Inserting vast ages into the Bible’s first chapter sets it at odds with modern secular scientific opinion regarding the order of events. Old-earthers put land mammals before whales contrary to biblical claims. Many such examples show it is impossible to add long periods of time into the biblical account without seriously damaging the doctrine of inerrancy.
Most people, including Christians, still claim dogmatically that the earth looks old. If we look at the earth through the “glasses” of human reasoning—that only snail-paced present geological processes can explain the past—then the earth does indeed look old. However, that autonomous human reasoning blatantly denies what God’s Word clearly tells us.
Either the rock record is the evidence of millions of years, or it is largely the evidence of Noah’s Flood. It can’t be both. If we believe the earth is billions of years old and shows no sign of a worldwide Flood, then that belief contradicts the biblical account of Noah. If we accept God’s testimony regarding the Flood, we cannot logically believe in millions of years.
We commonly hear scientific-sounding arguments that the earth and universe are billions of years old. We are told radiometric dating shows that certain rocks formed billions of years ago. We are told that starlight from distant galaxies takes billions of years to arrive on earth. Do these arguments stand up to scrutiny?
The earth is only a few thousand years old. That’s a fact, plainly revealed in God’s Word. So we should expect to find plenty of evidence for its youth. And that’s what we find in the earth’s geology, biology, paleontology, and even astronomy.
Is creation vital to the authority of Scripture and the gospel, or are we just wasting our time and being divisive—or worse, turning people away from Christ?
Scientists often proclaim that they have “proved” that the universe is billions of years old, but does the observational science support this assertion?
The genealogies of the Bible are used to construct a biblical chronology and timeline of 6,000 years, but can these genealogies be trusted?
Carbon, which dissipates in just tens of thousands of years, is present in diamonds and fossils! Carbon-14 calls the whole old-earth paradigm into question.
Did God really create everything in six literal, 24-hour days? A study of the Hebrew text and biblical teaching as a whole reveals that He did!
Genesis 1 reveals that God’s original creation was “very good.” Death and suffering are the result of Adam’s sin—we can’t blame God for it.
Do fossils really require millions of years to form? The evidence shouts no! A lot of water and a little bit of time rapidly laid down the fossil record.
The Bible claims to be written by God—through human authors—but can we trust it as error-free and authoritative on everything it touches?
The evolutionary timeline of millions of years is not compatible with the Bible or with the scientific evidence.
Do studies that use mutation rates to calibrate a “molecular clock” confirm or deny the evolutionary model? Are the assumptions in such calibrations correct?
How does radiometric dating work? Does radiometric dating prove rocks are millions or billions of years old?
Do rock layers prove the earth is billions of years old? How does what we see in the world match what we read in God’s Word?
How could distant starlight from millions of light years away reach earth if the universe is only around 6,000 years old, as the Bible reveals?
Did dinosaurs live millions of years ago, or have these impressive creatures existed much more recently? Could some even be alive today?
For more than 100 years oil has been the “black gold” that has fueled transport vehicles and powered global economic growth and prosperity. So how does oil form, and what is its origin?
Every year, the moon moves an inch or so farther away from earth. It may not seem like much, but that tiny movement puts a big limit on the moon’s age.
Helium diffuses so rapidly that all the helium should have leaked out of rocks in less than 100,000 years.
Study suggests earth's early atmosphere had enough oxygen for complex life but ignores hidden assumptions, alternative evidence & Scripture regarding creation.
How reliable is the tree ring data, and can it be conclusively proven that some trees (like Bristlecone Pines) only produce a single growth ring per year?
William Lane Craig & Phil Vischer attack Ken Ham for believing the Bible about rejecting evolution indicating ongoing compromise in the Evangelical church.
Can a person believe in an old earth and an old universe (millions or billions of years in age) and be a Christian? Find out what the Bible says.
This is a summary of the historical development of the modern uniformitarian view of the geological record and the millions-of-years time-scale.PDF Download
The Reformers taught that God revealed in Genesis that He created all things in six ordinary days about six thousand years ago.
Is the earth 4.5 billion years old or only 6,000 years old as the Bible teaches? More importantly, how can we know the age of the earth? Get answers!
