This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

 
© 2014ApologeticsPress
(800) 234-8558
syndication   |  About AP   |  Sign up for E-mail Newsletter    |    Privacy Policy    |    Contact Us
ApologeticsPress.org
Issue Features
  
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 11/1/2009


The Bible and the Age of the Earth

The Bible was not meant to be a science book, a geography book, or a math book. Yet, since God is the Author, when it refers to science, geography, or math, it is absolutely true. It has no mistakes or blunders like books written by humans. One of the amazing aspects of the Bible is the way it gives us the outline of human history with a general timeframe for when things happened. In doing so, it reveals the approximate age of the Earth.

Evolutionists say that the Earth is billions of years old. But that is not true. The Bible clearly teaches that the Earth has only been here a few thousand years. In Genesis 1 the word “day” is used several times to refer to an ordinary, 24-hour day. Each has an “evening and morning” just like days today. The words “year” and “night” are also used in their ordinary sense (vs. 14). Moses and the Israelites understood that the days of the Creation week were regular days, since God said to them: “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day” (Exodus 20:11). The Israelites worked six days of every week (Sunday to Friday), and then did not work on Saturday. So they understood that the entire Universe was created in six literal days.

If evolutionists are correct, the Earth was here billions of years before humans. But Jesus disagreed. He said: “[F]rom the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female’” (Mark 10:6), which means that Adam and Eve were created very near the beginning of Creation. Matthew’s wording of Jesus’ comment is that God made the first human beings “at the beginning” (Matthew 19:4).

Jesus also said that the blood of righteous people has been shed “from the foundation of the world” (Luke 11:50). But what righteous person was on Earth near the beginning of the world that was killed? Jesus named Abel (vs. 51)—the son of Adam and Eve (Genesis 4:2). Paul agreed with Jesus. In Romans 1:20, he said human beings have “clearly seen” and “understood” who God is “since the creation of the world.” So the Earth is only five days older than man—and even evolutionists would admit that man has not been on Earth for billions of years. The Bible is right!



Copyright © 2009 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, in whole or in part, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
U.S.A.
Phone (334) 272-8558

http://www.apologeticspress.org

Web Store

Explorer Series 6: Survey of Scripture

This sixth installment in the series is for parents who want their children to understand the essence and thrust of each book of the Bible so that you can get a good handle of God's Word as a whole.

Featured Audio

Listen

Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio