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The Earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old. The oldest minerals known are zircon crystals found in western Australia that are about 4.4 billion years old. The oldest known rocks were found in Greenland and are 4.28 billion years old. They formed at a time when the Earth was fiery with volcanic activity and pummeled by meteorites. During this time, sometimes referred to as the Hadean Eon, no atmosphere, ozone layer, continents, or oceans existed, and life could not be supported under such conditions.
Biblical support for the above old earth age is seen in the following:
First of all, what difference does it make whether the earth is young or old, when there is no option to the fact it was created by God regardless of age ? Also, it is necessary to understand, the earth was created the same time as the rest of the entire universe, according to Heb.1:2 NIV.
Beginning in Proverbs 8, pertaining to the Wisdom of God, I refer specifically to the following portion of it in verses 22 through 36, that clearly identify the pre-incarnated spirit of Jesus Christ, the WHO, of the Wisdom of God. [From the NIV].
"The Lord brought me forth as the first of His works, before His deed of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. When there were no oceans, I was given birth, [Vs 22-24]
when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before He made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. [Vs 25-26]
I was there when He set the heavens in place, when He marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when He established the clouds above and fixed securly the fountains of the deep, [Vs 27-28]
when He gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep His command, and when He marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was the craftsman at His side. I was filled with delight day after day, [Vs 29-30]
rejoicing always in His presence, rejoicing in His whole world and delighting in mankind. Now then my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. [Vs 30-33]
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death." [Vs 34-36]
That Jesus is the Wisdom [Power and knowledge] of God is made abundantly clear in 1 Cor.1:24 and Col.2:2-3
Consider Gen.1:1: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Verse two states that the earth was formless and empty and darkness was over the face of the deep. Meaning, the earth was flooded with water before God began the six day creation narrative.
Observe the fact that nowhere in the six days of creation is found when the heavens and the earth of verse one were themselves created. Also, that the term create or created is not found again after verse one until the fifth and sixth days, when fish and fowl, animals and mankind were created. Giving credible support for an old earth age between verses one and two,
In addition, both David and Peter allude to God creating the earth out of water/by water, in Ps.24:2 and 2 Pet.3:5, Where there is reason to understand there had been a pre-Adamic flooding of the earth and God restored what He had previously created, from day one through day four, finishing up with the creation of the fish/fowl/animals and mankind in days five and six, to begin the age we now live in. In view of the fact the earth stood without oceans at one time, according to Pr.8:24.
That there had been at least one age before the age we presently live in that God destroyed for unknown reasons with the flooding He renewed the earth with and to begin the age we are now in. Perhaps because of the rebellion of Satan. Also that at least one age before our own, provides the explanation for the pre-historic animals, dynosaurs and human evidence that has been found.
NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) project's seven-year data release in 2010 estimated the age of the universe to be 1.375±0.011×1010 years (13.75 billion years old, with an uncertainty of plus or minus 110 million years).
However, this age is based on the assumption that the project's underlying model is correct; other methods of estimating the age of the universe could give different ages. Assuming an extra background of relativistic particles, for example, can enlarge the error bars of the WMAP constraint by one order of magnitude.
This measurement is made by using the location of the first acoustic peak in the microwave background power spectrum to determine the size of the decoupling surface (size of universe at the time of recombination). The light travel time to this surface (depending on the geometry used) yields a reliable age for the universe. Assuming the validity of the models used to determine this age, the residual accuracy yields a margin of error near one percent.
Therefore, it seems abundantly clear, the earth is very old indeed but has no effect whatever in the fact that it was all created by God, regardless of whether it is young or old.
See also the following: http://home.sprynet.com/~pabco/flood.htm