Exodus 20 and Genesis 1 and our early Christian church pastors' support for 6 days of creation and <6000 year age of the earth
On a discussion board with atheists, I am noticing how so many Christians are uncertain about the Word of God in regards to our creation by God. It's surprising that the one time that some Orthodox, Catholic and protestants can agree on something, it has to be a 'new' interpretation of God's Word.
Exodus 20:1-20 seems clear enough about 6 days of creation with most reasonable assumption that our prophet and saint Moses knew how to count days and nights and was writing under the inspiration of our eyewitness, GOD. The context is the 10 commandments of God and the words are
"There are 6 days a man shall work, and on the 7th day he shall rest, ...because God created the Heavens and the Earth, the sea and all that is in them in 6 days, and on the 7th day He rested".
We have guidance from Church pastors of many early Church who confirmed God's Word in understanding of 6 literal days and a young earth:
For example: Saint Basil the Great on his "six days" homily clearly showing us the Church's trusted support of 24 hour day creation "...twenty-four hours measure the space of a day, or that, in reality a day is the time that the heavens starting from one point take to return there. Thus, every time that, in the revolution of the sun, evening and morning occupy the world, their periodical succession never exceeds the space of one day...").
Clement of Alexandria, Julius Africanus, Hippolytus or Rome, Eusebius of Caesarea, and Augustine of Hippo, clearly spoke of an earth that is under 5600 years old. Those Church fathers were mocked by "scientific philosophers" of their time who taught a long age earth theory as well, but they never compromised their faith in God's eyewitness account.
One review I found http://www.answersingenesis.org/tj/v16/i3/orthodoxy.asp confirmed what the early church taught. It was written about a book by an orthodox monk named Seraphim Rose and his easy conclusions of the study of our church fathers led him to also pass along the Biblical and historically true teachings that our earth is under 10,000 years old.
The book "Refuting Compromise" by an evangelical Australian PhD biochemist named Jonathan Sarfati, did a fantastic job of expanding of Father Rose's presentations of early church fathers and shows us how evangelicals like Hugh Ross and some Dallas seminary professors misrepresented so many trusted early church pastors in their support of very long age theories. But the book goes much further and looks at the Scientific evidences supporting a Biblical understanding of creation.
Recently, I'm noticing some more evangelical departing from Luther, Calvin and Wesley's teachings, and majority of Catholic scholars and a few Orthodox Bishops coming out against the early Church's faith in a young earth, as God's Word and his trusted pastors taught us. Might someone know how can some these days so easily thow our the early Church's faithful testimony of God's Creation, the 1st Adam and the 2nd, the 1st Eve and the 2nd Eve, the worldwide flood, and still remain faithful to the early Church's Biblical teachings?
Some authors even tried to paste their opposition as a "fundamentalist" corner argument, as if belief in the Bible belongs only to one corner, but if St. Basil, St. Ambrose, Augustine and almost all early church fathers support a correct biblical interpretation of an earth under 10,000 years old and Calvin, Luther, Melanchton, Wesley and Lightfoot support a similar interpretation, and church historical accounts in China, Persia, India, Greece, Syria, and Egypt support a "young" earth, how can anyone from any parts of God's body support a view that contradicts God's Word and these trusted Holy Spirit filled trusted pastors of our early Church and remain faithful to Orthodox doctrines?
humbly in His Service,