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Four options are identified for what the actual history of the universe and Earth has been:
1. The universe and Earth are actually old in agreement with commonly accepted scientific thinking, and as measured through radiometric dating techniques and astronomical observation.
2. The universe and Earth are actually young in agreement with a straightforward and literal reading of Genesis, but God created the universe and Earth in a state of functional maturity, resulting in a consistent, apparent age now measured as in option 1. He did this to immediately fulfill His purpose in forming the Earth as a home for man. This is a widely accepted view among many creationists and Bible-believers.
3. The universe and Earth are actually young, and there are fundamental (but not yet entirely understood) reasons why current age estimates that appear to give an old age are wrong. Some creationists take this view. They point to known inconsistencies in radiometric dating results, for example, and offer other explanations for the distant starlight and other astronomical issues.
4. The Earth is young in agreement with Genesis, but the universe is old, in agreement with modern astronomical observation. This recent cosmological theory by D. Russell Humphreys, Ph.D., postulates that the universe and Earth emerged from a "white hole", and that consistent with Einstein's general relativity theory, six 24-hour days could tick off on an Earth-bound clock while billions of years passed in the universe outside the white hole event horizon.