|What About The Bible--doesn't It Say The Earth Is About 6,000 Years Old?|
If you have not read Stories Versus Truth, you may want to read that before reading this.
Through the Book of Hebrews in the Bible, God says, "Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart." Whenever Scripture is read, God speaks through it. All Scripture is God-breathed. When you read the following, you are hearing God's voice: "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day." Exodus 20:11 This seems to indicate six 24 hour periods of time. Then, we have the genealogies that add up to a total of about six-thousand years. (some caveats about hearing God's Voice)
At the same time, the majority of scientists think that the earth is over four-billion years old. Keep in mind that the majority of scientists once thought that the Earth was the center of the universe, that bleeding people would be a cure for illness, and many other things that turned out to be wrong. Also remember that current science textbooks are out of date before they are published because what was thought to be scientific fact when the book was written has been debunked by science before the book gets into the classroom. Science, as it is practiced today, is full of assumptions. Some of those assumptions are wrong.
Some have said that there must have been a previous creation (perhaps another race of people without souls, the angels that fell, or maybe just dirt and sky) in a supposed gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. The idea is that God would not have any steps in His creation that would result in the earth being without form and void. First, we are not supposed to add to or take from Scripture. That means no speculation. Such a gap that God didn't tell us about would be highly speculative. But some say that God would not allow anything to be without form or void while He is finishing the work. Yet, He began the work of making Adam with forming dirt. And it is obvious from what we see around us that God is patient to have a fair amount of darkness present while He is working all things to bring about His final purpose. We know by revelation that death could not precede sin, since death came into the world by sin. We know by revelation that the great catastrophic flood took place in which all the animals and people except those on the ark were killed. But many people don't realize that the old Earth stories don't allow such a flood. Besides this, the Christian old-Earth biblical interpretations came about because Christians didn't fully look into the scientific evidence when some Atheists claimed that science had shown the Earth and Universe to be billions of years old. Had they actually checked it out, they would have known that old-Earthism is unscientific flimflam--a creative story that competes with what God says. There is a growing mountain of evidence that makes millions/billions of years scientifically impossible. It would be pure speculation (adding to Scripture) to say that there was a previous creation in which there was no death and for which we have no scientific proof--like the little man upon the stair who wasn't there.
Time is relative. This is a testable scientific fact. The creation story, and the rest of the Bible, is told using the frame of reference of the time that is passing on the Earth. Dr. Humphreys points out how God could have easily allowed billions of years to pass for the distant stars while virtually no time at all passed in our solar system in that part of day four when God created the stars. Read the articles These scientific articles give you a very interesting look at the actual scientific facts. They illustrate our need to keep our minds open, especially when we don't have complete information. We only know in part. The Scripture is accurate, and the human mind sometimes thinks that it has understood a concept when it has not.
You should know that any age that may be given for the Earth, whether old or young, is based on one of the following: circular reasoning, a pure guess, an outright lie, or divine revelation. There are far fewer scientific problems with the idea of a young Earth than there are with the idea of and old earth, however. In fact, the information supporting a young Earth is almost irrefutable--however, a dogmatic person can refute anything that is against what that person wants to believe. (see videos below) For more information on this, check out these links: Does Real Science Support Evolution And An Old Earth?The Real Problem With The Gap Theory: What Is Wrong With Believing That The Earth Is Billions Of Years Old If There Is A Way That You Can Reconcile That With Scripture, Even Though Such A Reconciliation Requires Some Amazingly Complex And Strange Assumptions?
There are a few ways that some theologians speculate an old earth into Scripture, but it must be understood that these are merely speculations. One is the day-age story. Here is a typical email that we received regarding this: "The bible tells us that to God a thousands years is as a day and it also talks about days as periods of time indicating that the days as referenced to in the bible are not literal days but rather days or periods of times within which God created the earth and everything in it. These days could well have been millions of years for each day." Note that the person putting forth this speculation says, "[the Bible] talks about days as periods of time indicating that the days as referenced to in the bible are not literal days but rather days or periods of times" This person is referring to the word, "yom," which can mean a random period of time but usually means a 24 hour period of time. When the type of grammar that is used in the Genesis account of creation, "yom" means a 24 hour day in every other instance in the Bible. Proponents of the day age concept have admitted that the text reads as 24 hour days, but the reason they think that "yom" should mean millions of years is because they think that "science had proven that the earth is billions of years old and that the life on the planet evolved and that the fossils were laid down over billions of years rather than by the great global flood of Noah's day.
