The Young Earth Theory (“Y.E.T.”) is a notion pushed by certain creationists claiming that the earth is only 6,000 years old.
These theorists claim that their “Young Earth Theory” is based upon a literal belief in the Bible, but this is simply not true.
Skip theory says that ‘creation’ begins here.
Young Earth Theorists don’t start reading the Bible at verse number one. They all skip verse #1 and go immediately to verse #2. This is why the “Young Earth Theory” could also be called “the Skip Theory” – the idea that you can just skip verse #1 in the Bible as an irrelevant preface.
So they skip verse number 1 – and go directly to Genesis 1:2 where things begin with a formless world that is awash in darkness and void – and the Spirit is restlessly pacing across it. “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.“
This is a black ocean of chaos, the very place where the ancient pagan philosophers Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes first began to invent the godless theory of evolution. Their theory was that all things began from a state of chaos – following the pagan myths of Hesiod’s Theogony.
So we see that the Young Earth Theorists who promote the Skip Theory are rooted in a philosophical mindset that is identical with the Evolutionists, both claiming, “all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.“ 2 Peter 3:4.
That word “beginning” is found in Genesis 1:1 – and doesn’t begin with disordered chaos, it begins with God creating heaven and the earth. But according to the folly that Saint Peter identified, the Skip theorists say that that all things have just proceeded forward in creation since only Genesis 1:2. The Skip Theory is a uniformitarian notion like that of the unsaved scoffers who claim that all things in the present universe continue just as they did from the beginning.
The true Bible believer rejects the foolish theory of Bible-rejecting scoffers who claim we should just Skip the very first verse of the Bible. We respond to the Young Earth ignoramuses as follows:
“We reject your theory because we believe the entire Holy Bible – AV1611 – from very first word to the very last word, and every letter, number, punctuation mark, including all the ‘gaps’ in between! We are going to throw your “Skip theory” in the trash – We are not going to skip over anything!”
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.“
The true beginning of creation.
Notice that Genesis 1:1 in the Authorized King James Bible says there was only 1 heaven and 1 earth in the beginning of creation – not the three heavens as there are now in this present universe (“…such an one caught up to the third heaven.” 2 Corinthians 12:2).
In Genesis 1:1 there was one single holy creation – and everything was in direct privity with the Creator. Being directly in God’s presence, that universe had to be destroyed when sin was discovered in it. When the present world was made the device of a separation was introduced so that people would not be destroyed by having to dwell directly in the holiness of God’s presence.
God made separation part of the present universe long before Adam and Eve later sinned in the garden of Eden.
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
To accomplish that separation a Sea was used. Above the Sea would be the Day of God’s holy heaven, and beneath it would be the dark Night where sinful creature could dwell without being immediately destroyed.
Under the Sea the Firmament makes a pocket (what we call “outer space”).
What Genesis 1:2 and following describes is the re-making of the universe after God’s destruction of the the first world. There is “Day” and “Night” long before any local sun shows up in earth’s solar system on day 4 of creation. The “Day” and “Night” are the division of the universe into God’s heavenly realm – and the dark world under it.
But God put a light of grace to shine in the dark “Night” upon the earth – the sun. There were plants growing on earth day 3 before the sun was made. The sun is not the true “Day”.
The firmaments are firm frozen barriers that hold the waters of the great Sea between them. They are like frozen glassy pavements (Ex 24:10; Job 38:30; 37:18; Psalm 148:4; Jer 10:13) and they are covered with clouds (Psalm 147:8; Job 37:21).
“And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.” Genesis 1:7. (i.e., There was made a pocket of space by a wall pushing the waters under the (deep) Sea away – waters pushed up above the pocket, and waters get pushed below the pocket, making in the pocket a vast area that we call ‘outer space’ that is actually underwater – in the middle of a giant Sea.)
This dark Sea is obviously mysterious, but it likely was long the realm of the devil who swam in it as a giant red dragon (Job 41; Is. 27:1) – along with his demonic powers (Is 24:21).
[Satan's Five Falls: #1 Cast down from covering the throne (Ez. 28:14) into Sea; #2 from the Sea into outer space (Luke 10:18; Ephesians 2:2); #3 cast to the earth (Rev 12:9); #4 cast into the bottomless pit (Rev 20:3); #5 cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:15)]
The “Sea” that presently separates our world from God’s heaven is going to be removed (“no more sea“) so that creation will once again dwell in one heaven directly with God’s presence – but this time it will be kept permanently together because of the victory of grace over sin that was purchased by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” Rev 21:1.
