Scientist’s tell us that the beginning was some 13.8 Billion years ago, but most of the Christian communities believe the earth began 6,000 years ago.
However, if God inspired the Ancient Scrolls that we call the Bible, then I believe that the scrolls and true science should complement each other. However, sometimes science is wrong, like in the Scopes Trial, and sometimes the Christian understanding of the scriptures are wrong also.
Here is an example:
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep.”Gen 1:1-2
What a dismal picture…. without form, void and darkness…. that describes chaos, yet another scripture says something different.
God, Who formed the earth and made it,….did not create it in vain, but formed it to be inhabited: Isa 45:18
He did not create it vain or void, nor in chaos, but Gen 1:2 describes it just that way.
The key to understanding that verse is found in the word ‘was’ in Gen 1:2.
The word ‘was’ is the Hebrew word ‘Hayah’ and 67 times in the scriptures it is translated ‘became’. If we were to translate it that way in Gen 1:2, then the scriptures would not sound contradictory. Instead, it would read, “the world was not created vain and void but became that way.”
Another word in Genesis worth looking at is the Hebrew word ‘yom‘ which was translated ‘day’, but can also be translated ‘eon’.
The Ancient Scrolls do not teach that the world is 6,000 years old, it only teaches that man is 6,000 years old.
I find it strange that science can find no evidence that mankind existed more than 6,000 years ago and Christians can find no Biblical evidence that the earth is 6,000 years old. Moreover, we fight back and forth about what we agree on.
I believe all evidence proves that the earth is probably 13.5 billion years old and man is probably 6,000 years old.
Now, look at what it says the Great Creator did next. “God planted a garden…and there He put the man whom He had formed.” Gen 2:8
Did you ever plant a garden? so did God. What’s more, He planted it in the midst of chaos. Then He took the man whom He had formed and placed him in the garden, which was a place of peace surrounded by Chaos.
Then God blessed them, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Gen 1:28.
As they increased in number, they would be able to establish and extend the rule of God’s peace into all the earth, and it was not to be done by violence as some would have us to believe. In other words, they were to bring God’s peace into all of the surrounding chaos. “For the heavens belong to God but the earth He gave to man to have dominion.” We are to overcome evil with good!