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How Old is the Earth?

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How Old is the Earth?

Scientist say the earth is hundreds of millions, and possibly billions of years old. Christians say the earth is only approximately 6 thousand years old. Who is right? Well, that all depends on what reference point you use. If we use Genesis chapter one verse one then yes the earth is most likely hundreds of millions or perhaps billions of years old. If we use Genesis chapter one verse two, then the earth is most likely only around 6 thousand years old. That would mean both scientists, and Christians are both right in their thinking!!!

True science, and true revelation of God's Word should NEVER contradict each other!! The Lord God created the known physical universe for man to study, because within his physical creation there is a revelation of God, and of his Kingdom as described in Romans 1:20

Rom 1:20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and THROUGH THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification] (AMP)

Physical things created reveal the unseen spiritual things, even God's eternal power and Godhead so that man would have no excuse not to believe!! If we discount the findings of true science, then we will miss out on understanding the meaning of scripture, and in the same way if scientists discount what the scriptures teach then they will not be able to fully understand the physical universe!!

Genesis chapter one starting at verse two describes the “RE” creation of the earth, not the original creation as in verse one of the same chapter. God making man in his own image, and likeness was told by God to man to “Replenish” the earth, inferring it had at one time been inhabited by other beings.

We also learn in the book of Hebrews, that when God creates something new there is no substance, or material existing in which God uses to create. There is nothing to begin with, and then something comes into existence, which means something comes out of nothing!!!

Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that WHAT IS SEEN WAS NOT MADE OUT OF THINGS THAT ARE VISIBLE. (ESV)

The earth in which we are living right now was recreated out of existing material that already was in existence in Genesis chapter one verse two. Notice what it says.....

Gen 1:2 And the earth WAS without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The word, “WAS” in this verse is the Hebrew word which means “TO BECOME, or BECAME”
What became? The earth became!!! Became what? The Hebrew words, “WITHOUT FORM” means, “to become a waste land, a desert, desolation, confusion” The Hebrew word for “VOID” means, “emptiness”. No Wonder God told Adam, and Eve to replenish the earth because it had become empty!!! The earth that had once existed before in Genesis 1:1 became empty, and a waste land from some kind of cataclysmic event!!! The earth started out as “dry land”, and became completely flooded with water covering all the dry land!!! No this is NOT Noah's flood!!

God only calls the dry land “earth”, he does not call the sea's or oceans earth!!

Gen 1:10 And GOD CALLED THE DRY LAND EARTH; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

In Genesis chapter one, verse two we see the “earth” going from a dry land state to being completely overflowing with water!!! There are a lot of things going on just in this one verse, and if we are not attentive to the Holy Spirit in his guiding we will miss it all.

Gen 1:2 And the earth (dry land) was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED UPON THE FACE OF THE WATERS.

Emphasis add by me in this verse. How do I know the earth became over flowed with water? Notice in the first part of this verse it says, “the earth (dry land) started out as dry land, and then at the very end of this verse we find the Holy Spirit moved upon the face of the “WATERS”!!! Why didn't the Holy Spirit move upon the face of the dry land? Because the dry land had “became” over flowed with water destroying it, making it empty, and a waste land!!!!!

In the New Testament we find this being spoken of......

2Pe 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
2Pe 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and THE EARTH STANDING OUT OF THE WATER AND IN THE WATER:
2Pe 3:6 Whereby THE WORLD THAT THEN WAS, BEING OVERFLOWED WITH WATER, PERISHED:

Notice, there are people today who are willingly ignorant, thinking that every thing is just continuing as it was from the beginning, and nothing has changed or happened to convince them otherwise. That fact is, a lot has happened to this earth ever since God created the earth in the beginning. It was at one time completely destroyed by a flood of massively proportions like no other time in history.

Notice verse five as it says, “......THE EARTH STANDING OUT OF THE WATER AND IN THE WATER:” It says the earth was FIRST out of the water, meaning it was dry land to start with, and then, “IN THE WATER” meaning it was over flowed with water!!!!

Notice verse six, “Whereby THE WORLD THAT THEN WAS, BEING OVERFLOWED WITH WATER, PERISHED:”

The world “THE WORLD THAT THEN WAS” (past tense) being over flowed with water “PERISHED” The Greek word for perished in this verse means, “to destroy fully” Complete destruction, unlike Noah's flood in which only the people were destroyed for all the trees, and vegetation came back on their own, but this destruction was so complete that God had to bring forth seed once again to bring forth all the trees, and vegetation.

Notice: the world that “THEN WAS” is not the same world which “NOW IS”

2Pe 3:6 Whereby THE WORLD THAT THEN WAS, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pe 3:7 BUT THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, WHICH ARE NOW, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

The old world was completely destroyed with water, and the world that NOW is, is reserved unto fire. The next time, this world will be completely destroyed by fire, and one more time God will recreate this earth where only righteousness shall dwell forever.
 

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