Isn’t the idea that God created everything in six days just a poem or literary device? As long as we acknowledge God as Creator, who cares how or when He created? Furthermore, hasn’t radiometric dating proven the earth is billions of years old? These, and a host of other valid questions, arise when discussing what the Bible has to say about the age of the earth.
Leaving aside the fact that the majority of dating methods indicate the earth is young and not even considering the problematic assumptions of radiometric dating methods (which start by ignoring the reality of a worldwide flood) … let’s just consider the biblical implications of denying a recent creation.
The first problem is one of consistency. Almost every Christian denomination faithfully points to the Bible as God’s divine revelation to man. Yet many church leaders are willing to accept almost any interpretation for the beginning of the Bible except for a straightforward reading. This inconsistency is quite apparent to the watching world.
The first chapter of Genesis describes the sequence in which God created the universe and various forms of life over a series of six “days.” The original Old Testament of the Bible was written in Hebrew, and the Hebrew word for day (YOM) can mean either a single day or a long period of time. But just because the word “day” used in Genesis can mean “a long period of time” does not mean that is how it was meant to be understood. Every time a number and/or the words “morning” or “evening” are used in the Bible in combination with the Hebrew word for “day” it means a normal twenty-four hour day. Furthermore, the only one of the Ten Commandments in which God tells us why the commandment was instituted – “[Keep the Sabbath day holy because]in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day” (Exodus 20:11) – emphasizes this creation of the universe in six earth days. If we expect the world to accept what the Bible has to say about salvation, while at the same time undermining what the Bible has to say about creation, how credible is our message?
But that is not the biggest problem. The biggest quandary is what to do with Adam and Eve. The book of Genesis lays out concept after concept as a foundation for understanding reality. These are accounts of actual history which stand like a row of dominos to be accepted or rejected by each person viewing the evidence:
- The first domino is the recent creation of the universe.
- The second domino is the creation of man, right at the beginning of time, with mankind meant to live forever in fellowship with his Creator. The Bible starts with the summary statement, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” and when Jesus was asked about the permanence of marriage, He responded, “Have you not read that in the beginning He made them male and female.” People have always been around.
- The third domino is our rejection of God’s authority, which resulted in a just God bringing about death as a penalty for our rebellion. (God would later come as Jesus to take upon Himself the penalty of death which we deserve.) Not just mankind, but all of creation, was altered by our actions. This factual tragedy is known as “the Fall.”
- The fourth domino is the nearly total depravity of mankind – resulting in God sending a world-covering flood as a timeless reminder of His hatred of sin and its effects. This event explains the fossils and geology of the current world.
- The last domino is the revelation of moral truth which directly follows the acknowledgement that we have a Holy Creator who made the universe with moral laws which are as absolute as the physical laws which rule creation.
Now let’s look at what happens as we topple the first domino, while naively expecting it to have no effect on the other foundational dominos. Radiometric dating methods are used to date ancient human remains back fifty thousand years or more. (Some rock layers with obvious human remains have been dated at over one million years.) Thus, if you accept the methods used to date an ancient earth, you cannot remain logical and consistent unless you accept the same methods as proving that people have been on earth, living and dying, for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of years. If this is true, where do we fit Adam and Eve? A million years of human history has absolutely no biblical support and makes a mockery of biblical history. Adam and Eve become a myth … simply a spiritual concept. The second domino has fallen.
If people have been living and dying over huge periods of time, then it is not our actions which brought about death; it is just the way God made things. Therefore, death cannot be the penalty for our sin and rebellion; God simply made things that way because He wanted to do so. God, in essence, becomes the author of death, rather than mankind being the cause of death. The third domino has fallen. If the flood never happened, God did not cause this event as a judgment in response to mankind’s sin. If the worldwide flood never happened, this event is not a viable explanation for how the earth’s sedimentary rock layers and fossils formed. The worldwide flood as a judgment of sin by God simply becomes a myth. God changes from being both a righteous Savior and a holy Judge to pretty much irrelevant. The fourth domino has fallen.
If we are logical, we now have a God who made everything via death and extinctions over billions of years->Therefore man’s actions then have nothing to do with death and disease (i.e. God either is powerless to stop disease and death or just doesn’t care enough to do anything about it) ->And we can’t really believe anything the Bible has to say about our origin, biology, geology, or human nature. Yet unbelievers are supposed to give their lives to this God and live by the rules of an allegedly inspired book … while this book cannot be believed from the beginning. Why not just make up our own rules of right and wrong and live according to our personal desires? This is exactly the situation today; the last domino has fallen.
What is so sad is that very few people connect the rise of relativism with the rejection of our recent creation (the first domino). But this is the unstoppable result of the denial of this foundational truth of Christianity.
* An excerpt from Censored Science, written by Bruce Malone. Available in low-resolution PDF form at http://www.searchforthetruth.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Censored-Science-sample.pdf