THE GRAND CANYON AND THE AGE OF THE EARTH
The Grand Canyon is a breath taking place.
Concerning the age of the Earth, scientist have revised it's age seemingly every decade and each time they seem to be very certain that each age revision is correct.
For instance, years ago some were saying that the age of Earth was hundreds of thousands of years old, then later we were told that the age was some 200 million years old. Now some forty years later, we are told that now it is billions of years old. It is the scientist and their quotes in the text books that seem to direct our beliefs and interestingly they always seem to be so sure about their accuracy. If they are so sure but seem to change their understanding every ten or twenty years, then how can we have the faith in their understanding that now is the time that they have it right.
Since both we and the scientist were not there in the beginning wouldn't it be more trustworthy to trust the one that was there in the beginning. The Bible says that God does not lie but men do. Is it not possible that God created the Earth with an appearance of age already in it just as He did with Adam and Eve, neither of whom was created as a baby, but with an apparent age already in them. If God's Word is true, then God set the stars and all heavenly bodies in their places at his very speech, which would also have the appearance of many many years. This reasoning, assuming God's unlimited powers, could be carried even a misunderstanding concerning the actual age of Jesus, who according to John 1:1-14 was there in the beginning.
The word delusion, meaning a misunderstanding of the true fact, could be connected with the understanding of evolution, even to the resulting appearance of timed erosion and carbon dating accuracy since God can deliberately give the things that He makes to have any appearance of age that He so desires. We might wonder how old the wine appeared to be that Jesus made out of water. Perhaps we can ask Him some of these questions someday.
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” 2 Thessalonians 2:11
It is estimated that the book of Job may be one of the oldest portions of the Bible at around 3400 years old. In this book, Job begins to question God with "words without knowledge" (Job 38:2). What he received as an answer goes on for several chapters but here is a little of what he received. Chapter 43 records Job's correction and his restoration is recorded in Job 42:12. By faith, It seems far safer to stick with God's word. There are some scientist receiving God's Word as Truth but unfortunately they are no longer allowed to help write school textbooks. Concerning the age of the Grand Canyon, there are scientist and Bible believers convinced that the Grand Canyon could have been made during the Great Flood of Genesis 7.
Concerning JOB: “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment. And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken. Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great? Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together? Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat. JOB Chapter 38
Concerning the age of the Earth, we will allow God’s Word to address, however concerning a more important time prepared for us: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10
We each will spend eternity, either in Heaven or the fiery lake of hell. There will be no means to measure the joyous living we shall experience in Heaven, but there will be no means to measure the enduring horror of Hell for all who shall be there either, regardless of how they might wish there were a time of sentence that could be counted off, there will be none, only the continuance of eternity, the never ending drudge to nowhere. How the sting of remembrance will pierce the lost soul who remembers the times he rejected God's gift of His love for us, Jesus, the Lamb of God, who gave His lovely life for us so that we could be in the glorious presence of the Father for ever, how maddening to remember.
Concerning Heaven, the place of Sanctified Souls, but absolutely no Sinners:
“And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.” Revelation 21:27
Concerning the time of everlasting condemnation of those who do not, in repentance and faith, accept their only Hope, Jesus Christ:
“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:13-15