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Problems with a Pre-Adamite Civilization

by Todd Elder

The Pre-Adamite Civilization Theory

Ages of Time

The Pre-Adamite Civilization theory is based on the idea that there was a large period of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. This period of time is sometimes interpreted as being millions or billions of years.

The Pre-Adamite Civilization

One specific sub-theory that often arises with this concept is that of a people or creation that existed before Adam and Eve. That world was destroyed and then in Genesis 1:2 the world was being re-created.

The Angelic Wars

Another specific sub-theory often associate with this concept concerns the rebellion by Lucifer and his angels. The basic ideas is that this rebellion occurred during the time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 and may have led to the destruction of that world.

The Problems with this Theory

Regarding Scripture

The Pre-Adamity Civilization theory creates many internal inconsitencies within Scripture. First, it is stated that the current world was made in the beginning, or foremost, so there should not be anything existing before it. Second, when Scripture speaks of a new heaven and earth that is to come it speaks of the first heaven and earth that must disappear. If this is the first, once again, there should not be anything before it.

Regardng Theology

The idea of a Pre-adamite Civilization and the angelic wars cause difficulties with the concepts of creation, mankinds special relationship with Elohim, and of salvation. At the end of the seven day creation period, Scripture states that everything was 'good'. At this time death did not exist. At this time, even Lucifer would not yet have rebelled since everything being good must include him as well. A previous civilization and wars would include death and things that would be not good.

Death and Salvation

One of the prime understandings of Scripture is that when Elohim created mankind there was a special relationship between them. When Adam and Eve were disobedient, this relationship changed and death came into the world (Gen 2:15-17). This leads to the need of having a Savior who can bring people back into that special relationship and the offer of eternal life (Rom 5:17-19). If any type of evolution (gap theory, day age theory, theistic evolution theory, etc.) or Pre-Adamite Civilization ocurred, then the ancestors of Adam and Eve would have been fighting and killing each other for supremecy for possibly millions of years. This would negate the effects of the first sin as death would have already existed in the world and a judgment of death for disobedience would be meaningless. Instead of mankind bringing death into the world as stated in Scripture, evolution suggests that death brought man into the world through competition and natural selection.

CSE Citation
Elder T W. Exploring Creation [Internet]. Livingston (TX): Exploring
Creation; 2011 Apr. 6. [cited your access date]. Available from:

MLA Citation
Elder, Todd W. Exploring Creation. Ed. Todd Elder. 6 Apr 2011.
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