How many years has man been on earth?


Genesis 1:1 - 31

ESV - 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Clarify Share Report Asked June 23 2020 Mini Raymond Rodriguez

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
If one accepts the timeframe calculated by Bishop Ussher, in which the days of creation as mentioned in the Bible refer to literal 24-hour days, and the passage of time since then corresponds to the lifespans of individuals as given in Genesis and elsewhere in the Bible, humans have been on earth just over 6,000 years.

Secular estimates of human existence (based upon such evidence as the discovery and dating of tools, the fossil record, and analysis of geologic strata) commonly indicate that humans have been on earth considerably longer, with a figure of 200,000 years often being used. However, as I understand it, even those estimates speak of "civilization" as having first appeared approximately 6,000 years ago.

June 24 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
  1. 4000 characters remaining