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In Theory: Do reports on Earth's life span fit with faith?

September 27, 2013

A pair of scientific reports released in recent weeks are related to life on Earth: One raises the possibility that the planet was jump-started by a comet, and the other calculates that Earth will end in 1.75 billion to 3.25 billion years.

Q: How do these reports fit in with your teachings or beliefs?

There’s a joke about some scientists who tell God that he’s no longer needed because they believe they have the knowledge to make a man just as God reportedly did in the Bible. God accepts the challenge, but rules that they must use the same ingredient he did “in the beginning.” They all agree, then they squat down to scoop up some dirt, and God says, “Nope, get your own!” Really, even amino acids have origins, as did the comets that scientists suppose brought them.

I tire of hearing fanciful origin explanations by pagan scientists who discount God and make leaps of faith to comets, aliens or life which just popped out of nowhere by chance and grew to the complexities we experience today without any design or intelligence but somehow “knew” to evolve upward rather than sitting there and amounting to nothing.

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Will the world be destroyed in a billion-plus years? Who cares? The Bible says, “the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare” (2Pe 3:10 NIV). Does that mean when Jesus comes, the earth will be sun-scorched, or does it mean that the time for God to infuse some divine adjustment is at hand? Either way, it’s covered.

Heaven is forever, and man is a physical creature requiring “a new earth” (2Pet 3:13 NIV) so I’m not worried, and I really don’t believe there will be a future generation dealing with some cosmic cataclysm. Besides, if man is just a bunch of evolved amino acids, how important are we really to warrant such concern? If God is in it, there is concern, but not for us Christians. Hallelujah!

The Rev. Bryan Griem
Montrose Community Church
Montrose

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Certainly the end of the earth theories coincide with the New Testament’s prediction found in 2 Peter 3:10, namely that the earth will be destroyed by fire. The Bible (Matthew 24:36, Mark 12: 13) also seems to agree with graduate student Andrew Rushby of the University of East Anglia in Britain, when he writes that no one knows the exact day or the hour of the earth’s end.

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