The process whereby God brought the heavens and the earth, and all of their diverse contents, into existence

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Creation Ex Nihilo? [closed]

I have been wondering how can God create matter and energy out of nothing when nothing is simply nothing. Unless God simply created matter and energy when nothing else other than Himself existed. When ...
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Are there any denominations that accept the gap theory?

Some Christians have expressed doubt about a literal 24 hour day, before the sun and moon were created in: Genesis 1:16 KJV And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and ...
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Did God create man to replace the fallen Angels? [closed]

As near as I can determine from Scripture; Creation and ejection of the rebellious angels, both happened at about the same period. That led me to begin to wonder, since it seems logical to me that ...
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Does the Bible say if animals in Eden were carnivorous, or when animals on Earth became carnivorous?

Do the canonical writings of any Christian group say if animals in Eden were carnivorous, or when animals on Earth became carnivorous?
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Stars in the sky [duplicate]

Would Adam and Eve have been able to see a starry sky during the night? The nearest star is four light-years away, meaning it takes four years for light to reach Earth. Thus, the night sky must have ...
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How are spirits born?

I'm interested primarily in LDS doctrine, but I welcome the perspective of other sects as well, as I believe that all of Christianity shares the same roots. Please specify from what denomination your ...
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How can a non-physical God create a physical universe? [closed]

I was just curious on how God could create a universe of physical matter when God is a non-physical being to begin with. How can a non-physical being create physical matter? Thanks if anyone can ...
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During creation the Bible says, God saw that various things were 'good'. Did He not know they were going to be good? [closed]

It is almost as if God made stuff and then realised, hey this is good! Surely an all knowing God would know this, should not have to confirm it by seeing it was good. Why then, the peculiar way of ...
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Are there other denominations that believe in pre-human existence?

I was wondering whether the pre-human existence of a believer was accepted among any christian groups/denominations other than Mormons, or are Mormons the only group that believe in a pre-human ...
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How can the sun be created after day and night? [closed]

"Light" was created on day 1 - Genesis 1:3-5. However the sun was created on day 4 - Genesis 1:14-19. How is this possible?
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about evolution?

From Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe in Creationism? on jw.org: No. Jehovah’s Witnesses do believe that God created everything. But we do not agree with creationism. Why not? Because a number of ...
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How do YECs respond to the lack of non-Christian buy-in to their “creation science”?

The history of science is full of cases where a new, sound scientific theory didn't catch on right away, and was ridiculed by the scientific community, sometimes for decades or centuries, before ...
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In what way does God derive pleasure from us? [closed]

Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. I understand that this question deals with infinite concepts and it's impossible for us to ...
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Where did the Young Earth Creationist doctrine originate?

I heard the other day that the literalist interpretation of biblical creation (A literal 7 day creation of the universe) isn't the classical historical interpretation that past Christians held. I was ...
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What is old earth creationism?

What is old earth creationism? What support does it have from the Bible? What mainstream denominations or groups, if any, support it?
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To what degree does the Church of England consider the Genesis creation account to be metaphoric?

Does the Church of England generally consider the Genesis creation account (first couple of chapters) more metaphor than literal history?
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Did God create darkness? [closed]

Without Light, there is darkness. Darkness is not made, it is just there. However, before the creation there was nothing. Does that mean that darkness was also not there? Let us look at Genesis 1:5: ...
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Does the garden of Eden still exist? [closed]

In Genesis 3:22 through 24 KJV man is ejected from the Garden of Eden and Cherubims are stationed on the East side of the garden to prevent man going back and eating from the tree of life. 22 ...
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Who was the first major Christian figure to popularize a figurative interpretation of Genesis?

I assume that the church for a majority of its existence has assumed a plain interpretation of Genesis. However it's easy to see the church of the last 50 years adopt a more figurative interpretation ...
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How old did Adam and Eve look when they were created? [closed]

This might impossible to answer but... How old did Adam and Eve look when they were created? Certainly they were old not babies, considering Adam walked and talked and named animals and had sex with ...
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Is it Christian Doctrine to say that macroevolution is not the same as microevolution?

We read in Genesis that the world was created in seven days. This article states: Contrary to claims by creationists, macro and microevolution describe fundamentally identical processes on ...
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Was the account of eating forbidden fruit a metaphor?

What is the established church's (Church of England's) view on the theology of the eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil as being a metaphor for the act of questioning God's ...
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Does Eph 3v10 hint at Gods supernatural purpose for creation, humanity and our history? [closed]

I'll get the obvious quote out of the way first. William Lane Craig states that the purpose of people is to "To glorify God and enjoy him forever." Now that's the purpose for us. In the book ...
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What did Luther consider to be novel in his theology of creation?

In Colin Gunton's The Doctrine of Creation (T&T Clark, 1997), he says: In view of what we have just noted [in the previous section on Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus and William of Ockham] about ...
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The attitude of animals before and after fall

According to the verse below I believe this is how it was in the garden of eden, and how it should be Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down ...
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If the dinosaurs and man co existed, why did the dinosaurs perish? [closed]

According to the Young Earth Creationism viewpoint, the dinosaurs and man co existed. In this viewpoint, how did the dinosaurs perish? What caused them to be eliminated?
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Can I believe in evolution and still be a Christian?

