God is forced to come up with "plan B," in which He vindictively creates weeds, disease, carnivorous animals, and death to get back at humanity for their sin.
Young earth creationists inadvertently buy into the atheistic worldview that suffering could not have been the original intent of God, stating that the earth was created "for our pleasure." However, the Bible says that God created carnivores, and that the death of animals and plants was part of God's original design for the earth.
Here we will describe just two types of evidence for an old Earth and two types of evidence for an old universe; more types can be found under further reading.
These methods are largely independent of each other, based on separate observations and arguments, yet all point to a history much longer than 10,000 years.
A response by a scientist with a Christian point of view to the young earth criticism of radiometric dating.