I’d love to hear what I’m missing in this picture. I feel like Bill Maher in Religulous, “I’m wrong about everything.” The Bible spends much of the Old Testament talking about lineages with “And Noah Begat, Shem who begat Arphaxad, who begat Cainan”, blah blah blah. We are expected to read this and understand it in its entirety. The lineage from Adam to Daniel to Jesus, the Messiah, is critical to the fulfillment of prophesy. Without it Jesus was just another guy doing tricks and he might as well have been Lazarus, neat, but not here to full fill anything special.
James Ussher was a Bishop in the 1650’s who figured out the time line from Jesus to Adam and therefore established the age of the earth. Jesus lived 2000 years ago according to Biblical history. There were 66 generations before Jesus. If you take the 6 day creation at its face value, the creation of the earth was October 23, 4004, according to Ussher. Since the Bible goes through book after book supporting this genealogy, if you buy into the Bible being the word of God, or even God inspired, who are you to refute it?
My assertion is that if you believe that the “Good Word” is from God, you must accept young earth. Why have we given Christians the slack to accept anything else? They are rejecting the lineage of Jesus and in effect claiming that he is not the Messiah. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. The clear BS of parable claims and other distracters cannot apply here. The purpose is clear and greatly documented. Let’s allow deviation of even 1000 years and the last Ice Age never happened. If you claim Jesus was the proverbial Messiah, you are claiming just that. Let’s hold their feet to the fire.
So why am I wrong? Some here have heard this argument somewhere else I’m sure. Kick out the soap box. I’m not afraid to be wrong because it doesn’t change my stated “purpose”. Purpose… I love that quackery. Their religion is the one that made specific claims, and this is the problem with making specific claims when they fall short of the truth.