Over the last few decades, it has become common for followers of Christ to divide over the age of the world. Some of us think we are living on an ancient planet, billions of years old. Another group of us are just as convinced that we live on a young earth, 4 to 10 thousand years old, with only the appearance of great age because of sediment patterns caused by catastrophic events such as the flood in the days of Noah.
As for me, I believe God is powerful enough to have created the earth in seven, twenty-four hour days, and that he is eternal enough to have used millions of years to do the same thing.
But what does the Bible say? I personally find the biblical language of Genesis 1 as inconclusive, and am influenced by the fact that scholars who share a high view of inspiration and the Bible are on both sides of this issue. I believe the age of the earth is an issue over which followers of Christ need to disagree among ourselves, without regarding the other side as being disloyal to the faith.
We have plenty to agree about and hold in common. I’m convinced that the first two pages of Genesis give us a foundation for reading the rest of the Bible. Where I find a moment of Ah-Ha! is when I see that within the first pages of Genesis we find truths so important that they provide a basis for reading the rest of the Bible:
Bible Ah-Ha! #11– The first pages of Genesis form a foundation for reading the whole Bible
The Genesis Account shows us that, for openers, the God of Creation can–
1. Make something out of nothing
2. Speak light into darkness
3. Bring order out of chaos
4. Reflect his own goodness in all that he does
5. Shape relationships in his own likeness
6. Offer real freedom of choice as a test of trust
7. Bring new beginnings out of failure
The rest of the Bible shows us that what God first did in creation, he can now do with us…
So now, let me ask you, do you disagree? Do you think that what the creation account implies, or doesn’t imply, about the age of the earth is just as important, or even more important than this list of what I find so insightful and foundational?
PS By the way if you’ve missed the earlier posts in this series, I’ll copy them below. Scroll past them to find the comment link… I hope you have a great day!
10– Christ fills more than predictions–
9– More Symphony than Solo
8– Two kinds of truth
7– Real times and places
6– Everything the Bible encourages us to do is the opposite of our fallen inclinations.
5– All truth is in tension
4– The rule of context
3– Exodus before Genesis
2b– Degrees of Implication (more examples)
2– Degrees of Implication
1– The Story Books of the Bible