heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament
his handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto
reveals knowledge. Psalms 19:1-2 (NKJ)
shows how the
scientific study of the universe leads
to discovery of God's power and the details of His works. It
provides proof to the world of His existence. In
other words, science is an important source of information relevant
to learning about God and how He made the universe and us.
a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday
is past, And like a watch in the night. Psalms 90:4 (NKJ)
is not restricted to
our measure of time. We cannot
expect Him to be bound by it. The use of differing lengths of time to
relate to a thousand years indicates that it is not a specific formula
but a general statement about God's relationship to time.
beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with
Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one
day. 2 Peter 3:8 (NKJ)
time is no boundary
for God. His day can be an
immense length of time. This simply states that the human perception of
time is not the same as God's. If you can accept this one fact, you can
understand the basis of old earth creationism. When God describes His
own actions, such as in creation, He necessarily uses His perspective
God blessed them,
saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and
fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the
earth." Gen 1:22 (NKJ)
command is given for these creatures to reproduce
fill the earth. This would require thousands of generations to
fulfill this commission, all on the fifth day. This makes sense if
the days of Genesis 1 are to be interpreted as "ages".
The commision of these creatures would not be expected to be left
incomplete on this day since Gen 2:1 declares creation as finished. Nor
can we assume that the earth was created full already, or there would
be no need for this command.
Some have speculated that these creatures were given the ability
to reproduce in some hyper-accelerated manor. But if this were
the intent, it certainly would have indicated this; since it does
not, normal life cycles must be intended. The day=age
interpretation is a simple, logical conclusion from this passage.
is the history of the
heavens and the earth when they
were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the
heavens, Gen 2:4 (NKJ)
the whole creation time period is described by a
This is not in conflict with the creation week, because the use
of "day" is for a long period of time, as in the creation days, not 24
hours. Also the Hebrew word "toledoth", interpreted as "history"
in this passage, is noted in the NKJ Bible to literally mean
"generations". Generations do not occur in 24 hours, but over
very long periods of time.
the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face
of the deep. And the spirit of God was hovering over the face
the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was
light. Gen 1:1-3 (NKJ)
day of the creation
account starts with "Then God said". This is true for the first
day of creation also. Therefore, verses 1 and 2 are not part of
this first day. This means that there is no possible way to link
any genealogical studies to the earlier date of the creation of the
universe (heavens) and the earth. This is true regardless of how
long one takes the Genesis creation days to be. The creation days
describe God transforming the surface of the earth, that was found to
be formless and void in verse 2.
the best things of the ancient mountains, with the
precious things of the everlasting hills, Deut 33:15 (NKJ)
bible often describes the Earth to be old. There are many more
examples of this not listed here.
old You laid the foundations of the earth, And the
heavens are the work of Your hands. Ps 102:25 (NKJ)
of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you
eat of it you shall surely die. Gen 2:17 (NKJ)
verse gives a warning
of eminent death in the "day" that this command is broken. Adam broke
this command and lived for 800 years. He then died as warned. And it
all happened in that day, or rather within that age. Again, God's time
does not align with human expectation.