Answers to Tricky Questions of Faith 1: How Old Is The Earth?
If you’re a Christian, you’ve probably struggled with this seeing that scientists claim the earth is 4.5 billion years old and Bible chronology puts it at about 6,000 years old. I did a little research on this and found some very rich material which I’d like to share with you.
I realise that some educated believers worry about such issues where scientists sound so confident that they have the right answer but I would rather put my faith in the eternal God and His word than in the findings of finite man, findings which in time tend to be refuted by new evidence. The fossil record may seem ironclad to many today but is it really? Plus, I won’t be surprised if whatever seeming proof it gives to evolutionary thinking is reinterpreted in the light of new knowledge in the future.
There is no need to feel embarrassed when something in the Bible is at odds with science. If you ask me, science will align with it when man learns enough about the subject. The truth is that much of science is speculation and extrapolation from whatever evidence is available, with the scientists clearly pointing out the limitations of their findings. However, those who report scientific findings for the layman (in school books and in the press) often take the findings as more categorical than they really are and even hype them. Hence the need to educate oneself on these matters.
If you think religion and science are parallel lines, perhaps you should read material on the subject. A good place to start is this article about the work of awardwinning theoretical physicist, Marcelo Gleiser, in which he shows that “traditional religion is actually more compatible with science than atheism” and that “atheism is not even remotely scientific”.
Quit feeling that it’s stupid to believe in God and exercise faith in this modern age.
(Related: What Have You Done With This Man? – Includes faith professions of different eminent persons)
On this particular issue of the age of the earth, note how the figures from science have been changing over time but the biblical answer remains the same. So, here we go!
The idea that the earth is billions of years old is linked to evolution because it would take so much time for the species to evolve. Going by the creation story in Genesis, that isn’t what happened.
“Evolutionary Dating Methods Are Unreliable.” In other words, the methods used to date rocks, human and animal remains can’t be trusted because of certain faulty assumptions upon which they are based. Here are two of the examples cited:
a. “Studies on submarine basaltic rocks from Hawaii, known to have formed less than two hundred years ago, when dated by the potassium-argon method, yielded ages from 160 million to almost three billion years ….”
b. In one case, “muscle tissue from a mummified musk ox was dated at 24,000 years, while hair from the same carcass
dated only 7,200 years!”
New scientific evidence continues to show that the assumptions made about an old earth are wrong.
And this is the part I like most: the Biblical record itself shows that the earth and man were created about the same time. “The prophets affirmed that Jehovah’s sovereignty has been evident to man ‘from the beginning,’ even from ‘the foundations of the earth’ (Isaiah 40:21). How could this statement be remotely accurate if man did not arrive upon the planet until billions of years after earth’s creation?”
And so much more! Like some problems with the Gap Theory that claims there were billions of years between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 in order to accommodate an evolutionary timetable. My simple faith is already revolted by that! How can a Christian be struggling to align the Scriptures with evolution?Every concept in the theory of evolution (and amended thereafter) is imaginary. I L Cohen Click To Tweet
This article is definitely worth a read. And it isn’t too long.
(I have also included at the end of this post some quotes that show that evolution is a fraud from a cross-section of scholars.)
(Related: 5 Amazing Qualities Of The Bible – Why It’s The World’s Most Popular Book)
Other Helpful Articles
You can also read the following and research more on this question of the earth’s age yourself. For example, how can we explain dinosaurs (those huge reptiles that science says lived 65 million years ago) from the Bible?
2. Creationist Ken Ham discusses his belief in a 6,000-year-old Earth
“If Christians Don’t Believe In A Literal Genesis, They Have No Foundation For Their Doctrine”
3. Did Dinosaurs Really Exist? A Christian Response by Chris Carpenter
(This article points out the similarity between dragons in the Bible and what science calls dinosaurs, showing from archaeological,evidence that such creatures lived as recently as two thousand years ago in China and Latin America. If dragons were actually mythical creatures, why are they mentioned along with other creatures that still exist today as in Psalm 91:13 (KJV)? Meanwhile, the writer notes that some modern Bible translations replace the word ‘dragon’ with ‘jackal’ in some cases whereas the Biblical description shows a much larger animal than a jackal, an animal that is more like a dinosaur. (See Isaiah 13:22 for instance.)
You need to read this piece yourself. It’s an interview and it’s very rich!The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God will stand for ever.-Isaiah 40:8 Click To Tweet
4. What is the Meaning of Dragon in the Bible?
(The descriptive features of the Biblical dragon are given here with the relevant scriptures. And the article adds: “The animal sounds like the Loch Ness monster in the British Isles that so many claim to have seen. Was or is he real? Henry M. Morris, a highly respected scientist, believes it was an dinosaur. Skeletal remains of such an animal exist – a sea animal with a long neck.”)
5. What Does the Fossil Record Show?
(The fossil record shows no evidence of transitional life forms. Species appear fully developed and disappear as such. With all the paleontological evidence that has been gathered in the over 150 years since Darwin made his postulations which hinged on finding these transitional life forms or missing links that show how the species evolved from elementary to complex forms, the missing links are still missing! If you ask me. evolution is nothing more than a hypothesis which shall forever remain unproven because the critical evidence will remain a mirage.)
6. We have still not found the missing link between us and apes by Colin Barras
(Written from a scientific, rather than a theological perspective, I found this BBC article hilarious because it showed that much of science is about conjecture and constantly shifting perspectives as shown in the search for the missing link between human beings and apes.)
Let me end by pointing out that this question of the earth’s age has little to do with our salvation. We are saved by believing in God and in the finished work of Christ on the cross and accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour whether we subscribe to the idea of a young or old earth. I think each of us should keep learning but be wary of placing any other source above the word of God. May God bless us richly while we serve Him faithfully and await the glorious return of Christ, our Lord. Amen in Jesus’ name.
Quotes Questioning Evolution
“One is forced to conclude that many scientists and technologists pay lip-service to Darwinian theory because it … excludes a Creator.” – (Dr Michael Walker, anthropologist)
“The fact that a theory so vague, so insufficiently verifiable, and so far from the criteria otherwise applied in ‘hard’ science has become a dogma can only be explained on sociological grounds.” – (Ludwig von Bertalanffy, biologist)
“Darwinian theory is the creation myth of our culture. It’s the officially sponsored, government financed creation myth that the public is supposed to believe in, and that creates the evolutionary scientists as the priesthood… that’s why they’re so vicious towards critics.” – (Phillip Johnson, law professor)If Christianity ... is true it cannot be destroyed by science. – E.Y. Mullins Click To Tweet
“Scientists who go about teaching that Evolution is a fact of life are great con men, and the story they are telling may be the greatest hoax ever. In explaining Evolution we do not have one iota of fact.” – (Dr T N Tahmisian, physiologist)
Every single concept advanced by the theory of evolution (and amended thereafter) is imaginary as it is not supported by the scientifically established probability concepts. Darwin was wrong… The theory of evolution may be the worst mistake made in science.” – (I. L. Cohen, archaeologist)
“We are told dogmatically that Evolution is an established fact; but we are never told who has established it, and by what means. We are told, often enough, that the doctrine is founded upon evidence, … but we are left entirely in the dark on the crucial question wherein, precisely, this evidence consists.” – (Wolfgang Smith, mathematician, physicist, philosopher of science, metaphysician)
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