Is creation and the age of the earth a salvation issue?

A message we hear all the time is that six creation days and a six thousand year old universe is nonsensical.  Many believe it is true, in the place of God’s truthful account.  Many claim that six days and six thousand years is a side issue and have nothing to do with salvation.  We beg to differ.  The six days creation represents God’s power to fulfil the final goal of salvation – a new heaven and earth.  The six thousand years tells us we will not wait millions of years for that to happen.

#  Salvation through Jesus Christ has two stages.

  1. To be saved from the kingdom of darkness.
  2. To live in the Kingdom of Light on the new heaven and earth.
  • Jesus’ death on the Cross saved from the kingdom of darkness.  God promised, ‘He [Jesus, the seed of the woman] will crush your [Satan, the serpent’s] head.’ Note that it fulfils the first aspect – salvation of our souls.
  • The final stage is revealed in the last book of the Bible, “Then I saw in the right hand of Him [God] who sat on the throne a scroll….  And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”’ 2  They found no one, so John, who witnessed it, ‘…wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.’ 3  Revelation 5:12 tells us that the Lamb was worthy to open the Scroll. 
  • John cried his heart out because he realised if there was no one to open the Scroll, the saints would never receive their promised inheritance, ‘…a country of their own.’ 4  Scripture teaches, ‘…in keeping with His promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and earth, the home of righteousness.’ 5

Please note:

  • ‘The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.’ 6  If the devil and his kingdom were destroyed by Jesus on the Cross, we would be living in peace and happiness.  We don’t.  Besides, it would be grossly unfair to those who lived before the Cross.  They had to live under the tyranny of the devil.  The fact is that even after the Cross, ‘the whole world is [still] under the control of the evil one.’ 7
  • To accomplish the second phase of Jesus’ mission to earth, the devil and his kingdom of darkness must be completely destroyed.   That is what the opening of the Scroll is about.

#  The Cross and the Scroll means complete salvation.

  • The six days tells us God has the power to fulfil His promises.
  • The six thousand years tells us God will not let us wait billions of years for our new dwelling.
  • The Cross leads to salvation and enables us to become part of God’s Family.
  • The opening of the Scroll promises God’s Family a dwelling place on the new earth.  It will happen soon, not in billions or millions of years, ‘The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon take place.’ 9 ’Soon’ as well as ‘the time is near’10 in the Bible does not refer to billions of years.   Who is willing to wait billions of years for the glorious new place to live?

#  What does six days and six thousand years have to do with us?  

  • Jesus said to the centurion and the two blind men before He healed them, ‘According to your faith it will be.’ 11   That means our faith determines our future.  We know, ‘Without faith it is impossible to please God.’ 12
  • So if a Christian believes in evolution and long ages, will he or she have to wait billions upon billions of years for the new heavens and earth to evolve?  That means such a person’s salvation cannot be completed.  What will happen if the new heavens and new earth cannot evolve?  One cannot deny God’s power in Genesis 1, and then insist He has the power to create a new heaven and earth.
  • Will God automatically save those who believe He did not tell the truth in Genesis 1?  In our next blog we will discuss what happens when one deletes part of God’s Book, the Holy Scripture.

Conclusion

A six day creation and a six thousand year old earth is part of God’s plan for man.   Without it we will never have an eternal new heaven and a new earth.  If we believe the universe evolved 13,7 billion, and our planet 4,5 billion years ago, we will have to wait many, many billions of years for the new heaven and earth to evolve (if it can).

Six day creation plus a six thousand year old earth is our guarantee that we will live eternally with the Trinity on the new earth.

References

  1. Genesis 3:15
  2. Revelation 5:1-2
  3. Revelation 5:4
  4. Hebrews 11:14
  5. 2 Peter 3:13
  6. 1 John 3:8
  7. 1 John 5:19
  8. Revelation 11:15
  9. Revelation 1:1
  10. Revelation 1:3
  11. Matthew 8:13; 9:29
  12. Hebrews 11:6

Why is the moon running away from the earth?

According to the Bible the earth was created more or less 4,000 years before Jesus’ arrival on earth (He was born around 4 BC and crucified around 30 AD).  According to the world, the earth is about 4,5 billion years old.  We have seen that neither radioactive dating (Did science prove Jesus wrong on the age of the earth?) nor carbon-14 dating (Are diamonds Darwin’s best friend?) support an old earth.  In this blog we want to look at the earth’s loss of magnetism and the receding of the moon.

#  The magnetism of the earth declines. 

It has been proven that the magnetism of the earth declines steadily.

