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).
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;
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
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
(day) used with num-
bers in non-prophetic language always
indicates a 24-hour period (Genesis
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
The Hebrew language has other
words that can be translated “day”
) 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).
— Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:24.
Salvation is God’s gift to all humanity, but each
individual must accept this gift, which comes
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.
— Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38;
Romans 6:3-6; Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21.
— Colossians 1:23; Revela-
tion 2:10; cf. Galatians 5:4; 2 Peter 2:20-22.