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Common Sense Considerations
Let’s apply some common sense to the subject of the age of the universe. Consider the following points:
The “Limited Vocabulary” Argument: I have read the argument that there was no word for billions when the book of Genesis was written, so Moses had to use the term “day” even though he meant to convey an indefinite period of time. In this regard, the following points need to be considered:
Confirmation Scriptures: Finally, on two separate occasions recorded in the book of Exodus, God said through Moses that the Israelites were to keep the Sabbath because, “In six days I made the heavens and the earth.” (Exodus 20:11 and 31:17)
The Faith Component: No one can study the Bible without realizing that God demands faith from his people. Faith, by definition, means there must be an element of doubt. If everything scientists discovered indicated that our world and our universe are roughly six thousand years old, believing in Bible dating would be easy.
It may help to know that there are age issues with the natural causes view as well. Scientists estimate the big bang took place fourteen billion years ago. If that were true and the big bang started where the earth is today, if the universe expanded at the speed of light, it should be no more than fourteen billion light years in its radius today. A survey of the size of the earth on the Internet indicates it is thought to be almost forty-six billion light years in its radius (ninety-two billion light years in diameter).
For comparison, that is like saying a train went from point A to point B which is a distance of six hundred miles. Traveling at an average speed of sixty miles an hour, it completed the trip in three hours. You don’t have to be a math wizard to realize that it takes ten hours to go six hundred miles if you average sixty miles an hour. Six hundred miles at sixty miles an hour in three hours doesn’t work. It can’t be done.
It is also important to remember that the universe would have been developing into planets and stars. The concept of tiny particles of matter drifting together to form planets and stars over billions of years while being part of an expansion of the universe faster than the speed of light is ridiculous. It won’t work. It can’t be done.
Potential for Persecution: Is there a chance we could be ridiculed if we accept Bible dating? Absolutely! It is part of the cross we have to bear as Christians. Paul did. He said, “We are fools for Christ’s sake.” (I Corinthians 4:10). He meant that those who deny Christ will always ridicule Christians. It goes with the territory!
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