According to Dr. Henry M. Morris III, about 6,127 years have passed since creation. On page 93 of his new book, The Book of Beginnings, Volume Three, he explains:
Using the widely accepted secular date of 2165 B.C. as the date for the birth of Abraham, we can place the death of Sarah at ~2030 B.C….Sarah died 2,083 years after creation…. Therefore, add 2,083 and 2,030 to 2014 A.D. and the sum is 6,127.
According to these dates, creation took place not much more than 6,000 years ago. This new resource reminds us that the earth is not nearly as old as our evolutionary science teachers would say. Dr. Morris emphasizes, “Not that long ago! Certainly not millions or billions of years.”
And science confirms what the Bible teaches.
In his feature article this month, Dr. Morris tells us why the age of the earth is a critical issue for Christians to consider: “If one allows science, philosophy, archaeology, or theology to overrule Scripture, the effect is to place the understanding and expectation of man over the revealed Word of God and subjugate God to man’s scholarship” (“How Old Is Our Planet?,” page 7). What we believe about the age of the earth matters!
Many of you who receive Acts & Facts are familiar with the principles of recent creation and the science behind it. You’ve learned from ICR in a variety of ways—through conferences, books, devotionals, online articles, videos, radio programs, debates, friends of our ministry, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms. You may have even met our founder, Dr. Henry Morris. You know our basic tenets. Maybe you’ve read the foundational book The Young Earth by the son of ICR’s founder, President of ICR Dr. John Morris. You know the problems of evolutionary theory, and you are able to address some of the questions that arise from Darwinian thinking. If so, we have a challenge for you. Become a creation advocate. Get the word out—tell others what you know. Share the creation message.
Some of you, though, may be in a different position. You desire to share the truth about creation, and you know the Bible can be trusted and that it teaches a six-day creation. You don’t believe molecules-to-man evolution and you want to dispel the myths surrounding the topic of origins, but you’re not sure how to approach the issues—you don’t feel equipped to handle the tough questions that may come your way.
We can help. Our website www.ICR.org contains thousands of articles, and our online store offers educational resources from experts in a variety of scientific disciplines. We continue to seek ways to make it easier for you to understand and share the creation message with others. We have a special burden to reach the younger generations. As Henry Morris IV says on page 22, “Through our nationwide speaking ministry, ICR has seen firsthand the gradual exodus of young people from the church.” To help combat this exodus, we’re developing a 12-DVD series, Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis, to answer the questions that millennials face. This series—which should be available in May—addresses the time issue, spending two full episodes on the age of the earth and the age of the universe.
Anyone can become a creation advocate. Share the truth with your family, your friends, your community, and the world! Go to www.UnlockingTheMysteriesOfGenesis.org to learn more about this upcoming DVD series and how you can play a part in spreading the truth about our origins.
* Jayme Durant is Executive Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.