Does anyone think salvation depends on one's acceptance of Young Earth Creationism? in God, Church & Faith Posted March 29, 2012 You already said how it could: "The doctrine of creation also affects the doctrine of sin. In Romans 5, the Apostle Paul speaks of the doctrine of original sin, clearly assuming and believing that Adam was indeed the first man." I was speaking specifically and only of the gap theory. If there's any sort of gap between this: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And this: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Then that wouldn't have any implications on Romans 5. If all there was in this "gap" (of however long) was an earth without form and void, covered only with darkness and water (and no living organism), then would that have an effect on Romans 5? I don't think so. Because even if there was a gap, every living thing still would have been created in the six days following the gap. Once again, I don't believe in the gap theory. I'm just saying that accepting it doesn't create major theological problems like theistic evolution or something similar.