Six Thousand Years:
The Bible says the world is about six thousand
years old. How do we arrive at that number?
Bible provides a complete genealogy from Adam to Jesus. You can
go through the genealogies and add up the years. You'll get a total
that is just over 4,000 years. Add the 2,000 years since the time
of Jesus and you get just over 6,000 years since God created everything.
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Old Is The Earth? ]
Is there anything wrong with figuring out
the age of the earth this way? No. There is nothing to indicate
the genealogies are incomplete. There is nothing to indicate God
left anything out. There is nothing in the Bible that indicates
in any way that the world is much older than 6,000 years old.
The Bible does tell us, however, that the
fossils we find could not have been buried before God created Adam.
The animals whose bones became fossilized had to have died after
God created Adam. That means those fossils must be less than 6,000
years old. Here's why:
do we get fossils?
The animal has to first die. That's rather
obvious. When did death enter the world? Not until Genesis chapter
three when Adam and Eve disobey God. So up until that time neither
people nor animals died. So, based on the Bible, there could not
be any bones to create fossils until after the fall.
Here's another Biblical reason why the fossils
we find could not have been buried before God created Adam:
When we examine fossils, in some of them we
see evidence of sickness, disease and cancer. There is evidence
of violence and of one animal eating another. So there were some
problems. Not everything was good.
Yet, at the end of day six of creation: "God
saw all that He made and behold. It was very good."
(Genesis 1:31 NASB)
God didn't call His creation just good. He
called it very good. A world with sickness, disease, cancer and
violence is not good. So, the fossilized bones we now find had to
have come from animals that died after God created Adam, and after
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