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After the flood God told Noah to go out and 'replenish' the earth. Meaning it was originally 'Plenished'.
When Adam and Eve left the garden of eden He said the same thing using the same word interpreted as Replenish. Does that mean it was previously 'plenished'
Did satan have his throne on earth while the dinosaurs were going at it? before man was even created? While the 'chaos' of the lava and volcano's were creating the land masses we see today?
Some theologians (though no Catholics that I know of) speak of the "gap theory." This theory suggests that there is a time gap of millions of years between Gen 1:1 and 1:2. The idea is that after God "created the heavens and the earth" a vast period of time in which Lucifer reigned in righteousness over a civilization that included ape-like anthropomorphs (cave-men I suppose). Lucifer then became prideful and said that he would "ascend above the clouds" (Ezekiel) and led a rebellion against heaven whereupon he was cast down and the light he provided (Lucifer means bright one) was extinguished leaving us at Gen 1:2, "The earth was formless and void and darkness lay upon the face of the deep."
Some use the argument that in the days of creation that everything God created was "Good", however in the initial creation of heaven and earth there is no mention of goodness but rather darkness and void etc. The argument is that since everything God creates is good, the darkness and void could not possibly be the original state of creation but the result of Lucifer's fallen state that left the world cursed (much like Adam's curse).
I have no idea of the state of this discussion in Theology because I left the Protestant tradition where radical ideas are generally proposed. I first heard this theory by the Louisiana Pastor Jimmy Swaggart back in the 80s. Today, I believe what the Catholic Church teaches and only that. I do not know that there is any statement on this theory by the Catholic Church.