Hello all my friends out there. Well in just a few hours my oldest daughter will be giving birth to our first grandchild. I am so excited. The nine months have gone by so quickly!
So what his the age of the universe? Does anyone really know? Well I am going to run the very first blog I wrote…my apologies for those of you who have already read it…it has been a year and certainly won’t hurt to read again. I ask for your patience under the circumstances, for I need to head to the hospital!
In my experience, the biggest misconception people have about the creation theory it the age of the earth. Generally speaking, many Christians have trouble computing their knowledge(millions of years), much of which has been attained through secular teachings, into a young earth.
Unless you were schooled in creation science, the majority of us have been trained, since before we attended pre-school, that the earth is billions of years old. Does a book like this sound familiar? 'Millions of years ago, dinosaurs walked on earth, long before man existed.' Children's books like this even come with wonderful pictures to peak our imaginations.
We went on to learn in school how the big bang spewed out the whole universe from a ‘dot no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence’ and put everything into motion. We were taught that life came from minerals in an ocean charged with lightning bolts. And that everything evolved from this primordial soup. Single cell organisms into multicell organisms, multicell organisms into fishes, fishes into amphibian, amphibian into reptiles, into birds, into mammals into apes into humans. We even saw pictures of it in our schoolbooks! So it must be true. Right?
Were the scientists who wrote the schoolbooks there in the beginning? How about the artists who drew the pictures? No? So how do they know, and what and who was there in the beginning? They don’t…it is a theory, the theory of evolution.
'In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.' (Holy Bible, Genesis 1:1) Now take the first four words – in the beginning, God. So we know, God was there, in the beginning, before there was anything – even time. Does it take faith to believe this? Yes! Does it take faith to believe the universe was compressed to the size of a period, then exploded rocks and water and mountains and oceans and planets, and stars, and comets and asteroids etc,etc? Yes! Even more so, I would say. I would much rather believe we are here by the planning and love of a supernatural being who is eternal. Existing before the universe, and who is omnipotent, having created the universe. Let’s see, a supernatural intelligent designer or a very heavy exploding dot. Which one do you want to put your faith in? (by the ways…you know what Got says about the exploding dot theory…you can believe it if you want, but get your own dirt. In other words where did the dirt and everything else, come from that’s in the dot…hmmm.)
For the person who has believed since before they could read that the earth is billions of years old, it is often difficult to make the transition in thinking to a young earth. To accept that according to scripture, the earth is indeed only six to ten thousand years old. And how do we know that?
By scripture! We as Christians must go back to the word for everything! Perhaps it has crossed your mind, when reading the long, long genealogies listed in the bible, why are they there. Other than identifying the line of Jesus, who cares? God had a reason to include them in scripture – the genealogies help us reach a truthful age for the earth. And we know that all scripture is God-breathed; that is, dictated by this supernatural intelligent designer.
The opening verse of the bible is crucial, it is foundational. To believe Genesis 1:1, one must abandon all that has been learned about an old age universe. If a person can get over the misconception of an old earth and believe the truth of scripture, they will have no difficulty believing the rest of the bible, and all the scientific evidence for a young earth…and an intelligent God.
All other misconceptions (including evolution, light years and star distance, radio active dating, population III stars, globular clusters, the ice age and on and on) people have about the creation theory stem from this foundational miss belief in an old universe.
Choose between these few beliefs:
*a caring supernatural being OR a exploding dot
* supernatural being - there in the beginning OR no life in the beginning
*we have this supernatural beings’ word the bible is true OR human authors thinking, the facts are probably, may be, could be true (along with an artist’s rendition to ‘prove’ it).
For those of you who have been reading the past blogs and used to believe (or still are questioning it) maybe this will help with your decision. Pray and ask the Creator God to help you understand.
Until next time,
Answeres in Genesis
Institute in Creation Research