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What importance does belief in a young earth have for Christianity?

Just as we are on many issues, Christians are divided on whether or not the Earth is billions of years old (Old Earth) or just thousands of years old (Young Earth). It is rare for Christians of either camp on this issue to share the same stage if there are conferences and/or forums that deal with Earth’s age. Young Earth ministries such as Creation Ministries International and Answers in Genesis are often snubbed or ridiculed by Old Earth ministries like CrossExamined and Reasonable Faith. Old Earth Christians tend to believe the Young Earthers are making Christianity look foolish and uneducated to the secular scientists and the rest of the world who think the fossil record proves billions of years.

Creation Museum depicts human-dinosaur coexistenceDoes it really matter how old Earth is? How can the Earth’s age possibly have any ramifications for our being saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus? Is it worth it to even bother with this issue?

I am biased in favor of the Young Earth stance even though you will find I include both types of ministries in my links to the right side of the screen here at my blog. I think Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis makes very strong arguments to prove the importance of believing in a young earth. The main reason being that the Old Earth stance calls into question the authority of scripture. How so? Old Earth holds the belief that dinosaurs pre-date man by millions of years, but the fossil record shows that dinosaurs–supposedly dated millions of years before humans supposedly arrived–died, had diseases, and killed other dinosaurs. This contradicts the Bible’s account that death and suffering came only after the fall of man.

To hear Ken Ham’s other points on the importance of a young earth to Christianity, consult his minute-long podcasts at the following links:

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/gospel-young-earth-2/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/gospel-and-young-earth-3/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/gospel-and-young-earth-4/

And to hear his scientific proof on a young earth, listen to his one-minute podcasts at these links:

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/ten-evidences-young-earth-1/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/ten-evidences-young-earth-2/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/ten-evidences-young-earth-3/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/ten-evidences-young-earth-4/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/ten-evidences-young-earth-5/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/ten-evidences-young-earth-6/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/ten-evidences-young-earth-7/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/ten-evidences-young-earth-8/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/ten-evidences-young-earth-9/

https://answersingenesis.org/media/audio/answers-with-ken-ham/volume-113/ten-evidences-young-earth-10/

Harry A. Gaylord

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8 thoughts on “What importance does belief in a young earth have for Christianity?

  1. I agree with Ken Ham on the importance, because the Lord thought it important enough to record it in His Word. It always follows, that when they chip away at Genesis, other doctrines soon fall away – such as the deity of Christ.

    Bless you for posting all the links to Answers in Genesis.

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  2. Dr. Baugh (spelling???) was on Kenneth Copeland a few times and he, being a mathematician, with his mathematic background, proved by his figures that the earth was 6,000 to 10,000 years old. He asked his other mathematician friends to figure out how old the earth was (Dr. Baugh did not tell them what he had come up with) and they came up with the same figure. It is so interesting to listen to Dr. Baugh. Kenneth Copeland also had another man on which also believes in a young earth. Dr. Baugh may be on Kenneth Copeland’s archives. Take a look……………MaggieJo

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  3. I believe the young earth model is the correct one. The old earth theory is just man’s attempt to rationalise the things he cannot comprehend. This is a faith issue. Adam was made from the dirt, as a fully functioning man or are we to say that the story means Adam was made with materials and elements in keeping with his environment and these elements happened to form together over time to create Adam. If we believe that God could create the atoms and neutrons that eventually resulted in Adam, why is it so hard to believe God could create a man fully formed. I don’t believe God created the atoms necessary to form our earth and just waited until they came together, He simply made the earth old from the beginning. After that point life was allowed to continue on it’s own. When we try to change the bible to mean what we can rationalise or with what fits with popular beliefs then it ceases to have meaning or any stability. This is simply Satan’s way of chipping away at the truth. Those that think Christianity is made to look foolish for supporting the young earth model are right. We do look foolish…….to a dying world. I’m okay with that. I’d rather look foolish to men and suffer for a time than to be shunned by my Lord for all eternity.

