What gap mean
Reasons why The Gap Theory, the Day Age theory, Progressive Creation, and Theistic Evolution are unbiblical
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"The Gap Theory"
This theory tries to reconcile the long geologic eras of Evolutionary thought into the days of Genesis. Those who support this theory say that there was a "gap" of millions of years between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
They claim that this is where Lucifer fell from heaven, and God judged Lucifer and the dinosaurs living on the earth destroying them both. Then allegedly God took 6 days to fix the world back.
However, not only is there NO Scriptural evidence to support this theory, it is contrary to the fossil record. It omits the humans, insects, mammals, and fish that are also found fossilized with the dinosaurs.
"Without form and void"
"Please explain what happened in the 2nd verse of Genesis 1:2. Why is the earth "without form and void?"
The short answer is: Nothing happened.
Some people take this verse to mean that when God says that the earth was "without form, and void" he was talking about some type of judgment on a previous race of creatures. They believe that this judgment left the earth in this wrecked condition.
The problem is, there is no scriptural basis for this argument.
Had this been what God intended the verse to say, it would be far more clear. And there would be dozens of other references to it in scripture.
"was" and "haythah"
The word "was" is translated from the Hebrew word "haythah"
Some claim that "haythah" means "became", as in the "earth became without form and void", but this is not correct. In order for "haythah" to be translated as "became" it must be preceded by a preposition meaning "to". ("The first 100 Words" by Charles Taylor)
The Hebrew construction of verse two is disjunctive and is describing the result of the creation described in verse one. It is not describing the result of any judgment. (The Complete Word Study Old Testament, KJV, AMG International INC, 1994, pg 3) The origin of the Gap theory
Question: "What was the origin of the Gap theory? Who was the first one to start teaching this theory?" - Dominic
Answer: On page 158 of his book "Creation Compromises" (ISBN 0-932859-17-8) Bert Thompson, Ph. D. says: "Modern popularity of the Gap Theory generally is attributed to the writing s of Thomas Chalmers, a nineteenth century Scottish theologian."
It is not clear from his Thompson’s text, but it appears as if it might go back as far as the writings of Episcopius (1583-1643). See pg 158 of "Creation Compromises"
Is God a slob?
The "Gap theory" is also called "Reconstructive Creation".
In my mind the "Gap Theory" would tend to make God appear as a bit of a slob, unable to clean up his mess after destroying a previous world.
Why would God leave us a dirty (death and fossil filled) world to live in? You would not knock down a building leaving the debris there, and build another building on top of the trash. But this is exactly what those who believe in the gap theory claim God did.
At the end of the Creation week God said that his Creation was "very good". Now why in the world would God call it "very good" if there were millions of fossils of dead animals laying around?
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No. Many fossils formed as a result of Noah’s flood (read the page on Noah’s ark for more info ).
The Bible speaks of the bones and bodies of the dead as being "unclean". (Numbers 5:2 "defiled by the dead" / Leviticus 21:11 / Leviticus 22:4 "whoso toucheth any thing that is unclean by the dead" and about 30 other places in the Bible say that bones are unclean).
If we are made unclean by touching or going near the bodies of the deceased, then how can God call the world "perfect" in Genesis chapter 1 if the very world he had made was corrupted by dead dinosaurs, mammals and humans? The answer is, it wasn't. Nothing died before Adam sinned (Genesis chapter 3).
If there were tons of bones lying around then this would not coincide with a perfect creation. It is clear from scripture that these animals died sometime later.
If you believe the gap theory then you believe in a God that calls death "good".
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Evolution is one of the bloodiest, and wasteful ways to bring new creatures about. God would never have created the earth
by this means.
Is God able to say what he means?
Since the most obvious literal interpretation of Genesis would suggest that there never was an earth before we got here. then the for the Gap theory to be true, then you would have to believe that God is unable to say what he means. Since God tells us plainly that all land animals were made on day 6, along with man, then it is obvious that dinosaurs lived with man, not millions of years before.
If there was a previous world before ours then surely God would make many references to its judgment in scripture. Yet none are found. If there was a world here before ours, then Jesus would have told us about it. It would be foolish not to, we would find out anyway in our excavations. God knows better than to let us try to reconstruct the past based on what we find (fossils etc). Because natural man does not come up with supernatural (Bible based) ideas of earths history on his own. We would come up with our own story of what we thought happened, and this may lead us away from God. So God did tell us what happened. He told us there was a flood in the days of Noah, and we can see that the fossils we find are a result of that flood.
Was Lucifer judged before the earth was created?
Those who believe in the gap theory say that Lucifer was judged prior to the creation of the earth. But this is also not true.
If Lucifer/ Satan were running around causing havoc before man was created, then surely God would not say at the end of each day that He looked upon all He saw, and behold, it was "very good".
Satan became jealous of God, and the position of authority over the earth that God had given Adam. We are not told how many years after man was created, that Lucifer sinned. We do know that it was after the 6th day when the Garden of Eden was Created, for in Ezekiel 28:13 we are told that Lucifer was "in the garden of Eden" and he was perfect in the day that he was Created.
Lucifer still had not sinned after this, for on the seventh day God once again says that His Creation was "very good".
We cannot put a year on Lucifer’s rebellion against God. We can only make an educated guess. Lucifer sinned after the 7th day, but before Adam and Eve were able to conceive a child. Their 3'rd child of Adam and Eve that is mentioned by name is Set. Adam and Eve likely had other children both before and after Seth was born.
Seth was born when Adam was 130. We are not told their age when Cain and Abel were born. But the fall of Lucifer and the fall of man were in-between this time (after the Creation was complete, but before Eve had children).
Why did God say to "replenish" the earth?
"In Genesis 1:28 it says, "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. "
The word is used again in Gen. 1:9 and Jer. 31:35. To use this word is to suggest that something or someone cannot be replenished or replaced if it had never before existed.
This has always been a curious word in scripture for me. I believe that the Bible is admitting to the fact that there was other human type life before Adam and Eve. The difference being that the others were not made or created in the likeness and/or the image of God the creator."
from John P. 11/03/01
Many who support the Gap Theory say that in Genesis 1:28, God told Adam to "replenish" the earth. They claim that this meant that Adam was to refill the world that had become empty and void of life due to some form of judgment from God.
But this argument is in error. For the Hebrew word "male" which was translated "replenish" in 1611 does not mean "to fill again". In 1611 the word replenish simply meant "to fill" (as in the First time). Many of the words we use today once had other meanings.
There is an entirely different word in the Hebrew which means "to fill again". This word is "Shana".
If God meant for Adam to refill the earth then God would have used this word ("Shana" not "male").
The Bible clearly teaches that there was no death of man or animals before sin. The Gap Theory ignores these theological boundaries imposed by scripture itself.
Check out my alleged ape man index for evidence against the idea that there were ever any sort of sub-human creatures on the earth. Click here to open link in this window or Click here to open link in a new browser windowSource: www.angelfire.com