Summary: The possibility of a great regeneration presented in the book of Genesis.
All Biblical texts are taken from the King James Bible
For the longest time I considered the book of Genesis to be a figurative account of creation. That the 6 days were time gaps in history or meant symbolically to represent the 6 days of work and the Sabbath. Indeed, many books of the Bible are not meant to be literal like the forgiveness of a fellow neighbor 7*70 times. The book of Revelation is also interpreted many different ways. However recently I have come to believe that the 6 day theory is true but not in the way you would suspect.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
Some Bibles have “heavens” instead of “heaven” which is not necessarily important as long as you believe that God created heaven and the heavens which would be the universe. It is uncertain as to the time difference between the formation of heaven and earth, but we can assume that God created both. Verse 1 also informs us that the earth was created before verse 2 implying that the formless earth was still the earth. Perhaps the earth was in ruins.
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.
The earth was without form but it must be noted that it must have existed. The Earth itself was not “void” it was without form and void. The darkness could refer to the battle between God’s angels and Satan in which Satan was expelled from heaven causing a spiritual darkness that destroyed everything. The second half of the verse implies water existed on the earth but it doesn’t necessarily say so. It also says that the Earth “was” without form implying that at one time it did. For the text doesn’t say “had become” without form.
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:
The waters referred to in this verse does not refer to Noah’s flood. The heavens meaning the universe were not effected by Noah’s flood. However the creation of the earth had a great significance to the heavens. In this verse it declares that the Earth was standing out of the water and in the water contradicting the global flood. However, what if the earth was floating in a sea of water during the ice age. The diminishing of stars would create larger quantities of H2O in space.
I am also willing to suggest the idea that there was a significant time gap between the first verse and the second verse since the Bible does not give a specific time in which the earth was being formed. I want to also suggest that the water mentioned in verse 2 could also be the ice during the ice age. During the ice age the earth lacked light and heat needed to provide all the creatures mentioned in the Bible. Creatures like the dinosaurs would have existed between verse 1 and verse 2.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
If we can establish that the universe and the earth were created in verse 1, we can also establish that the laws of physics were also in play. We can assume that light existed before verse 3. The light provided in verse 3 could be the extra heat and sun light needed to melt the ice and provide the “regeneration” of Genesis. Verse 3 is the regeneration of heat in the universe and in our Sun.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
We can assume from this the normal day and night of the new age were formed here. Following 6 literal days of creation in which God regenerated the creatures of the Earth. Creatures of the past “world” died out before Genesis thus providing the elusive missing link between humans and primitive ape like creatures of the past “world.” There are also missing links between birds and reptiles. Thus evolution is hindered by this new regeneration. So although evolution may have occurred it would have had to occur before Genesis thus eliminating conflict. Even so Evolution should not be given a free pass as it is still a theory. So how can we prove that there were past worlds, ages, eons, times?
Several Bible verses outside Genesis provide for the possible theory.
Christ Himself provides the regeneration that will occur in the next world to come. Thus implying the possibility that something happened similarly before Genesis.
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.