Is it possible that there was a “gap” of time between Gen 1:1-2 and Gen 1:3? Possibly resulting in an “old earth”, young “creation”?

asked by Eric

The Gap theory is one of at least three theories derived by well meaning Christians who have felt the need to “help God out”. They have made well meaning attempts to merge the evolutionary model with the Bible and in some way have them both be correct. In reality this is simply not possible, even Darwin himself admitted that any entry into the evolutionary process by an intelligent being would make the theory a failure, The three theories are: Theistic Evolution – that God directed the natural process of evolution to get to where we are today, Day-Age Theory – that each day in the creative act contained a vast period of time, and The Gap Theory – which supposes that between the first two versus of Genesis (Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2) all of the billions of years required to support evolution reside.

As the story goes for the Gap Theory, God created the earth with dinosaurs, cave men (referred to a “pre-Adamic race”), and that all of these things existing prior to Adam and Eve. During these billions of years satan rebels and falls resulting in God destroying the earth and starting all over again about 6 thousand years ago with Adam and Eve and the 6 day creation take 2. So the entire history of the first creation of God is contained in Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Satan falls, God destroys, and begins the new creation in Genesis 1:2 starting with the destruction of the old.

“ And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.”

It is important to remember that the chapter and verse separation we see today did not exist in the original manuscripts; they were not added until the 12th century and were not standardized upon until the 15th century. As we can tell when reading at times there seems to be no rhyme or reason to why a verse starts when it does or ends where it does, it seems at times to be in mid thought. Which is why it’s interesting to note that in Hebrew, as in English, the word “and” (waw in Hebrew) it is a continuation of the sentence prior. Chapters and verses were added to the Bible as an aid in study and reference nothing more.

Besides that this theory has some other serious flaws. Such as if it is correct, which you would then have to assume that the fossil record is also correct in the dating of its age (which it is not) then when God said in Genesis 1:31

“And God saw all that he had made and behold it was very good.”

If satan had just rebelled, causing a huge angelic war and resulting in the total destruction of all life, things would be far from “very good”. He also would have made such a statement with Adam and Eve standing upon millions of years of death, disease and destruction. This would also, (and maybe with a greater impact to our beliefs), fly in the face of the many passages of scripture where God states that there was no death before sin; obviously if this Gap Theory is true then death did exist before Adam sinned and God did not tell us the truth and what did Jesus pay the ultimate sacrifice for? The sin of Adam? Or the sin of all the cavemen before who were killing, eating, and raping, their fellow cave men.

Romans 5:12

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men,

 If we look at these unique flaws objectively I think its logical to then reject the Gap Theory as a nice try…. But not even close. As I said in my presentation, did God write His story (History) for His children in a way we could understand it or did he write some cryptic message we needed some other fallible human who is supposedly smarter than us to explain it to us. When God said “and the evening and the morning were the <fill in the blank> day” maybe he is trying to tell us a day is a 24 hour day.

Or when speaking of Jesus Colossians 1:16-18 says

 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.   17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  

 Maybe that’s what God meant.