While my son was in Jackson Hole Bible College one of his teachers began teaching a modified version of the gap theory/day-age theory. My son was torn up by the confusion it caused in his mind so I wrote this letter to help him see the subject clearly.
It's 3 a.m. and I can't sleep for thinking of you and praying for you. I'm in Missouri having a great meeting. As I was preaching today on my seminar 1B about the gap theory and the ruin restoration theory, I was stuck once again by the importance on the subject and was nearly overwhelmed with anguish by the thought that I have sent my son off to school to study to join my ministry team only to have him taught something I am so vehemently against. I nearly lost my train of thought as I was preaching. For the first time in years I got confused in my seminar as my mind was filled with grief for what has happened to you.
Had I known that the school there had a teacher that taught the ruin restoration theory I would never have suggested that you or anyone else go there. I know how impressionable young minds are and how difficult it is to undo damage that has been done by false teaching. As I have prayed and meditated on this subject my heart has become so burdened. I feel as if I have been robbed of my son. I know this subject will be a wall of separation between us if we cannot resolve it. That is the last thing I ever wanted. I had such high hopes of you traveling with me or for me in this vital ministry God has thrust upon me. I am hurt, confused and frustrated by what has happened. I am praying more for you as a result of this.
Your teacher has the distinct advantage of being with you many hours whereas I can only try to convince you on occasion by phone or letters. I refuse to accept mail or e-mail debates with evolutionists because while they tie up hours of my time I could be reaching a dozen others who want to hear with the truth. I normally would not take time to write a letter such as this but you are my son and I love you with all my heart. Two cannot walk together unless they be agreed. I will not let one teacher take my son from me or erect a wall of separation between us. Please consider these verses from my perspective as I have tried to do from your teacher's perspective.
The teacher made a big deal out of the difference between the words "created" and "made" used in the Bible. He told you this was proof of a pre-Adamite civilization. Comparing the following verses will clearly demonstrate he is wrong. The words are used interchangeably all throughout the Bible.
Created: Gen.1:1, 2:4, Is. 40:28, 42:5, 18; I Cor. 1:16; Rev 4:10, 10:6
Created: Ps. 148:5, Is. 45:18; I Cor 1:16; Rev 4:10, 10:6
Created: Is. 41:20; I Cor 1:16; Rev 4:10, 10:6
Created: Gen. 1:21; I Cor 1:16; I Tim. 4:4; Rev 4:10, 10:6
Created: I Cor 1:16; Rev 4:10, 10:6
Created: Gen. 1:27, 5:1&2, 6:7, Deut. 4:32, Is. 43:1, Is. 45:12, Mal. 2:10; I Cor 1:16; Rev 4:10, 10:6
Created: Gen. 1:27, I Cor. 11:8; I Cor 1:16; Rev 4:10, 10:6
Created: Gen. 2:3 Amos 4:13 (wind); I Cor 1:16; Rev 4:10, 10:6
1:7 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.
Gen 1:16 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.
1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew:
2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air;
2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. See 5:2
5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?
41:20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
43:6 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
45:8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens,
45:18 For thus saith the LORD that createdthe heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
48:7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not;
65:18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
These are all the verses that use the word create or created. Notice the things that God Created. There are 1406 references to things God made.
I hope this has been helpful in showing you that the words are used interchangeably and should not be used to force a meaning to the Bible that will clearly contradict other verses. Keep studying the Word and do not get carried about with every wind of doctrine. The wind changes often, God's word never does.