Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Age of the Earth According to Jesus

Pharisees came to him testing him, and asked him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a certificate of divorce to be written, and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “For your hardness of heart, he wrote you this commandment.  But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.  For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will join to his wife,  and the two will become one flesh, so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Mark 10.2-9, World English B
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Theistic evolutionists, progressive creationists, gap theorists and the like attempt to make the Bible say what it does not say. Since "science" (philosophies) have "proven" that the Earth is millions of years old, they add millions of years to the Bible. I have had people say to me, "The Bible doesn't say how old the Earth is, or when it was created". Then they add in the huge amounts of time. That is an argument from silence, and does not give them license to add to the Scriptures (Proverbs 30.6).

One simple part of the verses cited at the top is from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. This happened on the sixth day of Creation, not after millions of years of mutations, natural selection, death and violence. Further, that passage describes God's ideal for marriage. Jesus referred to each of the first two chapters of Genesis (Gen. 1.27, 2.24) as historical fact, not as allegory or legend. Jesus believed the Scriptures. How did he view the age of the Earth?
The standard secular timeline, from an alleged ‘big bang’ some 15 billion years ago to now, is accepted by most people in the evangelical Christian world, even though many would deny evolution. Some would even say that to dispute billions of years is to place an unnecessary stumbling block in the way of any scientifically-minded potential converts.

This is in contrast to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator made flesh, as well as several of the biblical authors, which makes it plain that this is wrong—people were there from the beginning of creation. But in the evolutionary timeline, people have only been around for one or two million years—this puts them toward the end of the timeline. This means that He is most definitely claiming that the world cannot be billions of years old.
You can read the rest of "Jesus on the Age of the Earth", here.

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