Most people, including Christians, would still claim dogmatically that the earth looks old. But why does the earth supposedly look old?
Where’s the supposed evidence that the earth is 4.54 billion years old? It’s not on earth at all!
Secular scientists claim it’s easy to disprove the Bible’s 6,000-year history: just count the tree rings. Is this dating method reliable?
A 6,000-year-old earth? When you look up the Bible references, the math’s not that hard!
Interpretation of the Hebrew word yom in Genesis 1–2 has become one of the most contested issues among professing Christians and Jews.
That’s why Richard Dawkins despises young-earth creationists—he recognizes the incredible threat they are to his atheistic religion.
In a blog post for The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor presented his reasons for doubting that the days of creation in Genesis 1 were literal 24-hour days.
Explore stunning evidence consistent with the young-earth model for the earth’s geomagnetic polarity reversal during the Flood and its aftermath.
Evolutionary scientists say they have confirmed that 4.4 billion years is the age of the earth’s earliest rocks.
Are the chemical signatures in a faint galaxy the fossil remnants of our universe’s birth?
This episode tells the story of “one man’s quest” to discover what host Neil deGrasse Tyson assures viewers (six times) is the “true age of the Earth.”
Granite rocks exhibit mysterious black spheres, known as radiohalos.
The tiny black flecks found in granite testify to a powerful and recent worldwide Flood. But you have to look closely.
On a recent episode of the 700 Club program on the CBN TV network, Pat Robertson made a very sad and disturbing statement.
Untestable age of the earth becomes contestable political litmus test.
Dr. Andrew Snelling, AiG–U.S., responds to a reader and gives more information regarding the fossilized wood on top of fossil belemnite.
In this chapter, we will examine the most common scientific arguments for an old earth.
Several well-known evangelical leaders have offered arguments against young-earth creationism. It is surprising to see the very inadequate responses from otherwise brilliant men.
With the resurgence of young-earth creationism in recent decades, the debate over the age of the earth and the proper hermeneutical approach to Genesis has intensified within evangelical circles.
While we do not harshly criticize those who are in error, we are told to warn or advise them. Tim Chaffey, AiG–U.S., writes about gently confronting our fellow believers.
Most scientists and many Christians believe that the radiometric dating methods prove that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. Recent research shows otherwise.
In 35 years of ministry, I’ve discovered that the issue of the age of the earth and the universe is an extremely emotional topic for secularists.
Eight geologists argue that Christians should reject Noah’s Flood as being geologically insignificant and adopt an old-earth view of Genesis.
This response was developed to demonstrate to laymen that the arguments of old-earth geology are neither based on proper authority nor are scientifically compelling.
Dr. Andrew Snelling, AiG–U.S., gives a young earth creation explanation of the formation of beaches and other sands.
A procurement forester offers his thoughts on tree growth rings and the biblical chronology. John Woodmorappe responds.
The Bristlecone Pine long chronology, comprised of hundreds of live and dead trees, is claimed to be over 8,000 years long. But is there more to the story?PDF Download
Most of these Christians ignore the account of Noah’s Flood in Genesis 6–9 and its implications for understanding the geological history of the earth.
Humbly lying on the tundra shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay are the world’s oldest rocks—4.28 billion years old, to be exact, maybe.
Does geological data “abundantly demonstrate” either that the earth is old or that God created it to appear old?
Is the age of the earth unimportant and divisive, as some Christians claim? Answers in Genesis thinks not.
What did Jesus think about the age of the earth? Did He say anything during His earthly life that would reveal His thinking?PDF Download
The article discussed here starts off by revealing a commonly forgotten fact of geologic dating: “Assigning dates to the events in the life of a rock [. . .] has long challenged geologists, as the events themselves can confound evidence of the past.”
One essential component of evolution is an extremely long timescale for earth history.
When dealing with the days of creation and the age of the earth, whom do Christians trust today?
Many Christians do not understand the stranglehold that philosophical naturalism has on geology and astronomy.
The margin of the Laurentide Ice Sheet in North America was generally composed of lobes, possibly as the result of rapid movement or surges to the south.
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