UPDATE: Further to George's thoughtful comments, I went to look up the full text in English translation on the Ramban's comments on the creation of the world, which you can read for yourselves HERE.
I can't see anywhere how the Ramban is saying the world is 13.8 billion years old, or even anything like that. I know Mr Schroeder 'darshened it out' that way, to fit his own beliefs about the age of the world, but nothing like that is in the original text, as far as I can see. Please, do comment and let me know if you're spotting something I'm missing....
Of all the many, many, MANY deceitful things modern science has brainwashed people with, top of the list – at least for me – is the idea that the world is 4.5 billion years old (sic).
Why is this idea so incredibly corrosive and corrupting? Because it completely skews reality, as we see it playing out in front of our eyes. The Victorian gentlemen who made all this stuff up to try and loosen the hold of the Anglican church on ‘scientific enquiry’ 150 years ago knew that anything that could do to show the world wasn’t 6,000 ‘young’ would blow the Old Testament out of the water as the literal word of God.
That was the aim. That was always the aim.
Sure, there was also a lot of geological 'evidence' that seemed to lend some support to the position of an old earth.
But only if you assumed, as Hutton, Lyell and Darwin did, that the world was in some ‘steady state’ of development that hadn’t changed for millions and billions of years.
Right now, I’m in the middle of trying to properly debunk this whole ‘theory of evolution’ in a way that even laymen can understand, but that explains minutely why the science underpinning it is false. But because we’ve all imbibed with our mothers’ milk that the world is 4.5 billion years old, we can’t grasp what is really unfolding in front of our eyes right now.
It’s comforting to think that there are only 1,500 ‘live’ volcanoes in the world right now, and that the rest all sputtered out and died hundreds of millions of years ago.
But that’s false science.
If an estimate of 4,000 volcanoes per million square kilometers on the floor of the Pacific Ocean is extrapolated for all the oceans than there are more than a million submarine (underwater) volcanoes. Perhaps as many as 75,000 of these volcanoes rise over half a mile (1 kilometer) above the ocean floor. - Submarine volcanoes, Oregon State University
Every single volcano on the planet has been live and active within the last 6,000 years. Geologically, things can and do move in the blink of an eye, not millions of years, and a case in point is what is going on in Hawaii right now.
That it’s been slowly oozing out lava for a month you probably already know. You probably also know that there is a geothermal plant that was built on Hawaii that has shifts drilled very deep down in order to access super-hot steam that in turn supplies Hawaii with 25% of it’s electricity.
The plant’s management capped the wells, removed all potentially explosive gases and poured water into the top of the shafts to try and act as a shield incase the lava reached the wells. The lava has now reached the wells – and this is completely unchartered territory as to what happens next.
Presumably, the people who built the plant assumed that they’d have a million, billion years to figure out how to deal with a lava flow coming in their direction. The USGS reassured them that they could ‘map lava flow like rivers’, so no problem building your geothermal plant there!! Go right ahead!!
The reason you find so few really informative sources of info about what’s going on at Hawaii right now is because this eruption is breaking all the rules that the scientists ‘believed’ they knew about how magma and volcano work. (For example, the 'Volcano World' website over at Oregon State hasn't posted anything up at all about Kilauea and has been utterly quiet for a month.)
It’s moving much faster than expected (by about 150 million years…). They have no idea where all this new, fast flowing magma is actually coming from, because according to their warped models of how the world works, there’s not meant to be a lot of that stuff left in modern times, just small pockets, or lakes, that occasionally cause eruptions, but then quickly settle back down again.
No huge, planet-changing events involving volcanoes can occur in anything under 150,000 million years, go back to sleep!
HOW DIFFERENT THINGS COULD BE...
How different would this picture be right now, if the scientists – and the people who hang off their every word – actually grasped that enormous geological changes were a regular feature of the world up until around 2,500 years ago, when they finally started the process of winding down?
That multiple volcanoes were exploding when Moshe took the Jews out of Egypt, and seas were being split in two, and tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes were devastating the planet?
That’s only 3,300 years ago.
And that’s exactly what was happening.
If the scientists – and us, too – grasped that enormous world changes can happen literally in the blink of an eye, they would be viewing the situation in Hawaii with very different eyes. They would understand that this massive, apparently never-ending flow of magma is coming from a very deep place within the earth’s core (stoked up by all the evil behavior fueling Gehinnom), and something incredible – a ‘pele’ mamash – could be about to happen.
A couple of days’ ago, the USGS mentioned in a video that the caldera in Kilauea had increased in size from three football fields, to 90 football fields (or from 14 acres to 90 acres). The caldera is the crater that’s at the top of the volcano, it’s where the lava lake sat, before it all drained away.
And this huge change didn’t take 20 million years, it took just three days.
