Monday, February 25, 2008

Bible's Age Of The Earth

From Creation Moments

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1

Just when was the "beginning" when God created the heavens and the earth, as spoken of in Genesis 1:1? In these days when scientists talk about "billions" of years, the question of what the Bible says on the matter of origins becomes even more important.

Few people doubt that the Bible intends to teach that the creation is young. The genealogies of the Old Testament are actual reproductions of the calendar system used in most ancient times.

While the subject is very complicated, we can share with you the calculations done by some well-known Christians. You are probably familiar with Bishop Ussher's calculation that creation took place in 4004 B.C. But did you know that no less than the great scientist Kepler calculated that creation took place in 3877? Martin Luther calculated that creation took place in 3961 B.C. The very oldest ages arrived at through calculations based on Scripture say the creation is about 7,500 years old.

For the Christian, the question of the age of the creation can only be answered on the basis of Scripture. There is no question that Scripture gives us more than enough information to conclude that the creation is young and that God wants us to know it. After that, it is simply a matter of whether we accept Scripture's authority.

References: © 2007 Creation Moments, Inc.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I do believe the Bible is inspired by God, written by ancient people trying to make sense out of their world. The Bible is literature, however, not an exact historical account. Why can we not believe in both creation and evolution? It makes perfect sense to me that God created this world, then set it loose to evolve. And that's what it did, over billions of years. Much of creation, like the dinosaurs, seem to be prototypes of smaller, finer creatures to come. God has been busy in His laboratory, and I see Him as the Master Scientist of all. For me, there are no conflicts about this. It just seems logical.

Donna said...

If you study some of the information on the site in this post, the science behind evolution is no longer making sense or validated because of new scientific evidence (especially on the age of the earth).

To me evolution would be like taking a Van Gogh or Renoir work of art, and adding some brush strokes of your own. Just my visual image of it :-)

However, man certainly has the ability to alter much, including our own body with our food choices and thoughts against ourselves. But that's a whole other topic.

I think when we get into not having any absolutes in life (like the authenticity of the Bible or Creation) life becomes murky and relative to our own whims and fancies. I find that the Bible is an anchor for me, but obviously we were created with free will to choose how we each live our own lives.