young earth or old earth?
young earth or old earth: do answers exist?
young earth or old earth: answers do exist
young earth or old earth revealed
Our question is, Has God revealed the truth of the age of the earth?
God reveals truth through His Word, and His world. We mentioned that the truth disciplines (philosophy, theology, science, mathematics, logic) act as a sort of vast check and balance system for each other, because truth will never contradict itself. So, if a science statement is true, it should not be contradicted by the laws of the other truth disciplines. If a science statement is contradicted by logic, or mathematics, then that is your first clue that there is something wrong with your science.
However, there is a hierarchy. There is one truth discipline which acts as a plumb line for the others, and that is theology. This is why one of classical education’s foundational tenets is “theology is the queen of the sciences.” And since misunderstanding this truth is the heart of the division, usually, in debates over any of the creation – evolution questions (as well as an ignorance of the nature and limits of science) I suppose we should discuss why this is so first.
Theology is the study of God’s Word, and its meaning. God’s Word is a direct, special revelation of truth from He who is truth. It contains truth which we would never have been able to obtain through science or any of the other truth disciplines, without His special revelation. Here is a list of just some of the Scriptures which describe the perfection of the truth of Scripture.
The truth of Scripture acts a plumb line by which we can gauge all other truth, for all the other truth disciplines are discerned from a fallen world in a fallen state. But the mind, thoughts, and word of the Lord are not fallen.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa 55:8-9
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” Mat 24:35
These are just two examples of many that exist. From these passages, and others like them, we understand that God has revealed that His Word is the authority to which all other authorities must repair. The truth of His Word is absolute.
Some say that absolute truth doesn’t exist. They do not live as if they believe it. They live as if gravity is an absolute every day. If they themselves deny by their actions what their mouth asserts, that is a strong proof of the flaw of their statement.
We will get to the age of the earth, I promise, LOL.
Continued in young earth or old earth: the testimony of theology
Thanks for writting this post.I have heard of some who talk about theology being *a* science, any thoughts on that?
I am using the term “science” to mean, that study of the principles of the natural world, which is as it is most readily thought of by laymen today upon seeing the word “science” in a headline; and not in its more general sense of “a collection of the general principles or leading truths relating to any subject.”