God Created With Functional Maturity
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God Created With Functional Maturity

There is an errant concept of ‘creation with apparent age’. A hypothetical modern observer who travelled back in time to see Adam and Eve at the end of Day 6 might infer that they were 20-year-old adults, but in reality they were less than a day old. Similarly, the trees on Day 3 would be mature trees, and a time-traveling observer might infer that they were hundreds of years old. So the question has been asked, “Why would God deceive us with apparent age of past events before the week of creation?”

By Jonathan Sarfati
Originally published March, 2015

Note: This article was originally extracted and adapted from the author’s landmark 2015 book The Genesis Account: A theological, historical, and scientific commentary on Genesis 1–11.

Helpful resources

The Genesis Account

Creation Magazine

The Genesis Academy

Creation Answers Book

Links and show notes

Original article: God Created With Functional Maturity, Not ‘Appearance of Age’

Is Genesis poetry / figurative, a theological argument (polemic) and thus not history?

How can distant starlight reach us in just 6,000 years?

Age of the Sun

Tree ring dating (dendrochronology)

The 19th Century ferment—Charles Lyell, Thomas Chalmers, Henry Drummond, Philip Henry Gosse

Analogy and geology—the ‘science’ of Charles Lyell

Creation.com Article Podcast