Birth-Age of Planet Earth – 3 – Birth of Planet Earth

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A note from John:

I found this article (see below),  written by Dennis Lindsay.  It is 34 chapters in length, and chapters comprise volume 8 of an apparent larger series.  You can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and such book places.  Only a single chapter is viewed in this post.

It has some pretty good science which thoroughly disproves Evolution. but tends to look at the Creationism view, which ignores several important scriptures and the obvious.  It does come close to the correct Biblical view of creation, but not quit.

Remember that there are three basic views of creation:

  1. Evolution – where creation and life formed over a period of billions of years.
  2. Creationism – where creation all occurred during the six days mentioned in Genesis.
  3. Fundamental Christianity (the correct view) – where creation occurred, with angels first, then the universe, then Satan’s fall, then the earth became null and void, then the six day restoration of earth.

The text of this writing below, suggests that the universe was created about 6000 years ago.  The proofs are compelling for disputing evolution, but not from the point of creation, but from the point of the restoration and/or the flood in Noah’s time.

Fundamental Christian doctrine teaches that angels were created, then the universe was created, then Satan had his falling out and the earth was rendered null and void, then the six day restoration occurred wherein Adam was created as an adult and mature man.

Since the angels were created instantaneously as mature creatures, and Adam and plants and animals were created in the same pattern, it follows that the universe was likewise created in a mature state and did not evolve over billions of years.   So the question is, ‘How old is the universe?  Is its age measured in billions of years or thousands of years?’

We know that when planet earth was created it came with plants and animals.  Dinosaurs are proof of this fact.  But their age is uncertain.  When they disappeared, then that fits in with the earth becoming null and void.  God then restored the world in six days and thus we have human history beginning at that point.  Therefore, as you read this article, consider the dating suggestions as coming from the restoration and/or the Flood, and not as the actual original beginning.

Genealogical records from the Bible, place the date of Adam at about 6000 plus years ago.  Prior to Adam, was the null and void period (time-frame unknown), and prior to that was the fall of Satan (time-frame unknown), and prior to that was the creation of the universe (time-frame unknown).

The actual age of the universe is probably not in the billions of years, assuming the mature state of its creation, but since God is fair and since angels had their chance and failed, then it would seem reasonable that angelic history would be at least as long as human history, otherwise Satan would complain that the comparison was not fair, and besides, God does not do things arbitrarily or without a plan.  Therefore, angelic history and dinosaurs and such could easily have completed their history in a few thousands of years (prior to man), too.  Food for thought.

Birth of Planet Earth  –  By Dennis Gordon Lindsay

The Birth of Planet Earth

Figure 4. HOW OLD IS THE EARTH?

HOW OLD IS THE EARTH

How Old is the Earth?

The most direct answer is that no one really knows. There is no scientific means by which one can measure accurately the age of the Earth or of the universe. However, there are various geological evidences which give us clues as to the Earth’s age.

Evolutionary Fallacy

Evolutionists give the impression that they can accurately date various rock formations which they claim go back hundreds of millions of years. Many evolutionary science books emphatically state that the beginning of our solar system, with its sun and nine planets, took place some 4½ billion years ago, and the beginning of the universe 10–20 billion years ago. A few evolutionists would now like to push the origin of the universe back to 30 billion years. However, the truth of the matter is that these time measurements are all made on the basis of assumptions which cannot be proven or tested. The immense ages assigned to rocks and fossils by evolutionists are nothing more than a wishful guess. Furthermore, these measurements are in direct violation to some of the most basic laws of physics, such as the first and second laws of thermodynamics.

Isn’t there any scientific evidence that the Earth is billions of years old? If you were to ask the average person on the street this question, he or she would answer unhesitatingly, “Yes!” However, if his life depended on coming up with one positive proof, he would be unable to do so.

The reason there is such a worldwide belief that there is evidence for the evolutionary theory is the result of indoctrinization by evolutionary scientists. They claim a lot of things about the theory of evolutionism that simply are not fact.

Though the public assumes that the evolutionary community has firmly established the age of the Earth, the truth is that they have not, and the more candid evolutionists will admit it. For example, evolutionist Dr. Stephen Moorebath of the University of Oxford, stated:

No terrestrial rocks closely approaching an age of 4.6 billion years have yet been discovered. The evidence for the age of the earth is circumstantial, being based upon … indirect reasoning (Scientific American, March 1977, p. 92).

