How do we reconcile the idea that the Earth is about 6,000 years old (beginning at about 4000 B.C.), and the timeline of historic inventions that would have occurred "before" 4000 B.C. according to history and archeology? For example, the construction of basic tools and hunting weapons is estimated to have occurred around 30,000 B.C., the bow around 8000 B.C., etc.
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My opinion is that we really don't have any idea, since man was not here when God first created the earth. Also the instruments we use are not exact on how to measure the time. In my opinion from the day that man was created until now it may be about six thousand years, but again we really do not know how much time went by from the day both man and woman was in the garden of Eden and when they ate the fruit and was put out of that garden.
The key word is "estimated." Scientists keep changing their measurement methods. I was taught the "accuracy" of carbon dating years ago in school. Now it has been discredited. God was the only eye-witness to creation, and He told us how He did it.
Since the Bible is not clear about time, and God is clear that to Him a thousand years is like a day, and a day is like a thousand, every one of us keep looking only the time from the fall forward. What about the time before the fall. Not trying to justify science, but we could easily have thousands of years maybe millions.
The Gap theory. In Genesis between verses one and two, some people believe there was a gap of time. Verse two states in our Bibles "and the earth was without form and void", some Christians believe that the word is actually became, not was. So if the earth became without form and void, there was something there prior.
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