If you read genesis 1 and 2 it shows that there is a time lapse between the time He created the earth and the time the earth was void and full of darkness. First of all, God is light ,how could it be that earth was filled with darkness ?The same bible teaches that God is light and doesnt have any darkness in Him. It means that there was a form of judgement that took place on earth. Furthermore , God says that let us create man in our own image, it means that there were previous inhabitants created not in the image of God. I do believe that there was a preadamic race that existed before. I also believe that some of the skeletons that were found (zinjathropus, homohabilis, etc ) were the people in preadamic race
I have heard this doctrine before, but I find it too speculative.
God is light doesn't mean what you think. The Holy Spirit is on the Earth, yet you don't see his Physical Light do you?
The notion of a Pre Adamic race isn't supported by any text, people have to do gymnastics with scripture to support the doctrine.
If there was a Pre Adamic race, then those people lived in darkness without the sun, moon, stars, and all heavenly lights... because these are created days before man.
The text is clear. Heaven and Earth are created at the same time, but the earth is W/O form... It's not a judgement, it's just that the creation is not yet complete.
Even on the second day, the earth is W/O form, because only light exists.
And God was in heaven, how do you expect His light on earth?
There is no scriptural basis for a Pre Adamic race.
There is a gap between Gen 1 and 2, but no, that doesn't imply creation.
And read up on the evolution of man, most hominids don't differ from apes.
They are either within the acceptable variation of human skulls, or within the accepted variation of ape skulls.