(800) 234-8558
Issue Features

In This Issue
Reason and Revelation Volume 22 #6

# Questions and Answers: Evidence for a Young Earth

#### Q.

I am attempting to demonstrate to a friend that the Earth is young, but I am not a scientist and cannot discuss such things as the fossil record with any authority. What other evidence might I be able to us to help him to see that the Earth is young, as the Bible teaches?

#### A.

One of the easiest-to-understand, yet strongest, arguments for a young Earth comes from the field of human population statistics. According to United States Census Bureau, the Earth currently is home to a little more than six billion people. The human population grows when more people are born than die. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the current growth rate of the world population is about 1.7%. This means for every 100 people, 1.7 are added each year. Using these data along with historical records, we know that the human population on Earth doubles approximately every 40 years. With this information in mind, we can ask two questions: (1) What would the growth rate need to be in order to get today’s population from the eight individuals on Noah’s ark; and (2) What “should” the population be? Calculating that the Noahic flood was approximately 4,500 years ago, we would need only a population growth of about 0.5%. Factor in things like war, famine, and diseases, and I think you easily can see how the population reached the 6 billion figure we have today.

If the Earth really is 4.5 billion years old (as evolutionists claim), and if people have been around for 3-4 million years, then what should the population be? Let’s suppose that humankind started with just two individuals (we will call them Adam and Eve for the sake of our argument). And suppose that they lived on the Earth 1 million years ago (even though evolutionists contend we have been here longer, we will use a conservative figure). Allowing for wars, famine, disease, etc., there would be more than 1 x 105,000 people on the Earth today! That number is a 1 followed by 5,000 zeros. Yet the entire Universe (at an estimated size of 20 billion light-years in diameter) would hold only 1 x 10100 people. Evolutionary time does not explain the current population. Population statistics provide additional verification of the accuracy of the Scriptures regarding matters related to time.

*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

Surrendering to His Lordship

This booklet addresses the all-important principle of authority as expounded in Scripture, pinpointing the means by which the honest inquirer may understand how the Bible authorizes, i.e., how we may know what God approves and disapproves in...

Free E-Books
Featured Audio

Listen