Is the Earth Really Billion Years Old?
How old is the Earth? The Torah says that the Creator made the universe and everything in it in six days. But the science claims it is billions years old.
The present author’s understanding of this is that the Earth is about 6,000 years old. There is a good reason for this interpretation since the Psalmist writes (Psa 90:4):
For a thousand years in Your eyes are like yesterday that has past, or like a watch in the night.
So, how old is the Earth? In order to answer this question, we will ask another one: How old was the first man when he was created? According to the account in Genesis, he was one day old when the Creator made him on the sixth day of Creation. But, the key question will be: How old did he look like when the Creator made him?
From the Creation account we see that he was mature enough to know the Creator and to make his choice when he sinned in the Garden of Eden in the seventh year of Creation. So, let us say he might have looked like 20, 30, or 40 years old. We are not told how old he looked like and probably that did not matter. The present author understanding is that Adam must have been at least 20 years old in order to be considered mature, according to the Torah which would be given to Israel 2454 years later (see the Jubilees Table). But, if he has to speculate, Adam looked like thirty-one years old when he was made, but that would be very arbitrary.
Now, by the same token we may ask: How old did the Earth look like when the Creator made it on the third day? Whether the Earth looked like thousand or million years old, we are not told, and does it matter? The Earth was created about 6,000 years ago.