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The idea that the earth may be older than a few thousand years is a heretical one for many Christians. The concern is that if an additional number of years numbering in the millions, or even billions, were added to the age of the earth it would contradict the creation account in the Bible. By tracing genealogies beginning at Adam, and allowing for the extra hundreds of years people live prior to the flood, the age of the earth has been estimated to be anywhere from six to fifteen thousand years or so. It is feared by some that not one, but two consequences of acknowledging that the earth existed many years before man was created on it would be a capitulation on the order of spelling the end of faith.
In addition to seeing the Bible discredited, it would follow that the competing narrative for creation fills the whole space and thus reigns supreme. It is thought that by pondering an older earth the evolutionists will be given a concession necessary to their argument that man was created by the process of evolving, and independent of any outside forces other then nature. While it is true that a vast amount of time is an essential component to their theory, it is not sufficient to establish it as fact.
There are two other supports that must be obtained and established before evolutionists may rest their argument on a firm foundation, and these they will never possess. The first of these missing elements is proof, and the second requirement is to demonstrate that God is a liar.
The litany of discredited artifacts and bones and supposedly replicated processes that were once advanced as proof, and that were later discovered to be misidentified, misdated, invalid, or hoaxes, and which were nonetheless embraced by science until their unraveling is a subject for another paper. The scandals have been addressed by competent authors and may be easily obtained. The point has been made as sharp as it needs to be to puncture; there is no proof, and the Bible makes it clear will there ever be any proof of Darwinian evolution.
The Bible tells us that God formed man from the dust of the ground, and that he was completely formed up to his nostrils before God breathed the breath of life into him (Gen 2:7). As the word of God refutes the evolutionists, their theory is clearly a fraud, and as the theory allows for no evolution of inanimate objects, not even the heresy of theistic evolution can be coaxed out of creation account.
As to the veracity of the account, we need only know that “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num 23:19). God is not a liar.
With these unfailing assurances, we are unfettered to approach the Bible on its own terms.
[For a more thorough understanding of the immediate creation of Man and the biblical refutation of Darwinian evolution; see "Immediate Man". Sciences disprove theory of evolution; see "Disease Disproves Theory of Evolution." Media bias in reporting on evolution; see "'Evolutionis' in Three Murders has Deadly Past"]