Well....Ã‚Â There are grammatical and scritpural reasons to see that as beginning in Gen1:3, and that Gen1:1~2 were some unknown period of time before.
Its very easy to read them altogether, butit can also be understood as Gen1:1 is God created, and then Gen 1:2 can be translated the Earth became waste and void.
But Isaiah 45:18 says that God did not create the earth waste and void.
You can look at it either way, i.e. Isaiah 45:18 refers to an overall creation description in Gen1, or that it supports a creation, judgement, and re-creation in Gen 1.
I've setteled on the earth probably being less than 10k years old, but I would not criticize people too much for seeing it the other way, at least from a Biblical point of view.
Either way, the universe had an obvious age, my guess is tha Adam and Eve probably were created in their early 30's.Ã‚Â Christ was the 2nd Adam and his minitisry began when he was around 30 so there could be some correlation between them.Ã‚Â Just speculating...
Hi Terry,My argument isnt the 24hr day which is obviously for mankinds benefit( God could have created everything in an instant) but why is it stated that the earth was without form and void. I know some people (possibly Im one of them) who see Gen.1.1 as an introduction of what God "did"and from v2-31 shows what this creation entailed.Why is it that the earth didnt have the form we know it has now and exactly what does void mean? It also seems to me that it isnt until v 3 that God started His creation with the first of His words "Let there be light" Im not advocating evolution here I dont believe in such a "fairytale"but just the age of the earth but Im not hard and fast on this and Im open to being persuaded that the earth really is 6000/10000ytears old.