The primary reason why getting it right about geological time is important is that it reflects on the credibility of the Bible in the minds of unbelievers.
Christians rarely raise this as an issue, but for others, it's a major barrier to faith.
People have been taught in school ever since the lower grades that the universe is 13.8 billion years old. Survey data shows, however, that most devout Christians say that their ancient book, the Bible, says that God made everything essentially in its present form less than 10,000 years ago, all in six calendar days.
Most Christian fail to understand how weird – and wrong – that sounds to unbelievers! It makes people conclude that if the Bible is wrong about when life began, the Bible is probably wrong about other matters, too. If the Bible isn't trustworthy regarding our origin, it isn't trustworthy regarding our destiny either.
Dating events that happened ages ago is no longer a matter of opinion and guesses but is now a science that can be cross-verified by many modern testing methods.
There are two ways that God reveals universal TRUTH to us: Nature (general revelation) and the Bible (special revelation).
What God reveals in nature cannot contradict what He reveals in Scripture, and vice versa, because God does not contradict Himself.
Truth is truth, no matter from what perspective we see it.
In this Bible study, we encounter the word 'day' (of creation), which, in the minds of many people, causes a major contradiction between science and the Bible. Either (a) science is wrong or (b) the Bible is wrong, or (c) our interpretation of the Bible is wrong. Which is it?
The objective of this study is to answer that question and hopefully remove a major barrier to Christian faith, so more people can find Jesus as Savior.