I find it confusing that Old Earth Creationists (OEC) say the earth is billions of years old while Young Earth Creationists (YEC) say thousands. One appeals to data the scientific machine keeps churning up, the other tugs at the strings of Scriptural fidelity. It can be demoralizing, even paralyzing. The arrows fly back and forth and we are stuck in the middle, trying to follow Jesus. They make each other look like ignorant fools and condescending prigs. In the process I’m sure many flickers of new belief are rocked, eroded, and even lost. So who is right?
What if both are? I know it sounds crazy. The thought of OEC’s and YEC’s in bed together makes my skin crawl as if Apple and Microsoft had a baby. It just isn’t natural. Yet it might be true. I urge you to watch the following slideshow to understand how they both may be right after all.
I find it encouraging when science and Scripture converge so beautifully, but then, as my Dad pointed out, there really isn’t any other possibility. If God is who He says, creation can’t help but point to Him. It's the preconceived philosophies people bring to the data that distorts this reality. And yes, we all bring an agenda to the table, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t.