Last week or so I was reading in a thread that some people believe that the earth and mankind are have existed for only about 7000 years. Someone questioned this with the existence with the presence of dinosaur fossils. Someone then stated that if god could create the universe in only seven days then he could make anything he wanted appear to be far older than it accutally is. My question to you is this: Why would god have to resort to trickery and chicanery to create for his childern the illusion that the world was older than it really is? Why would he be compelled (who could compell him) to play these kind of pranks? What possible purpose could he have? On the other hand, perhaps the world and the universe truly is over 4 billion years old and dinosaurs really did roam this planet long before the advent of mankind. I believe god started this experiment and then stepped back to observe the results. He has given us the intelligence to follow the clues and discover for ourselves the grandeur that is the creator of all things great and small. There are still people living today that (a) believe that the earth is flat(goggle Flat Earth Society) and (b) that the universe orbits the earth and is only a few thousand mile across, despite all of the evidence to the contrary. Humankind was given one thing that god can not control. Free will. We are free to choose what and how we believe.God will never coerce us to belive in him. Please keep in mind that all of the calculations done on the age of the earth, whether 7000yrs or 4 billion yrs, was performed by the imperfect minds of human beings whose judgement was and is clouded by their personal beliefs.