By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
(I added two statements to this post. Like this one, they are parenthetical. )
Does the Bible state the age of the earth? What brought this question to mind was something recently stated by Bernie Goldberg on Bill O’Reilly’s TV program called “The O’Reilly Factor.” I frequently watch this program. It is informative and entertaining. On this recent program, Bernie Goldberg said the Bible says the earth is 6,000 years old. He does not believe this, being an evolutionist who thinks the earth is millions of years old. But he said it.
However, I want to state that the Bible does not say the earth is 6,000 years old. I have read the Bible many times, and continue to read it frequently. But I have never found any statement in the Bible that says how old the earth is. (The Bible states the specific ages of many persons, including Adam, Enoch, Methuselah, and Abraham. But it does not give a specific age of the earth.) Some Bibles might have notes in them that state how old the author of the notes thinks the earth is, but the notes are not to be equated with what the Bible itself says. I’m not sure how old the earth is. But I know it is much, much, much, much, much younger than evolutionists claim. It might only be 10 – 20,000 years old. (It could be even younger.) The most important thing is to believe in the divine and miraculous origin of the universe, just as the Bible teaches.
No, the Bible does not say how old the earth is. But it frequently and dogmatically states that God miraculously brought the earth and all other parts of the universe into existence. Right at the beginning of the Bible we read, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Then, the Bible gives more details about how this all came abput.
It is very striking that NOT ONCE does the Bible make any statement that anything or that all things came into existnce through evolutionary processes. The Bible DOES NOT support any kind of evolutionary origin(s) of mankind or anything else. That means, the Bible does not support either atheistic evolution or theistic evolution. In other words, God did not bring the universe into existence by evolutionary processes. He did it by miraculously creating mankind and everything else.
The Lord Jesus Christ himself clearly affirmed the Biblical account of the creation of the universe as we find it in the Bible’s first book, the book of Genesis. Here is what he said about it. The quote is from the first six verses of the 19th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel: “And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan; 2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there. 3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (The quote is from the King James Version, and was taken from this website: www.biblegateway.com.)
Jesus Christ is the Lord of heaven and earth, and he endorsed the Genesis account of the origin of mankind and all other things. He did not believe in any form of evolutionary origin of all things. Neither should we.
If you want to pursue this subject further, the following links will bring you to websites that specialize in the scientific evidence FOR the Bible and ceation and the scientific evidence AGAINST evolution. Here are the links: http://www.icr.org/ http://www.answersingenesis.org/
If you are interested in learning how to become a Christian, click on the following link and do what it says must be done to become a Christian. You can become one at once! Here’s the link: www.godssimpleplan.org/gsps-english.html.