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My brother asks "when did the earth start?"

He wants to see what people say

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So basically, your brother wants to see a fight between science and religion. I'm not giving him the satisfaction.

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I think this q is made up! Green
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Give a bible. Tell him to go to Genesis. Tell him to read for a little bit. Now he'll understand.

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DONT give him genisis... really inappropriate
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plus... it dosent give u a when and the first seven days totally could have been 7 millenia
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well, she could read him the days of creation. I have a bible made completely of comic book and the days of creation is really cool.
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Those 06 (SIX) days u mean? Including the 7th day on which, we are told, that an omnipresent & omniscient god "rested"!!
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He didn't need to rest. The Bible must not be taken fully literally. After muscles perform a strenuous task, they need to rest to regenerate and repair themselves. God does not possess a body, and therefore doesn't have physical "muscles." So why would God need to rest on the 7th day like a human needs to rest after work?
Well, after you have written a poem, you stop, and you read over it. You go get yourself a cup of coffee, and read over it again, and think about who you are going to show it to, and you are so pleased with yourself because of the metaphors and motifs, and the way you expressed what you wanted to say "just right." It is not about being tired, it is about enjoying the fruit of your creativity. I also think that He delighted in it so much, because it was the special day that he was setting apart for His Creation to meet with Him in worship, the day where he was to be honoured for who He is; and He looked forward to that. God's delight in the Sabbath is one of the first things we learn about Him in the bible. By keeping Sabbath we honor who He is, delighting in what He delights in, aligning ourselves to His heart and His personality.
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As I previously stated, the Bible must not be taken literally. Why? According to some biblical scholars, the various authors used many different type of writing to write the Bible: LITERAL writing, figurative language, parables, poetry, etc. The Creation story in Genesis is a good example of this fact. The Bible states that the Earth was created by God over a period of seven days. Science, of course, disagrees with it - saying that the Earth took millions of years to form. This is where the Bible's vast types of writings come into action. Like I said, the Bible must not be taken completely literally. Each day of creation might represent one BILLION years (or more), rather than one day. In the Bible, it takes one day to create all the animals and creatures. That day might represent another billion years, with the theory of evolution in play. So therefore, the six days of creation might not actually be "six LITERAL days."

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So, was the events of crucifixion took one BILLION years instead of one day then? Was Jesus resurrected from death after THREE BILLION years instead THREE DAYS before final ascension? Will it be okay to also think that Jonah was in fact in the belly of the whale for THREE BILLION years? Or is it just that u interpret it as it may conform with your conviction?
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Although apologetics will try to say he just "ceased" that is not what this is saying, it is saying that he had to rest for a day from his work as a being that was tired. Read:

(Gen 2:2 NRSV) And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and *he rested* on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.

(Exo 31:17 NRSV) It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he *rested*, and was *refreshed*."

Was god so in lost of words that he couldn't differentiate "resting" from "ceasing"?
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4 billion years ago scientifically but you can also read the bible

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bible! yes!
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Green DB13! :) do you ever sleep?
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Bible says 6000+ years! Will it be okay to believe so?
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when its heart started beating

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oookaaayyy... :D
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4 bil... what julissa8 said

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Sadly, Jesus says nothing of this issue. He probably forgot. But his father did - so we are told. And that is the universe to be only 6000+ years old!!
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Approx. 4.6 billion years ago.

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4 billion years ago, at the approximate.

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Science says 4.6 billion years ago & bible says 6000 (more or less) years ago. Who knows for certain?

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The Bible doesnt actually say that. 6000 is a human calculation based on literal interpretation of a seven day creation period, and adding up the peoples ages in the early old testament etc. The Bible doesnt actually give any dates. 6000 years is a human theory like every other theory both religious and scientific. I am a Christ follower and i dont really believe in the 6000 year theory. I believe it limits God and shows short sightedness and even a measure of arrogance on tbe part of those who insist on it because they do attemp to limit God by refusing to even consuder He might have chosen to take lot longer.
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It's absurd. What's is point really? The theory of 6000 years came about from the contexts of bible & have the interpretations of bible as its base. Don't u believe in bible all of a sudden? What do u mean by literal interpretation of periods? Do u mean a religionist's day is not consisted of 24 hours; but lengthier than an ordinary day? Does a day in bible means a million years? Should we then take the events of crucifixion to have taken place for a million years instead of one day? Who do u think is more arrogant, the one who states what he understands or one who states, & further insists to be right, of what he DOESN'T understand?
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By the way, see wesmills' answer below mine. He's a very devout &, certainly, a learned Christians.
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. Gen 1: 1 IN the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Approximately 6500 years ago ..

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Please cite scientific evidence, not just one book of fiction written by desert nomads with no scientific training.
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Wesmills:
Though I disagree with u on the timeline, but I sincerely appreciate your honesty to state what bible says. Some of the (even on this post) christians argue saying that bible doesn't say the timeline to be 6000+ years, which of course is lack of perception about bible, but yet insists those to be arrogant & illiterate of bible who says so (u can see the comment on my answer for reference of this)! But u have really been very bold to say it as u found it & believe it as such. You have my respect for that. Bravo sir.
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Nige..... Your science is a lie.
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A really really long time ago but no real concensus on actual time. Lots and lots of conflicting theories tho. No one actually knows with absolute certainty.

