Stop and think about this for a moment, and if you're not asking this question hypocritically (that is, not to mock, but you actually WANT an answer), then it might make some sense to you.
Question: How old was Adam 1 second after God created him? Answer: 1 second old.
Question: How old did Adam LOOK 1 second after God created him? Answer: Many YEARS old - Adam was not created as an infant, but when God created Adam, it was as an adult with AGE.
Now, apply this SAME principle to the age of the universe, and you'll have a VALID - maybe not fully satisfying, but definitely valid - answer.
While the following story is, obviously, fiction (or IS it???), yet the numbers and the math are real. Please read it in its entirety before you draw any conclusions, or make any crude remarks.
There were some aliens from a distant galaxy who wanted to analyze earth humans.
Part of the analysis included the educational system.
Part of the educational system included the age of male high school graduates.
They decided to use the scientific method and take measurements then do some calculations.
They measured the height of thousands of high school students at the beginning of high school, then at the end of high school. They subtracted to determine the rate of growth, then divided to determine their age.
They found that on the average, a high school student gains about 1 inch per year, and upon graduation they are on the average about 72 inches tall. 72 inches divided by 1 inch per year makes these high school graduates 72 years old.
Of course the bureaucrats weren't satisfied, so they told the scientists to take more measurements to confirm their findings.
They did the same thing with the weights of 1000s of male high school students and did the same kinds of calculations to verify that the average high school graduate is, indeed about 72 years old.
The average weight was about 158.4 pounds, with a gain of 2.2 pounds per year. 158.4 pounds divided by 2.2 pounds per year results in 72 years for the average age of the male high school graduate.
I, for one, believe in the "young high school graduate" theory, but I am in the minority, and those who insist, claim that they do have the scientific method going for them.
Well, I will stick to my guns, even when the others disagree. I know I can't prove it, but I am very confident that high school graduates are MUCH younger than 72 years of age!
Now, YOU tell ME - what do YOU think - are the scientists right, or am *I* right? Do YOU believe that high school graduates are 72 years old? If not, why not? How old ARE they? Can you prove it using the “scientific method”?
And if you can figure out what's wrong with this picture, then you'll understand why I also believe in the "young earth" theory.
So, IS the average age of a high school graduate 72 years? And IS the earth billions of years old? Remember, the same logic that applies to one also applies to the other, and for the same reason.
Now, those of you who are reading this, please - don't make a donkey out of yourself by giving me a thumbs down! Just simply show me where my math is wrong, and I will give my own thumbs down.