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The word “world” in the text is largely due to the mistrans-

lation in the King James Version of the Greek word


. The

Greek word


means the external arrangement of the

natural world. Aion means age. In the above passages, kosmos

does not appear, but aion does. World in this case should have

been translated as “age.”


In both science and scripture, an age is from one “cata-

clysmic” or “climatic” change to another in the earth’s surface

or condition. Thus, the age in which we now live began at the

time of the flood of Noah. This is supported by evidence from

both scripture and science. Scriptures tell us that before the

flood the earth was quite different. Springs and artisan rivers

watered the ground (Gen. 2:6, 10). There was no rain (Gen.

2:5), and the rainbow, which is formed from rain clouds, was

not seen until after the flood (Gen. 9:13).

Today, we see past evidences of tectonic action in the

earth’s topography as exposed by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge—an

underwater mountain range that has burst forth under the

middle of the Atlantic Ocean, separating the world’s land

masses into its eastern and western hemispheres (this is partic-

ularly noticeable between Africa and South America). Flood

evidence from torrents of water are located along the Mid-

Atlantic Ridge and along our continental shelves. Genesis 7:11

speaks of this great bursting:

“…on that day all the springs of

the great deep burst forth.”

The world of that time (before the

Flood) was destroyed:

“By these waters also the world of that

time was deluged and destroyed”

(2 Pet. 3:6).