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There are no conflicting theories. It was formed 4.6billion years ago.
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No proof of that at all guesses based on unproven info that scientists themselves change their minds about frequently. Carbon dating, for instance, is not even considered 100% accurate in all cases any linger.
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The only major conflicting theory is that of the bible that says the universe is ONLY 6000+(!) years old. Carbon dating is surely an authentic mode to determine age. A few exceptions doesn't invalidate a whole process.
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Carbon dating is still used but no longer considered complety accurate on its own and must be corroberated by other proof, of which there is none.
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Who is demanding 100% accuracy in anything (save for mathematics)? Uncertainty is unavoidable. This doesn't mean we should abandon science.
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In that sense bible ought to totally rejected because it's many fallacies in it's context.
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The age of the Earth is 4.54 ± 0.05 billion years (4.54 × 109 years ± 1%). This age is based on evidence from radiometric age dating of meteorite material and is consistent with the ages of the oldest-known terrestrial and lunar samples. Following the scientific revolution and the development of radiometric age dating, measurements of lead in uranium-rich minerals showed that some were in excess of a billion years old. The oldest such minerals analyzed to date – small crystals of zircon from the Jack Hills of Western Australia – are at least 4.404 billion years old. Comparing the mass and luminosity of the Sun to the multitudes of other stars, it appears that the solar system cannot be much older than those rocks. Ca-Al-rich inclusions (inclusions rich in calcium and aluminium) – the oldest known solid constituents within meteorites that are formed within the solar system – are 4.567 billion years old, giving an age for the solar system and an upper limit for the age of Earth. (My answer continues in the comments)

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It is hypothesized that the accretion of Earth began soon after the formation of the Ca-Al-rich inclusions and the meteorites. Because the exact accretion time of Earth is not yet known, and the predictions from different accretion models range from a few millions up to about 100 million years, the exact age of Earth is difficult to determine. It is also difficult to determine the exact age of the oldest rocks on Earth, exposed at the surface, as they are aggregates of minerals of possibly different ages.
Now speaking in religious terms, nowhere in the Bible is the age of the Earth mentioned. It is estimated the age of the Earth is determined by counting up all the generations in the Old Testament, with a few adjustments here and there. We then come up with a date for Genesis at just over 6000 years BC (that's 8000 years old).
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The Bible must not be taken fully literally. Why? According to some biblical scholars, the various authors used many different type of writing to write the Bible: LITERAL writing, figurative language, parables, poetry, etc. The Creation story in Genesis is a good example of this fact. The Bible states that the Earth was created by God over a period of seven days. Science, of course, disagrees with it - saying that the Earth took millions of years to form. This is where the Bible's vast types of writings come into action. Like I said, the Bible must not be taken completely literally. Each day of creation might represent one BILLION years (or more), rather than one day. In the Bible, it takes one day to create all the animals and creatures. That day might represent another billion years, with the theory of evolution in play. So therefore, the six days of creation might not actually be "six LITERAL days."
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God made the whole world (Gn 1 -2:2). But he did not merely "make" the world. He CREATED it from nothing (2 Mc 7:28). A carpenter makes a chair from wood. A poet writes a poem from words that already exist. Making something implies that the original materials are there first. Although we speak of people "creating," only God creates in the strictest sense, for only God can bring something from nothing. God alone brought the universe into existence from nothing (Jn 1:1-3). He creates each and every human soul from nothing at conception (Jer 1:5). Why did God create the universe from nothing rather than from something? Well, what else would He have created it from? Not from Him,self, for there are no parts in God that He could "break off" to fashion things from. And if He used something else, where would THAT have come from?

Hope this helps! - ManOfKnowledge
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A lot of learning with no truth
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1 Conth 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
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1 Conth 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
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1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

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A little less than 5 billion years ago

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A long time ago

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The universe started 7 billion years ago. The world started a long time after that. The party started when I walked into that world

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When we start our thinking with God's Word, we see that the world is about 6,000 years old. When we rely on man's fallible (and often demonstrably false) dating methods, we can get a confusing range of ages from a few thousand to billions of years, though the vast majority of methods do not give dates even close to billions.Cultures around the world give an age of the earth which confirms what the Bible teaches. Radiometric dates, on the other hand, have been shown to be wildly in error.The age of the earth ultimately comes down to a matter of trust-it's a worldview issue. Will you trust what an all-knowing God says on the subject or will you trust imperfect man?s assumptions and imaginations about the past that regularly are changing? Thus says the LORD: "Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist," says the LORD. But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word (Isaiah 66:1?2). http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2007/05/30/how-old-is-earth

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We will trust men. We have proof that "all knowing" god can be utter wrong in the matter of science. Imagine the horror if we didn't believe Galileo & believed your god instead!! Or if we believed your god instead of Copernicus!!
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God has it all right, it is man that in his sinful state that messes things up.
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