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  4. what might help is the fact the bible describes creation of life on a lifeless planet, it never stated how long this lifeless planet was around and the bible doens’t describe what a day is, we have a tendency to think in our own terms when in Gods terms his day could be thousands if not hundreds of thousands of years long. the bible doesn’t specify. the bible was only giving us a glimpse of the sequence/order he created life until man appeared. it was not meant to be a palenotology handbook. the order is what was important not the time periods involved. otherwise he would of never even gave us that. personally I think dinosaurs are cool and have no problem with seeing that being God he did not have to hurry the process. he took his time, he allowed what he started to form take shape and mature (no evolution involved however) until the next creative period, even the angels had to be patient to see how things worked out and matured.

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    1. [what might help is the fact the bible describes creation of life on a lifeless planet, it never stated how long this lifeless planet was around and the bible doens’t describe what a day is]

      Roberta,

      If you read the Bible more closely, God describes what a day is in the context of Genesis using the law of first mention. Genesis 1 repeatedly and specifically says a day includes an “evening and morning.” It’s a 24 hour period. Then God verifies this when he gives Moses the 10 commandments in Exodus 20. When it came to the Sabbath, God said,

      8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

      9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

      10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

      11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

      Jesus then verifies his own words when he gives the self-righteous Jewish leaders a lesson about marriage when he said,

      But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. Mark 10:6

      If man showed up thousands of years later, it would not have been “from the beginning of creation.”

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      1. actually since we are speaking of time frame from Gods standpoint a morning and evening could mean morning and evening from his perspective not ours remember the angels were there watchign the whole thing to them a day is thousands of years long or longer, the creation account is simply a summary of what he did, also if you recall in genesis he also states that the whole creation period of 6 days is equal to one day. so you see a day is not defined in this account. the time frame is unimportant otherwise God would have included it. in my mothers day (a 73 year period) in the day of rome (1000’s of years long) are all statments of general time periods. in the day of the dinosaurs, (I have heard paletologists use this phrase) now we all know a day is not 24 hours in fact dinosaurs are said to have been gone for millions of years and lived for 100s of millions of years when they did exist. so you see a day in the bible is not to be taken as what we define as a day. otherwise it amounts to a fairy tale. dont you think? in fact in psalms 90 moses writes that to God a thouaand years is as one day. so not profit is it for us to worry about how long those days actually are, we know the earth itself is billions of years old, or there abouts, the account only describes order of creation and how mankind was created and what the creator required of his creatures. time of a day in geneisis is unimportant. but for some reason it has become something to debate about when there are far more important things to consider like what is the theme of the bible? what is the purpose of God creating us? why does wickedness abound? stuff like that which the bible answers very well. and in detail that we can rely on and understand. jw.org for more info.

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      2. Ok, Roberta.

        I can see that you really couldn’t care less what the Bible says and you really take man’s word over God’s. The Earth is not billions of years old and scientific evidence proves it, but apparently you weren’t willing to weigh the evidence in the links I shared, nor from God’s clear words from both the Old & New Testaments. I can see you would rather take things out of context and believe man’s lies of the Earth’s billions of years over God’s word that it’s only thousands. Every discrepancy that was pointed out, especially the fact that the Bible says death and suffering came only after man’s fall, has no meaning to you since the billions of years model contradicts the Bible by it’s belief that dinosaurs died and suffered before man’s existence. That false belief negates why Jesus had to die–which was not only to reconcile man but ultimately to restore God’s whole creation from death and suffering caused by man’s disobedience. You undermine Jesus’ purpose for dying with the billions of years shenanigans.

        No matter how you twist the scriptures, when it comes to God speaking in the context of creation, a day is only a 24-hr period. Period. When you subscribe to the false doctrine you espouse, other false doctrines are soon to follow, so please examine yourself.

        Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12

        21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

        22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

        23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Romans 8

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