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Earth’s Age (con’t.)

Humans have been on the Earth from the be-

ginning of time. They did not evolve millions

of years after Creation (Genesis 1:26-27; Exo-

dus 20:11; Mark 10:6; Romans 1:20). By cal-

culating how long humans have been on the

Earth, it is possible to arrive at an approximate

age for the planet. Secular history and the Bi-

ble indicate that from the present back to the

time of Abraham is about 4,000 years. Gen-

esis 5 and 11 provide genealogies that give the

ages of the fathers at the time of their sons’

birth. When these ages are added, they yield

about 2,000, thus giving an age of the Earth

of less than 10,000 years.

EXISTENCE OF GOD

Law of Cause and Effect

: Every material

effect must have an adequate antecedent or

simultaneous cause (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews

3:4). God is just such an adequate cause (cf.

Genesis 17:1; Job 42: 2; Revelation 1:8), Who

existed before the Universe (Psalm 90:2). God

is a spiritual (as opposed to material) Being

(John 4:24); thus, He is outside of the Law of

Cause and Effect.

Law of Biogenesis

: In nature, all life comes

from previous life of its own kind (Genesis

1:11-12,21,24; Acts 14:17).

Moral Law:

Every person acknowledges that

some things are right, while other things are

wrong. Since naturalistic evolutionary forces

cannot account for morality, then its origin

must lie with God (Psalm 89:14; Mark 10:18;

Romans 2:15).

Design in Nature

: Design demands a designer

(Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20-21).

IS GENESIS 1-11MYTH?

Within Genesis 1-11, there is no evidence that

it should be understood as “myth.” Jesus re-

ferred to the content in these chapters as his-

torical (Matthew 19:4; 23:35; Mark 10:6). The

New Testament writers referred to events in

Genesis 1-11 as literal, historical truth. Adam,

Eve, and their children are viewed as real peo-

ple (Romans 5:14; 1 Corinthians 11:8-12; 2

Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:13; Jude 11,14).

Plus, the creation of the world by the word of

God is accepted as an actual event (Psalm

33:6,9; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Hebrews 11:3; 2

Peter 3:5). The global Flood of Noah also is

viewed as historical (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5;

3:5). If Adam is not historical, then Christ is

not historical (Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians

15:45-49).

LITERAL, 24-HOUR

DAYS OF CREATION

The days of Creation are defined as hav-

ing an evening and a morning (Genesis

1:5,8,13). Throughout the Old Testa-

ment, the words “evening” and “morn-

ing” are used with the term “day” in

reference to specific, defined portions

of regular, 24-hour days in literal, non-

prophetic language like that found in

Genesis 1.

Hebrew word

yom

(day) used with num-

bers in non-prophetic language always

indicates a 24-hour period (Genesis

1:5,8,13,19,23,31).

If days are viewed as long periods of

time, what are the “months” and “years”

discussed in Genesis 1:14?

If the days were long periods of time,

and if each day had a long “evening” of

darkness, many plants that were creat-

ed on day three could not have survived

(Genesis 1:11-13).

The Hebrew language has other

words that can be translated “day”

(e.g.,

dor

,

olam

) that would have con-

veyed long periods of time, but these

were not used in Genesis 1.

The days of Creation week are the same

as the days enjoined on the Israelites at

Sinai (Exodus 20:11).

SALVATION

God’s Grace

— Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:24.

Salvation is God’s gift to all humanity, but each

individual must accept this gift, which comes

through...

Hearing the Word

— Romans 10:14-17.

Believing in Jesus as God’s Son

— John 8:

24; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 11:6.

Repenting of Past Sins

— Luke 13:3,5; Acts

2:38; Acts 17:30.

Confessing Faith in Christ

— Romans 10:9-10;

cf. John 12:42.

Being Baptized

— Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38;

Romans 6:3-6; Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21.

Living Faithfully

— Colossians 1:23; Revela-

tion 2:10; cf. Galatians 5:4; 2 Peter 2:20-22.

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