Another evolutionist, Dr. John Eddy of the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colorado, stated in the prestigious journal Geotimes:

There is no evidence based solely on solar observations that the sun is 4½ to 5 billion years old … I suspect that the sun is 4½ billion years old. However, given some new and unexpected results to the contrary, and some time for frantic recalculation and theoretical readjustment, I suspect that we could live with Bishop Ussher’s value for the age of the Earth and Sun. I don’t think we have much in the way of observational evidence in astronomy to conflict with that. (Geotimes, Sept. 1978, p. 18).

Did you get that? There is no evidence that the sun is 4½ billion years old and Bishop Ussher’s age for the Earth and sun may be closer to the truth than it has been thought. Bishop Ussher believes the Earth is about 6,000 years old. How is it possible that an evolutionary astronomer would concede that there is really no scientific evidence that is inconsistent with a 6,000-year-old Earth? Is he fed up with the glaring inconsistencies and obvious contradictions of the evolutionary faith? Whatever the reason, it is apparent that there is no conclusive evidence for an ancient Earth. As Dr. Donald Chittick points out: “The idea that the Earth is very, very old is not in any way suggested by any studies in science. It arises as a result of rejecting Special Creation.”

So the next time someone begins to insist that the Earth is billions of years old, ask them: “How do you know that it is so old? Were you there?” If they respond by claiming that there are dating methods that prove the Earth is billions of years old, then ask if he could supply a list of some of them. If by chance he remembers one of the radiometric processes such as uranium-lead, then ask, “Are these methods of dating absolute or are there certain assumptions built into them which cannot be proven?” If he hasn’t walked off, and if he is honest, he will have to concede that there is not one dating method which can positively establish a verifiable date for the Earth. (We will examine these dating assumptions in Volume IX of the Creation Science Series entitled The Dismantling of Evolutionism’s Sacred Cow: Radiometric Dating.)

The Biblical Account

Although conservative Bible scholars no longer strictly hold to Ussher’s dating system, for the Christian the Bible is the final authority on any subject which it specifically addresses.

The Bible indicates that creation took place rather recently—around 6,000 years ago. In Genesis 5, we find a list of Adam’s descendants and their ages.

When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son … he named him Seth … and had other sons and daughters (verses 3, 4).

As we read on we find that when Seth was 105 years old, he had a son named Enosh, and the list of descendants goes on to the end of the chapter.

In Genesis 11, after Noah and his family had come out of the Ark, there is another list of names along with the age of each when his son was born. This list proceeds right up to Abraham, who lived about 4,000 years ago. If we go through these two lists and work out how many years there were from Adam to Abraham, we find that Adam was created between 6,000 and 7,000 years ago, which gives us a very good idea of the Earth’s age. (see fig. 5.) If it seems preposterous to suggest that the Earth could be this young, remember that no one has ever proven that the Earth or universe is millions or billions of years old.

Figure 5. ADAM TO ABRAHAM

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Occasionally one will argue that the Bible is not concerned with the “when” and “how” of creation, but rather it is only concerned with the “Who” and “why” of creation and its inhabitants. Such a statement immediately should sound an alarm in one’s spirit because the individual who made the statement has little regard or understanding for the authority of Scripture.

It is true that the Scriptures were not written to be a textbook on history or science. However, when the Word of God touches on any area, we must accept it as being inspired and without error.

The truth of the matter is, the Bible is a book that is grounded in history, and is utterly filled with chronological data. As Professor Edwin Thiele has pointed out:

Chronology is important. Without chronology, it is not possible to understand history, for chronology is the backbone of history. We know that God regards chronology as important, for He has put so much of it into His Word. We find chronology not only in the historical books of the Bible, but also in the prophetic books, in the Gospels and in the writings of Paul. (Edwin Thiele, A Chronology of the Hebrew Kings, Grand Rapids, MI, Zondervan, 1975, p. 7)

Of course most Bible scholars are aware of the fact that the biblical genealogies do not always reflect a strict father-son relationship. Occasionally there are some gaps in the lineage records. The reason we know these gaps exist is that the missing names are supplied elsewhere in the Bible. But when the total biblical picture is seen there really are no gaps.

