In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Imagine this as the first line in your science book. Though the Intelligent Design community is no longer saying outright that they are operating under Christian interests, we know the truth. How often do you see a Muslim, Buddhist, or Zoroastrian fighting for God to be offered as an alternative to evolution in American schools?
So, let’s assume that this country loses their mind and decides that there is a god and tosses evolution out the window. At that point, we have to decide what religonutscience to publish.
There is one question that must be answered:
How old is the Earth?
There are several Christians who believe the Earth is 4.54 billion years old. The ID community pushes the idea of a 6,000 year old Earth. Let’s not debate science. We know what science says, and remember, in this scenario basic intelligence has been tossed out the window. So, using ONLY the Bible, let’s prove that the Earth is only 6,000 years old.
The Bible is the infallible word of god. Most Christians would agree with this.
God, knowing all and understanding that he was creating Earth for man and understanding how man will perceive time, is unlikely to have given false measurements of time when telling the Genesis author about the creation. So, the first step is to take on the idea that the Earth was created in six 24 hour days, and man was created on the sixth day.
But that’s just the beginning. How does that prove that the Earth is so young.
It begins in Matthew 1:1 with a geneological link from Abraham to Jesus. This is 42 generations. Luke 3:23 begins with Jesus, and traces his geneology back to Adam. This is 66 generations.
Archbishop James Ussher used this geneology to trace the origin of the Earth to October 23, 4004 BC. Ages are not provided for all of the men listed in the geneology, but even if all are said to have lived for one thousand years (31 years longer than Methuselah: Genesis 5:27), this only pushes the creation date back to 65,000 BC (Jesus being born after 65 generations).
Once again, if god is infallible, there are only two possibilities here. First, the Bible is the perfect book meaning EVERYTHING in it is absolute fact, or god allowed man to twist facts and write things that are untrue. It is much more likely, using the Bible as the only source, that god would not allow this to happen, because, “god is love” (1 John 4:8). After all, your eternal fate relies on a guessing game, so the least he could do is provide a truthful book.
The bible is perfect. It must be. If it is, there is no way the Earth can be 4.54 billion years old. This means that Christian ideas of an Old Earth are not based on the infallible word of god.
Now, there are only two options: An old earth rooted in science, or a young earth rooted in the bible.