How Old is the Earth?

how old is the earth

There is a chasm that separates the Evolutionists and the Creationists concerning the age of the Earth. Both sides are vehement about their positions. The Creationists believe that the earth is about 6000 years old because of the approximate timeline back to Adam in the Bible. The Evolutionists believe the Earth is Billions of years old due to carbon dating and science. These differences are vast and seemingly irreconcilable.  Let’s look at the Bible to see what God has to say.

In second Peter the first clue is revealed.

2 Peter 3

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

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.

There was a previous earth that perished – covered with water — which was replaced by the present heavens and the earth. So there is a first earth that has been replaced by the second earth (the ball that we live on now). This is important as we read Genesis.

Genesis 1:1-2

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form [tohu], and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth and the earth was without form and void…” It appears that God created the earth without form and void. However, Isaiah sheds light on this statement.

Isaiah 45:18

For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain [tohu], he formed it to be inhabited : I am the LORD; and there is none else.

Genesis says that God created the Earth “without form” and Isaiah claims that God created the earth “not without form” with the intent for it to be inhabited.  This results in an apparent contradiction in the Word of God.  Since I always assume the Bible is perfect then the problem is in my understanding or in the translation. In this instance the problem is with the translation.  In Genesis 1:2 the “was” in the phrase “the earth was without form” should be “the earth became without form”. This means that the first earth was formed correctly and was inhabitable as stated in Genesis 1:1. Then something happened and the earth was uninhabitable. This was the end of the first heaven and earth.  The second heaven and earth begins in Genesis 1:2.  This is the earth where Adam and Eve were formed, made, and created, which was about 6000 years ago.

We do not know the age of the first heaven and earth? It could be billions of years since their creation. There is plenty of time to account for dinosaurs, fossils, and all of the different types of cavemen classified by the anthropologists. God does not tell us the duration so we do not know.  I believe that scientists could be correct with their calculations and the creationists could be correct with their calculations because the creationists are calculating earth’s age for the second earth and the scientists are calculating the earth’s age for the first earth.

In Revelation 21 there is mention of a future third heaven and earth.

Revelations 21:1

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Why did the earth become without form after it was created to be inhabitable? What happened? In Isaiah 14 Lucifer has a change of station after his stint as the chief Angel.

Isaiah 14

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning * ! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble , that did shake kingdoms;

His pride, indicated by his five “I will” statements, leads to his down fall. After being cast from heaven Satan does not depart  alone.

Revelation 12:3-4

3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

The great read dragon, Satan, along with a third of the angels (“the third part of the stars of heaven”) are cast to the earth. Satan resides on the second earth.

Now we know that the first earth perished and that we live on the second – present – earth help to explain the discrepancies of dating the age of the earth.

These are some closing thoughts.

Genesis 1:1-2

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

This verse is the end of chapter 1. It is all that we know about the first heaven and earth.

Verse 2 begins the second chapter. This is the precursor for the second heaven and earth.

2 And the earth was without form [tohu], and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The earth is covered with water which aligns with Peter

2 Peter 3

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

Creationists think Noah’s flood of 40 days destroyed the dinosaurs and created the fossils found on mountains. Fossils take longer than 40 days to form.

There are caveman bones that appear to be similar to modern man. They probably came from the  first earth. We do not know anything about their life. It’s all conjecture by observing a bone and drawings on a cave wall. We don’t know about their life and if they had the spirit of God.  Regardless of the caveman’s origin there was a new race created when Adam was made, formed, and created. We are all descendents of Adam and not a caveman, monkey, or primordial ooze.

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