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Some Christians have expressed doubt about a literal 24 hour day, before the sun and moon were created in:

Genesis 1:16 KJV And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

Advocates of the gap theory have based much of their argument on verses 1 and 2 of Genesis, because there was no light.

Gen 1:1 and 2

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 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.

In Genesis 1:3 God created light:

Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

However: the light was not separated from the darkness (and even I have a hard time imagining that even though I do not question it). Then in verse 4 Go does separate the light from the darkness.

Genesis 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

In verse 5 God designates day and night, and calls the combination of the two the first day.

Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Do any Denominations believe that up until verses 4 and 5 there was an indefinite period which had no specific number of hours, or days, or years by our concept of time?

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Since the world creation procedure belongs to not the dogmatics, yes, in general the six days of creation quite agree to scientific the big bang theory for a part of orthodox christians. –  Малъ Скрылевъ Feb 16 at 4:18

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I come from a Reformed background and though I know this is not something all Reformed people believe, I know that my church holds that there are many theological hills to die on, but the creation account is not one of them. The main point of the creation account is to chow God's omnipotence and THAT He created the world. How exactly He created the world is a secondary or tertiary issue that should not be a reason for a church to split.

Whether you believe in a literal six day creation, gap-theory, day-age theory, etc. The point of the Bible is that God created the world perfectly, we messed it up by sinning and God had to fix it by sending His son to die and be resurrected as the perfect sacrifice to make us blameless before Him, even though we did nothing to deserve it.

Long story short, whatever your belief of how the creation happened, the point is that God is omnipotent, He created us, and He loved His creations to the point of death.

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Thank you for your answer, however it does not answer my question about if any Denominations ascribe to the gap theory. I am in complete agreement with what you say, but still have to wonder if some Denominations believe that there was an indefinite period in verses 1 and 2. –  Bye Feb 16 at 21:02
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I think this answer is saying that there are many denominations where holding the 'gap' theory is perfectly acceptable theologically, including as far as I know most of the major ones. I know of none that insist that the gap theory is the only acceptable view. –  DJClayworth Feb 18 at 3:15
    
I don't want to get into a debate, but let me just point out that many Christians believe that, (a) The "how" is very important, as details often have significant implications. And (b) It makes a great deal of difference to the nature of our faith if we accept the plain reading of God's word versus re-interpreting God's word to accommodate whatever beliefs may be popular at the time. I am not denying that there are people who think the "how" is unimportant, but that is far from the universal view of all Christians. –  Jay Feb 18 at 6:49
    
@Cecil DJClayworth is correct in the interpretation of my answer. To my knowledge there is no denomination that specifically adheres to the gap theory and make that a prevalent claim in their doctrine enough to be known to the general public. However I don't process to know all denominations perfectly. –  ecesurfer Feb 18 at 18:32
    
@Jay i agree with you that reading Genesis in a metaphoric sense is very dangerous especially when you take the theories of science over the faith in the inerrancy of scriptures. My point is only that one should not question someones faith based on their view of how exactly the earth was created or divide the church for the same reasons. This is my opinion of course. –  ecesurfer Feb 18 at 18:33

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