Difficulties With The Gap Theory
Though there are many good Bible believing Christians who accept the Gap Theory, there are some serious problems with this point of view that make it difficult, if not impossible, to accept.
I will attempt to answer the perceived difficulties that some see in The Gap Theory.
1.No Mention Of Creation
To begin with, it is hard to imagine that the entire creation of the universe is passed over in only one verse and the bulk of the record deals with re-creation. According to the Gap Theory, there is no clear word from God concerning the original creation. Nothing is known as to the order of events or its history.
The Bible is for man. So the Creation account relegated to Genesis 1:1 and a few other scriptures is a red herring in The Gap Theory analysis.
2.Not The Historical View
Furthermore, the historical view of Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Protestant interpreters is that Genesis is the account of God's original creation of the universe. The Gap Theory holds that only one verse, Genesis 1:1, describes the original creation. The Gap Theory dilutes the majestic account in Genesis of God's creation.
Historical perspective is not an argument. Do we still believe the Sun revolves around the Earth?
3.Genesis Is Not A Cryptic Account
Genesis 1 is written as a straightforward account of God's creation - not some cryptic record. If God had meant to inform us of a gap between the first two verses, He could have clearly done that. There is nothing in the Genesis creation account that requires or even hints at a gap. Something has to be read into the account that is not obviously there.
There is nothing cryptic about The Gap Theory. God's inspired text confirms the Biblical account supporting The Gap Theory.
4.No Earlier Creation Taught Anywhere
There is no verse of Scripture that teaches there was an earlier creation. If there were a creation before Genesis 1:2, there should be at least one verse that explicitly says that. But there is none.
This is a false statement intended to support a Young Earth Creation.
5.Contrary To Scripture
Not only are there no explicit verses about a previous creation, the Scripture argues against this idea.
Genesis 2:3,4 which sums up the previous chapter of God's work says: One of the works of the Spirit is that of renewal; of making new again. This is His work. God sends forth his spirit and “renewest the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30). This is His work with fallen man (Titus 3:5). This was very likely His work with the destroyed earth in Genesis 1:2. But consider, only that which already exists can be renewed.
Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens (Genesis 2:3,4).
This is creation, not re-creation. Thus, the context itself speaks of creation rather than re-creation.
Throughout the six-day creation story, each day begins with “And God said” (Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 14, 20, 24) and each day ends with “And the evening and the morning were the [number] day” (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31). According to this formula, the first day of creation began in Genesis 1:3 making the events of the first two verses previous to the six-day creation.
Also mentioned in Genesis 2:3,4 is the creation of the heavens. What was completed in the six days was not just the work of God upon the earth but also heaven. They were created during the six days, not long before it.
The heavens are built in stories (Amos 9:6). Compare the heavens to the three stories on Noah’s ark (Genesis 6:16).
The first heaven is the atmosphere or the atmospheric heaven. It is called the “open firmament of heaven” (Genesis 1:20
) because it is the one we access and it is open to the heaven above it. It was created on the second day of the six days of creation (Genesis 1:6-8 ).
The second heaven is the starry heaven or out space. It is called “the firmament of the heaven” (Genesis 1:14-19 ) and was created on the second day (Genesis 1:6-8 ).
The third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:4) is simply heaven or God’s heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16). It is sometimes called the “heaven of heavens” (Nehemiah 9:6); (Psalm 148:4) or “paradise” after the resurrection and ascension of Christ (2 Corinthians 12:4). It was created in Genesis 1:1 in the beginning. That is why Genesis 1:1 refers to “heaven” while Genesis 2:1
refers to the “heavens.” Only one heaven had been created in the very beginning. There had been no separation between heavens as there it today. The heaven of Genesis 1:1 must refer to God’s heaven—one that was not created during the six days of creation but had an earlier existence.
In addition, Exodus 20:11 says:
For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them.
This passage does not say that God created the heavens and the earth before the first day as the Gap Theory teaches but rather in six days. All that is in heaven was created in six days. Everything.
This is a false statement intended to support a Young Earth Creation. This is old ground dealt with on previous threads. The words here mean reformed from existing, not create from out of nothing.
6.No Direct Statement Of Judgment
There is no direct statement anywhere is Scripture that a divine judgment occurred between the first two verses in Genesis. While Scripture, at various times, does speak of God's judgment on the angels and the earth, there are no passages that speaks of it being before the creation narrative in Genesis 1:1-31. Those who hold the Gap Theory must read this into the passage.
7.No Death Before Sin
The Gap Theory says that millions of animals lived and died not only before Adam, but also before the fall of Satan. But how could there be death in a sinless world? The Bible says that death was a result of sin:
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men (Romans 5:12).
Speaks of the descendants of Adam.
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:21).
The Bible also says that the groaning and travailing in pain of the animal kingdom (Romans 8:20-22) is a result from the Edenic curse after Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden.
Speaks of the descendants of Adam.
8.God Made The World Very Good
At the end of creation we are told, 'God saw everything that He had made, and behold it was very good.' In this verse we have two superlatives: 'everything' and 'very good.' This could hardly be said if a part of the world had already been destroyed and if the angels had fallen into sin. The Gap Theory builds our present world on the ruins of a former one. How could it be very good?
Because God remade (reformed) it.
In addition, the angels, as well as the rest of creation, were seemingly still in a state of perfection at the end of the sixth day. Everything was perfect everywhere.
Not so. The angels (1/3) had already fallen.
The rest of this text is answered on: Gap Theory Answers