The Bible and the Age of the Earth

From Issue: Discovery 5/1/2014

According to the theory of evolution, man is a newcomer to Earth, far removed from the beginning of the Universe. If the Universe was born 14 billion years ago, as evolutionists teach, man did not evolve until about 13.996 billion years later. (That’s a long time!) The problem is, the Bible never hints at such a long timeline (nor does true science).

In Mark 10:6, Jesus taught about the first human beings, saying, “[F]rom the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.” According to Genesis 1 and 2, God made Adam and Eve on the sixth day of Creation. Jesus referred to this same occasion and indicated that God made them “from the beginning of the creation.” Similar to how on another occasion Jesus linked Abel’s day with “the foundation of the world” (Luke 11:50-51), so the forming of Adam and Eve on day six of the Creation could be considered “from the beginning of the creation.”

The apostle Paul also alluded to how long man has been on the Earth. To the Christians in Rome, he wrote: “For since the creation of the world His [God’s] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1:20). How long has man been aware of God? “Since the creation of the world”—not billions of years after the world was created.

Since the Bible also contains lengthy genealogies that extend from Jesus all the way back to Adam, we can know that man has been on Earth for only a few thousand years. And, if man has been on Earth for only thousands of years, then we can know that the Earth is not billions of years old as evolutionists teach. Why? Because man has been on the Earth “from the foundation of the world.”

God has clearly spoken on a number of subjects that various people have twisted. One of those subjects is Creation. The Bible plainly teaches that God, by the word of His mouth, spoke the Universe and everything in it into existence in six days only a few thousand years ago.


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