Why do some Christians insist that the Earth is only 6000 years old?

Do they not watch natural history programmes on TV ? Are they living in a fantasy world and just denying proven science ( yes it has been proven that the earth is millions of years old ) just because it says so in their bible ? And what about the dinosaurs ? They lived for many many years before humans so why does it not mention all those dinosaurs in the bible ?

Are these Christians delusional ?

Or are they right ? If so how ?

Or is the creation story metaphorical because nobody alive at the time it was written knew about dinosaurs or how the world was created.


Oh and science has also proven that prehistoric man was also around millions of years ago, you know the ones we evolved from , right ?

8 Answers

  • Mythos
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    You haven't ruled out stupidity have you?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Note that the creation of the earth (Genesis 1:1) and the first day (Genesis 1:4) have an indeterminate period of time between them.

    The earth being millions of years old doesn't argue with the Bible.

    Don't have an answer for dinosaurs yet, but perhaps when radiocarbon dating can get something from that age in more specific terms than "a few million years" (As opposed to the last few thousand, which have more reasonable estimates), then greater studies can be done.

    But this question comes across as stringently atheistic, so further discussions will not likely be amicable at this point.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All Christians, Jews and Muslims believe that God created the heavens and the earth, making them all "Creationists". Within the Christians, there are four groups of Creationists; you are referring to the Young Earth Creationists who believe Genesis chapters 1 and 2 show the Earth to be created on Day One, and they take that period to be 24-hour-Earth days. They then take Bishop James Ussher's chronology based upon the generations listed in the Bible to mean that humanity has been on the earth for 6,000 years, roughly.

    But the majority of Christians don't agree with that. Some take the 'Days' to be periods of 1,000 years each, others say 7,000 years each. Most will tell you that they are indeterminate time periods because 24-hour-Earth days could not have arisen till Day Four. They also point out that the heavens and the Earth appear to have been created before Day One began. This would allow for the heavens and the Earth to be billions of years old, so the majority of Christians are in harmony with the scientific and geological evidence.

  • Hawk
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    funny since the Bible doesn't say the earth is only 6000 years old

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Everyone having free right to say anything

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Cognitive dissonance....they tend to push out the information that conflicts with their core beliefs.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Guy in a suit in a mega church told them so.

  • 1 decade ago


    You have it all wrong.

    We don't believe that the planet is only 6,000 years old, we believe that Man was placed here about 6,000 years ago.


    Source(s): . Jehovah's Witness .
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