Originally posted by Furball
Well, if you calculated the age of the earth according to the bible it's approx 6,000 years old.
According to my understanding, the many biblical words used to describe "world" and those that relate to "time" are far different than what we perceive them to be.
Example being: "world" translated from the original Greek (aion) should ALWAYS be "age" or "period of time".. whether long or short. It should never be translated as simply "world" as it refers to an unspecified period of time.
The Greek word "kosmos" always refers to "world" and the true meaning is the social system, or order, arrangement, regularity. Thus said, when the Bible speaks of the "world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished".. we must understand that the social order on the earth only perished, and not the ground on which it lived.
The Greek word "aionios" means "unknown time, time out of mind, eternity. always, perpetual, forever"... and corresponds to the Hebrew word "olam". In those places where it was translated "the world began" it should have been translated "TIME without defined limits as to a beginning or an end".
A deeper study of the ORIGINAL languages of the Bible affords a more accurate understanding of much that we read/take at face value.
Then, and only then, can we see that there is MUCH yet to learn before too readily dismissing as fable or nonsense the account of "creation".. and understand that creation was a continuous process which was occurring LONG before this earth or "man" was ever introduced. When WE speak of the "creation of the world" and see it written as such in Scripture, we need to dig a little deeper to come to know the true meaning of what is written.
This is only fair if we want to doubt or mock... for it would be like reading a chemical formula and not trying to get the true "translation" of what we don't understand... "yep, it's all GREEK to me"... even THAT takes on new meaning, when you think about original texts...
Perhaps if we were to be a bit more interested in getting to know the original Greek or Hebrew before we jump to chalking it up to nonsense......? To perhaps conduct an honest and in depth study before invalidating too quickly...?
It is my opinion from what I have studied and gleaned from those efforts is that science and "religion" do not contradict each other at all.. but compliment each other.