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Bible Q & A

Q. You seem to believe the earth is a lot older than the 6,000 years that the Bible indicates.  Isnít this a contradiction?
A. The Bible, however, does not say when the original creation of the earth took place.  Scientific evidence based on studies of radiometric dating, geological stratigraphy and ecological succession demonstrate the earth is not merely 6,000 years old, but very old indeed.

Some people have attempted to figure out the date of creation based on the biblical ages of the patriarch (for example, the famous Usher dated creation at 4004 B.C.).  But the date of the creation of man is not connected with the age of the earth.  Adam was created nearly 6,000 years ago; the earth is much older.  In fact, you may be surprised to learn that the pre-Adamic world was at one time inhabited by angelic beings! (See the next two questions.)

The exact age of the earth is not revealed in Scripture.  When the Bible is correctly understood, there is nothing to keep one from accepting factual scientific evidence for determining the age of the earth.
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