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
Imagine that a scientist invents a time machine, travels back in time, and meets Adam and Eve just a few days after they are created. If he knew nothing of the Bible’s account of their origin he would assume they had been conceived, born, and grown to maturity just as other people have. If he tried to estimate their ages from their appearance he would conclude they were much older than they really were.
But suppose he noticed that they had no navels. Would he come to the correct conclusion that they had been specially created by God or would he stick to his belief that they had been born just as other humans are and try to find some other explanation for their lack of navels? Read the rest of this entry