This is a repost from Truthbomb Apologetics which is excellent. Sometimes we need to be reminded that as Christians, we can have disagreements yet still maintain harmony and fellowship with love. How Old is the Earth? by Chris Sherrod
This article was taken from the Apologetics Study Bible for Students:
- Speed of light measurements and the distance of stars indicate an ancient universe.
- The Hebrew word yom (day) does not always mean a literal day (e.g. Gn 2:4)
- Genesis 1:2 says the land produced vegetation on Day Three, indicating growth from seed to maturity. That takes longer than 24 hours.
- There is too much activity on Day 6 to fit in 24 hours (see Gn 1:24-31; 2:15-25).
- Many animals are specifically designed to prey upon other animals. This indicates that by God’s design, animal death preceded the fall of Adam and Eve.
- The sun was created on Day 4; thus Days 1-3 could not have been 24-hour solar days.
- The testimony of nature powerfully indicates an ancient creation.
- The usual meaning of yom is a literal, 24-hour day.
- “Evening came, and then morning,” seems to indicate a literal day (Gn 1:15, etc.).
- Sabbath rest (Ex 20:11) seems to imply six literal days of work during Creation week.
- The sun was not created until Day 4, but here was life on Day 3 (Gn 1:11-13). Life cannot exist for long periods without sunlight, and so the days were not long ages.
- Plants were created on Day 3 and animals on Day 5. The interdependence between plants and animals implies that their creation was not separated by long ages.
- If death is an enemy (1Co 15:54), was God’s original paradise free from killing, or was it filled with violence, decay, and death? Man was not permitted to eat animals until after the Flood (Gen 9:2-3).
- If decay and death were originally part of creation, why is creation looking forward to liberation from bondage to decay (Rm 8:20-22)?