—Written to the audiences of both young and old earth ID.
After seeing a poll in a Facebook group that I am in, asking who in the group is old earth creationist or young earth creationist, I found myself, disappointingly, unable to participate. I believe there should be a third option, that the universe is both. I know this sounds like a joke, but let’s think about this for a second.
How is this not a contradiction? We know that Edwin Hubble discovered the Doppler Effect in the light spectrum which signifies that the borders of the universe are traveling away from us. This means that if we were to travel back in time at the speed of which time moves forward, we would end up with nothing, several million years ago signifying that the age of the universe is very, very old.
I am deeply familiar with both arguments very well, Whether the universe is old or young, as well as the arguments that are based on lies, esotericism, or pseudoscience, but this article is based purely on the idea that there are only two possibilities of intelligent design (ID), which are old earth or universe or young earth or universe.
So the Doppler Effect reveals that the earth is very old along with several other instances in cosmology, but at what age would we describe Adam and Eve at their first day of existence?
If you were to ask people how old Adam and Eve were when God created them, how old do you think most people would guess that they were at the beginning of their life? It seems that almost no one would make the claim that they were created as babies, from a basic surface reading of Genesis, let alone a scholarly understanding of Genesis. Think about this, Genesis 2:15 says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” There are several other verses in Genesis that imply Adam and Eve were adults, but I strongly believe that people who do believe that Adam and Eve were historical figures, would never believe them to be even children, let alone babies (not that the majority of beliefs makes truth, please do not misunderstand).
Did Adam and Eve Have Belly Buttons?
So they were probably not babies. This author also assumes that they were literal, historical people. Whether they had belly buttons might be for another day, but we can be fairly certain that God did not place babies in charge of the Garden of Eden. Not only would that produce a humorous and ridiculous picture, but also an impossible one. For instance, who would have nursed the infant Adam and Eve (not that God could not have provided somehow… I get it… please continue along)?
The point is, why can’t we also think of this idea with the universe? Adam and Eve in one possible world would have been babies, but they never actually existed as such. The universe had a Big Bang, just like Adam and Eve maybe had belly buttons. But what if the universe were created as an adult as well? Everything would appear to be mature, just like Adam and Eve were likely mature enough to procreate, so it is possible that the universe was created not necessarily at the actual Big Bang, even though that is the model we discover scientifically, but rather the universe was created further down the time span of the Borde Guth Vilenkin model of space-time. Plants were created as adults, the chickens and roosters were created together as adults, everything in the physical universe flora or fauna were created as adults. This must be how things began, God created the complete sets, male and female, and from there came all of the descendants.
How does this fit with Molinism? Because the Big Bang would be a possible world. Just like Jimmy Stewart’s character in “It’s a Wonderful Life” had a possible world, the big bang also was possible, but not necessary. Don’t get me wrong, I know the arguments of a mature creation by the YEC’s, but this is not the sense of what I am proposing. Also, I am asking the reader to set his or her presuppositions aside for a moment and try to make sense of this. Why would a possible world only work for a human being and not from the perspective of the universe?
For the YEC’s, this would answer why Stars are able to burn out and we can actually see them urn out. For the OEC’s, this would still allow them to see the earth as very old. If God used the big bang model, which would explain why we see the Doppler Effect in the light spectrum, this explains that God would have created even the light spectrum at a mature age. Hence, “God said, ‘Let there be light.’”
Plausibility for this seems absolutely realistic. If God created plants, animals, and mankind beginning at a mature age, then why would we not assume the same patterns about planets, stars, and galaxies …and the universe?
Written by Nace Howell through the grace of the Lord Jesus