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Why do you believe in carbon dating?

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Stick with me here for a moment, I do have a point.

I don't believe the Earth is just 6,000 years old (or even 10,000 years old), and I'm a Christian... I do believe that much of the Bible is mistranslated or has been changed over time to fit an agenda. The widely-used perspective that the Bible is God's word and He wouldn't allow it to change is a crock and we all know it, we just don't want to hear it when it would require our comfortable lives to be unstable. That's fine, you keep your beliefs to stay happy. I happen to believe that God created science for man to venture into and discover great things. We have and we will continue to do so.

Those being my beliefs, and my mind being more open to truths than most other Christians, there is STILL no way that you or anyone can prove that carbon dating is accurate in any way without someone inventing a time machine, travelling 5,000 years back in time and watching that person or creature die right where it is dug up. There's nothing you can say to me to change my mind about that - all your relevant data and fact-finding can only be based on other data and facts collected BEFORE 5,000 years ago.

That being said, a Christian person, spending any portion of their time in an open forum such as this, spends a lot of their time having to explain themselves and exactly why they believe what they believe. I'd really like to see what someone who actually believes in carbon dating's accuracy has to say about it.

So... why do you believe in carbon dating? Where is your scientific PROOF?