The theories that say "In Genesis 1, a day means millions of years," came up at the same time the Secular Humanists pushed a political agenda by saying that believing that the Bible was the Word of God would be just plain stupid.
In an unrelated age-of-the-earth speculation, some theologians have the opinion that there was a gap in the beginning of Genesis. This gap speculation goes something like this: In the first chapter of Genesis, it says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Next, it says, "The earth was without form and void." While there is a totally speculative gap theory that neither the Bible nor science can falsify, there is also no evidence at all for this (or any other) gap theory. It is useless. This is the theory that God created Lucifer and the angels in a previous creation that also included the heavens and the earth but no animals and not mankind. Satan fell and everything became without form and void. Then God created a new heaven and a new earth, which took seven days. The fact is that this is a useless theory. There would be no scientific evidence that could confirm or deny it. There is nothing in the Bible to indicate that such a thing happened or didn't happen. It would have no effect on our eternal salvation in any case.
Some speculators believe that between those two verses, there was a time when all the dinosaurs lived. That cannot be true from both a Biblical standpoint and a natural science standpoint. The fossil record is either an account of a great world wide flood or else millions of years. The flood would have wiped out any fossils that might have formed in the supposed millions of years. If it is an account of millions of year, then there was no flood and the Bible is false. There is overwhelming evidence for the global flood, both in the Bible and in geology.
Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.
Consider the Word. What does it really say? What do we read into it by rationalized or spiritualized speculation?
Does it say that God, Who is Light, and in Whom is no darkness at all, made something that was without form and void (empty) and darkness was upon it, and then God fixed it in six days? Does it say that God made the heaven and the Earth and then something happened that caused the earth to become without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep? That is one of the arguments that some people have made. You can see that this gap theory is based on many assumptions and adding things to the Word of God. This is either speculation or extra-biblical revelation.
So let's start with what is clear. If we follow a rational reading of Scripture, then the six days of creation took place roughly 6,000 years ago, about 4,000 BC. Exodus 20:11 For In Six Days The LORD Made Heaven And Earth, The Sea, And All That In Them Is. Interestingly, the plain understanding of the text as six literal days does not disagree with any empirical science. Many speculations disagree with that a six-day creation--but the speculations are vapors and many of the arguments are biased in favor of the Secular Humanist Religion. The direction of travel is that, as we learn more about the physical world, the biblical dates become increasingly more conclusive and confirmed, and the political efforts of the Atheists become more violent and noisy.
Psalm 131 basically says that speculation is the mark of spiritual immaturity. There is no science that shows that the Earth is 6,000 years old. The entire premise is dependent on assumptions. Better to believe the Spirit of God speaking to us through the Word. Just because I may not understand, that is no reason to think that God is kidding or to make up some wild story, a vision out of my own mind. It is supreme pride that says that it can understand everything that God is able to do. At the same time, I'm so thankful for those scientists who point out that the speculators who claim that their speculation is science are just making up stories.
If there were a space of time in the so-called gap, the length of time is certainly not indicated. To say otherwise would require either speculation or else revelation. In other words, it would either be a revelation from God or else it would be a rationalized speculation from the pit.
There is an argument that says that Satan and the angels were created during the six days of creation. Exodus 20:11 For In Six Days The LORD Made Heaven And Earth, The Sea, And All That In Them Is. We believe what the Scripture teaches in all such areas because the Scripture has proven that it cannot be broken and God tells us, through His Scripture, that it cannot be broken. That being said, we also acknowledge that don't understand everything in Scripture and in the creation.
The fossil record speaks conclusively of the world-wide flood in which many dinosaurs, along with other animals and plants, died. The "death in the gap" theory is obviously in conflict with the Bible which declares that sin came through Adam and death through sin. Evolutionists analyze the residue that was left behind by the flood and, because they are preconditioned to believe in millions of years, they falsely interpret the flood residue to be evidence of millions of years. They will do all sorts of mental gymnastics to try to get the evidence for the flood to support the notion of millions of years. Exodus 20:11 seems to indicate that either all the gap theories are false or else the Bible is false. Many Christians have sided with the stories told by Atheists and simply say that you can't take the Bible literally. This has led to many leaving Christ. It has also led to many others saying that, since the Bible can't be taken literally here, there are other places where we can't take the Bible literally: sexual purity, honesty in business, the order and pattern of the home, the order and pattern of the church, thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not steal, honor your father and mother, God answers prayer, the gifts of the Spirit that are given by the laying on of hands of the presbytery, etc.
