Is the Earth Old or Young?

I said in yesterday’s post that evolutionism contradicts the Bible at multiple points.  There is, however, a simpler way to demonstrate the incompatibility of evolutionism with the Bible.  It is to show that the Bible does not allow for the universe to be millions, much less billions, of years old.   That is, evolutionism requires a universe much, much older than the Bible will support.  Here’s what I mean:

We are told in 2 Corinthians 13:1 and elsewhere that a fact is to be confirmed by two or three witnesses. There are three places in Scripture clearly declaring that God created the universe in six days and rested on the seventh: Genesis 1:1-2:3, Exodus 20:8-11, and Exodus 31:12-17. Therefore, we can accept this statement as true and have no reason to doubt it. Though its meaning seems clear, someone may want to suggest that “six days” could refer to long periods of time. However, whenever a reference to “six days” is made elsewhere in Scripture, and there are 21 such occasions, it always refers to six days as we know them. Neither is there a contextual reason in any of our three proof texts, or in any of the 21 other occurrences of the phrase, to regard “six days” in any sense other than its plain one. Therefore, we conclude that creation took a week. And since there are also three places in Scripture that genealogies trace all the way back to Adam (Genesis, 1 Chronicles, Luke), we conclude that the earth is young relative to the claims of secular science.

Furthermore, it is impossible for any old-earth chronology to be reconciled with the Bible anyway. This is because even if one were to accept as true the false premise that “six days” refers to long periods of time, there is no old-earth chronology that allows for the seventh day of rest required by the biblical texts. That is, old-earth chronologies consider all processes forming the creation to be ongoing – never ceasing. Therefore, no old-earth interpretation can fit with the cessation of labor described by the Bible as taking place at the seventh, as it were, period of time. Since no old-earth interpretation can be consistent with the Bible and a young-earth interpretation is, the issue is doubly settled.

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