Is The Earth 6,000 Years Old or 6 Million?
From 6,000 to 6 million years old there’s a lot of debate about the age of the earth. Here’s something to consider regarding the Christian view – which is most often that the earth is 6,000 ish years old.
In the mid-1600s a man named James Ussher did some math based on genealogies in the bible and his math assumed that no one was going to be mentioned between certain people in those lineages. The birth date for the earth was never mentioned prior to James Ussher and the bible doesn’t explicitly say how old the earth is. More importantly, the book of Genesis was not written so that Christians could calculate the age of the earth, but rather it was written to tell us HOW it was created and by WHO.
In terms of the earth’s age, the main message of the bible that we, as Christians, need to be concerned with is that God made the earth and everything in and outside of it. When we treat the bible like a math problem we end up off track of what’s important, and that is that the world comes to know Jesus as savior and receive eternal life, through faith. Treating the Bible like a math problem is why we end up with all these people claiming crazy stuff like assuming to know when the earth will end, only to make Christians look ridiculous.
It’s perfectly fine to have an opinion on the age of the earth, but I think we digress when we obsess over it and become dogmatic about our view. So whether the earth is 6000, 6 million, or 6 billion years old neither of them would refute scripture. What Christians need to focus on is Jesus and how we can let Him work in and through us.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.