I was looking up information on which Christian denominations believe in a young-earth (approx. 6000 years old), and which believe in an old earth (millions to billions of years old). Unfortunately, I could not find definitive information. It appears there are sects within major denominations that swing both ways. The main wording that kept coming back was that there is no official position on the age of the earth, because the Bible says nothing about it. I beg to differ! Let me show you where young-earthers get there 6,000 years:
Genesis 1 God created the earth, universe, all plants, animals, and the first man in six days, rests on the 7th day
Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived 130 years, and begot Seth
Genesis 5:6 Seth lived 105 years, and begot Enosh
Genesis 5:9 Enosh lived 90 years, and begot Cainan
Genesis 5:12 Cainan lived 70 years, and begot Mahalalel
Genesis 5:15 Mahalalel lived 65 years, and begot Jared
Genesis 5:18 Jared lived 162 years, and begot Enoch
Genesis 5:21 Enoch lived 65 years, and begot Methuselah
Genesis 5:25 Methuselah lived 187 years, and begot Lamech
Genesis 5:28 Lamech lived 182 years, and begot Noah
Genesis 5:32 Noah lived 500 years, and begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth
Genesis 11:10 Shem lived 100 years, and begot Arphaxad 2 years after the Flood
TOTAL so far = 1,654 years from Adam until the Flood.
Genesis 11:12 Arphaxad lived 35 years, and begot Shelah
Genesis 11:14 Selah lived 30 years, and begot Eber
Genesis 11:16 Eber lived 34 years, and begot Peleg
Genesis 11: 18 Peleg lived 30 years, and begot Reu
Genesis 11:20 Reu lived 32 years, and begot Serug
Genesis 11:22 Serug lived 30 years, and begot Nahor
Genesis 11:24 Nahor lived 29 years, and begot Terah
Genesis 11:26 Terah lived 70 years, and begot Abram (Abraham), Nahor, and Haran.
TOTAL so far = 1,944 years from Adam to Abraham
Matthew 1:17 – 14 generations from Abraham to David, 14 generations from David to Deportation to Babylon, and 14 generations from Babylon to Messiah.
42 generations from Abraham to Jesus. If we make an ASSUMPTION of 40 years per generation, this places Jesus birth at 1,680 years after Abraham.
TOTAL so far = 3,624 years from Adam to Jesus
Jesus was born in 4BC, so that is 2,016 years to today.
GRAND TOTAL = 5,640 years from Adam to today.
This is why the 6-day creation is attacked as much as it is because it is the only spot in the Bible where someone can try to cram the millions of years necessary to have evolution. To do this you have to:
- Believe God was lying about the six days in Gen 1 and Exodus 20.
- Believe that God was lying about the order of creation (earth before sun, birds before land animals).
- Believe that death is not the result of sin (Romans 5: 12) but part of the intended mechanism God used in creation.
- Believe that God was lying about thorns being a part of the curse following Adam’s sin because thorns are found in the fossil record supposedly millions of years before Adam “evolved”.
- Believe in a God who calls a world full of death/suffering/disease “very good”, but then later defies this very nature and describes death as an enemy, an intruder on the created order, and in need of a savior.
- Believe Jesus was mistaken when he described man and woman as being created at “the beginning” (Matt. 19:4) and the blood of the prophets (Abel) being spilt since the “foundation of the world” (Luke 11:50-51) NOT billions of years later and relatively recently. (see this image)
- Basically believe that the Bible should be reinterpreted with each new scientific discovery…
And MUCH more! As said before this is a Biblical authority issue, not a creation vs. evolution issue. Is the Bible trustworthy and understandable? 2nd Timothy 3: 15 says “from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation”. It does not say that it takes an advanced degree with specializations in Hebrew/Greek with a thorough understanding of ancient cultures and science to understand what it is trying to say. It’s fairly easy. It says six days, simple math puts those six days at approx. 6000 years ago. Seeing that I already use the Bible to defend my belief in Jesus as my savior (a very extraordinary claim), I see no other reason to contest these extraordinary claims as well.