|Does the Gap Theory agree with the Bible?|
How well does the Gap Theory square with the Bible as a whole?
If we compare Scripture with Scripture (1 Corinthians 2:13), we find several passages that make the Gap Theory untenable. First, Exodus 20:11 puts the creation of everything that God made inside of six literal days: "In six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the seas and everything that moveth therein and rested the seventh day." This allows no gap, and requires a recent creation. Exodus 31:17 says the same thing and Nehemiah 9:6 links the creation of the heavens and earth (Genesis 1:1) with the days that follow in Genesis 1. Further, Romans 5:12
states that "By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin," and 1 Corinthians 15:21 also affirms that "By man came death." And Romans 8:20-22 reveals that the groaning of creation results from Adam's sin. If suffering and death came by Adam, then suffering and death did not predate Adam. Yet death is a necessary prerequisite for becoming a fossil. If fossils are assigned to the gap period, then death must have prevailed on the earth before sin entered into the world. How then could God pronounce everything that He had made "very good" (Genesis 1:31)? In what sense are vast graveyards full of dead things "very good"? God's assessment of the creation at the end of the sixth day must mean that Satan had not yet fallen, that no death had occurred, and that the earth was just as He intended it to be.
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