It doesnt actually say how old the world is. A few denoms out there think they have the answer as 6000 years and shop it around like its hard Biblical fact but its really just calculatiins by flawed humans and the Truth is that God never gives us any dates so we dont know how old the earth truely is. Almost certainly older than 6000 years tho. Thats just a ridiculous number.
The Bible does not say how old the Earth is. James Ussher was Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland between 1625 and 1656. He did a genealogy of Adam & Eve and came up with this number.
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The Bible does not say how old the world is. As it is silent about it, the only figure we have is that given to us by science, specifically 13.7 billion years. What the Bible does sort if count is the time since civilization started (what the Bible refers to as the creation of Man), 5774 years ago.
There are may who authoritatively say that the length of time encompassed by the Bible is all of Eternity. No fixed period of time is given, and the Bible speaks very generally using terms like eon and ages and times and seasons.
The planet's coming into existence is recounted in the Bible with the simple statement: Genesis 1:1. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Revised Standard) Just how long ago the starry heavens and the earth were created is not stated in the Bible. Therefore, there is no basis for Bible scholars to take issue with scientific calculations of the age of the planet. Scientists estimate the age of some rocks as being three and a half billion years, and the earth itself as being about four to four and a half billion or more years. As to the time, the Scriptures are more definite about the six creative days of the Genesis account. These days have to do, not with the creation of earth's matter or material, but with the arranging and preparing of it for man's habitation.
If the Bible gives an age for the Earth, scholars cannot agree on what it says. My opinion is that it does not give an age of the Earth. The Biblical timeline starts somewhere around 2000 BCE with Abraham's father in Ur.
Ultimately, the age of the earth cannot be proven. Whether 6000 years or billions of years, both viewpoints (and everything in between) rest on faith and assumptions. Those who hold to billions of years trust that methods such as radiometric dating are reliable and that nothing has occurred in history that may have disrupted the normal decay of radio-isotopes. Those who hold to 6000 years trust that the Bible is true and that other factors explain the "apparent" age of the earth, such as the global flood, or God's creating the universe in a state that "appears" to give it a very long age. ...Whatever the case, there is always good reason to trust the Word of God over the words of atheistic scientists with an evolutionary agenda.http://www.gotquestions.org/earth-age.html
I depends on how you look at it. some young earth creationists say only about 6000 years, while others claim the creative days may not have been consecutive, so therefore could be much older. Many Christian followers have accepted the fact that the earth is much older then 6000 years, I even read today that Patty Robertson has accepted that fact.