Yes, what you have heard it true. I am a Young Earth Creationist (YEC). And I don’t mean that I am an Earth Creationist under the age of 40. I mean, I believe the earth to be around 6,000 years old. I used to be an Old earth Creationist, trying to duck tape Genesis 1 to the Big Bang, but you would not believe how hard it is to get anything to stick to the Big Bang! It’s like nailing Jell-O to a wall. In a few years, once I pass that middle age, I suppose I shall begin referring to myself as an old young earth creationist (OYEC), but I digress.
One of the best reasons to be a Young Earth Creationist is because God, who made the heavens and the earth, the seas, and all that is in them, is Himself a Young Earth Creationist. I don’t think I am straining logic to suggest that, if anyone would know how long it took to make the heavens and the earth, and how long ago it was done, God would know. But the question is, does God actually tell us?
I would begin with the Genesis account. Many people have the mistaken idea that Moses is the author of the book of Genesis. Certainly he is the person responsible for penning the version we have today, but he is not the author of Genesis in the same way L. Frank Baum is the author of The Wizard of Oz. The difference is that Baum CREATED the content of The Wizard of Oz; he invented the characters and events of those stories. He wrote the words, and they did not exist in any form until he wrote it. (I hope most of you figured out that the story was fictional when you saw the movie, otherwise you REALLY need to talk to your doctor about changing your prescriptions.)
Moses did not invent anything, but compiled the account, and probably from a series of preexisting texts. Moses authored Genesis the way a biographer would author a biography, and this is not merely my opinion, but a very popular opinion among the scholarship. According to ChristianAnswers.net, “the most likely explanation… is that Adam, Noah, Shem, and the others each wrote down an account of the events which occurred in his lifetime, and Moses, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, selected and compiled these, along with his own comments, into the book we now know as Genesis.” A deeper and more detailed look into Moses’ writing of Genesis is also found at Answers in Genesis, where in they say this; “We think it very likely that Moses was working with written documents because the second toledoth (Genesis 5:1) reads “
this is the book of the generations of Adam” where “book” is a translation of the normal Hebrew word meaning a written document. Also, the account of the Flood after the third toledoth (Genesis 6:9) reads like a ship’s log.”
What does the Genesis account say? Well, in Genesis 1: 7 it says, “And it was thus that The Lord created the Heavens and the Earth, approximately 6,000 years ago.” I mean, it’s right there in black and white people. 6,000 years ago. That’s where we get the date for creation as happening 6,000 years ago. Case closed.
Ha ha! I’m kidding of course. But this is the level of silly I feel people have sunk to when they think they have popped my Young earth balloon by telling me there is no Bible verse which says how long ago God created everything. If a verse like this DID exist, it would have been wrong the very next year, and increasingly wrong every year after. We don’t determine the age of the earth by reading A VERSE, but by reading more than one. Specifically we read those dull, sleep inducing genealogies in Genesis 5: “3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth...6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father[b] of Enosh...9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan...” And on and on it goes, telling us the ages of everyone from Adam to Noah, and then in Genesis 11 to Abraham, and on and on it goes until we have all sorts of other historical markers to line things up with. In short, if you can balance a check book, you have the math skills to figure out how long ago creation happened. It puts Creation week at about 6,000 years ago. Answers in Genesis does all of the math for you, and explains it in detail HERE. You really ought to send them a thank you note for all the work they’ve done for you.
One of the reasons for my confidence in this method is the pitiful, weak sauce arguments against it. I heard a podcast not long ago where two gentlemen attempted to determine if we could calculate the age of the earth from these genealogies as YEC claim. Naturally, they started their discussion with a close look at the genealogies given… in Matthew? Of course that offered no help as Matthew’s Geneologies are not a complete list nor do they give any ages at all, so of course they turned back to the Old Testament and took a look at… CHRONICLES? Are these guys KIDDING ME? How in the world are you supposed to figure out whether or not you can calculate the age of the earth from the genealogies given in Genesis when you KEEP LOOKING NOT IN GENESIS?!?! I could not believe these cretins. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that they SOMEHOW failed to come to the creation date of about 6,000 years ago. People do this kind of thing all of the time, and it makes me wonder how they sleep at night. Do they do this with other literary questions?
“Some people have claimed that the characters of Bob Crachit and Pip are both Charles Dickens’ depiction of his own father as told to him by his aunt Shelly Doubouis.They site her memoirs as giving anecdotes that both relate to the development of those two characters. To see if this claim has any validity, we will be looking at Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, and then, next week, the second book in the Twilight Series.”
To see their weak position systematically dismantled, read this.
People will often claim that there are gaps in these lists of names, but all you have to do is read it for yourself. “Dude was this old, and had a son. That son was THIS old and he had a son. That son was THIS old…” over and over. If you can fit a dozen more generations between a dude and his own son, then let me know how it’s done. Whatever you come up with, I suspect it will not paint his wife in a very flattering light. But again, I digress.
Next time we will see what else God has had to say about his acts of Creation. Please join us then, and thanks for letting me be your Rent-A-Friend.