Will the earth perish or not?
Psalm 102:26—”Here it says the earth will perish, but in Psalm 78:69 it says the opposite.”
The accusation is, that Psalm 102:26 and Hebrews 1:11 say that the heavens and the earth “will perish,” while the opposite is said in Ecclesiastes 1:4 (.”.the earth remains forever.”) and Psalm 78:69 (.”.the earth that he established forever”). How can something perish and remain forever? Clearly contradictory and unscientific!
First, the Hebrew word translated ‘forever’ ( ‛ôlâm , עולם) often means simply a long or indefinite period such as in Exodus 21:6, where it cannot be understood to mean eternity. The term ‛ôlâm wa-‛ad (עלם ועד) indicates eternal, unending duration.
One might as well ask the same question about mankind—will man perish or remain forever? Materialists would say, ‘both cannot be true, ridiculous!’, yet it is the clear teaching of the Qur’ān and the Bible that mankind will perish and yet remain forever. The Qur’ān teaches bodily resurrection and immortality in heaven—so man will both perish and yet remain forever.
The Bible’s view of the earth is the same—the earth in its present form with all its pollution and sin will be destroyed and be remade into a flawless earth which will remain forever. Jesus spoke of the coming “renewal of all things” (Matthew 19:28) when there will be a “new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away” (Rev 21:1). According to the Bible, the afterlife is not a garden in the heavens but a healed and purified earth recreated by God.