The reason that's important is because IF the caldera collapses, the amount of rock that disappears inwards will impact the amount and the intensity of the explosion that blasts it back outwards, when the volcano explodes.
What’s more, a secondary vent has also now opened at the top of Kilauea, suggesting some sort of explosion is imminent. The worst case scenario is that the caldera will completely collapse. No-one knows exactly what that could cause, but massive tsunamis, the Big Island fracturing, parts of the Big Island ‘slumping’ into the sea – all of that stuff is possible.
I have no idea what God’s plan is, and whether all that stuff is going to happen at all, or right now.
But the point is this: In the blink of an eye, the whole topography of the world could completely change.
Hawaii could sink, other places could rise, still other places could also be submerged by a tsunami of water, some of the thousands of volcanoes on the sea floor, and elsewhere in the world, could start smoking like kilns, pouring out magma that could completely reshape the contours of the world as we know it.
These large explosive eruptions occurred in clusters over centuries, during times when a deep caldera existed at Kīlauea Volcano's summit and few lava flows were erupted. [Ed - there is now a new deep caldera forming there...]
And all this could happen tomorrow.
Not in 150 million years.
If we open our eyes, we can see the evidence all around us, in the freak weather, in the floods, in Hawaii, in the earthquakes, that massive geological changes don’t take the billions of years the ‘scientists’ tell us they do.
They can literally take a day.
There are two main reasons ‘science’ is hanging on to the idea that everything takes millions and billions of years:
And the only reason the false ‘science’ behind Darwinism was ever taken seriously to begin with is because, as we mentioned, Lyell and the other scientific men of Victorian England were trying to ‘rescue the science of geology from Moses’ – or rather, from the Anglican Church.
But Moses was right.
The Torah’s account and timescale of the creation of the world is true.
And Hawaii could be about to prove that in a truly spectacular – pele – fashion.
UPDATE: TORAH SOURCES ON HOW THE WORLD HAS ALREADY CHANGED SIX TIMES IN THE LAST 5777 YEARS
One of my readers asked me to re-post this for her son. I think now is probably as good a time as ever to do that, as it underlines the point about the awesome wisdom of the Torah, and how we'd be very foolish to believe 'science' over Moshe Rabbenu and God.
1) GOD CREATED 974 WORLDS BEFORE THIS ONE.
There were 974 generations and worlds created BEFORE our current one, in a process that lasted 2,000 years.
2) PREVIOUSLY, WHENEVER GOD DESTROYED ONE OF THESE 974 WORLDS, HE DID THAT BY OVERTURNING THE EARTH FROM THE T’HOM, I.E., FROM THE DEPTH OF THE WATER TABLE
God destroyed the previous 974 generations by flipping the earth’s crust over from the water table, completely destroying all life on the planet in an instant, and returning the world to TOHU AND BOHU, the Hebrew terms for chaos and ‘nothingness’.
(Imagine the enormous mind-boggling energy at play in 'flipping' the world over 974 times. This is why all the carbon dating stuff brings back false readings. This approach works on the 'false science' principle that the world has been steady state for billions of years, and that radioactive isotopes always decomposed in exactly the same way, and in exactly the same environment, as we currently live in.
If there was significantly more water in the world - say, from a Noah's flood - or significantly more carbon - say, from half a million volcanoes all exploding at once - that would completely throw out all these radiometric dating techniques, and render them useless for dating anything more than around 3-4,000 years ago, when the last huge global cataclysms occurred.)
3) GOD WILL CHANGE PLANET EARTH (OUR EXISTING ONE) 7 TIMES BEFORE MOSHIACH COMES
Those seven worlds are:
World 1: Adam and Eve (Year 1 in the Hebrew calendar, 5777 years ago)
Midrash (Bereishit Rabba 10:4) tells us:
Before Adam HaRishon sinned, the heavenly bodies had shorter and quicker orbits. Once man sinned, God caused the celestial orbs to travel in longer and slower circuits. Since then, the apparent circuit of the sun takes 12 months, the orbit of the moon, just under thirty days, etc
Rav Dovid Brown explains:
“In order for the solar year to have been less than 12 months, the earth would necessarily have been closer to the sun that it is now…If the earth was closer to the sun, the energy received from the sun would be greater…greater energy would result in a more powerful earth with capabilities inconceivable to us…The loss of this greater energy would result in a weaker earth and inferior beings inhabiting it.”
To put this another way, the intensity of cosmic rays bombarding planet earth DEFINITELY CHANGED, from current norms, when Adam and Eve were around.
World 2: From Adam to Enosh (Year 1 to Year 1140 in the Hebrew calendar, when Enosh died)
There was a partial flood of the world at this time, and also new mountain ranges sprang up overnight, undoubtedly due to ‘action at a distance’ effects from a passing planet-sized comet or celestial body. Again, this would dramatically affect the atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere, rendering modern radiocarbon dating measurements obsolete.
