- Religion and Philosophy
The Earth's Age
How Old Is The World Really?
Before you can answer this question you have to know what age is. Age usually means something has a beginning and should eventually have an end. Age is determined by knowing what that things start date is.
With that in mind, do we really know when the earth began? According to Genesis 1:1,"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." So that seems pretty clear, the earth began in the beginning. Now the debate amongst the professionals and scientists is how long ago was that. Was it 6500 years ago or was it billions of years ago?
Here's a controversial statement: They are both right but both wrong all at the same time! Just read a bit further and you will soon see what I am getting at.
Hebrews 11:3 says,"By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible."
So everything we see with our natural eyes was created by something we cannot see. God created everything with His Word. And according to the gospel of John chapter 1 the Word is God and God is His Word. So when God speaks His word He is releasing substance of Himself from inside Himself. God is eternal, His Word is eternal therefore everything that He first spoke into existence was eternal. The earth was eternal, the heavens were eternal, the fish, the birds, the plants, the beasts, the creeping things and Adam and Eve were all eternal. They were not confined to the restraints of time, they were outside of time. Or more accurately, time had not yet become the age determining factor. Everything existed in timespace in eternity. According to Genesis time was created for seasons, days and years so that man would know the season in which to plant and harvest his crops. So that he would know the gestation periods of the different animal species. Time was a servant not a master.
When Adam and Eve sinned they fell from eternity and became mortal. They now started aging. They started dying. They had a beginning and eventually came to an end. When they sinned they brought the curse of death upon all of God's creation. Creation fell out of eternity and became subject to aging. In eternity time was given as a tool to serve creation to create life, but under the curse it was now a master which destroyed life. From the day Man sinned all that God created started dying.
Now here is the question that I would like to put forward to challenge your religious or highly educated thinking. If the earth existed in eternity but only started aging after the fall of Man isn't the age according to the so-called people in the know wrong? If God is eternal and the earth was eternal aren't they actually guessing at the age of something that just cannot be measured? What is God's age for instance? He is eternal. The only reason the age of the earth, or anything else for that matter can be measured, is because everything is dying or in a state of degradation.
The Bible states that all this will pass away and God will make a new heaven and a new earth. And all those who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour shall live there eternally. Do you know Jesus? Start a relationship with Him today and we all can enjoy eternity like God originally intended.