Sunday, March 11, 2012

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Because of the Scofield Reference Bible and people like Clarence Larkin, Donald Barnhouse, Peter Ruckman and J. Vernon McGee the Gap Theory view of creation is held by several in Baptist circles. We are called to be followers of God and his Bible and not followers of men. So let us look at the Bible to see if the Gap Theory has solid Biblical support or if it is just another case of compromise by fallible men.

The Gap Theory is the belief that there is a long gap (millions if not billion of years) between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. They believe that during this time Satan fell from Heaven and went on to rule the Earth which was inhabited by a bunch of soulless men. Then at the end there was a Lucifer's flood which they claim is mentioned in 2 Peter 3:5-6 and explains the fossils we have today.

There are many problems with the Gap Theory. First off it doesn't match the creation account given in Genesis 1. Exodus 20:11 makes this clear.
Exodus 20:11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
There is no room for any kind of gap. In six days God made everything. He didn't just repopulate the planet.

Another problem with the Gap Theory is that it puts death and suffering before the fall of Adam. The Bible is clear that death and suffering came about because of Adam's sin (Romans 5:12, Romans 8:22 and 1 Corinthians 15:22). The Bible also tells us Adam was the first man (1 Corinthians 15:45). You can't have a soulless race of men who end up getting wiped out by some supposed flood. 2 Peter 3:5-6 is talking about Noah's flood (Genesis 7:23 and Genesis 9:15). The ironic thing is that people hold to the Gap Theory because they think secular science has proven the Earth to be million if not billions of years old. At the same time they claim there was a world wide Lucifer's flood even though secular scientists claim there never was never a global flood on Earth.

Lastly I would like talk about Genesis 1:28. In that verse it talks about how God replenished the Earth. We need to keep in mind what the words meant when they were printed in 1611. If you look at the 1828 Webster's Dictionary you will see that replenish means:
1. To fill; to stock with numbers or abundance. The magazines are replenished with corn. The springs are replenished with water.
Which is different than today's commonly used definition in Webster:
a : to fill or build up again
To make this a little more apparent the word let in our King James Bible meant the opposite of what we would think of today. Back then it meant to hinder. Even by 1828 Webster mentions that definition is nearly obsolete. Also, imagine reading James 2:3 and replace gay with the definition commonly used today.

There is no reason to believe in the Gap Theory. A literal young Earth view is both Biblical and scientific. There are many evidences for a young Earth if we approach the evidences with a mind not tanted by common secular opinion.

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