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Q1: How old is the earth?

A: The question of the age of the earth has produced heated discussions on Internet debate boards, TV, radio, in classrooms, and in many churches, Christian colleges, and seminaries. The primary sides are:
  • Young-earth proponents (biblical age of the earth and universe of about 6,000 years)
  • Old-earth proponents (secular age of the earth of about 4.5 billion years and a universe about 14 billion years old)
The difference is immense! Let's give a little history of where these two basic calculations came from and which worldview is more reasonable.

Continue reading to get the in-depth answer to this crucial question in chapter 4 of the New Answers Book 2.

Q2: How can God be perfect and holy if His creation is not?

A: Part of the problem in understanding this lies in our view of holiness (i.e., separation, perfection). Unholiness is the absence of holiness. That may seem obvious, but let's unpack the statement.
To be succinct, "holiness" must exist for there to be "unholiness," which is the absence of holiness. Therefore, "unholiness" can't exist without "holiness."
When God created the universe, everything was holy. God said it was "perfect/very good" in Genesis 1:31 (see also Deuteronomy 32:4). However, it would be a fallacy to assume that things would remain holy considering that man had the power of contrite choice, as did angels when they were created (man was permitted to "freely" eat).

Continue reading this answer from our popular series: Satan, the Fall, and a Look at Good and Evil.

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