Friday, January 7, 2011

Old Earth or Young?

If you've read very many articles on my blog, you'll know that I have a strong opinion that God created the Earth just as He said He did in Genesis. Some who feel it is better to compromise with the current scientism paradigm (that the Earth is billions of years old, which would include for the compromisers that there was death, bloodshed, and suffering before Adam sinned) try to re-interpret God's scripture to cram these billions of years into it with some interesting mental gymnastics.

From time to time, I read blog posts at other sites, and I ran across this one, which is a fascinating topic.

I ended up debating one of the compromising well-meaning old earthers, and one of the questions that I seemed not to have an answer for at the time was "Does the Genesis account really say that there were no other people created OUTSIDE the garden with which the family of Adam and Eve could have intermarried?"

I pointed out that the New Testament points out that sin came from Adam, and the penalty for sin is death, but they came back with "Well, that's just death for people...not animals or pre-humans."

I pointed out that Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all living (Gen 3:20), but they came back saying that living meant only spiritually alive...having God's image.

So it wasn't until I came across this article from CMI that I realize this good rebuttal to their claims.

Genesis 2:18-20 answers the question that God said man should not be alone, and He would create a suitable helper for him. And God brought all the beasts of the field, and no suitable helper for Adam was found.

There could not have been pre-humans that evolved from less-evolved creatures according to scripture. All of the Bible stands together to show that God's word is true, and as we look around to see the world around us, there is no need to compromise this position to appease the scientoids and their billions of years.