God did not give the earth "the appearance of age". To do so would violate everything He represents.
"God can do anything" - Granted!
But, God doesn't do everything he can.
God speaks to us in two languages. The language of the bible and the language of His creation.
At the time of creation, God created natural law. Compared to all the things that God COULD do, he has chosen a subset and made a contract with us that he would present us with a set of natural laws that we could rely on. <bq>
Apples ALWAYS fall from the tree.
Water always boils at 212 degrees when at sea level.
Certain chemicals, when combined, always explode or do other predictable things.
Friction always exists.
Ad infinitum - get the idea?
So there is no rationale for saying that God selectively changed many of his absolutes in order to fool us into thinking that the earth is 4.8 BILLION years old. Where is the scripture where God says He created with the illusion of antiquity in every piece of physical evidence man might ever discover?
According to this argument, all of the radioactive decay clocks, all those minerals in radiometric clocks have to be calibrated to <b>appear</b> to be the necessary consistent age,.all the fossils, and all of the genome sequences have been intentionally designed so it would look as if the universe was old, even though it was really created less than seven thousand years ago.
Think of all the diverse laws of nature that have to be calibrated to maintain the deceit. To make the earth <b>appear</b> to be 4.5 billion years old (as demonstrated by numerous, we now learn, erroronous, scientific techniques) when it is really only 6000 years old?
And why instead of just "the appearance of Age", did he make the earth to look as though it was 4.7 BILLION years old?
Why would He create a whole science of genetics and biochemistry and nuclear physics and botany and biology and geology that has lies inherent in their most fundamental principles?
<bq>It means God's revelation in the Bible is to be taken at face value,
but we are not to take his creation as revealed in science at face value.</bq>
It makes God guilty of deceiving well-meaning investigators of his creation.
Of course this is a debasement of science. For this reason, appearance of age seems a weak philosophical argument in that it does not allow us to explain why things are they way they are, but only that they are that way.
Is this what a "God of Truth" would do?
This outlandish claim cannot be refuted scientifically. If you stick to this conceit, you are the loser.
If this is your last gasp clutch at a straw to support your belief in a young earth, you are spiritually bankrupt.
Here are some links to Christian thelogins who ademately reject the deceit "God Gave The Appearance of Age".
http://www.godandscience.org/youngearth/appearance.html Appearance of Age - A Young Earth Problem</a target="_blank">>
God can do anything. The question is not what He can do, but what He actually does. There are a number of verses that indicate that the God of the Bible does not (and even cannot) lie:
* God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)
* in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, (Titus 1:2)
* in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. (Hebrews 6:18)
If the creation really declares God's glory and righteousness wouldn't one expect it to be truthful?
Not only does the Bible say that God never lies, but it declares that God's creation does not lie. The appearance of age doctrine is directly refuted by the Bible itself.
If God has deceived us on the whole nature of science, maybe he is deceiving us on his nature too. Maybe we're all going to Hell.