how rigid scriptural interpretation is foolish and unreasonable.


  • Slidin Fast
    Slidin Fast

    For an overview of geological and fossil dating techniques read this article in Nature.

    Whilst Wikipedia can give you an idea of things, quoting it as evidence will get you laughed out of court.

    The insistence on accepting bible chronology verbatim is one of my red lines as to why WT theology should be dumped in to a deep deep pit.

  • Phizzy

    There isn't really anything that we can call "Bible" Chronology. What we have to do is find some events the Bible mentions, like the taking of Babylon by the Persians, and then hang everything else off that.

    The problem is the Bible stories are mainly Fiction, so So-and-So king reigned in Israel for X many years is just not reliable. As Slidin' Fast says above.

    So, wotcha gonna do ? who you gonna call ? if you are trying to fix when exactly an event occurred, or when a character lived, first make sure the event, or character, is not Fictional, then TRY from Biblical information, and any secular Info. you have, to decide on a date.

    Good luck, and be aware you cannot be sure of your conclusions.

  • pokertopia

    한 가지 예를 든다면, 아이스코어는 시대에 따른 기후 변화를 알려줍니다. 즉, 이 기후변화는 빙하기가 적어도 1만 8천 년 전에 끝났음을 알려주는데, 만일 창세기의 내용대로 지구가 물로 덮여 있었다면 그것은 기후가 온화했을 것이며, 홍수 후 비로소 기후의 변화가 일어나 추위와 더위가 교대로 반복되었을 것이기 때문에, 적어도 노아 홍수는 1만 8천 년 전에 있었다는 증거가 되는 것이며 인간은 빙하기를 거쳐 살았기 때문에 인간의 역사는 수만년 이상이 되는 것입니다.

    To give one example, ice cores tell you about climate change over time. This climate change tells us that the ice age ended at least 18,000 years ago, and if the Earth had been covered with water as Genesis said, it would have been mild, and it would have been cold and hot after the flood. So at least the Noah flood is proof that it was 18,000 years ago, and human history is more than tens of thousands of years old because humans lived through the ice age.

  • cofty

    Multiple lines of evidence based on an astonishing number of interconnecting fields of science prove beyond ALL doubt that modern humans have lived on earth for over 100,000 years.

    To claim that the human race only goes back 6,000 years is every bit as risible as flat earth.

    I and others have presented scientific evidence on this many times. Go read a book!

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