The Earth is neither billions, nor millions of years old, but just a few thousand years old.
There are many Christian educators and pastors that would try to convince many believers that there is a vast amount of time between Genesis 1:1-2, (i.e., C.I. Scofield). The so-called, Gap Theory is where they placed the idea the evolution of man and the millions of years in the past where the great dinosaur lived and died. These same individuals claim that is where Satan had fallen from the grace of God and was cast down to Earth and destroyed it rendering it, void end empty.
It is at this supposed point where God recreated the Earth Genesis 1:2, and thus making God a liar for when He looked at ALL His creative work and in Genesis 1:31, pronounced it “very good,” it could not have been this way if the world fell into chaos.
In Genesis 1:31, it says,
31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (KJV)
The Gap Theory as some says is not there if it were God would not have said His creation is ‘very good.’
The ‘AND’ Between Verses 1-2 is Removed
Before going on, let’s keep in mind that the chapter and verse separation are a human-made concept for an easy way to remember Scripture and its location. It was Robert Estienne, known as Robertus Stephanus in Latin, and also referred to as Robert Stephens by 18th and 19th-century English writers was a 16th-century printer and classical scholar in Paris, who number the chapter and verse separation. It was in 1551 in the New Testament and 1571 for the Hebrew Bible. Thus, for over 1500 years, the Scripture was read with no break as we see today. (Wikipedia)
There are several translations of Holy Scripture from the original into the English language that are outstanding. However, many translations abandon this seemingly simple word ‘and’ leaving it out of the picture, while using the following word ‘the’ as the starting point.
The Hebrew word וְ (the conjunction, ‘and’), starts the second verse, but it is removed from many English translations for the sake of the English language flow. One could almost say this removal of this word וְ (the conjunction, ‘and’), has opened the door to all sorts of interpretation of the meaning of verse two. This little word וְ, the meaning “then, and, or, together with, that is” shows a connection to the previous statement, not a whole new thought. When verse two starts out with ‘the’ it, could lead the reader down the wrong road as it has with many if they do not have even a basic knowledge of the original language.
Pastors and Teachers should use the Greek or Hebrew in preparation for the Sunday service or Sunday school. Doing this will give deeper meaning to the words used in Scripture. However, many Sunday School Teachers will just read from the little book provided to them instead of truly studying.
The Test of Man
Postulating a theory that many may have overlooked. When God placed Adam in the garden after his creation, God said everything was his to eat, except the tree of the “knowledge of good and evil.”
In Genesis 2:16-18, it says,
16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” 18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
Adam passed on this knowledge of both the good and the evil tree to Eve because of her statement in scripture by her as she was conversing with the serpent.
In Genesis 3:3, it says,
3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.”
She knew not to eat this fruit yet out of pride and the lust for knowledge she did, and where did she get the idea that to just touch it would bring death. Now all this said, it could be an easy step to see this tree the “knowledge of good and evil” as a test of loyalty to their obedience to God their creator. Adam and Eve failed this simple loyalty test of obedience God gave them.
The Test of the Angelic Beings
It only stands to reason that if God tested man and his obedience that all of the Angelic hosts should come under a loyalty test of obedience as well. Satan did not fall between Genesis 1:1-2, and the Earth resulting in destruction. It is the author’s contention that Satan fell after Genesis 1:31 because God said everything He created was “very good.”
Since Adam and Eve had a test of their loyalty with the tree of the “knowledge of good and evil,” would it be ridiculous to assume that Satan also would have a test to determine his loyalty to God the creator and knowing that God took special care in the creation of man.
It is the author’s belief that Satan’s test was Adam and Eve and his reaction to the special creative act that God did, and he failed and wanted to drag humanity down with him.
One could easily state that depending on the Chapter and Verse brakes to interpret Scripture can be misleading. The implication of dropping this small but powerful word “and” can and in many cases cause much trouble.
It cannot be stressed too much to study the word of God using the Greek and Hebrew language, even if one only has a cursory knowledge.
In Ezra 7:10, it says,
10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.
In 2 Timothy 2:15, it says,
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
To compromise the Scripture for a smooth flow is to damage the true meaning. One must study the original language to explain to those that lack the understanding of God’s word.
In James 3:1, it says,
1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.
Sola Scriptura– By Scripture alone
Sola Fide– By Faith alone
Sola Gratia– By Grace alone
Solus Christus– By Christ alone
Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God alone
Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2017
All quotes are from the: New American Standard Bible, ©1995.