  • In 1970 Dr Thomas Barnes noted that measurements show that the earth’s magnetic field has decayed at 5% per century. 1,2,3
  • Archaeological measurements showed that the magnetic field was 40% stronger in AD 1000 than it is now. 4
  • Dr Barnes calculated that the current could not have decayed for more than 10,000 years.  Otherwise the starting point would have been so strong it would have melted the earth. 5

#  The moon moves away from the earth.

It is an established fact that the moon moves away from the earth at about 4 cm per year.   The reason is that the earth loses angular momentum that must be gained by the moon.  So the moon must have been nearer to the earth in the past.  Because of the Roche Limit the moon could never have been nearer than 18,400 km from the earth.  The earth’s tidal forces that act on the moon would have shattered it.  Even if the moon had touched the earth, it would have taken only about 1,37 billion years to reach its present distance.  That is far less than the supposed 4,5 billion years age of the earth. 6,7

Conclusion

Concerning the age of the earth, we tend to take the world’s opinion as ‘sacred’ and the Bible’s as ‘wishful’ thinking.  We have discussed some physical aspects that do not point to a 4,5 billion years old earth.  Somebody is playing fast and loose with the truth.  Why?  We will discuss whether creation and the age of the earth is a salvation issue, or not?

References

  1. McDonald KL, Gunst RH, An Analysis of the earth’s magnetic field from 1835 to 1965, ESSA Technical Report, IER 46 -IER 1 US Government Printing Office, Washington, 1967 cited by J Sarfati, The Greatest Hoax On Earth, Creation Book Publishers, 2010, p 210-214
  2. Earth’s Magnetic Field is Fading, National Geographic News
  3. Earth’s Magnetic Field is Weakening 10 Times Faster Now, Kelly Dickerson, July 8, 2014, LiveScience
  4. Merrill RT, McElhinney, MW, The Earth’s Magnetic Field, Academic Press, London, 1983, p 101-106, cited by Ref 1
  5. Barnes TG, Foundations of Electricity and Magnetism 3rd Edition, El Paso, Texas, 1977
  6. Britt Scharringhausen,  Ask an Astronomer, Is the Moon moving away from the Earth? July 18, 2015
  7. J Sarfati, The Genesis Account, Creation Book Publishers, 2015, p 204

Are diamonds Darwin’s best friend?

In the previous blog, Did science prove Jesus wrong on the age of the earth?, we concluded that the world laughs at the ‘nonsense’ of a 6,000 year old earth according to the Bible.  Yet the ‘scientific’ age of 4,55 billion years for the earth, according to radioactive dating, might not be as correct as people think.  Today we want to show that radio carbon-14 (14C) dating also does not prove that the earth is old.

#  What is 14C (carbon) dating? 

  • 14C is a type of carbon that is produced in the upper layers of the troposphere and the stratosphere (upper atmosphere) by thermal neutrons absorbed by nitrogen atoms.  The 14C mixes with ‘normal’ 12C (the ‘normal’ carbon 12) as a small percentage.  There is one atom of 14C per one trillion atoms of stable carbon (12C). 1
  • Both of these carbon forms enter plants and trees through photosynthesis.   When herbivores eat the plants, and carnivores eat the herbivores, the two kinds of carbon enter their tissues.
  • When a plant or animal dies the 14C begins to decay back to nitrogen-14.  This changes the 12C/14C ratio over time.  Scientists can measure the ratio of the two types of carbon and determine how long ago the plant or animal lived.
  • Researches can only do 14C dating on carbon-based materials like fossils of plants, animals, coal and diamonds (they also use 14C dating in archaeology).
  • The half-life of 14C is 5,730 years.  It means that after ten half-lives there will be  almost no detectable 14C left.  Therefore if there is 14C in a specimen it must be younger than 57,300 years.  Opinions vary, but the uppermost age that can be determined by 14C dating can’t be more than 70-80,000 years. 2

#  Coal and diamonds dated by 14

  • Coal.  Coal is the remnants of plant material, supposedly formed from forests that were swamped and became fossilised over millions of years. Researchers decided to test the age of coal.  They tested coal samples that were acquired from government researchers in such a way as to minimise contamination.
  • The coal samples tested were supposed to be 50-300 million years old.  If that was true, there should be no 14C left.  The tests were done with the sensitive accelerator mass spectrometer.   All the samples tested still contained 14C. 3
  • Diamonds.  Diamonds formed from carbon, high pressure and high temperatures.  They are supposed to be more than 2 billion years old.  Because they are so hard, they are impermeable to outside contamination of 14C.  All the samples tested still contained 14C. 4

Conclusion

  • There should be no Carbon-14 in such ‘old’ specimens.  It disproves the billions/millions of years.  Does the public hear about these anomalies?  Not a chance! They try to keep it under wraps to protect the creation myth of Darwinian evolution over billions of years from contradiction.

References

  1. Wikipedia, Carbon-14
  2. AA Snelling, Earth’s Catastrophic Past, Volume 2, Institute for Creation Research, 2009, p 855-864
  3. J Baumgardner, 14C Evidence for a recent global flood and a young earth, in L Vardiman, A Snelling, E Chaffin, Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth, Vol II, Institute for Creation Research, El Cajon, CA, 2005, cited by J Sarfati, The Greatest Hoax on Earth, Creation Book Publishers, 2010, p 191,192; J Morris, The Young Earth, Master Books, 2007, p 66; J Morris, The Young Earth, Master Books, 2007, p 66
  4. J Morris, The Young Earth, Master Books, 2007, p 67
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