HOW OLD IS THE EARTH

                      THE UNIVERSE WAS SPOKEN INTO EXISTENCE 

                      THE UNIVERSE WAS SPOKEN INTO EXISTENCE 

A lot of study has gone into how old is the earth. As Christians, we are divided by denominations, eschatology and biblical hermeneutics, but we share the same soteriological faith, that salvation is by faith alone and not of ourselves. It’s the completed work on the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, whom died on the cross as our substitute for sin. It is by faith alone and believing and accepting that sacrifice that we are saved.

I believe Jesus was born of a virgin by the Holy Spirit, in the flesh as both man and God and walked this earth 33 years in the flesh. That Christ died on the cross at Calvary on our behalf, for all our sins past, present and future. That He was resurrected from the dead on the third day and visibly ascended into heaven. That our salvation is the free gift of God just for the believing and asking, and not of ourselves or our own works.

My intention is not to argue the point, but to present my study on a young earth (6,000 - 10,000 years) versus an old earth (of unknown time), for study and consideration. I must admit, the scriptural reasons, scholarly commentary, word translations and reasoning for and against are convincing. A very well written, documented and reasoned article that opposes the old earth theory by an actual scholar, can be found at the reputable and outstanding website ‘Answers in Genesis’. I do not firmly hold to an old earth ideology, but I slightly lean towards it, as it seems to make the most sense to me understanding the entire creation story, the fall of Satan, the prince's and powers of the air and earth’s geology and dating, based on G. H. Pember's book discussed below.

Please bare in mind as I continue, this subject is not a soteriology issue, it's a secondary issue based on our personal hermeneutics searching out scripture for knowledge. I'm also aware our Lord is almighty and there is nothing He can not accomplish or do. It's very possible the Lord could have spoken and created everything mature, and the speed of light was most likely much faster than it is today.

I am by no means an expert or scholar in bibliology, I'm simply your average Bible student. Therefore once again, I am in no way dogmatic about my view of an old earth, but a possibility. The many experts and biblical scholars are deeply divided on the old earth and new earth issue. In either case, it’s not a critical issue that would separate us from the love of God. I believe it will not be very long before we can personally ask the Lord Jesus Christ Himself ‘in person’ the questions we have always wondered about.

English is an imprecise language compared to the Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, and some of our English words and meanings may not be entirely accurate when translated, or understood properly. I’m not a linguistic student of the Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic language either. I can only use excellent aids, references and study tools, such as Strong’s dictionary and Concordance, commentaries, other Bible translations, etc. So let’s parse the very first words of the Bible that sets the stage of the beginning, by looking at the actual Hebrew words and possible alternate replacements / meanings.

Gen 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

To me, this says the very beginning of all creation, when everything not in existence was spoken into being and created out of nothingness by the Lord Jesus Christ. When time, space, matter, energy and everything there is was spoken into existence by the Lord Himself. The following verse in Gen 1: 2, appears to me, to be a remodeling or reworking of an already existing, prior work of creation. This is commonly referred to as the "Genesis 1:1, 1:2 Gap Theory", a gap of indefinite unknown time between those two verses.

Gen 1:2 (KJV) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water

was (hayah) = became, come to pass

form (tohu) = lie waste, a desolation of surface, worthless thing

void (bohu) – indistinguishable ruin, emptiness

darkness (choshek) = figuratively, misery, destruction, death, sorrow, wickedness

So, this verse could be rendered: Gen 1:2  But the earth became a desolation and indistinguishable; and destruction was upon the face of the deep…

The word “But” is taken out of the Septuagint, the Bible Jesus and the Apostle’s most likely used, as the Hebrew was translated into the Greek (the common language of the time) by seventy Jewish scholars (thus LXX) about 300 years prior to Christ.

