How old is the earth? If you asked most scientists they would tell you it is 4.5 billion years old. If you asked a Christian who believes the creation account in Genesis is literally true he would tell you it is only a few thousand years old. Those who believe the earth is old claim that their view is supported by scientific evidence and that young earth creationists reject science. Our rejection of the belief that the earth is billions of years old isn’t based on science but on history. The Bible reveals that earth was created by God and later there was a worldwide flood which created the majority of the fossils that we find today. In a previous post I showed some of the scientific evidence which supports this belief.
From what I have written so far it appears that all Christians believe the earth is young while others believe it is old. Most of you are aware that this isn’t the case. There are Christians who believe the Bible and yet at the same time believe the earth is old and for a long time I was one of them. I have been a Christian for almost 60 years and for the first 50 of those years I believed the earth was billions of years old. I reconciled these beliefs by believing in the Gap Theory. Here is an article that explains what the gap theory is and why it is unbiblical. Read the rest of this entry
If a physician examines someone whose age he doesn’t know he can make a good estimate of his age because he understands the aging process and know long it would take his patient to reach his current physical condition. But what would happen if he traveled back in time and examined Adam a few days after his creation and tried to guess his age? If he didn’t know Adam had been created directly by God he would assume he had been born as a baby and grown to adulthood. His estimate of Adam’s age would be much too high. His error wouldn’t be the result of any incompetence on his part but it would occur because of his lack of historical knowledge of Adam’s past.