* See RSR's List of Gap Theory Consequnces: Below. Bob Enyart and Fred Williams, discussing the idea that the Bible indicates that a long period of time passed between the first two verses of Genesis, quickly list the consequences of what's called the Gap Theory. (They very briefly do the same for the competing Day-Age Theory.) What isn't always presented upfront is that as supporters try to maintain old-earth creation views, they then must rearrange the order of those days (since their theory requires the existence of the Sun before Day 4; etc.). Gap theorists also tend to reject that there were no thorns before Adam's sin, Noah's global flood, etc. The Day-Age theorists also tend to reject even that the languages originated at Babel, the Exodus, Jericho's supernatural fall, Joshua's conquest of Canaan, etc. So it turns out that making a small adjustment in Genesis 1 leads to extensive rejection of many plain historical passages of scripture and of many corroborating archaeological and scientific discoveries.
* The Day-Age Theory Consequences: The initial presentation of Day-Age might seem reasonable, that the word "day" can mean a long age and so Genesis accommodates an old earth. What isn't always presented upfront however is that as supporters try to maintain the Day-Age theory, they not only lengthen the days but then also:
- must rearrange the order of those days (since their theory requires the existence of the Sun before the Earth; of birds after land animals, etc.)
- reject that there were no thorns before Adam (as Genesis states)
- reject that all was "very good" until sometime after Day Six
- reject that there was no death before Adam's fall (as the Bible states)
- reject the great ages that the antideluvians (like Methuselah) lived to
- reject the global flood (and all the evidence for it)
- reject that the languages originated at Babel
- reject the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
- reject the Exodus (and all the evidence for it)
- reject Jericho's fall (and all the evidence for it)
- reject Joshua's conquest of Canaan
- reject Jesus' statement that God made man at the beginning of creation
So it turns out that making a small adjustment in Genesis 1 and overlooking that "the evening and the morning" were the first day, the second day, etc., leads to extensive rejection of other plain historical passages of scripture. What then, arises, with the adoption of the Gap Theory? Bob and Fred investigate (see below).