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The Age of the Earth and the Flood

In a recent discussion with a friend I had an opportunity to dialog on a particular issue which to some Christians may seem odd but to others not to big of a deal. The main points of the discussion were centered around the creation days in the bible and the second one was the flood of Noah being global or universal (not global but killing all men).

As we look at the issues we must come with some presuppositions and it helps to identify them and recognize the ones that are helpful or those which can be a hindrance. I hold that Scripture is the word of God. It is inerrant and infallible in the original text. This is key. Scripture is inerrant. Meaning it is without error. What is not inerrant is my interpretation of the inerrant Scripture.

The second thing is that if God “wrote” the bible and He exists, then He has made the world. Though this seems an obvious point it is critical because what it establishes is that the two records we have (the Bible and the created order) come from the same person. That person being God. If this second point is true then there can be no contradiction in what creation says and what the Scripture says.

However, what can be flawed is my “interpretation” of either the data found in creation or the Bible. But they in of themselves are not in “error” of what they say.

My view is that
1. The creation days in Genesis are not 6-24 hour days. But they are long periods of time. The earth and universe are billions of years old and not six thousand as a “young earth creationist” would argue.

2. The flood of Noah was not a global flood but it is an account of the event from the perspective of Noah.

In my understanding this is a literal interpretation of the accounts literal. And I hope to explain this in coming posts.

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