I believe in creation and I can understand the “Young Earth” theory, that the earth is approximately 6-7,000 years old. I don’t believe the “overwhelming evidence” disproves the young earth. Let me explain my rational reason why.
Suppose we were to travel back in time to the 8th day after creation was initiated by God. An anthropologist examined Adam and Eve to determine their ages, us knowing they were two days old. However, the anthropologist would not come to that conclusion.
A zoologist would then examine the lion, elephant, tiger, dog, raccoon… (OK, you get the picture). They would have never deduced that the creatures were less than a week old, but we would know they were.
The same would be with the vegetation if examined by a horticulturist, the marine life if examined by a marine biologist, and the birds of the air if examined by an ornithologist.
But, you remind me, we were not there on day eight, so we have no eye witness to this.
As the sport analyst, Lee Corso, would say, “Not so fast, my friend.”
Let’s fast forward to the start of Jesus’ ministry and consider oenology. There were eye witnesses.
…the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:9-10.
The master of the banquet may not have been a master oenologist, but he knew it took time to raise grapes. He knew grapes had to be gathered from the field, and for this much wine (120-180 gallons) it would require a lot of grapes and much, much time to gather them. He knew that the grapes had to be trodden, crushed and drained, and this could not be done in moments, days, and probably weeks. This wine quality testified to a lengthy process, when you consider the complete process required to make it, package it and age it. Unless it was an act of God’s creative genius.
And along with the master of the banquet were all the servants, the bridegroom and his family, and what appears to be a large number of guests.
So the “New Earth” theory has far more eye witnesses than the “Old Earth” theory.
God has a beautiful way of making something knew and making it “test out” as mature. What an awesome God we serve!