Question #12: Describe what has been labeled, ‘the gap theory” with regard to Genesis 1:1-2. Is it biblically defensible? Why or why not?
Answer: “Some Christians believe a time gap exists between these verses, with verse 1 referring to God’s initial creative act and verse 2 describing a world plunged into chaos and darkness, possibly through the expulsion of Satan from heaven. Only later in the chapter does God choose to create human beings (v. 27). According to this gap theory, millions of years could have passed between verses 1 and 2.”
This is not biblically defensible because of the fact that death came by sin, “and so death passed upon all men” (Rom 5:12). Sin did not come until Adam fell. So that death did not come until after that. It would be a grave mistake to put death between Gen 1:1 and 2! How many deaths in a million years? Let alone millions of years! This is the great fallacy of anachronism.
[Reference: Ted Cabal, Chad Owen Brand, E. Ray Clendenen et al., The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2007), 3.]
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