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The Age of the Earth
There is a lot of evidence that the earth is young. Some indications include the fact that there aren’t enough people in the world, there is not enough salt in the ocean, the moon is getting further away every year, the oldest tree is too young and the oldest coral reef is too young. There is an excellent little book entitled: The Young Earth by John D. Morris, PhD. The author, a geological engineer, describes the geological systems of the earth and shows that they have been made within thousands, not millions, of years.
The layers of the “geologic column” were dated before radiometric dating was invented. The index fossils were not dated radiometrically. Their age was assumed initially by the belief in evolution, how long they supposedly took to evolve. Then the rocks are given that age. The assumption that evolution is true is used to support an old age for the earth.
What Does the Bible Say?
According to the Bible, the earth is about 6000 years old. This age is derived from the belief in the six day creation as told in the Bible. Also, it is derived from the genealogies in the Bible. The genealogies say the age of each man at the time he had his children. If somebody accepts the genealogies as literal history, as I do, then from Adam to Jesus is about 4000 years, then about another 2000 from Jesus to the present.
Why Does it Matter How Old the Earth Is?
The earth is only thousands of years old and not millions of years old, therefore, there has not been enough time for the origin of life to occur by chance. Also, there has not been enough time for the process of evolution to develop all the creatures on earth. Because the earth is young, this indicates that life on earth was created by God.
See these articles by scientists and others for more information:
Top 10 Questions About Creation:
- Where Did Cain Get His Wife?
- Are Dinosaurs Mentioned in the Bible?
- Is There Really a God?
- Did God Use Evolution?
- Did Noah’s Flood Cover the Whole Earth?
- Creation : Where’s the Proof?
- How can we see distant stars in a young universe?
- What about the big bang?
- How long were the days of Genesis 1?
- What About Carbon Dating?
- Online Creation Videos