In the early 1800s, some unbelievers (and a few Christians) began to teach that the earth was “millions of years old.” This old earth teaching laid the groundwork for the evolution theory, which became popular a few years later. In an effort to blend both belief in the Bible and “millions of years,” some well meaning, but misguided theologians invented the gap theory which allowed “millions of years” to be placed between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
Questions for gap theorists to answer
- Was Satan already the “god of this world” (II Cor. 4:5) when God gave Adam dominion (Gen. 1:26-28) over the earth?
- Thousands of species of living animals are also found as fossils. If fossils represent animals destroyed in “Lucifer’s flood,” did God recreate these exactly as before?
- When God said everything was “very good,” was Satan evil, and were Adam and Eve standing on thousands of dead plants and animals?
- Wouldn’t Noah’s worldwide flood have erased all evidence of the “billions of years” taught in the gap theory?
- What did God mean in Exodus 20:11 and 31:17?
- If Satan was created on a “day” and the first day, according to the gap theory, only included Genesis 1:3-1:5, how could Satan have existed between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 prior to the first day?
- Does everyone who reads the Bible need some “guru” to tell them what the Bible says?
- Why can the words “let” (Romans 1:13) and “gay” (James 2:3) change meanings in 400 years, but the word “replenish” cannot?
- Why do we need a gap? What took place during this time? Isn’t this just trying to compromise the Bible with the current teaching that the earth is old?
- Why does Revelation 21:1 state that the earth we live on now is the “first” earth if it really is not?
- Was Adam “the first man” as I Corinthians 15:45 says?
- It has never been proven that the earth is billions of years old.