1. This was before the time of Peleg when the world was one continent.
2. If you check the animal kingdom in early times you will find that most of our animals had common ancestors. ie. there were a lot less animals to collect.
3. Adam was supposed to be "perfect" physically. Biblically the lifespan of "man" was the longest with him and then shortened with each generation. Kind of an entropy thing.
Well, I have been gone for a bit so I am coming in late but I am a firm Creationist.
To explain, the 1day=1thousand years isn't just something the Catholic church made up. There are some other sources and it is something my church believes as well. Think of it this way. 1 day is the rotation of the world around the sun. Now all that means is that wherever the "angels" reside the planet has a longer rotation, 1 thousand of our years. So if we see the world created in 6 thousand years is that really such a short time?
Not if you consider the meaning of the word translated as "create" in the Bible. A better translation would be "organize" or to create by the use of materials at hand, like building a desk. It doesn't come out of nothing. You have to have wood, glue, equipment, nails, paint, etc. So if you apply that to the creation of the world it means that God (the gods actually/angels) took the materials already at hand and manipulated it to create a world that would support man and the environment s/he needed.
Now if you consider that livestock breeders can create a new breed within 10 years of selective breeding and the considerable advances already available to us with genetic research I find no trouble believing that God could Terra form a world and place genetically created/bred animals and plants on it in a mere 6 thousand years. In fact I commend his patience. Talk about a long term project.
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I really don't believe in "Intelligent Design" as its called. I mean there is no possible way that Humanity, the Earth, and the Universe could come from nothing. We know that our planet is at least 6 billion years old and not 3 thousand years old. It baffles me how people actually believe in the Bible's words even though it is 3000 year old book that contradicts with modern society. (It says that slavery is a okay in the Bible whereas its not in today's society.)
Scourge (Mar 28, 2008)
As for the other the Bible does not say the world is 3000 years old. Here is the time line given.
1-6000 years, creation of the earth.
6-7000 years, God rested/Garden of Eden.
7000-???? years, the Garden of Eden.
App 4000 BC Adam "born".
Between 2400 and 2300 the Flood.
Between 2300 and ???? Peleg lives and the "earth (continents) is divided".
App 2000 BC Abraham.
Between 1400 and 1300 Moses
App 600 BC Babylon conquers Israel and carries them off into captivity.
0 BC/AD Christs Birth (though really they think it was about 6BC).
App 2008 Now.
Note: It doesn't say how long the Garden of Eden was around or if Adams age is based on when he became mortal or when he was born.
We don't know the exact time of Peleg but he was Noah's great-great-great grandson (Peleg-Eber-Salah-Araphaxad-Shem-Noah). I love the name Araphax, *cough* but back on subject.
The point is Biblically the time given is approximatly 6000 years not 3000 and that isn't the age of the earth it is the age of "man" as given from Adam's "birth".
Oh and one final point, it does not say the world/universe/man came from nothing. As I pointed out before it was created/organized not snap your fingers there it is magic walla. (It does make a pretty picture though.)