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Discovery Magazine 3/1/2011

There is No GAP in Creation

Evolution never happened. Animals did not evolve from bacteria, and humans did not evolve from lower mammals. The book of Genesis explains to us exactly how humans, animals, and the entire Universe were created. In six, 24-hour days God created everything. Some people, however, want to believe in both creation and evolution. They want to say that God created the Universe, but He used evolution, and it took billions of years. Since they know that the days of Creation could not be millions or billions of years long, then they must fit the time somewhere else. So where do they fit billions of years in the Bible?

Supposedly, according to these people, there is a huge gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. This idea is called the Gap Theory. According to this theory, God made the Universe out of nothing in Genesis 1:1, but Satan rebelled against God and was thrown down to Earth. This theory says that Satan started a huge war and destroyed the Earth—causing the deaths of dinosaurs and other fossilized creatures. Supposedly, God then remade the Earth beginning in Genesis 1:2 after millions of years of destruction.

The problem with this theory is that it is wrong. The Bible never says anything about a huge war caused by Satan that destroyed the “first” Earth. Furthermore, if you read Genesis 1:1-2, there is no reason to see any “gap” in the text. The only reason people would insert such as gap is if they first believed in evolution and were trying to force such an idea into the Bible.

The main argument that people who believe in the Gap Theory use is about the definitions of the words “created” and “made.” They claim that the word “create” means, “to make out of nothing,” but the word “made” means, “to reshape or recycle out of something already made.” This simply is not true in regard to God’s creation. In Genesis 1:26-27, God said: “Let Us make man in our image, according to Our likeness…. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Notice that the words “make” and “created” were both used to describe the forming of Adam and Eve. The word “created” can’t mean, “to make out of nothing,” because Adam was formed from the dust of the ground.

There is no gap of millions of years of time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. God created and made everything in the entire Universe in six, 24-hour days just like Genesis says. Evolution is not scientifically accurate, and there is no room for it in the Bible.

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