Difficulty 10: Age of the earth, 4 thousand or 4 billion?

The difficulty of creation vs evolution: relating to th earth’s age

  • So God created the world in 6 days, and then rested
  • Yet science boldly proclaims the earth is millions of years old

Which one is right? Just maybe, both are right, but how?

1)      Let’s take a look at the first 6 days

In Genesis 1:11-13

“Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit . . .13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

How do plants and trees produce seeds and fruits (like the one Adam and Eve ate) in less than 24 hours?

This tends to show that either the days in Genesis 1 were longer than 24 hours, or that during that time, God created a “grown-up” universe (one that appears much older than it truly is). After all, God created Adam and Eve and ALL the animals in an adult life form (otherwise how would they survive without parents to care for them?). Why couldn’t earth, in its original state then, also be created “mature” and appear millions of years old to scientists?

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” – Genesis 1:27-28

2)      Let’s consider the flood.

It is widely known and accepted by scientists that pressure and heat affect the properties of all natural items. Therefore, when the flood occurred, it could have affected the geological properties of items, causing carbon dating to be incorrect. Yet, carbon dating does not account for this known scientific effect.

3)      Let’s consider the word “day”

Throughout the Bible, we find the word “day” to be used as a period of time, not necessarily 24 hours.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. – Genesis 2:1

Notice anything missing from this day, that was included in days 1-6? There is no “evening and morning.” It is purely possible that God continues to rest today, as part of the 7th day, because we never are told that evening has come. Hmmmm….

 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. – 2 Peter 3:8

So, if the Lord’s days are not equivalent to our days, then….?

SUMMARY: While we don’t know the answer or the true explanation of these things, we can do some comparative analysis. We know the Bible provides us with genealogies (some incomplete or with known gaps). These genealogies and analysis show the earth to be less than 10,000 years old. Science maintains the earth around 4.5 billion years old. So how do we explain the apparent difficulty here? Simple, either the earth was created old (like animals and Adam and Eve were as described in the Bible), or the days were longer than 24 hours long (also evident in Bible). Either of these is plausible, and yet, there may be yet another explanation that man has yet to discover.

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