Does the meaning of Christmas require a ‘young earth’?

Does the meaning of Christmas require a ‘young earth’?

From the very beginning, God had a plan to save His lost creation. In Genesis 3, He promised Adam and Eve that He would send His Savior to crush the head of Satan and restore our relationship with God. The only way that breach was to be bridged was for God to make the ultimate sacrifice Himself. All through the Old Testament, He tells us about this sacrifice and made numerous prophecies concerning the arrival, life, death and resurrection of His sacrificial Lamb.

At this time of year we celebrate the fulfillment of many of those prophecies. But think about it, the entire Gospel message is predicated upon a historical young earth, no death before sin creation.

If there had been millions of years of death and suffering before Adam, then how could death have been the result of his sin? When God warned Adam about eating the forbidden fruit, He told him that the day he ate of the fruit that he should surely die. If death had already existed in a creation that God called ‘very good’ then Adam should have considered death a reward and something to obtain, not as a punishment. If death was part of a ‘very good’ creation, they why did God require a blood sacrifice for the remission of sin and why did Jesus have to die upon the cross for us? Why did God and Jesus describe death as the final enemy if it was part of a ‘very good’ creation?

Whether you realize it or not, Christmas points straight back to Creation and straight forward to Resurrection Sunday.

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