The primary reason why getting it right about geological time is important is because it reflects on credibility of the Bible in the minds of unbelievers.
Christians rarely raise this as an issue, but to others, it's a major issue and a barrier to faith.
People have been taught in school ever since first grade that the universe is 13.8 billion years old ... but most Christians say 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.
Here 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 Bible study is to answer that question and hopefully remove a major barrier to Christian faith, so more people can find Jesus as Savior.
If everyone were a Christian, this topic would be unimportant, hardly worth mentioning. From a Christian viewpoint, with regard to salvation and daily living, it makes absolutely no difference whether God created the world in a short time or a long time.
But this Bible study is not intended for Christians who want to stay inside their Christian huddle, but for Christians who want to venture out and share their faith with doubters and unbelievers.
On the outside, Christians will encounter many questions about origins – timing and methods – and this study can prepare them with ample information to engage in intelligent conversation with anyone on this subject.
Questions above are examples ...
In interviews with people who have left the church, and with people quietly in the process of leaving, and with people outside of the church who have posed hard questions to Christians, one of their greatest disappointments with the church and Christians is that they cannot get straight and informed answers to their questions.
They say that most Christians just parrot church phrases and themes at surface level but cannot give personal reasons why they believe, except that that's what they have been told in their church tradition.
Church has become so professional that Christians just give a book, a web link, orange invitation to a meeting, but cannot articulate what and why they believe personally or give evidence of any personal thought and investigation.
If share your faith with other people, questions like the above will come up and you will be able to give an intelligent and persuasive answer.
Also you can use this question – Do you think there were people before Adam? – to start conversation with believers, doubters or unbelievers, almost anyone. Interesting topic.
It helps flush out misunderstandings that can be clarified. Could be serious barriers to faith
This study, plus dozens like it on this site, will give you information you need to process what you personally believe and prepare you to share with others.
This is just one of dozens of topics on this site that will prepare you.
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