Merry Christmas to ALL my readers. On Friday we celebrate Jesus Incarnation, God becoming man. Another important Christian doctrine is God’s role as Creator/Sustainer. Within the church the age of the Earth is a continuing source of conflict. Let’s settle it from the Bible! This BLOG is Question 47 (Pages 58-59) “What are Biblical reasons you take the Young Earth Position?” published in my book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You”.
There are the two Biblical reasons I take the “Young Earth” position. I do NOT take it because of science, since science is an interpretation of evidence and changes as new evidence is discovered. I use ONLY Biblical reasoning when I’m asked about my “Young Earth” position. Science does, in fact, verify the young Earth but that’s not the question here. The two Biblical reasons are: Death before Sin and Creation’s Perfection.
1) Death before Sin. In Genesis chapter 3 the Bible is clear that death is a direct result of Adam’s sin, yet “old Earth” positions have death in the creation long before Adam sins. They accommodate the long ages REQUIRED for evolution. They argue that the death that came by Adam was only spiritual death, however, then you have to explain how we can have a perfect place in the new Heaven and Earth if animal death is present. Remember the new creation is a restored Eden; “the lion will lie down with the lamb” animals will be herbivores … That could not happen in the world they describe before Adam appeared because animals would have killed and eaten each other. Death would be a POSITIVE and CREATIVE process to gain improvement in all the old Earth scenarios. That’s what evolution and NOT what the Bible says about death. The Bible is clear. Death is a temporary intruder that came because of sin. It is defeated at the cross! A God who uses death is NOT the God of Scripture!!!
2) Creation’s Perfection. At the end of each creation day God says his work is good. At the end of day six Scripture states: “Then God saw everything that He hath made, and behold it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” EVERYTHING was VERY GOOD. This implies a perfect Creation with no sin, death, rebellion, etc. Old Earth scenarios have the fall of Satan, death, sin, and other kinds of imperfection present before the end of day six. That would imply that the clear statement of Scripture either wasn’t “everything that He had made” or it really wasn’t “very good.” In the last chapter of Revelation, Jesus says: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” No more death! Everything is “very good” again. You can’t have any form of evil before the end of the sixth day because this would be in direct conflict with the clear words of Scripture.
LESSON: A “Young Earth” interpretation of the Bible is the ONLY position that does not violate the clear Biblical teaching of “No death before sin” and “Creation’s perfection”. Anything other Old Earth view contradicts Scripture!
ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You”. is available at: http://yourchristiananswers.com
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