When discussing religion with my non-Christian friends, the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution are invariably at the forefront of our discussions. Christians should be aware of the common interpretations of the Genesis creation story:
(a) The Young Earth Theory suggests that the days in the creation narrative should be interpreted as literal, twenty-four hour days. Jewish tradition dates the Creation at 3761 BC while seventeen century Archbishop James Ussher dated the creation of the world at 4004 BC.
(b) The Appearance of Age Theory suggests that God created the earth with the appearance of great age. God’s creation included fossils preserved in rock formations in the earth’s crust.
(c) The Day-Age Theory suggests that each day in the creation story represents a geological age of indefinite duration, perhaps hundreds of millions of years.
(d) The Gap Theory suggests that there was a considerable gap of time between the first two verses in the Book of Genesis. Genesis 1:2 should read, “And the earth became formless and void…” That gap, of perhaps billions of years, was a period when dinosaurs and a race of beings called demons roamed the earth.
It should be understood that none of these theories has been proven beyond doubt and that belief in any of these theories is not essential for salvation.