It doesn’t matter how old Christians think the Earth is

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One of the questions I, and many other Christians, often get asked is how old we think the Earth is which is either a fair question or one only asked with clear the intent to discredit us as Young Earth Creationists, therefore anti-science rubes.

I have a few thoughts on this which end with the conclusion that it really doesn’t matter how old a Christian thinks the Earth is.

Scientists believe that our universe began with one enormous explosion of energy and light, which we now call The Big Bang. This was the singular start to everything that exists. The beginning of the universe, the start of space, and even the initial start of time itself.

Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow, a self-described agnostic, once stated, “The seed of everything that has happened in the Universe was planted in that first instant; every star, every planet and every living creature in the Universe came into being as a result of events that were set in motion in the moment of the cosmic explosion. It was literally the moment of Creation. …The Universe flashed into being, and we cannot find out what caused that to happen.” As stated, this conclusion is distressing to atheistic scientists. To observe a reaction and not be able to document the cause is unsettling.

Jastrow concludes, “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”

In other words. Science can lead one to the obvious conclusion that God likely did it.

So whether you believe the Scripture speaks of six literal 24 hour periods or you believe Scripture does not necessarily tie you to the belief that God created everything in six days, It is absolutely logical to conclude, using science, the Bible, or both that:

  • God, who is from the beginning, eternal and outside of time, created time.
  • God, who is present everywhere and cannot be confined to space, created space.
  • God, who is spiritual, non-physical and outside of matter is the source of our universe and all that exists within it,

That is the message God wanted us to receive, through His Word…

“Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.”

– Isaiah 40

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.”

– Genesis 1:1

…and through creation itself.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

– Romans 1:20

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3 replies

  1. I think it does indeed matter how old the earth is. The problem is, none of us, Christian or atheist, knows the answer. The age of the earth is a faith belief for all parties, because the history of the origin of the universe is unobservable. There are a great many scientific proofs to support both sides of the argument, but getting a materialist to admit this is like trying to nail jello to the wall.

    One difference between a young earth creationist like myself and a materialist is that I am free to consider both sides of the argument. Because I’m going to believe in God regardless of my conclusion about the age of the earth. (Belief in deep time would simply make God more weird and inefficient.) By contrast, a materialist absolutely cannot even consider the possibility of a young earth, because evolutionary theory/atheism is utterly dependent upon material universe that is billions of years old. Deep time is flat out dogma for the materialist. It is unproven and unprovable, but it cannot be questioned because a rational materialist worldview collapses without it.

    I think this issue is one of the best apologetic arguments we have. In fact it is possible to have an entire discussion around hard science relating the the age of the earth without mentioning God at all. (Though atheists will always bring God/the Bible into the discussion.) But at the end of the day, an argument for a young earth is necessarily an argument for the existence of a supernatural First Cause.

    Therefore, materialists hope to relegate any discussion questioning deep time to looney-bin, flat earth, “anti-science” idiocy. This is simple bigotry and bias BECAUSE there is substantial scientific data to suggest that the earth cannot possibly be billions of years old. I would urge followers of Jesus to stop feeling embarrassed about this and educate themselves. Use the search bar at creation.com.

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    • @art & life notes

      Science actually is not an especially good vehicle for proving the existence of God. Here is the reason. If we are right and God created everything, then science does not have the tools for modeling what God did. Why? What scientists do is model cause and effect relationships. Ideally, scientists use mathematics. That is, they model the relationships between various causes and effects with mathematical formulas, and they prove that their models (or formulas) work by trying to reproduce in the laboratory the results predicted by their models. If God created everything, there is just no way scientist can model what He did, much less are they capable of reproduce what God did.

      What scientists can do is challenge the theories that supposedly don’t rely upon God. That in effect is what The Isaiah 53:5 Project has done here. What he has pointed out is that the Big Bang theory suggests everything was created from nothing. Kind of awkward, if one is an Atheist.

      Can we prove that ours is a “young earth”? Would that prove God exists? I don’t know, and I don’t know, but I doubt it. Whenever we try to put God directly into the equation, what we are talking about is theology, not science.

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  2. Hi Citizen Tom,

    I think science is a GREAT vehicle for proving the existence of God. You make some excellent points, and I agree that God Himself is outside of the reach of science. However, materialist scientists simply have not been able to discover naturalistic explanations at the most fundamental points for an accidentally existing and evolving universe. Until they do the materialist position on origins is every bit as much of a faith position as the creationist position, (more so, in my opinion.) A supernatural First Cause simply fits the observable evidence better.

    You ask a crucial question but I don’t understand why you answered it the way you did. You ask:

    //Can we prove that ours is a “young earth”? Would that prove God exists?…//

    You say you doubt it would prove God exists. You’re technically correct because claiming so would be an “argument from silence.” However, proving that the earth is thousands, (no need to say how many thousands,) rather than billions of years old leaves the materialist utterly without a rational worldview. So while this would not absolutely prove that God exists, a supernatural First Cause remains the best and only rational explanation on the table until somebody comes up with something better.

    In order to avoid this problem, materialists have redefined science so that only naturalistic answers can be considered, regardless of the evidence. But this is “question begging”/ circular reasoning. I would urge you not to capitulate by agreeing with them when it comes to historical questions about origins.

    So you see, there is need to put God directly into the equation. Furthermore, the Bible makes truth claims that are scientifically testable. Our case gets better, not worse, as scientific knowledge increases.

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