“If the earth is not billions of years old, why does it have the appearance of age?”

“If the earth is not billions of years old, why does it have the appearance of age?”

Genesis 1&2 tells us that in the first week, God created a world with light already in transit from the stars, full-grown trees, rivers flowing in their courses, full-grown birds, fishes, insects, animals, and two full-grown adult humans. The Bible clearly states, therefore, that God created the universe and the rest of creation with the appearance of age.

I write this as a convert to Christianity who used to be a “billions of years” believer. My wife majored in geochemistry and is also a convert. We are both very aware of “the science” but do not regard any of it as an impediment to believing in a young earth.

We do however view our prior beliefs as completely incompatible with the narrative of redemption. We do not believe that God created a universe filled with pain, disease, death, decay, violence, natural disasters, “red in tooth and claw”, and already groaning with the effects of the fall.

God did not create a flawed universe already in need of redemption before the sin of our first parents in the garden. He created a perfect universe that was subsequently marred by the effects of the fall (Genesis 3:14-19), and that universe itself is awaiting the fullness of redemption when Christ returns and it shall be made perfect once again.

Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.