It would seem that the first part of the book of Genesis contradicts what science teaches about the origin of life on earth. If I am to reconcile evolution and Genesis, it seems that I have a number ...
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Why did God create man? [closed]

Genesis 2:7 KJV reads, And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Why do this? There must be a ...
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Is the light that is created on the first day the sun? [duplicate]

I am in the process of doing a thorough read and examination of the bible in chronological order for the new year and was pondering if the light God created in Gen. 1:3 was the same light given by the ...
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Is Satan's kingdom here on earth?

Reading Matthew 12:26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? I cant seem to pin point where is his kingdom? Evil men dont seem to be united?
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Should Genesis 1:2 be translated “And the earth became without form…”? [closed]

The Gap theory seems to be based largely on translating Genesis 1:2 differently from the usual translations, eg. KJV: 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the ...
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To where was Satan cast out?

In Revelation 12, John sees Satan cast out of the Father's presence and down to earth: 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and ...
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Is the Eternal imperative?

I just had an interesting conversation at Ask The Atheist: http://asktheatheist.com/?p=1860 Essentially, I asked: Do atheists believe that everything came from nothingness or do they believe that ...
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Why did God give man an imagination? [closed]

This is a two-part question. First: Throughout the Old Testament we read of the “imagination of the heart” and in Genesis 6:5 “imagination of the thoughts of the heart”. In an earlier question “...
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What is the creationist view on animals equipped with lethal weapons?

If God created the world with the intention that his creatures should live in harmony (as pictured in Isaiah 11:6-9) why did he create some animals with lethal weapons? Why do spiders make webs to ...
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Is Jesus the Creator?

The following verses clearly credit Jesus Christ with “Creation.” How do Christians view the role of Christ in Creation? Ephesians 3:9: And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the ...
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From a “traditional”, Trinitarian perspective, what is the effect of the doctrine of sin in the doctrine of creation?

Really, I am looking for an answer from a "Trinitarian" perspective, but specifically whoever that Joy Ann McDougall is citing. Source: McDougall, Joy Ann. "A Trinitarian Grammar Of Sin." Modern ...
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Did CS Lewis see 'pleasure' as being the purpose of our existence?

In 'The Great Divorce' a character asks, destraught, why she was born and a spirit replies, "for infinite joy!" Is that what CS Lewis thought the meaning of life was? Ultimate joy? Is there any other ...
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How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?

I am not trying to be argumentative, this is an earnest question, as this question got me in huge trouble when I was growing up attending a southern baptist Christian middle school. This question (and ...
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How does OEC explain the existence of pre-fall death? [duplicate]

To make things clear for everyone, OEC=old earth creationist (i.e. God used evolution to make his creation over billions of years). Most people arguing against OEC pose the seemingly irrefutable claim:...
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Controversy regarding the birth of man [closed]

Scientists say that humans are from apes. But the Bible says that God created adam and eve Can somebody explain this controversy ?
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Who Made the Serpent?

In my Bible it says, Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. So, if the serpent is more subtle (sic) than any beast the Lord God made, ...
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Will there be ongoing co-creation (aka technological development) in heaven?

On Earth, the Catholic Church teaches that humans are co-creators with God. To human beings God even gives the power of freely sharing in his providence by entrusting them with the ...
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How did God come to be? [duplicate]

I know this is an old question, but does anyone have any new ideas on it? One argument is that God has always existed, but why should anything exist at all? How could this happen? Another approach ...
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Earlier use of this argument for the necessity of evil?

I seem to recall hearing or reading that Augustine posited that perhaps evil as such did not exist, i.e., that evil is more a void or absence of existence. I think this line of reasoning is used to ...
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Is modern technology part of the Divine Intention? [closed]

These days we have very advanced technologies which our forefathers could not have think of. Are the discoveries and inventions part of the Divine Plan or Intention? Genesis 1:28 (NIV) God ...
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Scriptures and the 'Simulated Universe'

If you were to Google "simulated universe" you'll find that major science institutions are starting to hypothesize that the universe is 'very possibly' a 'simulated environment' at the lowest level - ...
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Man's immortality in the Garden of Eden [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the specific meaning of “die” in Genesis 2? In the book of Genesis, God said they would die if they eat from a certain tree Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the ...
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In creation of the earth and mankind, how much thought was put into this? [closed]

Unsure if this is an unanswerable question or a more philosophical one, but do you think God just made the earth/man and all its intricacies or do you think God thought before creating everything? ...
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In Theistic Evolution, when did the alleged evolutionary animal/ape/man become accountable for his sins?

One answer to this previous question asks, One of the problems I have with theistic evolution is: when did this alleged evolutinary animal/ape/man become accountable for his sins? [sic] It would ...