Christians Divided Over Earth's Age
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, conducted a recent poll asking, "Is the Earth billions of years old?" Regardless the selection of "Yes", "No" or "Unsure", these Christian voters agreed that, "In the beginning God created..." "A point of confusion seems to be whether there is a gap of time between the beginning of universe and the creation of Adam", stated Bill Cooper, President of ChristiaNet.
Out of 800 polled, 43% believed the Earth is less than billions of years old. The vast majority of this group felt the Earth is between 6,000 and 12,000 years old. Using the Bible as their reference, many Believers cited the genealogies listed in the Old Testament as evidence. One person said, "The years of generations between Adam and Jesus equal about 4,000." While others pointed out in Genesis that "God created all things in six days" and many believed these days are six literal 24 hour periods. Some took a more scientific approach such as using population growth studies and analyzing Biblical timelines to arrive at an age of less than a billion years.
Thirty percent of the Christians polled answered "Yes" to the survey. Most in this group relied upon the information published by the Science community as evidence for an old Earth such as carbon dating and the fossil records. Some believe in the "Gap Theory" that states there is a long period of time between Genesis 1:1 where God created the heaven and the earth and Genesis 1:3 where the six days of creation begin. Others support this view by interpreting Second Peter 3:8, "one day is like a thousand years with God", as a calculation for billions of years. However, many acknowledged that about 6,000 years have passed between the time of Adam and the present.
The remaining participants, twenty-seven percent, selected "Unsure." This group seems not to have an opinion one way or the other on this topic. Many made comments such as "I'm not sure, but I don't believe in evolution", "Don't know, don't care" or "Only God knows the age of the Earth." Even though some were not sure of the age, their comments reflected the main arguments presented by the "Yes" and "No" groups.
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