In The Beginning… About the Gap Theory
Posted On July 6, 2018
(Gen 1:1 KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(Gen 1:2 KJV) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
I have no problem believing that God created the heavens and the earth. Where I get tripped up; where I start letting intellect get in the way is when I look at science and listen to what the educated people say. And I’m not talking about the atheists who deny God had anything to do with creation. Many Christian educators propose what is called the “gap theory.” And, honestly, I like it. I’m beginning to see that it can’t be right, but I like it. It’s neat and explains how the universe can be as old as it seems to be while not discounting God as creator.
But there’s a problem. In fact, I think there’s a major problem with the gap theory. Let’s look at some scripture. “Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone has sinned.” (Rom. 5:12 GNB)
The gap theory allows for the passage of millions, even billions, of years between God creating the universe and His six days of “creation” where He created light, divided the light from the dark, etc. During this time there was all kinds of activity resulting in fossils of all the “prehistoric” animals. It also means that these animals died! The possibility also exists, according to the gap theory, of pre-adamic man, a sort of proto-man. It also means that these men died! However, the Apostle Paul very plainly stated in the book of Romans that death entered into being through Adam’s sin. So how did animals and possibly men, die before Adam was created? This is not the only knock against the gap theory, but it’s certainly a showstopper.
Those who follow the gap theory today cite its inclusion in the Scofield Reference Bible. This gives credence to the theory since of course if Scofield said it then it must be right. Well, not necessarily. Scofield did a lot of research into a lot of theological ideas, but maybe here he should have looked a little closer. The theory only made it’s appearance in 1814 when Thomas Chalmers, a Scotsman founded the Free Church of Scotland. He wanted to reconcile the Bible with the growing body of science that seemed to show the universe was a lot older than 7000 years. I think he meant well, but he totally forgot my next point.
Another Scripture that we cannot forget might not actually seem to fit here, but it most certainly does. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6 KJV)
When I watch the science shows on TV and they talk about the time it takes for this to happen and then they say that this proves that the universe is billions of years old, I cringe. I know, because the Bible tells me, that God created the heavens and the earth and then I can follow the linage from Adam to Noah. After the flood, I can trace Jesus lineage back to Noah, and even Adam, all through the Biblical record. This tells me how old the earth is! What I need to do is believe the Bible. I need to believe God’s Word. And so do you.
Is this important? How does my view of creation effect my faith in Jesus? The answer is actually another question. Do I believe the Bible? If I do, then I believe that Bible’s account of creation. If I don’t believe the Bible’s account of creation, then what other part of the Bible do I reject? How about the resurrection or Jesus? That’s actually pretty incredible, after all. You see where I’m going with this? If you are going to question or reject one part then you are questioning all of it. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.