In D&C 77:6 Joseph Smith asks this question of God, ”Q: What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was sealed on the back with seven seals?”
He is answered with the following explanation “A: We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, mysteries, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence”
Clearly God is telling Joseph that the earth will have a temporal existence of 7,000 years…and since we know that 1,000 of those years will take place in the Millennium, that only leaves 6,000 years for the remainder of earth’s temporal existence.
The question at hand for me is how do I reconcile this Mormon claim with science’s claim that the earth has already had a temporal existence of not thousands of years but billions of years. Both diverse claims cannot be true…clearly one is true and the other false….or is there something I am missing and both claims are true?
I believe that most who post here are a smart, intelligent, educated, crowd. How do you reconcile the LDS claim of a 6,000 year temporal existstance for the earth…with science which gives observable evidence to support its claim rather than a merely rely on faith and belief.
Was Joseph mistaken…did he hear God incorrectly?
Was God mistaken and Joseph heard him correctly?
Am I mistaken in my reading of Section 77…and temporal existence of 6,000 years doesn’t mean 6,000 years?
Is science incorrect in its claim that the earth is 4.5 billion years old and God is correct, that the earth is in fact only 6,000 years old?
Help me understand how you reconcile these conflicts in your mind.
Edited by Craig Paxton, 05 April 2012 - 10:54 AM.