(This post was written by a friend of mine, DTE, after I asked him to do a guest post for me. All credit, copyright and whatever else you can think of goes to him.
Just to head off one potential criticism of what’s to follow, the ‘appearance of age’ need not literally be the creation of pre-aged fossils, rock strata and the like; it’s enough that God has apparently created the Earth and indeed the Universe in such a way that we humans can only conclude that it is old.)
Choose: A Young Earth or God’s Culpability for Sin
I’m not a scientist, but forknowledge has asked a contribution from the perspective of a layperson that knows a thing or two about the bible and logic. I offer the following.
If the “appearance of age” defense, as it’s called-and, let’s be clear it’s a defense that seeks to save the bible from its own mythology and harmonize it with reality- were true, then God would be guilty of creating a world that he knew would fall into sin.
Here is the reason:
The “appearance of age” defense is an explanation of millions of years of fossil records that cannot be accounted by the Christian creation mythology. So, the Christian says that just as Adam was created with the appearance of age, then proceeded along normal patterns of aging, so too, the earth itself.
The problem, though, is that Adam was created with the appearance of age, but not the evidence of sin: Sin entered through Adam and brought death into the world. Adam had not begun to physically die until he died the spiritual death of sin. (Note to Christian readers: I’m not granting the truth of Adam’s creation and fall, but merely allowing it for the sake of demolishing it by argument.)
The earth, however, created before sin, indeed before Adam, bears a fossil record that gives the appearance age and the evidence of sin via millions of years of death and decay. Hence, if God created it that way, then God must have known of death and therefore of sin. Thus God created, being either unwilling or unable, to prevent sin from entering his creation and, in fact, created to reflect that fact.
The Christians must choose, then, whether believing a literal six-day creation is worth worshipping a God that cannot be exonerated from sin.