Great answers everyone...
Sorry, If you think I came as holyier than though, not my intention at all, and I in no way feel that way about anyone, just to make sure everyone knows what ignorance is, its the unwilling to learn, and such proof is in your post bls33. Your post has no reasurch in it, nothing learned, simply what some textbook has told you, and experiences from your life, which there is nothing wrong with. Try broading your research some, and come up with some hard questions as to why you believe the earth is billions of years old, or why people like myself who had no christian ties in my past, have looked into it and realized the evidence is over whelming.
Here is a question, why are more and more scientists, archioligists, and doctors becoming christians? The percentage of these people converting is higher than any other career. Now I wont even think for a minute that I know a handfull of what these guys know about thier trades. Generaly speaking, these are smart people, are you to think they are fooled, or maybe they have looked at what they have learned, and realized the same I did?
Why is it we (we being me at one point to) believe everything our textbook says? These book sdo have some hard scientific facts, but like anything else, they also have opinions that have been made to be believed as fact. Why do they teach opinions like evolution then? Simply as the School board in many states have said they need to teach something, they simply cannot teach that we dont know how it all started, and evolution is the best idea they can come up with that doesnt offend anyone that is not religious. Evolution came from darwins book origin of species, what had some good THEORIES in it, and in that same book he himself said these are theories from my research, and if any part can be proved wrong, then the whole concept is wrong. In many ways we have proved the thoery of evolution to be wrong. In fact in the last year, a group of secular scientists have been researching DNA, and have come to the conclusion that through DNA, they can trace back our ancestory to about 40 sources about 6 thousand years ago. Sound like were getting closer to man kind coming from 2 people to me?
As far as how old the earth is, I can go on and on about how wrong most secular science can be. Using the layers of the earth to date it, has huge flaws in it. Why is it that they find layers, and they date them as one being 100 000 years old, and the one below it as 200 000 years old (years are an example for my point) they show that the bottom layer is packed harder, had bigger rocks in it, so the layer above it settlement of years of dust. So they are implying the earth is growing bigger? Now between these layers they have found big huge dinosaurs, that are standing upright between both layers, and big trees, unlike most trees we see today, standing upright between 2 or more layers. How is that possible? the feet and body of the dinosaur is 200 000 years old, and the neck and head are only 100 00o years old?
Carbon dating, has huge flaws in it. They have proven many things that were "proven" to be dated thousands of years old were only hundreds. Example, and guy found a petrofied boot, took an unobvious section of it to scientists, and had it dated, they gave it a date of over a few thousand years, then he brought him the rest of the boot and showed them it was a working boot from the 50's.
I can go on and on explaing that there are huge flaws in what we call science, and alot of time they have called things science fact, when they are simply science theory. challenge yourself, ask why you beleive in what you believe. There are many books out there that challenge what we have been taught. as noted above, Lee Strobel, devoted athiest, when to show his wife that these christians are fools, and are nothing more than a cult, and from facts, came to one conclusion. If you are going to buy one book that is a simple to understand read, that will just touch the surface enough on science to want you to investigate more, buy his book "Case for a Creator". If anything, it will have you asking why you believe what you believe