Faith is believing God and trusting in what He has told us. Sometimes, we just have to choose to believe Him rather than what we see.
We have been looking at scientific evidence for a young earth. What we haven’t looked at is the biblical evidence given for a young earth. What evidence might that be? It is what God Himself said about it. Let’s look:
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11
This passage is the fourth command in the Ten Commandments given by the Lord to Moses on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are the foundation of the Israeli faith as well as the first half of the Christian faith. It is the hub of all Judeo-Christian values.
36 the son of Cainan,
the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem,
the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch,
the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel,
the son of Kenan, 38 the son of Enosh,
the son of Seth, the son of Adam,
the son of God. Luke 3:36-38
This genealogy of Jesus is datable and fixed. From the first man through Jesus Christ, the years are 5,000-5,500 years.
Believing in an old earth is not a salvation issue, but it does undermine the basis of the Lord’s Word. We tend to believe what we know; if all a person knows is evolution, then it makes sense to try to fit everything into that worldview. The basis of faith, though, is to take God as His Word. If doing so requires us to defy the present-day logic of science, then so be it. Paul said in Roman 3:4,
4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:
“So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge” (Psalm 51:4).
As we march through history, each invention has proven God to be true:
- The Hubbell Telescope
- The electron microscope
- The seismograph
- Molecular biology
- Mitochondrial DNA mapping
And these are just a few! The idea is that just because current science doesn’t agree with the Bible doesn’t mean that it won’t in the future. Each science book is an updated edition of the previous one meaning that there is information in each edition that has been changed. Not so with the Bible. It’s information has stayed the same for 4,000 years! We can trust God’s Word.
Abba, may You give us faith concerning Your Word. As we study it and ponder it, please open our hearts to Your truth and our minds to all the wonders of Your universe. Amen.