Okay @r_speir, I have a question. Others can participate here, but please do not distract. I really want to understand this Young Life Creation position, its limits and flexibility.
YLC accepts that the earth is old, but believes that life as we know began just thousands of years ago. Others have focused on the challenges from the fossil record to this, because it seems (to all of us) to show that life is ancient too, not just the cosmos, not just the earth.
So I have a set of questions @r_speir.
What do you mean by life? Do you include bacteria? What about plants? Many YEC do not include bacteria and plants as “life” because they imagine they died in the garden, and they do not have sentience or self-awareness. So, when you say “life” was young, does that include bacteria and plants? What about non-sentient animals (e.g. sponges)?
What if there were epochs or eras of life, and life as we know it now is recent, but God might have filled the earth in the past with other ecosystems, but they all eventually came to end before our beginning just a few thousand years ago?
What do you think about this scenario of prior epochs and eras of life? Life as we know it would still be young. This would explain many of the ancient fossil deposits.They all would be life from a different era that was wiped from the face of the earth before God created life 6,000 years ago.
If you do not like this scenario, why not? What is the scripture against it? Maybe there was a prior fall from other beings that lead to the demise of the prior epoch. They are part of the earth’s history, but not ours, so they might as well be in another universe or planet. So on what basis would you object to it?
If you do not have an objection, why not move to it? It would not resolve all the objections to your position, but it would resolve quite a lot.
I’m not trying to push you in a particular direction @r_speir, but I want to know what really is important to you and why. Perhaps it might even bring you to a more plausible position. Either way I hope you pause for a moment and can give me an elucidating response. I really want to understand this one!