As formless and void (tofu/bofu) in the Hebrew indicates that the earth already existed but under a roiling chaotic condition after some Divine Judgment in a bygone era.
Where do you see "Divine Judgement" and "bygone era" in tofu/bofu? A considerable amount of eisegesis?
Why do you reject the gospel where death came to the Creation via Adam's sin?
The Gap Theory has more and bigger gaps in it than Plain Ol' Atheistic Evolution
To: Reuben Hick
Gap Theory is in the reference section of the old Chain-Link-Reference. Some people still haven't discovered that the footnotes aren't in the original.
posted on 12/03/2004 10:04:09 AM PST
To: Reuben Hick
I don't have a copy of Pimber's "Earth's Earliest Ages" anymore so I cannot quote verbatim. But he was an extraordinary Hebrew and Biblical Scholar of the 19th century. His study of the Hebrew in the first chapters of Genisis is unequaled from an age of real scholarship.
I do not reject the truth of original sin through Adam. It did destroy THIS creation, of which you and I are a part. But how would you know if God has not tried to bring about a creation on this planet more than once? And if the earth was reeling under Divine Judgment, we know Divine Judgment only comes for one thing...Sin!
You have no way of knowing, except by Revelation, if God has tried to bring about something on this earth before Adam, and Satan perverted those creations. The fossil record certainly shows there have been major huge extinctions in the past.
The most famous is the Dinosaur extinction about 70 million years ago, probably by a comet, or asteroid near the Yucatan Peninsula. And the great cataclysmic event that actually froze Mastadons while in a running pose in Siberia. Even as late as 1890's natives were digging ivory out of cliffs along a northern Siberian river and selling them on the open market. As if millions of animals had been picked up by a great wave and crashed into these cliffs.
That was probably the event on the earth that preceded the creation of Adam. And of course there was the flood of Noah, in a near extinction event for mankind. Once again because of sin. Don't be so closed-minded, that is the job of evolutionists. :-)
posted on 12/03/2004 10:51:32 AM PST
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