World 3: Enosh to Noah’s flood (Year 1140 - Year 1656 in the Hebrew calendar)
Sforno (Parshat Noach 8:22) explains that:
Before the mabbul (Noah’s flood), the apparent circuit of the sun was directly around the equator.
The change in the attitude of the earth after the mabbul, so that the earth faces the sun at in inclination of the axis, is the cause of the varying seasons.
Before the mabbul, the climate was perpetually warm due to the sun striking the earth directly at the equator. That environment was extraordinarily robust compared to the modern world’s, and the earth had greater energy in all its members, mineral, vegetable, animal and human.
Again, clearly the cosmic rays bombarding the planet during this period weren’t occurring at the same relatively ‘fixed’ levels and intensity observed in more modern times.
World 4: The Mabbul (Noah’s flood) (Year 1656 in the Hebrew calendar, 4121 years ago)
Geologically: A foot of the earth’s topsoil is washed away, the rest of the earth is ‘mixed’ with boiling water that contains sulphur, polluting the earth’s ground and weakening it for the rest of the world’s natural lifespan.
Also, the earth received NO ENERGY from the celestial bodies throughout this time, also severely weakening its ability to produce food and support life.
World 5 - aging, physical degeneration and illness (Beginning around the year 2000 in the Hebrew calendar)
The Midrash (in Pesikta D’Rav Kahana, 22) tells us:
“When Yitzhak was born [in 2048], God increased the light emitted by the heavenly luminaries.”
The Gemara in Tractate Chullin, 91B, also explains how the sun changed its course twice, during the lifetime of Yaacov Avinu (who was born in 2108).
And then there were other enormous upheavals too, at the time of Moses and the Israelite exodus from ancient Egypt.
These astronomical changes brought about changes in the cosmic radiation bombarding planet Earth that had direct and immediate results on how the human body aged, degenerated and became ill, from that point on - all of which is born out by the latest findings in bio-physics.
And all these events also affected the fundamental basis for the accuracy of radiocarbon dating.
The last major changes to the physical nature of the world occurred in the time of King Hezekiah (who ruled for 29 years, around Year 3200 in the Hebrew calendar).
In this particular instance, the Midrash in Esther Rabba (3:1) explains that the world ‘gained’ five hours as a result of this astronomical shift, as measured by the ancient sun-clock of Ahaz.
THE WORLD HAS CHANGED, FUNDAMENTALLY, AT LEAST SIX TIMES IN THE LAST 5777 YEARS
Again, this is why radiocarbon dating simply doesn’t work, accurately, for anything going back more than around 4,100 years.
That’s also why radiocarbon dating happily assigns dates in the millions (and even billions…) of years to organic matter that is actually only maximally 8,000 years’ old (including the Torah’s assignment of 2000 years to the 974 worlds that preceded ours), because it’s working on the twin assumptions stated at the beginning that radiocarbon decays today at the same rate it always has - which is simply not true!
To quote Immanuel Velikovsky, who painstakingly pieced together so much of the scientific evidence that clearly shows that the events described above did occur, and have left innumerable traces even today:
“Bursts of cosmic rays and of electrical discharges on an interplanetary scale would make organic life surviving the catastrophes much richer in radiocarbon.” So any radiocarbon test would date these remains as being much younger than they actually are.
At the same time: “If invasion of the terrestrial atmosphere by ‘dead’ (non-radioactive) carbon from volcanic eruptions, meteoric dust, burning oil and coal and centuries-old forests predominated the picture, than the changed balance of radioactive and radio-inert carbon would make everything in the decades following the events appear much older.”
And on Noah’s flood specifically, Velikovsky writes that: “The Deluge increased the water basin, or hydrosphere, on earth… It’s quite possible that the volume of water was more than doubled on earth in this one cataclysm.”
 (See the following sources: Chagiga 13b, Midrash Bereishit Rabba 3:7, Midrash Tehillim 34:1. Zohar Bereshit 25a).
 Midrash Tanchuma (Yitro 14) tells us: “When God sought to give the Torah He first offered it to all the nations other than Yisroel, but they refused it. He wanted to return the world to its dimension of water. When Yisroel accepted the Torah, the world was stabilised.”
 Pirkay d’Rabbi Eliezer (18) says:
God created seven worlds, or which his favorite is the last. Six of them to come and go, and one which is pure Shabbat.
 (More sources: Sanhedrin 108a, Bereishit Rabba (26:2), Pirkey D’Rabbi Eliezer (22), Bereishit Rabbat 34:11 and 36:1, Agudat Bereishit (10).)
 (Sources: Bereishit (9:3), Brachot 60a, Sanhedrin 100b and 108b, Rashi on Parshat Noach, (6:13))