To the editor:
I would like to reply to Bill Kinnersley's letter in the Aug. 14 Public Forum.
First, I would like to address a misconception that Mr. Kinnersley, as well as many other Bible-believing Christians, hold. That is, that the Bible teaches that the Earth was created only 6,000 years ago. It is understandable why this notion exists, since from a cursory reading of Genesis 1 it appears that the universe and the Earth were created in six, 24-hour days. However, as many scholars of Hebrew have observed, the original text does not limit the "days" listed to 24-hour periods. On the contrary, the original Hebrew word, yom, can (and is) used to mean a long, but finite, period of time (as well as a 24-hour period). This easily allows for the age of the Earth known from geology to be about 3.5 billion years.
Second, I would like to respond to Mr. Kinnersley's assertion that God "placed them (the fossils) there... to make it look just like evolution has occurred." I have encountered this argument before, and frankly, find it absurd. To say that God made the world so that it would look old to those of us studying it, is to say that God has lied to us. Therefore, this argument makes a liar out of a being that is supposed, according to the Bible, to be perfectly holy (incapable of doing anything wrong). I, like Mr. Kinnersley, am a believer in what the Bible teaches, and so I cannot accept the above argument since it conflicts with the nature of God.
Fortunately, there is no need to invoke the above argument when one realizes that a careful reading of the original text of the Bible (as illustrated above), can reconcile belief in the Bible's teachings with the findings of modern science.