How Old Is God?
They could tell us at least when figurines of gods and cave paintings appeared. So we guess not earlier than 200,000 years ago. We’d even say there was no God before the end of the Neolithic age, and that means God is roughly 7,000 years old.
God’s claim to be eternal
If God is eternal, then he would exist outside of time. In other words, he would not have a past, present, or future. God’s relationship to time helps us evaluate God’s existence and discern God’s essence. The Bible says, “In the beginning, God…” indicating that God existed before the creation of time. In addition, God is described in Scripture as being both “that which was and that which is.”
However, this analogy breaks down at critical points. For one thing, it assumes that the timelessness line is composed of distinct points, which correspond to the points of the temporal line. However, this assumption is questionable, given the geometry of the distance between the points. For instance, a God’s entire life cannot stand in the same position relative to each point in time.
On the other hand, theists affirm God’s eternal claim. Furthermore, they argue that God is timeless because his existence before creation was non-temporal. However, if time were created, God would become temporal and no longer be timeless. But this is an impossible position to maintain, so theists must defend their claim of divine timelessness in light of these arguments.
However, many philosophers of religion maintain that the Scriptures do not teach a definite view of God’s relationship to time. While Padgett’s view differs from this, he believes that the Bible does give us guidelines for what is acceptable as far as God’s relationship to time is concerned. In addition, the Scriptures teach that God never began and has never ceased to exist. They also teach that God has interactions with the world and knows what is going on.
Some of the greatest claims about God’s eternal nature were made by Jesus. He claimed to be the truth and a Savior. This claim was rejected by many in the New Testament. However, many people believed that Jesus was a prophet of God and was God’s incarnate Son. Others believed that the disciples made these claims after Jesus’ death.
Hence, the term “eternal” has become ambiguous and a generic term for different positions of God. Nonetheless, it is used here to indicate the nature of God’s relation to time. Those who hold a temporal view of God are interested in finding solutions to such issues as human freedom and divine foreknowledge.
Religions that believe in a supreme being
Regardless of the specific beliefs of an individual, all religions share a belief in a supreme being. The belief in a supreme being allows people to have a sense of connection to something greater than themselves. The main differences between the major religions are their methods of worship and practices.
Monotheistic religions tend to emphasize a personal god, whereas nonmonotheistic religions stress the unity of God. For example, in Hinduism, the Upanishads describe a single supreme reality. However, other religions hold a variety of different gods.
The idea of a Supreme Being is rooted in man’s existential needs. It is not exhaustible because of its omnipresence and omniscience, but it is sufficient to satisfy human reasons. And yet, the belief in a Supreme Being is not without its critics.
One common theme among many religions is the concept of a divine Word. In some traditions, the divine word enables creation. In others, the word of God is the Creator. For example, Paul Tillich believed in a G-O-D that is “above the line.”
Some philosophers acknowledge that diverse religious perspectives are equal but deny the link between diversity and commitment. However, they maintain that religious perspective has a distinct epistemic reality, and the proponents of a given religion can acknowledge that other religious perspectives are equal while maintaining their superiority.
Inclusionists believe that a supreme being exists in all religions. While they disagree on the specific nature of the supreme being, they agree that the Supreme Being is just. In addition, they believe that even anonymous Christians are recipients of supernatural grace. Therefore, they can be included in God’s presence if they meet certain criteria.
Evidence that God exists outside of time
A common argument for the existence of God is that he is eternal and timeless. This view is based on the belief that time is the product of God’s creative act. As such, God could not have existed before time. However, this does not imply that God was always timeless.
The definition of time in the Hebraic tradition is that it is a concept of completed and unfinished work. Therefore, if God existed outside of time, they could not be the Creator of the universe. The same holds for the Creator of time. God created time to accommodate His purposes in His disposable universe. God determined that all His creations were good, but He could not be outside of time.
A second argument against the traditional belief that God does not exist outside of time is that God exists in the present. In this view, God’s temporal now coincides with the present moment but is not governed by a lawlike succession. As such, God experiences both the past and the future.
The ontological argument is another common argument. It relies on the idea that God is the ultimate and most perfect being. However, this view has its critics. For instance, St. Anselm of Canterbury argues that there must be some evidence that God exists.
Timeless beings can also be characterized as timeless because they have a life. For example, the eternal beings would have a longer duration of time. This contrasts with the nature of abstract objects, which can only exist in one moment. Therefore, it is difficult to define the existence of God in a timeless universe without time.
The third response to this argument denies that propositions mediate God’s knowledge. In this view, God has no belief in propositions but has direct awareness of facts. In other words, God does not need to have beliefs to know the past and the future. Furthermore, the presence of a fact does not affect God intrinsically.
A theist could also deny that God is in physical time by arguing that God is beyond physical time. A theist would claim that God exists in metaphysical time, which is the case with Gary DeWeese.
Errors in calculating God’s age
There are several possible causes of errors in calculating God’s age. For example, there are ambiguities in the Bible’s description of his age. These ambiguities do not necessarily mean that the text is inaccurate but should be interpreted as implying a range of possible ages. This interpretation must account for the many different implications of the original text, as well as valid outside evidence. A wrong interpretation of the Bible can lead to disbelief in the Bible.
The Bible does not explicitly state the age of the earth, but many scholars believe it is thousands of years old. In the Old Testament, for example, the Bible mentions a creation time of about 6,000 years. Many Christians believe that the Bible does not contain this information, but this is a mistake.