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How old does the Bible say that the Earth is?


Biblical milestones

if the Bible is to be taken as it is written

without adding to it

or taking from it.

If you add the current year to 4150, you have the age of from Adam until now within about 50 years.

We can't 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. Well, someone may speculate that there might have been a previous creation that left no evidence.  Really?  Why would we care?  Perhaps if there were evidence that didn't involve any speculation, it might be worth a moment of thought, but, as it is, this is not even worth consideration. Stick with what God has revealed through science and through Scripture.


2013 + 4150 - 6163 years old 

(accurate to + or -

Event Time since last event Year AM Year BC/AD How was this derived Margin of Error
Creation begins   0   Genesis 1 0
Creation ends 6 days 0   Genesis 1 0
Adam sins Less than one year 0   Not given but God said, “be fruitful and multiply and Adam and Eve were expelled before giving birth to their firstborn. 0
The Flood 1666 years 1666 AM 2058 BC accurate record of ten generations from Adam to the flood. The reason for the margin of error is that only the year is given. +10 years
Jacob goes to Egypt 642 years 2298 AM 2058 BC accurate record of twelve generations +22 years
Exodus from Egypt 430 years 2728 AM 1416 BC Exodus 12:40 +23 years
Temple building starts 480 years 3208 AM 986 BC 1 Kings 6:1 +23 years
Exile of Judah about 345 years 3553 AM 486 BC This is derived from the record of how long each king reigned and making assumptions as to years that would have been in co-regencies. + or - 50 years
The Year 1 BC 486 years 4150 AM 1 AD The date of 486 BC is the consensus of most scholars. + or - 50 years

If you add the current year to 4150, you have the age of the Earth since creation within about 50 years.

Exodus 20:11 "... in six days the LORD made the heavens and the Earth, the sea, and all that is in them..."

Genesis 1:1-31 In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth. and the Earth [was] without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.  God said, "Let there be light." and there was light, and God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness, and God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night, [and that was the] evening and the morning [of the] first day, God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." and God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse correctly,  and God called the expanse, Heaven, [and that was the] evening and the morning [of the] second day. God said, "Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear." and God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas: and God saw that it was good, and God said, Let the Earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the Earth: and it was so, and the Earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after its kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good,  [and that was the] evening and the morning [of the] third day. God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heaven to give light upon the Earth." and God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also, and God set them in the expanse of the heaven to give light upon the Earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good, [and that was the] evening and the morning [of the] fourth day. God said, "Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that has life, and fowl that may fly above the Earth in the open expanse of heaven, and God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind." and God saw that it was good, and God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the Earth, [and that was the] evening and the morning [of the] fifth day. God said, "Let the Earth bring forth the living creature after its kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the Earth after its kind." and God made the beast of the Earth after its kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the Earth after its kind: and God saw that it was good. God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the Earth." so God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them, and God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the Earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the Earth. God said, "See, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the Earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat, and to every beast of the Earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creeps upon the Earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for meat." God saw everything that He had made, and, it was very good, [and that was the] the evening and the morning [of the] sixth day.

Matthew 1:1-17 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham fathered Isaac; and Isaac fathered Jacob; and Jacob fathered Judas and his brothers;  And Judas fathered Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares fathered Esrom; and Esrom fathered Aram;  And Aram fathered Aminadab; and Aminadab fathered Naasson; and Naasson fathered Salmon;  And Salmon fathered Booz of Rachab; and Booz fathered Obed of Ruth; and Obed fathered Jesse;  And Jesse fathered David the king; and David the king fathered Solomon of her who had been the wife of Urias;  And Solomon fathered Roboam; and Roboam fathered Abia; and Abia fathered Asa;  And Asa fathered Josaphat; and Josaphat fathered Joram; and Joram fathered Ozias;  And Ozias fathered Joatham; and Joatham fathered Achaz; and Achaz fathered Ezekias;  And Ezekias fathered Manasses; and Manasses fathered Amon; and Amon fathered Josias;  And Josias fathered Jechonias and his brothers, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:  And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias fathered Salathiel; and Salathiel fathered Zorobabel;  And Zorobabel fathered Abiud; and Abiud fathered Eliakim; and Eliakim fathered Azor;  And Azor fathered Sadoc; and Sadoc fathered Achim; and Achim fathered Eliud;  And Eliud fathered Eleazar; and Eleazar fathered Matthan; and Matthan fathered Jacob;  And Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.  So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations.

(Note: when calculated, this genealogy comes out to about 6,000 years.)

 Mark 10:6-8   But at the beginning of creation God "made them male and female. ... For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." So they are no longer two, but one.

(Note: Genesis is written as real history and Jesus spoke of it as real history.)

Romans 5:12  Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned

(Note: there was no death before one man, Adam, sinned.)

There are speculative Gap Theories that claims an old earth based on the Bible.  Most of these theories are neither consistent with science nor consistent with the Bible.  There is one gap theory that cannot be disproved by either science or the Bible--there is no evidence for it or against it.  While that seems to be a useless thing to think about, there are some people who spend a great deal of time and energy thinking about it.

It should be mentioned that scientific method does not, in itself, have the capacity to prove either a young or an old Earth. Both positions use the same scientific facts to come to very different conclusions based on either presupposition or direct revelation. Some would say it this way: the differences are in the beliefs, and those beliefs are based either in presuppositions or in revelation. The same applies to Evolution. Scientists apply scientific method in order to use their beliefs to make speculations that are consistent with those beliefs about what happened in the past. Some are aware that this is the process that they are using, but most, especially those on the side of Evolutionism and Old-Earthism, are totally oblivious to their bias. Logic can only have at its basis one of three things: revelation, circularity, or assumption (which is vapor).

Adam was commanded by God, be fruitful and multiply, so it is highly unlikely that Adam was in the garden much longer than nine months.  Adam's first son was born after Adam and Eve were put out of the garden.

"A straight-forward reading of the Holy Bible clearly teaches that God created all things in the space of six days, and 'all very good'."  The Article

Keep in mind that there is nothing in real science that refutes the Biblical account of six literal days. 

Ungodly people are forced to hold on tightly to some basic presuppositions.  These presuppositions are just simple-minded assumptions.  They are filters and a way to censor out any information that supports the existence of God.  They set up a web of rules to filter out God.  They will only accept those things that conform to Naturalism, materialism, and uniformitarianism.  Naturalism claims that God does nothing.  Materialism claims that there is no God or spiritual realm.  Uniformitarianism claims that there was not creation and that there was no violent worldwide flood, as the Bible and numerous other historical accounts record.  Whatever they observe that does not conform to this complex filter is censored.  The way that it is censored can take several forms.  The ungodly may boldly proclaim that, though the data appears to support God's version and refute the version of the ungodly, yet it still must be interpreted to mean just the opposite of what it does mean.  A backup method that ungodly people use is to prophecy that in the future, science will be able to explain what they see as an anomaly.  If that fails, they will hide the data, set it aside, or lie to keep the public from knowing the truth.  The data clearly demolishes the story of the ungodly and clearly supports the reality of the Creator God, His Bible, and His abiding Presence in His people.  When confronted with the obvious, a closed-minded ungodly person says, "I can't understand it."  They are willingly ignorant because they refuse to hold God in their knowledge.  The reality is that these people, for whatever reason, don't what to know the Creator.  They don't want to truly know Jesus, their Creator.


There is plenty of scientific evidence for a young Earth and a recent creation:


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