|Does it really matter whether a person believes in a young creation or an old one?
|Whether the earth is young or old, whether God used creation or evolution, whether God created in six days or over billions of years or whether death existed prior to man’s sin are not the most important questions. But the way you answer these questions, will answer these two primary questions for you. The two key questions are:
1) Is the Bible the infallible, inspired Word of God?
2) Is Genesis (the foundation for the Lord Jesus Christ as God, Creator and Savior) true or not?
In Genesis, Moses wrote of a six day Creation just a few thousand years ago and of man’s original sin bringing in death to God’s perfect creation, separating us from God. Moses wrote of the eventual need of a Redeemer to permanently reunite us with God. It is of little wonder that Jesus stated in John 5:46-47 that if you don’t believe Moses you will have difficulty believing in Jesus.
Also, Jesus told us that we can tell good from bad by the fruits. Belief in old ages make original sin, the global flood, Noah’s ark and the genealogies out to be myths. This in turn makes liars out of Jesus and every writer of the New Testament, as well as Old Testament authors who mention these events. In other words, old age beliefs undermine all of Scripture! Talk about wicked fruit!! Belief in old ages has resulted in billions of people rejecting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This should be all that needs to be said but I will go further.
Belief in either a young earth or an old earth comes down to your belief in how the earth’s strata layers accumulated. The radioisotope dating methods are not only non-scientific (they are based on multiple wild guesses), but they are demonstrably erroneous!! Any knowledgeable scientist will attest to this proven fact. We either believe in the global flood which laid down the layers recently or we believe in the slow, gradual, uniformitarianistic accumulation of the layers over long ages. If slow accumulation of strata were true, by deduction we should expect NOT to find: fossils (which rot away quickly); Poly Strata fossils (which traverse multiple layers); helium in lower layers; index fossils above their extinction layers, fossils below their “evolutionary” layer; older layers above younger layers; branching coal seams; oil deposits; natural gas deposits; fossils with amino acids or red blood cells; human bones and artifacts below “million year old” strata; Carbon 14 in lower strata; etc. But this is EXACTLY what is found. And each screams out “RECENT, GLOBAL FLOOD” !! Colossians 2:8 tells us to beware of man’s philosophies (old age beliefs for example) which are after this world (radioisotope dating, the geologic column) and not after Christ Jesus (Creator).
The old ages which we are given come from the man-made geologic column. This was popularized in the early 1800”s by Charles Lyle who said he wanted to undermine people’s faith in the Bible. This column has never been found in the order predicted, with the corresponding index fossils by which they “date” things. This column is a 100% fairy tale! Yet this is where the old agers get their dates!! No wonder the Bible warns us not to be tossed to and fro with every new idea (Ephesians 4:14).
Genesis 1:31 tells us that God called His Creation “very good” when He completed it. Any old age belief puts death and suffering on earth for long ages before man came about. Yet 1 Corinthians 15:26 tells us that death is an enemy to God’s Creation. Would God call His creation “very good” if it were full of death which is described as an enemy to God’s creation in 1Corinthians? Or, is the Word of God only speaking about human death? The Bible tells us that man’s sin brought on the need of a blood offering, to temporarily cover our sin. The first death in the world was when God killed an animal (lamb?) to cover Adam and Eve’s original sin. How could this temporarily cover man’s sin if animals had been dying for long ages? There would be nothing special about one more dying.
1 John 3:8 tells us that, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning…” Jesus said that man was made at the beginning (Matthew 19:4, Mark 10:6). In and from the “beginning”, not billions of years later. Old ages put man at the end.
We are told by the Word of God that man’s original sin separated us from God, requiring Jesus’ eventual death on the cross. 1 John 3:8 goes on that, “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” His blood covered our sin permanently (should we choose to accept His sacrifice). Any old age belief puts death before man’s sin, thus ruling out the biblical reason for Jesus’ death on the cross.
1 Timothy 1:4 warns us “not to give heed to fables and endless genealogies”. That means “old ages”! 2 Timothy 3:5 tells us that “mankind will have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof.” Denying that God can create by divine intervention as opposed to only natural processes is denying the power of God. The Bible warns us, “from such turn away”.
The Bible says that the Word became flesh. Jesus is the Living Word. He also called Himself the Bread of Life. But when tempted by Satan, Jesus said that man does not live by bread alone but by every Word of God. We live by Jesus the Bread and by believing in Jesus the Word. John 3:16 says that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. But Jesus tells us that most will take the broad path rather than trusting in Him and His Word. With real science on the side of a young earth creation, why choose man’s fallible theories? My choice is to trust the Bread of life and the inspired Word of God, Word for Word and cover to cover.
What evidences support a young earth or universe view?
Actually the vast majority of ways to date things reflect a young world view. Helium escapes rocks quickly, geologically speaking. Yet rocks in the deepest strata layers still have lots of helium in them. Helium is being produced by the second via radiometric decay, and enters the earth’s atmosphere. There is no known way for appreciable amounts of helium to escape the atmosphere. Yet the amount of helium in earth’s atmosphere can only account for about one-half million years. (If God made the atmosphere with zero helium to start).
Many planets are still hot although losing heat faster than they receive heat. They can’t be old. The sun is shrinking. This causes a host of problems for old age believers. One is that as the sun shrinks, its gravity weakens. Earth’s orbit around the sun is held in place by the sun’s gravitational pull. If we were a fraction closer to, or further from, the sun, life could not exist on earth. The solar system can’t be old.
The earth’s magnetic field has weakened by 6% over the past 150 years. At this rate, extrapolating backwards, the field strength would have been that of a magnetic star about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. The oceans are 3.6% salt and the level of salinity is increasing. At the present rate, the water would have gone from fresh to 3.6% salt in about 5,000 years.
There are about 1,200 minerals on earth. Each can be measured as to amounts existing in and entering into the seas. These all point to a young ocean. Sediments on the sea floors accumulate via continental erosion. Studies of the amounts indicate a youthful ocean.