Where Did We Come From?
A Story of Creation Part ONE of TWO
The question of origin is one that will undoubtedly arise in the minds of children, and for those young people whose parents are non-religious- the answer may not come as easily. For Christians, their belief system comes neatly bound in the form of Children’s Bible stories in every bookstore- but science can be more difficult to understand than faith and magic for any child.
Nobody really knows where we came from, as much as we can know what happens after death… or before life. But it is natural to ask the question of the earth’s origin, and millions of people have come up with different ideas to explain our existence here. Many of the ancient Greeks believed that Zeus, Hera, and a family of gods reigned over humanity and were responsible independently for creation, rain, fire, hunting, and more; today, this belief system is referred to as a myth. Historically, human beings have often attempted to explain the unknown with interesting tales of the supernatural… but today, we can use scientific evidence to determine the earth’s origin, and how humans came to populate it.
Why Can’t the Bible Be the Answer?
The problem lies within the wording of the Bible, which seemingly indicates that the earth has been around fewer than seven thousand years from its creation until today. Not only does this leave many unanswered questions regarding dinosaurs, other planets, evidence of evolution, etc… but if the Bible is to be considered, as it is taught by the majority of Christian clergymen, as the literal word of God, and all of its statements truthful, then this should mean that scientific evidence would support such claims; in this instance, that is not the case. Using various radiometric dating methods, scientists have discovered parts of earth’s crust to be around 3.8 billion years old, but experts generally agree that the earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Because we know that the earth cannot be less than ten thousand years of age, the only question is whether or not the Bible explicitly makes that claim. Here I will outline the chapters that indicate that indeed it does.
- In Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, a description of the earth’s creation by God includes man, woman, fish, beasts, sky, lightness, darkness, earth, and, after God creates humanity, states: “And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” We conclude, then, that the Bible literally represents the earth as being five days older than humanity.
- In Luke 3:23-38, Luke gives a detailed ancestry of Jesus, beginning with his father and outlining seventy-two generations between Adam (and the creation of earth) and Jesus Christ. Historians are able to document the approximate time period between Abraham, referenced as fifty-three generations prior, and Jesus; this period is around two thousand years.
- Using lifespan averages (most of the chronology is available through Genesis 5:3-27, in which Adam is linked to Noah, including the number of years each father lived), we can calculate that the remaining twenty generations between Abraham and Adam also constitutes approximately two thousand years.
Therefore, the earth was created and five days later man was built in God’s image. Two thousand years and twenty generations later, Abraham is born and gives birth to a son, Isaac. Fifty-three generations (much shorter than the prior generations, some of whom lived to be over nine hundred years old), and two-thousand years, follow until God gives Mary the gift of immaculate conception and Jesus Christ enters the world. Jesus dies on the cross at around thirty years of age. We know the exact number of years from Jesus’s crucifixion because of the way our years are measured. For example, I am writing in 2010 AD. “AD” means anno Domini, literally meaning “in the year of the Lord.” Using rough estimates, we conclude that two thousand plus two thousand plus thirty plus two thousand and ten gives us an approximate age of 6,030 years since the beginning of the earth’s creation according to the Old and New Testaments. Because modern science has taught us that this cannot be true, we can infer that the Bible, and therefore the Christian religion, does not accurately represent the history of events of the earth’s origin.
“Age of the Earth,” U.S. Geological Survey, 1997, http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/geotime/age.html.
 Genesis 1:31-2:02: “And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”
 Genesis 5:5-11: “And all of the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died…And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years…And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.”
 Genesis 5:27: “And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.”
 Luke 3:23: “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as he was supposed) the son of Joseph.”
 The Anno Domini dating system was devised in 525 by Dionysius Exiguus