When a Son Isn’t a Father’s Son

Some Bible scholars contend for an additional several thousand years to be added to the 6,000 most creationists believe is the number of years since creation. The reason for such speculation arises because of the Hebrew word translated to English as begat. In the Hebrew, begat does not have the same meaning as it does in English; it does not necessarily mean a father and son relationship, but sometimes refers to an ancestral relationship. It can refer to a grandfather or great-grandfather or even a slightly wider separation. It is for this reason that some genealogies, when compared to others, leave out one or two individuals. It is possible that several additional generations could be squeezed into the 10 generations from Adam to Noah. However, the idea that a great number of generations could fit in cannot be supported by scripture. There is so much genealogical material in scripture, that cross-checking can reveal a complete genealogy in almost every case.

Difficulties also arise from dates in the Bible which refer to kings and their length of reign. Sometimes there is an overlap of time. But this can easily be explained. When a son of a king came to the throne, his reign overlapped his father’s in some cases. The king was still alive, but had turned over the daily responsibilities to his son.

There is only a slight variation in dates given in scripture. Even adding them all in, the age of the Earth is a maximum of 10,000 years. This, of course, is a far cry from the billions of years suggested by evolutionism.

Scriptural Evidence for a Young World

The following points are a summary of the biblical doctrine of a young creation:

  1. God spoke the following words directly to Moses: “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” (Ex. 20:11).
  2. Genesis 1 specifically says that each of the six days of creation consisted of one evening and one morning. For example: “And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day” (Gen. 1:23).
  3. Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day (Gen. 1:27). The time from the sixth day of creation until Adam’s death was 930 years. The creation days each consisted of one morning and evening, and Adam lived through at least part of the sixth day plus the entire seventh day and all the additional days of 930 years.
  4. Exodus 20:11 confirms that God created all that is in heaven and earth in six days.

Ancient Written Records

In addition to the biblical account for a recent creation, the 22nd edition of Robert Young’s concordance lists 37 ancient written records, all of which place the date of creation no earlier than 7,000 B.C.

If you were applying for a driver’s license and were asked to provide proof of your age, you couldn’t use your own word or the word of a friend, or your parents’ word—even if you appeared to be 30 years of age. The only valid way would be to provide identification such as your birth certificate. In other words, the only way to accurately determine your precise age is by means of a written record. Likewise, the only valid means we have for determining the age of ancient civilizations is by means of the written records they left behind.

When evolutionists insist that man has been roaming the Earth for the past three million years, and that ancient civilizations can be updated to 50,000 years B.C., they are speculating. And if you keep up with the National Geographic reports on new finds, such dates, like airline schedules, are subject to change at a moment’s notice. All of those dates are based on radiometric dating methods, which are highly unreliable beyond a few thousand years. The earliest civilizations known to man are those which have left records—such as the ancient Sumerian nation of Mesopotamia, which goes back to about 3,500 B.C. These are the only absolute records for dating early man.

Human history and Earth history started at the same time. Human history can only be measured in terms of several thousand years, and therefore Earth history is likewise limited to a few thousand years. This being the case, it is impossible for evolutionism to have occurred.

The Heart of the Issue

It must be understood right from the beginning of our discussion that with the evolutionist the issue is not a matter of time but it is about the Creator. The question is not whether the Earth is ancient, but whether there can be an Ancient of Days in our discussion at all. Once the Creator of Time enters the discussion, the skeptic becomes uncomfortable and feels the urge to exit. No one likes heart surgery, and God has a way of exposing wicked hearts. For anyone who rejects God, the only alternative is to accept a naturalistic, materialistic explanation for the origin of life.

A devoted evolutionist cannot be open-minded on the question of a young Earth because the theory of evolution requires vast amounts of time. Thus for evolutionists, the question has never been “How old is the Earth and universe?” but “How are the universe and Earth old?” They have already decided that the Earth must be extremely old; that is the only way that evolutionism supposedly can work. Therefore, the question of a young Earth is non-negotiable. There is absolutely no place for God in the humanist’s heart, for he desires to sit on the throne—he alone.

The Doctrine of Mature Creation

If one accepts the Genesis account as historically true, then Adam and Eve must be regarded as sudden and “mature” creations. And they lived in a “mature” world. In other words, from the moment of their creation, they were fully developed and mature in every respect. Such a concept is based on the biblical principle and doctrine of an instant and mature creation. This view will be fully explained in section two of this volume.