Quote: ‘I think this is showing we are about 4,500 years from the end of the flood. What happened during the flood, and how long the flood actually is the much bigger question that has to be answered.’
Well, it seems Genesis chapter 5 and 11 as well as Luke chapter 3 give a clear historical genealogy of Adam to Christ. (About 4,000 years).
So, when reading through Genesis chapter 6to9 it is a pretty safe to conclude approximately one year for the flood.
Quote: ‘I do believe the entire universe (when it was constructed in its initial perfection) was more like a universe-sized neutron star.
This would make the flood event a universal event...’
John was describing this process in Rev 6:12
I watched as he opened the sixth seal....
It seems you were taking revelation 6:12 out of context. That passage is speaking of the future events, not past events.
Quote: ‘.... Is what happened when the perfection of a universe constructed like a neutron star is disrupted....’
It seems The biblical record indicates the laws of physics changed at the time of ‘the fall‘.... when thorns and thistles were going to begin to appear, as well as pain, suffering and death would also begin (The second law of thermodynamics, from Order to disorder)....disrupted well before the time of the flood.
Quote: ‘How long this process took is questionable. The current inflation theory of the Borde-Guth-Vilenkin puts the age of the universe at approximately 14 billion years’
We should be Careful not to insert mans fallible theories/ideas into Gods written word.(because of our finite knowledge)
Just as we can all to easily do with the morality subject too.
In other words, the only reason people/scientists conclude ‘old age’ results from dating techniques is because of the underlying assumptions at play.
Ie. What if we never discovered that tree rings or ice layers could be produced multiple times per year, and always continued to *assume* slow and gradual rings and layers? You see? Our finite knowledge can really lead us down the wrong path, drastically!
Which is why the author of the book of Judges correctly Concluded ( The last verse of the book) that when God goes, anything Goes.
‘ lean not on our own understanding.’
Quote: ‘The atomic clocks (before the inflation of the universal flood event) would have operated in perfection and measured time differently than we do today.’
Again, it seems the atomic clocks started ticking differently when God withdrew his presence (because mankind, now being sinful, cannot be in his Holy/pure presence, just as mankind cannot approach the sun without guaranteed death)
Quote: ‘...which might be why the Earth looks much older to science.’
I got to say, Adam and Eve were only one second old yet were fully formed. Old looking. Created mature.
In other words, science does not speak, the rocks do not speak, they must be interpretated. It is only human interpretation that says the earth and universe as much older. Especially because if we do not have all the facts, like an all knowing God would have, yes?