Dr. Jim Hamilton is happy to be a young earther, and so am I. He posts three reasons to think that the earth is not old, as in millions or billions of years, but young, as in thousands of years. Ultimately it comes down to how one views Scripture. And while Hamilton admits there may be things he doesn’t fully understand, when it comes down to it he wants “to interpret science and archeology from the biblical text rather than re-interpreting the biblical text in light of science and archeology.”
To this I give a big “AMEN!” It is painful to see so many theologians I respect capitulate to the scientific community on this issue, whether than simply letting the God-breathed text speak. Theories that accompany the old earth argument never fail to introduce whole hosts of irreconcilable theological problems which, quite frankly, are bigger problems than trying to lose face with the academy.
You can and should read Hamilton’s three reasons here.
In a previous post I began to examine the question “Just how old is the earth?” And if you’ve read it and didn’t think so already, I hope you came away with some appreciation of how important the question is. Our answer to the question, I believe, has a direct bearing with how consistent we are when we say that the Bible is without error, completely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and is the sufficient and authoritative revelation of God.
Many godly people waver on the doctrine of the authority of Scripture, I believe, when it comes to the question of how old the earth is and how the world came to be the way it is. In this post I want to dig a little deeper and think through some of the theological reasons for a young earth and literal six-day creation. I hope you’ll see what I believe to be the case: that when we move away from this view, there are questions that impact the gospel of Jesus Christ.
One of the assaults on the young earth as taught by Genesis is the study of geology and the belief by scientists that the soil and fossils and things like that were telling a story that contradicted Genesis. I concluded that their story was based on their assumptions, but creation is indeed telling a story. It’s just not the earth’s story, and it’s not geologists’ story. It’s God’s story, the story of creation, the fall, redemption, and finally, one day, the consummation of all things in Jesus Christ.
Creation is the theater of God’s glory.Have you ever wondered why God created the world? Why did God bother going through with creating something, like people, whom He would save by pouring out wrath upon His own Son? Why did God bother with creating the world? Continue reading
The age of the earth is a battleground today, a very volatile front in the war between truth and deadly error. The answer to how old our planet it, as I understand it, is young, as in thousands of years old, not millions or billions of years old.
But don’t take my word for it. As always, we must look to the word of God for our answers. I encourage you take a few moments to follow this link and read Genesis 1:1-2:3.
Even most of those who hold to some old earth view, or even some model of evolution, are willing to concede that a plain reading of Genesis says that God created the heavens and the earth in six sequential 24-hour days, and then there was one 24-hour day of divine rest. That’s what a plain reading tells us.
This was the overwhelming consensus of the church up until the early 19th century. There were challenges and other views that popped up from time to time. In fact, Augustine held to a different view. Nevertheless, the overwhelming consensus through church history has been the God created the world in six literal, 24-hour days. Continue reading