Speculation can take many forms, and the human mind is very deceptive. It's far better to leave speculation to the elite class of Humanists. They are much more fitted to serve the flesh than those who are following Jesus. The interpretation of Scripture is surely only by the power of the Holy Spirit, as the Bible teaches, not by the power of the human mind, as the Humanist religion teaches.
When thinking about all these interpretations of Scripture in regard to the age of the Earth, we need to realize that there is a huge difference between theology and the Bible... just as there is a huge difference between theoretical science and empirical science. We can't even deny the possibility that God could have done something that Scripture doesn't hint at and that has left no scientific evidence. It is possible. It just is not worth the time to think about it. We know that the scientific theories of an old Earth are based on assumptions and that changing the assumptions changes the conclusion to make a very young Earth. In other words, this so-called science is merely circular reasoning designed to support a conclusion that was based purely on speculation. We know that Evolutionism requires an old Earth and that this is the real driver behind the old Earth theories. (Actually, evolution doesn't even make sense over the supposed long periods of time, but that is another subject.) There are theologies that say that the six days of creation are really millions or billions of years. In the same way that the old Earth science is merely speculation, these old Earth theologies are merely speculation, and speculation is best avoided by Christians. There has been no extra-biblical revelation that has shown these speculations to be anything worth talking about.
Yet many Christians are dogmatic about these speculations. The motivation varies. Often it is an effort to appease the Secular Humanist religionists. Sometimes, it is an attempt to avoid criticism by the pseudo-intellectuals of the day. Sometimes, the counsel of the ungodly has influenced the Christian and the Christian is actually convinced that scientific method has proven an old Universe/Earth. The counsel of the ungodly is everywhere you look. Unfortunately, the Secular Humanist religion captured every method of communication: TV, radio, magazines, grade school, high school, higher education, government, the governmental scientific grant systems, and about half of the Christian churches. In essence, they brainwashed what was once a Christian nation, the U. S., along with every other nation. Christians have been brainwashed into the Secular belief system.
Should we be teaching what God has not clearly revealed?
The Bible is literally true. The Bible has proven itself to be an authority far superior to the vagaries of the various scientific methods that are out there. God is no more impressed with my opinions than He is with your opinions. God can reveal something to someone, but a revelation will never conflict with Scripture.
Some people think they know the answer to all these things. Perhaps, but be careful in being to sure of yourself. As the evolutionist is able to go very smoothly from science into rationalized speculation, so the theologian is able to go very smoothly from the Bible into rationalized or spiritualized speculation. It happens so smoothly that the theologian isn't even aware of what has happened. Perhaps some people do know the answer to all these types of questions. Perhaps they only think that they know the answers, but their supposed answers are simply speculation dressed up as rational thought. There are arguments for both sides, but it's OK to say, "I don't know and when God is concerned that I do know, He will reveal it to me." This website is going to stay out of the gap argument. We'll apply Deuteronomy 29:29 to it.
The way that the fossils are situated in the Earth makes us certain that the dinosaurs were made during the six days of creation and that many of them died in the great flood. The theory that they were made before the six days of creation doesn't fit with what we can observe in the layers of Earth strata that the flood left everywhere, and it also conflicts with the Scripture.
One of the reasons that the idea of evolution took hold in the first place was a bit of a rational-lie-zed speculation that was popular around the time that Darwin released his book. That rational-lie-zed speculation stated that there could be no variations at all, not even adaptations within a kind of animal. Well, their rational-lie-zed speculation was easy to disprove, and that made it easy for Darwin to sell his book. And that made anti-God people really happy. No wonder God told us not to add anything to the Bible or take anything away from it. God doesn't need our creativity. He doesn't need our private interpretations. He doesn't need our natural minds to cause understanding of spiritual things. He supplies any ideas we may need.
Last updated: Dec, 2013
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