young earth or old earth?
young earth or old earth: do answers exist?
young earth or old earth: answers do exist
young earth or old earth revealed
young earth or old earth revealed, part two
young earth or old earth: the testimony of theology
young earth or old earth: the testimony of theology, part two
young earth or old earth: theistic evolution
young earth or old earth: the gap theory
Besides the problem with light not being created billions of years ago, as it needs to be for the gap theory to be credible, but 6000 years ago as Scriptures record it, there is another theological problem with the gap theory.
There are fossils buried in those rock layers which, according to the gap theorists, are millions of years old. This would mean that animal life must have existed, just as light must have, much longer than 6000 years ago. But animal life was not created until days five and six. If the rocks are old, then the fossils which are buried in those rocks must also be old.
To get around this problem, gap theorists claim that there was animal life before verse two, in a pre-Adamic world where Satan rebelled, and fell, and evil had to be judged, etc. But we have the same problem here as we did with theistic evolution: was there death before Adam’s sin? Gap theorists must have death before Adam’s sin, just as theistic evolutionists do, to explain the fossils (which are dead) found in the rocks which are supposedly millions of years old. Thus the gap theory does just as much violence to the gospel that theistic evolution does.
Not only that, but Scriptures elsewhere in the Bible refute the notion of a gap between verses one and two:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exo 20:11
But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Mar 10:6
The first is a quote from Moses, the second from Jesus. They both agree that everything written in Genesis from verse one happened at the beginning of the creation, in six days. They do not allow for a gap of time.
There are other theological problems with the gap theory, but I trust the point has been made.
Do you have more questions about the theology of the gap theory?
Continued in young earth or old earth: day age theory