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Perfect Theology:
How Old is the Earth?

I read an article recently on aish.com about creation and the earth being extremely old that was quite convincing. Normally, I am a skeptic, but this piece was written so well and things that I once never comprehended were made understandable.

The author of the work, Dr. Gerald Schroeder, is gifted. This comes as no surprise seeing that he is Jewish (forgive me for noticing that stereotypically Jewish people are talented across the board, this coming off of the promises of God to Abraham).

He brilliantly shows that there is perhaps no contradiction between the Torah and science, that all science only agrees with, and proves, God’s written word. I like that. He uses Einstein’s theory of relativity to prove his case and does some mind-bending science and math to support his theory.

The piece covers the age of the universe in depth and my summary of it is only a brief one. Something I would like to get into more depth over later is the idea of a biblical “day” during creation. Schroeder’s explanation is quite solid, really, and I can see why he might come to believe it. What is most astounding is how his theory strings together the Big Bang and science with a biblical creation and brings an old earth and 6000 years of humanity into harmony.

Almost.

Enter the young earth arguments. Dr. Russell Humphreys stated his beliefs in an article called Evidence for a Young World. In his article he presents more than a dozen natural phenomena that contradict the evolutionary approach to creation. Each phenomenon has a maximum possible age associated with the process. The maximum age falls way under that which is required of the old-age theories, but well into biblical creation of roughly 6,000 years.

Some of the phenomena that most struck me were the following:

“The stars of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, rotate about the galactic center with different speeds, the inner ones rotating faster than the outer ones. The observed rotation speeds

Creation versus Evolution

are so fast that if our galaxy were more than a few hundred million years old, it would be a featureless disc of stars instead of its present spiral shape,” says Dr. Humphreys.

The Hubble Space Telescope helped to further this old-age theory “winding-up” dilemma with its recent discoveries of an extremely defined and detailed spiral structure in the center the galaxy.

Along with this, we have only enough supernovas to fill about 7,000 years, and comets disintegrate too fast. The sun breaks down the materials of a comet every time it passes too close to the sun, making the maximum life of a comet 10,000 years. It is a scientific theory that comets are the same as the solar system. Also, if the old-age earth theory were true, there should be more sodium in the sea and more mud on the ocean floor. There is no way near the amount of either for an estimated 3 billion years of existence, according to the present scientific theory of accumulation.

Some of the more obvious problems with the evolutionary theory of the earth being 3 billion years old versus a young earth are more obvious. If the earth were billions of years old, there should be more Stone Age skeletons, in the millions, as a skeleton can be recognizable for around 200,000 years! Evidence proves humanity in antiquity was intelligent. If people existed 200,000 years ago, they certainly should have left traces of their agriculture. They must have figured how to plant and farm seeds. And it is hard to believe that such intelligent people from 200,000 years ago did not make any written records until around 5,000 years ago.

Dr. Humphreys states, “According to evolutionists, Stone Age Homo sapiens existed for 190,000 years before beginning to make written records about 4,000 to 5,000 years ago. Prehistoric man built megalithic monuments, made beautiful cave paintings, and kept records of lunar phases. Why would he wait two thousand centuries before using the same skills to record history? The Biblical time scale is much more likely.”

After taking into account all that was presented, I am even more certain of a young earth. I find God’s creation and how He made it with man in mind, to give him a place to dwell to seek and to glorify God, fascinating. For my next question: How long was a “day” in the creation account?







 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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