Interpretations
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The Gap Theory
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. -- Genesis 1:1

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. -- Genesis 1:2

Some Christians believe there was a long gap (perhaps as long as 4.6 billion years) between the first two verses of Genesis. During this time there was a war in heaven, demons were cast down to earth, and nature was corrupted through demonic activity.

This interpretation addresses two problems caused by modern science: the age of the earth and the nature of nature. A straightforward reading of Genesis indicates that the earth is only about 6000 years old, not the 4.6 billion that science has found it to be. And disease, suffering, death, predators, and parasites are found throughout the living world, yet all were supposedly created by a kind and loving God. The gap theory allows Mother Nature to be both old and nasty, without casting blame on God or the Bible.

Needless to say, the gap theory is controversial among Bible-believers. Here are some links to believers on both sides.

Pro Gap
Gap Theory Interpretation of Genesis
To Gap or Not to Gap?

Anti Gap
AiG: From the beginning of the creation
ChristianAnswers.net: What is the "Gap Theory?"
The gap theory has big problems!
AllAboutCreation.org: Gap Theory - No Support
The Gap Theory
Apologetics Press: Popular Compromises of Creation—The Gap Theory
GotQuestions.org: What is the Gap Theory?
Carm.org: What is the gap theory?
ChristianCourier.com: Genesis 1:1-2 - The Gap Theory

Wikipedia
Gap Creationism