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