6000 years old ? Is that all?

When creationists go to work, they can really do people’s head in. Many fundamentalists claim that the earth is only around 6000 years old, since if you chronicle the time line found in the bible, thats how many years you get.
It is true that many creationists don’t take Genesis word for word and literal, but many do. We have titles for them: it’s the differences between Moderates and Fundamentalists. Fundamentalists being the more extreme cases.

What creationists don’t get is that if there is a god, he didn’t just magic himself into being and then proceed to create the universe. He would have to be subject to the same laws of physics as everything else. 

A friend of mine wrote: “If indeed things were designed by an intelligent being, all that would be need would be for the laws of physics to be written, and for the matter/energy proportions laid out. Once that parts done, let the experiment begin.”

What a ridiculous theory that is! That follows a line of thought that god had to have “magicked himself into existance” because obviously before that the laws of physics didn’t previously exist. 

So what is he saying? That god existed first in nothing, and then decided that he would “pop” into being in order to create everything – to which previously did not exist? 
There is obviously a separation between moderates and fundamentalists. Fundamentalists take things written in the bible literally, whereas moderates have a more realistic perspective on what is written.
A moderate progressive priest for example might say, we don’t believe in the literal interpretation of Genesis – it clearly doesn’t hold up to widely accepted ideas of the world and how the universe began. But immediately following that sentence he might say but we do believe that Jesus arose on the third day.
My point is this: How do moderates discriminate between what they believe and what they don’t believe in the Bible? What is the criteria?

Ok, so its ok for them on one hand to think that the whole idea of the universe being created in six days being a little silly, but on the other hand it’s ok to believe that Jesus arose from the dead on the third day? How do they decide which is truth and which is fiction? How do they arrive at the conclusions they hold?

~ by leslifeson on July 25, 2008.

4 Responses to “6000 years old ? Is that all?”

  1. You said, “Ok, so its ok for them on one hand to think that the whole idea of the universe being created in six days being a little silly, but on the other hand it’s ok to believe that Jesus arose from the dead on the third day? How do they decide which is truth and which is fiction? How do they arrive at the conclusions they hold?”

    It is very simple. Both are true statements. But they are understood differently for the following reason. Let me explain. Today we calculate a day as having 24 hours here on earth based on earth’s rotation on its axis around the Sun. We know that ‘days’ in other planets are NOT 24 hours. ‘Days’ in creation stories could never have been ’24 hour days’ because we read clearly that our Sun was created only on the forth ‘day’ (Gen.1:14-18). So days in Genesis is not ‘Sun divided’ days. St. Augustine who lived in the 6th century AD said that days in Genesis are not ‘Sun divided days’ but ‘Son divided days’. One wonders how the moderns can not see this! But day in the gospel story is day as we calculate it today.

  2. Genesis also says that (Gen 1:3) “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.

    That seems to fly full in the face of what happened on the fourth day, when god created the sun.
    So I put it to you, what was the light that was created in Genesis 1:3?

  3. Who does not know that in the universe at large we have much larger and much older luminaries than the sun of our solar system?

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