The Bible allows for the possibility that the earth is ancient but suggests it is quite young.
Old Earth Alternative
The Bible says God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. The first six days had a morning and an evening. These demarcations are not ascribed to the seventh day.
This means the seventh day is still ongoing, and we are currently living in it. As such, the seventh day has lasted much longer than twenty-four hours.
This suggests that the six previous creation days also lasted longer than a calendar day. They could have lasted eons.
If so, the Genesis days may reference phases in God’s creation process that generally align with the geological eras posited by science—e.g., Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic.
Young Earth Alternative
God exists outside the realm of time and space. To him, a single second is the same as a million years.
Just as we compress data files to squeeze more information onto electronic storage devices, God may have compressed the geological eras into short phases so the world would quickly reach its current state.
The initial miracle that Jesus performed at the inception of his earthly ministry lends credence to this possibility.
Water Into Wine
In his first miracle, Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana.
According to the head of the wedding banquet, the wine that Jesus spontaneously created was the best vintage served that day.
Wine takes time to make. Excellent wines ferment for years. The wine that Jesus created exhibited the attributes of age even though it was only minutes old.
In other words, Jesus miraculously compressed into an instant the years that were required to make fine wine.
This miracle introduced Jesus to the world as the Son of God, the creator of the universe. However, it may have also served another purpose.
Jesus may have turned the water into wine to indicate that he compressed time when he commanded each aspect of the world to exist.
The quality of the wine suggests that he may have effectively created the earth with the attributes of age, e.g., coal, oil, fossils.
Read How God Relates To Other Scientific Creation Theories
God’s active participation is implicit in the Big Bang and the evolution of plant and animal species within kinds. The Bible indicates that humans are not products of evolution. God directly and uniquely created us. DNA affirms that he is the source of life. The Bible and science are harmonious.