(This “no more sea” means the removal of the giant Sea of division and darkness made in Genesis 1:7; but on the planets there will probably still be rivers and large bodies of water for enjoyment and (probably) marine life. Nevertheless, the universe will take on an entirely different composition – see Revelation chapters 21-22.)
The Skip Theory crowd of apostates is filled with people who reject the words in the King James Bible. They don’t know what they are talking about because they hypocritically pretend great faith in God as Creator, but they join with infidels in blasphemously rejecting God’s power as Author of Holy Scripture in English.
Peter teaches that there are 3 worlds – not just earth conditions:
First is a past world that “then was” in 2 Peter 3:4-6,
“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:“
That is certainly not a reference to Noah’s flood, which only covered this earth, not the entire universe! In Noah’s flood the ark floated – but in that flood the earth itself floated on the ocean! The flood mentioned here by 2 Peter 3:4-6 is the destruction by God’s wrath of the entire first universe that God created in Genesis 1:1.
Second, is the present world:
“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” v. 7.
This confirms that Peter is not talking about Noah’s flood, because even the heavens also were changed.
Third, is the future world to come:
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
It is very clear that Peter in each case here is not talking about just the earth. He is each time – with the first world, the second world, and the third world – talking about the entire universe.
There is a passage that says God “made” the world in six days:
“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:11.
Notice that the Holy Bible uses the word “made” not the word “created“.
To create means to invent and manufacture for the very first time. Once a thing is existing it can then be re-made over and over again.
The word “made” is a form (the participle preterite) of the verb “to make” and it has the more generic meaning of conducting a doing action. Women “make up” their face daily (or more often) – but they don’t create their face. Children “make” their beds daily (or less often) – but they don’t create their beds.
Jesus makes water into wine. (Duomo di Salerno)
Jesus “made” the water wine (John 4:46) by the miracle of changing it from one known substance into another known substance.
Genesis 1 and 2 explain some things that God “created” and other things he “made” – and together these things are called the things that God “created and made” Gen. 2:3.
It is wrong to assert that Exodus 20:11 means that God created the heavens and the earth in six days – it only says he ‘made’ them in six days. The words are different and it is axiomatic that different things are not the same. Something ‘created’ is brand new and did not exist before:
“Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.” Isaiah 48:7
The world of Genesis 1:2 has been hit by the wrath of God, as a comparison with Jeremiah chapter 4 clearly indicates:
23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.
27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
The parallels between this section of Jeremiah and Genesis 1:2 are blatantly obvious. A place visited by the wrath of God is without form, void, dark, and desolate. But God does not completely destroy in his wrath to “make a full end” – in mercy he starts anew.
This is clearly the same type of situation of wrath as is found in Genesis 1:2. We can see it is not God’s nature to start with a seething sea of darkness – that’s how things get after they have provoked God’s wrath.
“Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” Jude 1:13.
Notice too that the Spirit of God is not at rest, it is restlessly moving upon the waters, like the dove that flew out of Noah’s ark and yet could find no rest: “But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.” Genesis 8:9.
The Bible believer has to reject “the Skip Theory” because it is completely contrary to the words of God.
The Young Earth fanatics would reject Genesis 1:1 as mere preface, and replace Genesis 1:2 as the start of their false bibles. They ignore the fact that almost every verse in Genesis 1 starts with the word “AND” – and each time it means something that happens AFTER the events of the prior verse. They would actually re-write the Bible to start with the word “AND” of verse 2 – and ask everyone to ignore whatever happened prior to just a short 6,000 years ago.
The fools who have been advancing this cockamamie theory are mouthing off about things they don’t understand and thereby bringing disrepute on the Bible in the eyes of the unsaved world. The universe might not be billions of years old, but much scientific evidence indicates that is much older than just 6,000 years. But such a fact is not a threat to the real Bible Believer. We already know all about it. The Bible does not fall behind science (so-called) – the truth of the Bible remains light years ahead of anything conjured up by the scientists.
The misguided and ignorant proponents of “the Skip theory” are willing to mutilate the Bible to teach a 6,000 year old earth because they think it will help them counter the evolution-influenced notion of ‘progressive creation’ that many apostate infidels embraced to sound scientific. One of the people who created this erroneous association was Clarence Larkin, a bible-corrector who botched up his creation charts by trying to insert the evolutionary ‘nebular hypothesis’ in between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Nevertheless, the errors of these men don’t provide any validation for adopting the unscriptural “Skip theory” as an alternative.
It’s a sad fact that “the Skip theory” Young Earthers don’t have brains enough to differentiate between the heretical notion of “progressive creation” and the sound belief that Genesis 1:1 is a literal statement of God’s creation of heaven and earth in the beginning long before the events of Genesis 1:2 and following ever transpired.