Purpose of this Session
Biblical accounts and timelines suggest a young earth, not one that is millions or billions of years old. Despite being ridiculed by men who choose instead to harbour foolish notions based on fallible theories, the young earth proposed by the Biblical account is something that is scientifically viable.
We discover a discrepancy between the span of history as presented in Scripture, and modern theories based upon evolutionary premises and fallible dating methods. The Bible places the age of the earth at no more than 10,000 years, whereas many who do not believe the Biblical record place the earth’s age at anything between 10 million and 65+ million years!
We must be careful here not to say the disagreement is between the Bible and science, for this is far from the case. Science itself is proving to be more of a friend to the Bible than a nemesis as many believe it to be. It is not necessary to commit mental suicide in order to believe the Bible, but it is important to do some homework so we can clothe our faith with some facts. As Peter encourages:
“But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.”
(1Pet 3:15 AMP)
The facts are that hundreds of physical processes set limits on the age of the world. These include Sodium and sediment deposits in the sea (which would be overwhelmingly large if present observable processes had been occurring for millions of years). The earth’s population also indicates a young earth. Wilmington points out in his Guide to the Bible:
“If man appeared over one million years ago, the present world population would be thousands of times greater than it actually is. In fact, our entire galaxy could not provide the needed space for so many. The present world population is around 4.3 billion (at the time of writing). Assuming the average life span to be seventy years and the average generation length to be thirty-five years, then starting with one family, the present world population would result in about thirty doublings. These doublings would carry us back in history from today to around 3500 b.c. This date is suggested by several creationist scientists to mark the time of the Flood. Thus, the creation model dovetails beautifully with known world population statistics. But what of the evolutionary model? Morris writes: “Now, if the first man appeared one million years ago, and these very conservative growth rates applied during that period, the world population would be at present 10 (27000 zeros following) people. However, no more than 10 (with 100 zeros) people could be crammed into the known universe!”
Wilmington's Guide To The Bible
For a through and readable study of the subject much material is available from Answers In Genesis or Creation Ministries International. Both of these ministries are centred upon this whole scientific area of apologetics.