Millions and billions of years. We hear and read it so often that it just seems natural to many people now. Indeed, there are even Christians who rightly oppose biological evolution but accept the millions and billions of years of geological and cosmological evolution. They sometimes chide biblical creationists for speaking out about the age-of-the-earth issue, for allegedly ‘bringing Christianity into disrepute’.
However, it’s the billions-of-years concept that brings Christ’s own words into doubt, and therefore disrepute. This is because He taught that God created Adam and Eve “from the beginning of creation” not billions of years later (Mark 10:6),1 and affirmed that Noah’s Flood really occurred (Luke 17:26–27). Thus the age of the world is actually a key battleground area for Christians. This is easily confirmed by asking some non-Christians why they disbelieve the Bible. In the evolutionized West, the age issue is very often the #1 objection.
It’s not hard to see that, strategically, the ‘millions and billions of years’ are an indispensable part of the evolutionists’ armoury. It’s a do-or-die, line-in-the-sand issue for which they will fight tooth and nail. Because without time, evolution is ‘dead in the water’. Evolutionary biologist (and subsequent Nobel Laureate) George Wald wrote in
Scientific American in 1954 about the origin of life that, however improbable:
“ … given enough time it will almost certainly happen at least once … . Time is in fact the hero of the plot … . Given so much time, the ‘impossible’ becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain. One has only to wait; time itself performs the miracles.”2….
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