To the OP, my best advice would be to stay in the scripture every day and pray and ask God to reveal the truth to you. The other books and information are ok as well but first and foremost follow the scriptures.
Well said Tammie. Great advice. I agree completely. Ultimately my views were shaped by reading Genesis chapters 1 & 2 over and over and praying that God would reveal the truth in them to me, and allow me to see how my own beliefs and science background was correct or incorrect in my thinking. The other books were helpful, but ultimately it was in my time with scripture that impacted me the most and revealed truth to me.
kaiakai wrote:Sure does. I am feeling quite dizzy at the moment. What you said about not being a scientist and having difficulty in figuring out if science is right is exactly how I feel as well.
It made my head spin too the time I tried to research this debate on-line, and I have a science background and a degree in Environmental Science, Biology, & Chemistry. It still made my head spin.
I don't know what you have learned so far. So I thought I would out-line some of it for you.
There are 3 basic thoughts, with variations on each one:
1. Christians who follow the Jewish word that means a 24-hour period in Genesis Chapter 1 (young earth). There was evening and then morning the first day. On day 4 the sun was given to rule the light and the moon was given to rule the dark, and then there was evening and morning the fourth day. They also follow the genealogies of the Bible that indicate an Earth of about 6,000 years. If you continue to research you will find the Jewish calendar is slightly shorter than 6,000 years. You will also find a number of books that use 7,000 years in order to merge with the dates of the Egyptian Kings in ancient History. This belief has many books, the Creation museum, and many well renowned scientists who agree with it.
2. Christians who believe in an old earth. This is a belief that began around the 1600 - 1700s. Prior to this no one thought of the world as old. Some thought the fossils were from the flood, some thought they were Satan's deception; but no one thought of the earth as an old earth. So in terms of human history as a whole this idea is new. This idea too has many scientists who will back it. Big conferences to promote it, and many books on the subject.
3. Christians who agree with Darwin and put evolution into Genesis 1. Lengthen the days to billions of years. Claim the world and species evolved over time. I could write my own book on why I disagree with Darwin's theory, but I will refrain at the moment. Mostly it is science that is out-dated, didn't have electronic microscopes to prove the problems with the theory, is not possible to be viewed in a single life-time, and lacks evidence in the fossil record.
We are currently teaching our children what we believe, and have made them a little aware that some people agree with us and some people think differently from us. The 'why' & the 'how' & the basis for each theory and why we agree with one and not the other two I am saving for when the time seems right (Junior High / High school ?).
I found internet research on this topic to be difficult. I would encourage you though to research it, and like Tammie said meditate and search the scriptures. God was there the day was world was created. He is the only one who was there to know the truth. He can lead you. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The Word is Jesus. Jesus is our closest friend. He knows how the world was created. He will help you sort through the spinning debate.
Here are a few books & DVDs, outside of scripture, that I found to be helpful.
1. The Privileged Planet (google to find it)
2. The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel. I saw that you read things against Lee Strobel. He was an atheist journalism that became a Christian through his interviews of Christians. The Case for a Creator is not information that comes from Lee Strobel, it is information from top scientists that are open minded and willing to look at the science for what it is rather than through the eyes of Darwin. Good scientific observation examines & observes and then comes to a conclusion. Unfortunately, science has moved away from this principle in the area of origins of the Earth. There is some good scientific information both on this DVD and in his book.
3. The Genesis Debate - three views on the days of creation. (book)
4. My favorite: Taking Back Astronomy by Jason Lisle, who has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Great book.
5. For Kids: The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible by Paul S. Taylor. It has some good scientific information on fossils and much much more.
6. Archeology - Unwrapping the Pharaohs by David Downs.
7. answersforgenesis.org: search for old earth and then young earth. The site is pro-young earth but does have information on both.
8. Ken Ham's books: Answers for Genesis Book 1 & Book 2. They go into the science some, and when they do it is written by scientists.
Perhaps someone can come along with all of the books supporting an old earth, if you are interested. The above books are where God led my search to. It is the journey he took me on. Now it is time for Him to take you on your own journey that began when you asked this question. When I turned to books, and printed out any articles I found that I wanted to read on the computer it turned the dizziness into a very interesting search that I found fascinating. As Tammie mentioned earlier though the scriptures are the best place to turn.