Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 5, 2008

2. Why Is the Age of the Earth Important?

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Earth

Earth’s age directly impacts Biblical credibility. God uses common language in Scripture to communicate clearly to men of all eras. The clear unambiguous teaching of Scripture is a 6,000-year-old earth.

If the earth is billions of years old as many scientists claim, then Scripture is wrong. If you cannot trust the Bible for simple historical information like ages, how can you trust it for reliable information about the far more complex issue of rescue from sin and death?

God is concerned about time. He made explicit provision for measuring it with the creation of the sun, moon, and stars on Day 4 (Genesis 1:14). Scripture records an abundance of chronological information to construct a historically accurate chronology.

God thought earth’s age was important because He included historical information on the age of the earth in Scripture. It helps man understand his origins, his history, and his need for salvation.

A side benefit is that a 6,000-year-old earth blows Evolutionism out of the water. Evolution is impossible in 6,000 years. This is the real reason for the relentless attacks on the Genesis genealogies.

Christianity is based on key historical events. If they did not actually occur, Christianity is worthless (1 Corinthians 15:14-19). Dates root events in history and distinguish the events from myths, legends, and fairy tales. If you do not take chronological texts (like the genealogies) literally, you undermine the authority of Scripture and the foundations of faith.

Chronology firmly anchors the Bible in real-world history. It’s essential to anchor the beginning. If the beginning is anchored, then what follows is anchored as well.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the second in a series of blog posts on the Age of the Earth.
Read the prequel:
1. How Old Is the Earth?

Read the sequel:
3. Earth: Young or Old?

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Thursday June 5, 2008 A.D.

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
(Psalm 33:6-9)

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  1. The Bible does NOT “unambiguously teach that the earth is 6000 years old.” There’s ample evidence that it’s 6000 (approx) since the flood and 7000 before then. Most of the accurate science “proves” a young earth…but not a 6000 year young earth. Please, please, please do the homework required to determine, using the Bible alone.

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    • The Bible does unambiguously teach that the earth is about 6,000 years old. Literal interpretation of the Genesis genealogies and the other chronological data in the Bible shows about 6000 years for the age of the earth. Noah’s Flood occurred about 4,500 years ago. Creation to the Flood was 1,656 years according to Genesis.

      Watch this blog for a coming series of posts on the Genesis genealogies explaining why they should be interpreted literally with no gaps.

      The Genesis genealogies show that Adam to Abraham covered about 2,000 years. Abraham to Christ was about 2,000 years. Adding 2,000 years from Christ to the present totals about 6,000 years for the age of the earth.

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  2. Excellent article. Packed with simple meaningful wisdom. I can see that this sets the stage very well for the case you will be making on the Age of the Earth.

    Your closing lines need to be remembered: “Chronology firmly anchors the Bible in real-world history. It’s essential to anchor the beginning. If the beginning is anchored, then what follows is anchored as well.”

    This closing paragraph reminds me of how mathematicians solve most problems, by reducing the solution of a big problem (or a family of problems) to the solution of a smaller problem. Having firm reasoning for believing God for what He says about “the beginning” provides a foundation for reasoned arguments for the questions that come after “the beginning.”

    Thanks for tackling this subject.

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    • Thanks for reading and for your encouraging comment. I appreciate your insightful thoughts!

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  3. I am 74 now. When I was a teenager, they were telling us that evolution is true and that the earth was really 100,000 years old. Of course that would never be enough time to evolve to where we are because there is no amount of time that could make that happen. They kept upping the time. I think it is around 13 billion years now which is a Kabbalah number they have used for many centuries.
    The fact is that God created the earth. It was a 6 day event. Everything is so interdependent that one small thing can not exist without the other small thing. Of course the large things and all things are exactly the same.
    God did it all with a purpose and he did it quickly. He told us the order and gave us the genealogies as a calendar so we could measure the time.
    I have found it amusing over the years to watch the evolution believers keep stretching the length of time so that somehow evolution could be true.
    One of the examples that I use is that if a sentient being woke up one day and said, “I need an eye.”, what would that mean? If I am the only one that can see and it takes billions of years for me to develop an eye and others take billions of more time to get theirs and I don’t know what seeing is and I don’t know others can see…… This is a major exercise in Science So-called and has no basis whatsoever in Truth.
    If God did not create the earth, then obviously none of us are here and this is not happening. There are actually many philosophers that take that position.
    The other position they take is that we create our own reality. That is as impossible as thinking you might need an eyeball, when you don’t know what seeing is and no other being can see.
    Living in God’s creation and wanting to be God is silly. I can’t think of a better word for it. Even the most ridiculous people who think they can be God, really would never want the job. It is so far beyond their capacity or understanding that it is never really considered. What they really want is to tell God what to do and have Him obey them.
    Being God would require them to be responsible for creating the world and keeping all of it working, all of the time from the microcosm to the macrocosm.
    They don’t even want to be responsible for themselves and their loved ones.
    I am going with God created the world in 6 days and in Him we live and move and have our being.

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting. I likewise go with “God created the world in 6 days and in Him we live and move and have our being.” Great conclusion.

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