• Does The Actual Age Of The Earth Prove The Bible Is Just A Book?

    by  • August 12, 2010 • All Categories, Religion VS Science • 2 Comments

    How old things are can give considerable insight into it’s origins and expose truths that once lay hidden.

    So how old is the earth? How old is our solar system? What do you know? What do you believe? The exact date of earth’s creation may not be known but we can use current facts and data to show a close estimate.

    If you were to measure the age of the oldest known rocks dated on earth and studied samples of meteorites which have landed on earth you would conclude the earth is close to 4.54 billion years old.

    If you were to use the Christian dating system you would conclude the age of the earth at about 5800-6000 years old. So where does this number come from? In order to compute this you need to take a known date from the Bible which is Saul’s reign as the first king of Israel. This was around the date of 1020 BCE. The exact date is up for interpretation, but for this discussion the exact date is not necessary.  Moving on you would need to work backwards through the Book of Judges, Joshua’s conquest of Canaan, the arrival of Abraham in Canaan, and then use the ages of the famous pre-flood personages in the Bible to estimate the number of years between creation and the flood. Instead of doing all this you could pick up a book written in 1650CE called “Annales veteris testamenti, a prima mundi origine deducti” (“Annals of the Old Testament, deduced from the first origins of the world.”) by Bishop James Ussher, a 17th century Irish archbishop from Armagh, Ireland which already traced it back for you. He calculated that God had created the Earth in 4004 BCE. A decade earlier, Dr. John Lightfoot, (1602 – 1675), an Anglican clergyman, rabbinical scholar, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge had already arrived at an estimate of 4004-OCT-23 BCE.

    Lets say both of these estimates are off by a considerable amount. There is a HUGE difference between 6000 and 4.54billion. One is based on a book written with questionable origins and the other is based on measurable proof. There is no indication that these 2 theories will ever agree. If we base our belief’s on the Bible we will have to accept 6000 or so years as the creation of Earth which we know using facts and real data that this date is not possible.

    This data and these presented facts leave me no choice but to side with science and say that this only further proves that the Bible may just be a book. Although a well thought out book… it’s not completely bulletproof!?

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    2 Responses to Does The Actual Age Of The Earth Prove The Bible Is Just A Book?

    1. August 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm

      Pretty controversial stuff. It takes guts to write about the Bible like that. It’s exactly the kind of thing I write about from time to time.

      Personally, I think it a little naive to take the Bible literally. It was written long after the deaths of everyone involved, by men and during a time when many thought the Earth was flat and burned witches. I’m not anti-religion, I just try to have a little common sense and put things into perspective.

      I believe in God, I just believe he/it is far beyond my comprehension. I’m ok with that; I don’t need organized religion for that. Things are far too perfect, in my mind, for everything to be a freak accident. To each his own, I respect those with different beliefs.

      BTW, you have no pagerank or Alexa. Is it a brand new blog? Writing a few posts on my blog could help you at least get indexed by Google and get a few comments. Just a thought, no pressure, just an invite because I like your writing. Feel free to delete this paragraph, I won’t mind.
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      • August 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

        Thanks for the thoughts. Thoughts That Make You Think started out in early 2009 as a site that discussed concepts and ideas that had no clear cut answers. It was a general site that people could come to and discuss these topics. We had a bunch of followers and tons of posts. Problem was that we were too general. Myself and a few others talked and personal interests and research brought the site to it’s current state.

        There is much information to share and we have been planning the site design and topics for awhile. Many others that have shown interest in this quest/research do not have the time, interest, or dedication to share and explain these topics, but I feel there needs to be a place that anyone can visit and understand the facts and concepts.

        So here it is… stay tuned… working on many topics and many ideas. Currently researching the newer idea that there is a field that connects everything and actions of one effect the whole field. It’s like dark matter, but much more complicated… Of course we are trying to simplify for everyone’s enjoyment!

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