Because old earth is a modern heresy
PLANK #8 an excerpt from The Bible & Science Agree The Earth Is Young
Because traditional biblical interpretation supported a circa 4,000 B.C. creation
Not until the fruits of the Renaissance turned many secular thinkers, educators, and scientists away from a literal biblical teaching in secular education was this ever a problem for the church.
The biblical account was accepted by all believers from the beginning of creation to the mid-1800s, when the religious teaching of modernism came into play. This extension of humanism, armed with the misapplication of hermeneutics, was the basis to give it credibility, however faint. Be wise! God always keeps a choice before us, waiting to see which choice we will make. Read Deuteronomy 13:1-5
“Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before—do not listen to them. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the Lordyour God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt. Since they try to lead you astray from the way the Lord your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death. In this way you will purge the evil from among you. NLT
The atheist is bearing false witness against God, His works of creation, and what His Word declares as truth, according to Romans 1:18-19.
But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. NLT
The concept of the earth being older than the biblical account is a very recent one. But then the Bible predicted just such things would happen in the last days!
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