Some Christians, such as Seventh Day Adventists, claim that the universe is only 6,000 years old, with fossils of dinosaurs planted in the ground and the light from galaxies which are more distant than 6,000 light-years pre-positioned enroute.
On one hand they say the existence of God can be known from looking at the things of His creation, just as Paul asserts in Romans 1:20. And on the other hand, they say the world’s true age was faked, possibly as a test to weed out the true believers who rely on faith in the sacred scriptures from those who will be tempted to follow the evil human doctrines of science. What they never do is put the two claims together and conclude that God is a fake.
A fake past joined seamlessly with a real present can never be falsified. The line could be set at last Thursday just as validly as at 4004 BC. With no way to tell, it’s a waste of time to assert any date.
What is the motivation for holding to a six thousand year old universe? Because these Christians have taken an isolated passage from the Bible that says “a thousand years is as a day to the Lord” and they have constructed a narrative that depicts human history as a “week” of these super-long “days”. If the Earth is 6,000 years old, hence six symbolic “days”, then we’re on the cusp of the seventh day Sabbath rest, which is the Millennium to be ushered in by the Messiah.
Unfortunately, they can no longer use Archbishop Ussher’s date of 4,004 BCE for creation, because the year 1996 has come and gone with no messianic age in sight. Frank Klassen, in The Reese Chronological Bible, gives the date of creation at 3976, hence the Millennium will begin in 2024. Subtract seven years for the Great Tribulation and it looks like the Rapture is this year.
The Flat Earth Society has become a truly global movement and is now taking donations for a communication satellite.
Christians embarrassed by the scientific absurdities in the Bible try to say it doesn’t explicitly teach the Earth is flat, but it does so implicitly in Luke 4:5:
And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
So how did Satan and Jesus see the Kingdom of Chin from a “high mountain” at the same time they saw the Kingdom of Phrygia?
The usual dodge is that Satan just showed Jesus a vision of all the kingdoms of the Earth. But if so, then we are free to doubt anything stated by the Bible. Maybe the resurrection of Christ was just a vision.