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Young Earth or Old Earth? What Jesus Believed About Creation

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Did Jesus believe in a young Earth or an old Earth? Some Christians say it’s impossible to tell—or to know for sure how long the days of Creation were in Genesis 1-2.

But Jesus made His position abundantly clear while teaching about marriage. In Mark 10:6, He said, “From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’”

According to an evolutionary worldview, modern man only came into existence 250,000 years ago. And that same worldview argues that the universe is around 13.5 billion years old!

Clearly, such a belief doesn’t align with what Jesus said about God creating men and women “from the beginning.” How could Jesus say that humans were made at the beginning if they came around billions of years after Creation?

It simply doesn’t make sense.

Yet Jesus’ words are easy to understand through the lens of young Earth creationism. If we accept what Genesis says—that humans were created on Day Six, just five literal days after Creation began—then humans have been around since the beginning.

Consequences of Old Earth Theology

It’s important to clarify that believing in a young Earth is not a salvation issue. The Bible makes it clear time and again that salvation is based on faith in Christ alone—not on how old you believe the Earth is.

But that doesn’t mean the age of the Earth isn’t important. Even though it isn’t a salvation issue, the belief that the Earth is millions of years old has severe consequences.

The belief in an old Earth doesn’t come from the Bible. It comes from secular scientists that interpret data through their evolutionary worldview, which influences how they date the Earth.

In order to fit millions of years into the Bible, you have to do some clever finagling with the Scriptures. For instance, you need to add a gap of time in Creation that almost all Bible scholars agree the biblical text doesn’t allow—at least not from a hermeneutical standpoint. The other option is to reinterpret the word “days” in Genesis as long time periods.

Neither of these approaches come from a plain reading of Scripture and, as a result, put man’s ideas above God’s Word.

Accepting What the Bible Says About a Young Earth

The other issue you run into with old Earth creationism is that it requires death and decay to have taken place before the Fall, when Adam and Eve sinned.

If mankind slowly evolved over millions of years, then Adam and Eve couldn’t have been the first humanoid beings. It also means survival of the fittest—and the death that comes with it—had to have played its part for millions of years until Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden.

But according to Genesis 3, it was Adam and Eve’s sin that introduced death into the world. Paul affirms this truth in Romans 5:12 when he says, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin and so death spread to all men because all sinned…”

Romans 8:20-22 reaffirms this: “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.”

The first death occurred in the Garden of Eden when God killed an animal, the first blood sacrifice (Genesis 3:21). The Bible makes it clear that death and decay didn’t exist before the Fall—so how could evolution have given rise to Adam and Eve?

Learn More Evidence for a Young Earth

The Bible has much more to say about the age of the Earth—and so does science! Check out our video teaching on this subject, called Is the Earth Young or Old?

Join Tim Chaffey as he examines the biblical evidence for a young Earth and explores arguments for an old Earth and a regional Flood. If you enjoy Tim’s teaching, be sure to leave a comment below the video!

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