"We should all be scripturally honest enough to say that we don't know either way."
I don't think anyone is trying to be dishonest..... and between what: "Day-Age Theory" or "Gap Theory" ??
"Day-Age": (Exodus 20:11) "For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."
Pretty clear cut to me.
"Gap Theory": Found this interesting....A Graduate Student writing his Master's Thesis concerning 'Christianity and Evolution' decided to ask the 20 leading Hebrew Scholars in the USA if there were any exegetical evidence to allow a Gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2....they all unanimously replied--------NO!
Henkel, M. (1950), “Fundamental Christianity and Evolution,” Modern Science and the Christian Faith, ed. F. Alton Everest Wheaton, IL: Van Kampen Press, p.49
"We should also recognise that thinking the Universe is old doesn't mean you have to believe in evolution or things like that."
"That seems to be the Young Earth theorists biggest issue thinking old earth is pushing an evolutionary agenda."
Well evolutionists do push it because they must...but it's dead either way.
"Young earthers argue 'yom' ONLY means ONE day."
That's because when it is modified by a numeral or ordinal in a historical narrative (As In the Genesis Account) it always means a literal 24 hour day...... 359 times in the OT outside of Genesis 1. When it's modified by "evening and/or morning" it also means a literal 24 hour day....38 times outside Genesis 1. So the basis for our thinking is supported by comparing Scripture with Scripture.
"But it's been shown that all the rules and regulations put on the word were put there by young earth theorists."
"We don't know much at all pre-Eden, or how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden"
Pre-Eden??....formless and void? How long?..... Genesis 5:3 states that Adam lived for 130 years.
"Let me tell you it is hard to say the Earth is 6,000 years old when you're standing in the shadow of a mountain cut in half. When you can look up and count 10,000+ years of layers it makes you wonder."
That's Your FEELING. And how about that feeling when your looking up through those "layers" @ Polystrate Fossils (Trees) penetrating each layer?
"We also put words in God's mouth saying 'he says' the Earth is 6,000 years old."
It's an inference made using simple math derived the Genealogy Lists provided.
"Maybe God created Earth and the Universe with apparent age, maybe the speed of light was instant back then, maybe this or maybe that. We won't know until we are in the arms of our loving savior."
That's when you have to rightly divide the WORD of GOD. For some issues the Bible is not clear for others it's CRYSTAL... then treat each accordingly
"The worst thing of all is people start to turn this into a salvational issue or condescend that you don't know your Bible. You can believe in an old Earth and be saved and to say otherwise is absurd".
"Like I said -I do not know- but I can also say -you do not know-."
Are you saying because you don't know something then it's unknowable by someone else?
"None of us know and don't let it rip apart the unity of the Body of Christ."
Well I surely won't attempt to do that. However, it is as Plain as "Day" to me and.......(2 Timothy 3:16) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
I put my thoughts out there and support them. Sometimes I get corrected (which I Love by the way ) because that helps me learn more about the LORD.