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“Just A Young'un”Categories: OLD TESTAMENT
How do some christians debate that the earth as a planet is merely 5,000 years old?
Dear Looking Later,
There is quite a bit of scientific evidence that backs the Bible timeline for a young earth. According to the Bible, the Earth is around 6,000 years old. This was accepted by the scientific community until not long before Darwin came on the scene. Darwinian evolution required the world to be billions of years old to prove his theory that species evolve slowly over time. Since evolutionists dominate the public voice for the scientific community (even though many scientists do believe the Bible and do believe in a young earth), all you ever hear is that the world is billions of years old – we are never told about the evidence that supports a young Earth.
There are many evidences for a young earth. One piece of evidence is the Cambrian explosion – a layer of rock that show an immense variety of fossils. The Cambrian explosion in the fossil record shows that there was a point in history when millions of species exploded onto the scene – the exact opposite of evolution. However, the Cambrian explosion can easily be explained by the worldwide flood of Noah’s day (Gen 7:11-12). A worldwide flood explains why there was an explosion of dead things under tons of mud, silt, and rock.
Another example is the distance between the Earth and the moon. The moon is slowly receding from the Earth at a measurable rate. With some basic math, we can see that it is impossible for the Earth to be billions of years old – if it was, the moon would have been so close that it would have destroyed all life on the planet!
These are just two simple evidences, but there are thousands more that space doesn’t permit us to list. Groups of scientists like the people at answersingenesis.org specialize in showcasing the evidences for a young Earth and the accuracy of the Bible account of the Creation.