When people, whether atheist or “Christian”, propose an old earth they are contending against the truth of the Scripture that God created the heavens and the earth in six literal days and generations later sent a worldwide deluge to destroy all life on the earth. Since the creation is a supernatural event, not a natural one, just as Adam and Eve were created mature and able to reproduce, so too the world was created mature and able to support life created by God. The universe was fully functioning indicating an age even though just created. The geographical features were intact at that point indicating an age to the earth, just as Adam, Eve and all the creatures were created mature and fully able to produce. Creation is a supernatural event not a natural event so time is not necessary to explain the topographical features of the planet.
31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31
3 For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods. 4 In is hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. 5 The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:3-5
24 O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions—25 This great and wide sea, In which are innumerable teeming things, Living things both small and great. 26 There the ships sail about; There is that Leviathan Which You have made to play there. 27 These all wait for You, That You may give them their food in due season. 28 What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good. 29 You hide Your face they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. 30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And you renew the face of the earth. Psalm 104:24-30
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance? Isaiah 40:12
5 Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: Isaiah 42:5
12 I have made the earth, And created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, And all their host I commanded. Isaiah 45:12
18 For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:18
6 “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh’, so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.” Mark 10:6-8
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:1-3
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,.. Romans 1:20
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3
11”You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11
God created the earth to be populated so it had to have features that would support life at the moment of creation. There were mountains, hills, rivers, oceans, lakes, forests, plateaus, savannas, valleys, etc. all able to support and sustain life. The planet which God made to be inhabited became the home of violent sinners whose only imagination was wickedness always. He brought judgment upon humanity through the worldwide flood. It is this flood that accounts for the fossil record and stratification of the sediment upon the earth. Although topographical change can be slow and minute, it took a major catastrophe to explain the dramatic story preserved for us in the geological record. Those who propose an old earth do so because they disregard the testimony of God given to us in His Scripture, the Bible, and they twist the evidence to support their preconceived notions which do not include the knowledge of God.
10 And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights…18 The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land died. Genesis 7:10-12, 18-21
“For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:38-39
5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;.. 2 Peter 2:5
5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 2 Peter 3:5-6
Just as a volcano, meteor strike, hurricane, slide or a flood has the ability to dramatically alter the topography of an area, the geology of the world was dramatically altered by God’s judgment upon mankind through the worldwide flood. There are many evidences that support what God has said in His Word about the worldwide flood. Here are a few for us to consider.
Fossilization must be a rapid event in order to avoid complete decomposition of the organisms. There are fossils of leaves with incredible detail preserved in the rock imprint, a seven foot long ichthyosaur was fossilized while giving birth, and there of fossils of fish swallowing other fish.1 Add to this the growing number of fossils where biomaterial is still present i.e., a mummified ancient camel with areas of collagen still intact, an ape fossil with intact skin, ink was reconstituted from the fossil remains of a squid with an intact ink sac, a marine reptile fossil with eye pigmentation, dried blood residue, and intact skin throughout the body, and chitin discovered in a scorpion and cuttlefish fossils.2 This could not occur over vast amounts, millions of years, of time. Fossilization must be rapid in order to preserve the fine detail of fragile leaves, and capture birth and predation. Biomaterial must be fossilized quickly in order for it to be preserved. These examples testify to a quick inundation and sedimentation for rapid fossilization.
The flood actually explains the world wide fossil record found on all seven continents. It is also where these fossils have been found that agrees with what God’s Word has made known to us. Marine crustaceans have been discovered on 12,000 foot mountaintops, pillow lava which only forms under water has been found as high as 15,000 feet on Mount Ararart, Norfolk forest beds in England have the fossils of northern cold-climate animals, tropical warm climate animals, and temperate zone plants all mixed together, and a whale’s skeleton was found on top of the 3000 foot high Sanhorn Mountain on the Arctic Coast.3 To find pillow lava at such a high altitude bespeaks the reality of the global flood. A major flood in which animal carcasses were transported out of their normal range and then also preserved with animals and plants from other habitats explains these phenomena.
Texas A&M microbiologist Dr. Bert Thompson described the impact of the flood accordingly:
Vast animal graveyards and fossiliferous rubble shifts have been found worldwide. Evidence of a great, sudden, and recent water cataclysm, followed by a deep freeze, across the entire great north, accompanied by titanic hydraulic forces and crustal upheavals, burying a host of mammoths, mastodons, elephants and other great beasts in a regions which is now almost totally devoid of vegetation has been documented.
Vast numbers of fossil trees and plants, standing erect, oblique and even inverted while piercing through successive beds of water-laid stone have been discovered. There is abundant evidence of profuse vegetation and a temperate, even subtropical climate prevailing in Antarctica and the north polarregions at some time in the past.
Worldwide fossilization has occurred in vast quantities, including fossils in sedimentary strata, often at great depths and under great pressure. Vast and numerous rifts, fissures, and lava beds have been discovered, scarring the world ocean floor, all clearly recent and speak of some gigantic submarine upheaval of the earth’s crust (as in breaking up of the fountains of the deep”). Marine fossils have been found buried and exposed at almost every altitude. And on and on and on such evidences could be listed.4
Testimony to the worldwide flood sent and orchestrated by God isn’t found only in the Scriptures, it is found in many other histories and traditions throughout the world. The Canadian geologist J. William Dawon, wrote the following:
Further, we know that the deluge of Noah is not mere myth or fancy of primitive man or solely a doctrine of the Hebrew Scriptures. The record of the catastrophe is preserved in some of the oldest historical documents of several distinct races of men, and is indirectly corroborated by the whole tenor of the early history of most of the civilized races.5
Dr. Bert Thompson also documented historical records of the flood:
The account of the Genesis flood hardly stands alone. Researchers have described over 100 flood traditions from Europe, Asia, Australia, the East Indies, the Americas, East Africa, and many other places. Almost all accounts agree on these points:
universal, worldwide flood
all mankind perished
a seed of mankind survived to perpetuate the human race.6
God’s Word is true, of that we can be sure, and the evidence supports the veracity of the Scriptures. Most Bible believers are not dogmatic about the thousands of years the earth has existed, but they are sure that the earth is not millions of years old nor does it need to be to explain what we see around us. The Holy Word of God explains it all very nicely for us. We just need to decide who we are going to believe. The wise choice is to believe God and what He has said in His Word. God bless us.
4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged.” Romans 3:4
- Dr. Joe White and Dr. Nicholas Comninellis, Darwin’s Demise (Master Books: Green Forest, AR, 2001)
- Friday Church News Notes, May 17, 2013, http://www.wayoflife.org,
- Dr. Joe White and Dr. Nicholas Comninellis, Darwin’s Demise