Regardless if anybody believes it I'm going by what God's word says and rejecting what man says.
Which is why in our discussions back and forth my focus has been on what Scripture says and the many ways that the man made Gap Theory directly contradicts the teaching of God's Word.
I'm interested in whether or not we've made any progress in a couple of key areas.
1. In Genesis 1:28 God's Word uses the Hebrew word 'male' which means to fill.
Are you willing to embrace what God's Word says in Genesis 1:28, "to fill"?
Are you willing to reject every teaching of man that is based on the discredited mistranslation, "replenish"?
2. You yourself made a post that explicitly stated that the use of 'bara' in Genesis 1:21 was an indicator that God created something new, animal life, "for the first time" in Genesis 1:21.
Are you willing to embrace the teaching of God's Word that God created (bara) animal life for the first time in Genesis 1:21?
Are you willing to reject the teaching of man that contradicts Scripture by claiming that animal life was created before Genesis 1:2?
The "teachings of man" include the skill to read and write. The skill to decode
the words, "read for comprehension". Those skills are not universally well developed
as is so often demonstrated on this forum.
The skills involved in decoding what the world around us is no more universal.
One has to learn, some dont try, others arent any good at it, whether it is reading
the clouds, animal tracks, traffic, other people's mood, or rock formations.
(on that latter, we have people who cant distinguish a rock formation in Turkey from a boat,
namely Noah's ark)
Anyway, calling it "the words of man" to successfully figure out that this here is a volcano,
and those are possum tracks in the snow, is kinda silly. Presenting one's chosen reading if gospel
as "God's" perfect and immutable word, superior in all ways to any knowledge that
can be revealed any other way is plain ridiculous. Not to mention arrogant on a stunning level.
Whether one is Christian or not, it is equally plain that no god put pen to paper, nor dictated
to anyone. Men wrote the words, and the Bible nowhere states that it is "God's word".
"Gap" in no way qualifies as a scientific theory, and is disproved by both bible
and the history sritten right into thd earth itself. "Word of God", and "word of man",
if one likes. Either way its. just as wrong.