Hi everyone I just want to reiterate how important it is to keep our love for each other central to this debate over young earth and old earth and indeed any other view believers of Christ hold. When we get to heaven our salvation will not be dependent on what view of we held about creation but whether we know Christ. So let’s keep that in mind.
This being said , I’ve personally been on a significant journey regarding all this. Mainly because I got into an ongoing friendly debate with a non Christian atheist evolutionist colleague. And guess what . I knew that my yec view which I had held for over 40 years was going to inhibit my interaction with him. So I started doing some research on the various views held by Christians.
I took another look at genesis and realised that genesis 2 contradicts genesis 1 if you hold a young earth view. Let me explain this and a few other points. Okay if you’ve been to church for many years you would be familiar with the preacher who says the Hebrew word for this means this.
Well The heavens and the earth means the totality of everything being created . There is no Hebrew word for universe. Moses had to use heavens and earth. So the sun and stars and the earth were indeed made to a point on day 1. Also The Hebrew word for day has 4 different literal meanings. It can mean , the daylight hours , a 24 hour period , a three hour ( soldiers watch ) period or a long period of time. And get this , There is an evening and morning for day 1 , day 2, day 3 , day 4, day 5 day6 but not day seven. Why not? Because we are still in the seventh day. Well that would mean s long period of time wouldn’t it.
And there are scriptures in the New Testament which support the seventh day interpretation . But get this . If we take a yec view in genesis 2 . On day 6 , God created Adam . Then he placed Adam in the garden and he tended the garden Then Adam names all the animals. Now in Hebrew if you name an animal it means you have to study it. Adam was in fact the first biologist studying and naming all I said all the animals. Then Adam was put into a deep sleep and eve created from his rib.Adam was awoken and Adams response to seeing her was “ “At long last.” ( most translations say this) why would he say that if it wasn’t a long period of time. There is also the fact that the genesis account matches the scientific evidence ie the earth starts if a watery mass then gets a thin atmosphere and then light is able to shine through. It goes on .
So my response to this was , wow I wish I was shown or at least given this option of interpreting scripture. Now for me I have not only been engaging in more conversations with my atheist friend but been able to bring him to Christian meetings. His worldview has started to change . He is no longer an atheist . He is moving towards acknowledging Gods hand in his life alongside creation.ive also been sharing more with others . What I have found out in this journey is that in the field of astronomy particularly there is a wealth of evidence that overwhelmingly supports a personal creator and indeed Christ. Get this , astronomers agree that there is someone behind the universe. The anthropic argument in astronomy has well and truly been settled in favour of a creator . It has been heartening to be able to use all this evidence to share with my non Christian friends who are searching . And the evidence continues to grow. Each week scientists in astronomy are finding new evidence which shows that the universe and our earth is fine tuned for humanity’s existence . In no other apologetics arena do we have so much evidence as in the field of astronomy. It is really encouraging.
When we join the great arguments from philosophy and Rzm with the astronomical evidence you really have compelling arguments even the astronomers agree with. To be honest I really don’t care how old the universe is but guess what my non Christian Science compelled friends and colleagues do. If I can reach them for Christ that’s all I care about . That’s what we all should feel. When missionaries in years gone by went out to some remote place they got to know the people groups they were with and then presented Christ to them. Anyone with a science mind is like that. Largely An Un reached people group.now we can use the uncompromised inherent word of scripture and the science to share the gospel Cheers Bronwyn