Read the creation account very carefully. There appears to be only two acts of a direct creation out of nothingness. In the six day creation account, the inhabitants of the water, and the fowls of heaven were created out of nothingness. These two creations do not appear to consist of ‘material mold’ of their bodies. God molded man’s body from the dust of the earth, and Eve of course from the rib of Adam. Adam and all the heavenly host was directly created by God, therefore are called ‘the Sons of God’. We are the offspring of the first ever created man Adam, so we are referred to as ‘sons of Adam’ or ‘son of man’ often times in the Bible.

I have read the creation account in Genesis Chapter One many times, and never even noticed it until I read G.H. Pember’s book “Earth’s Earliest Ages”. This is a great book and must read, Pember goes into great detail, that to me, makes the Biblical narrative fit better with an old earth theory. Consider the following point I've never heard a reasonable response to...

Everything God created He called it good; except Gen 1: 6-8, the firmament (the air we breath, the realm of the birds, the atmosphere) He did not call the firmament good. It's natural to ask why? Who was given and still has the temporary title to this earth, is the god of this earth, rules it, and is the prince and powers of the air? Satan offered his entire kingdom to Jesus if He would only bow down and worship him. Lucifer, now the fallen Satan is the ruler of this world with his princes and powers of the air (the firmament). I postulate Satan and his minions possibly, immediately took possession of the firmament when it was recreated or reworked. Every Bible and devotional commentary I have skips over and does not mention this observation. 

I suspect, but again I’m not dogmatic about it, that Lucifer and 1/3 of his followers were cast out of heaven like lightning and crashed on the earth (Luke 10:18 & Isaiah 14: 12). I conjecture the angels were created before Adam, as the angels witnessed creation, and possibly were created before the first day of the recorded creation account in Genesis 1:2. 

Gen 1:28 (KJV) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. {emphasis mine}

Notice in Gen 1:28 the word 'replenish'. That seems to imply a former or pre existing population or race? 

If the preceding is the case, then by deduction it seems the earth had to have pre existed, and it was reworked or remodeled for the occupation of His new creation and the requirements of survival of man?

A Final Summation

God's Word is sufficient on any and every subject, period. Many things we wonder about and question will remain a mystery or uncertain until He reveals things to us according to His will. We are given everything we need to know in God's infallible inerrant Holy Word, the Bible.

We are all one heartbeat, one breath of air, one unexpected accident away from our eternal destinations. Please bare in mind eternal destiny means forever and ever, everlasting, without end, all eternity. The acceptance or rejection of what Christ did on the cross for you and me has eternal consequences that can not be changed, altered, modified, annulled or reversed after our last heartbeat and breath. Our decision has been made and it's final. 

Trust God, Hell and the Eternal Lake of Fire is no place you want to visit, much less spend your eternity in punishment. That thought alone sends shivers down my spine and makes my stomach knot up. Frankly, it scares the hell out of me. You do not want to go there, God does not want you to go there. It's so simple to believe and accept our Lord's free gift of salvation and eternal life, if you only believe and accept his free gift to you. Our Lord loves us and is not willing that any should perish, but our Lord is Holy and can not tolerate sin, our sin must be covered by the blood and sacrifice of God's Son, Jesus Christ who died on the cross to cover our sins and pardon us. Will you accept Him as Lord of your life?

How do I receive this gift of salvation?

Receive Jesus' death for your sins. It's in the Bible, Romans 10: 9-10, (KJV). "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." 

Repent and confess your sins. A powerful, personal response to the gospel is "repenting" or feeling sorry for our sins, confessing them, and turning away from them. Acts 2: 37-38, (KJV). "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (38) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

It's in the Bible1 John 1:9, (KJV). "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Receive Jesus' life. Surrender your life to God, and let Christ live in you. Galatians 2: 20, (KJV). "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

It's in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5: 17, (KJV). "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

John 3:16,17 (KJV)  For God so loved the world , that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Rejoice, for you are now a child of God! It's in the Bible, John 1: 12, (KJV). "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."

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