I Have read that according to Biblical references the age of earth is 6000 years. Even if you quote Young Earth Creationism they too will give only 10,000 years old.

While in different belief like Hinduism, the age of the earth is comparable to that arrived to by contemporary scientific cosmology. Doesn't this imply the notion that the Bible isn't perfect at all?

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    Possible Duplicate Where does the belief ....
    – Nigel J
    Apr 7, 2019 at 15:47
  • Since this question has nothing to do with "christology", I will take out that tag.
    – Johannes
    Apr 8, 2019 at 17:40
  • Ray's answer shows this is a general philosophy question. Namely, it's a matter of logic whether this one thing makes the whole false.
    – fгedsbend
    Apr 22, 2019 at 22:33

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There's not really much to say here. There are really only a few of options:

  • Those who think the Biblical texts are broadly historical and believe they indicate that both humanity and the earth have existed for only a few thousand years (typically between six and ten).
  • Those who think the Biblical texts are broadly historical in relation to humanity, believing that humanity have only existed for a few thousand years, but that the earth is much older. Specific options here include the Gap Theory and the Framework view of Genesis 1 (though many Framework proponents would say humanity is also much older).
  • Those who think the early chapters and genealogies in Genesis are either analogical, mythical, or just inaccurate, and so don't believe we can learn an accurate age for humanity or the earth from the Bible, and therefore turn to secular geology for the answer to these questions.

"I Have read that according to Biblical references ... Doesn't this imply the notion that the Bible isn't perfect at all?"

No. There is another, very obvious, possibility: perhaps whatever it was that you read isn't perfect.

It may very well be that the material you were reading was written by someone that misunderstood what the Bible actually says, and so it isn't the Bible that is imperfect.

The Bible itself doesn't say the Earth is only 6000 years old. It does imply that the seven days of creation happened somewhere around then, but it says nothing about the age of the Earth (or the rest of the universe).

There are other theories, compatible with a literal reading of the Bible, that don't require the universe to be only 6000 years old. One in particular is the "Gap Theory", which observes (among other things) that:

  • There is an indeterminate amount of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.
  • The "was without form" in Genesis 1:2 should be translated as "became without form".
  • The Hebrew word translated as "without form" is "tohu", and Isaiah 45:18 says that God "did not create it tohu".
  • Lucifer ruled the Earth long before Man was created.

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