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

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What is an overview of the main interpretations of “day” in Genesis 1?

In the Creation account in Genesis 1 (and 2), God's work of Creation is famously split into 7 "days". For example, the first "day" occurs in verse 5: Genesis 1:5 (NLT) God called the light "day" ...
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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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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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What are the main views on who created God?

The question of man's creation is addressed quite thoroughly in the Bible (whether you believe it is metaphorical or not). Does the Bible (or other relevant references) in any way answer who created ...
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What is Young-Earth Creationism?

What is Young-Earth Creationism, and the Biblical basis for it?
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What was the light of the first day of creation? [closed]

In the Genesis account, the sun and stars are created on the fourth day: Gen 1:14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them ...
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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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According to the Mormon doctrines, who created the universe?

This may be related to a previous question about the first god who began eternal progression. This is something I've really been wondering for a while. If the Almighty God began life as a man, he ...
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What is theistic evolution?

Theistic evolution sounds similar to Old Earth Creationism. Both ideas start with the premise that God created. After this, I've heard tale of wars fought between the two camps. What is the gist of ...
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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 does “in the image of God” mean? [closed]

Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild ...
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How is God's rest on the 7th day traditionally understood? [closed]

It seems that, to an omnipotent and omnipresent being, the concept of rest would be academic. Why did God rest then? How is this traditionally understood? What would have happened if he hadn't rested?
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Trichotomous vs Dichotomous views of Man [closed]

There are generally two* views of Man the Dichotomous (Soul & Body) the Trichotomous (Soul, Spirit, & Body) Notably, A W Pink ascribes to the Trichotomous view (or Tripartite). Also ...
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What was the purpose of creating the world? [closed]

Why did God create a world? Was the act of creation for some profit, or did God in His grace create world only because it was good? Genesis 1 (KJV) And God called the dry land Earth; and the ...
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What is the basis for the belief that Eve was created on the sixth day, like Adam?

I have always thought that Eve was created on the sixth day, a bit later in the day than Adam. However, I recently discovered that some believe Eve was created on a later day. What, then, is the ...
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Where does the belief that the Earth is relatively young (6000 years) come from?

Some christians believe the Earth is only 6000 to 12,000 years old. Where does this age originate from?
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Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin? [closed]

Life on earth is filled with the horrible effects of sin. Why did God create mankind with the capacity to sin? Was there a higher purpose in this or was there a specific reason for it? I'm ...
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What is the reasoning behind the belief that Eve was NOT created on the sixth day?

I was talking with someone recently and the question was raised as to when Eve was created. I immediately replied that she was created on the sixth day, albeit later in the day than Adam. One person ...
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Did Genesis 2 occur all in one day? [closed]

A comment to this answer prompted this question. Was Adam created, naming the animals, and married in one day, or did these events take place in a larger time span?
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What is the significance of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden? [closed]

If Adam and Eve were created perfect and without death (immortal), then what is the significance and purpose of the Tree of Life in the middle of the Garden of Eden?
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What is the case for interpreting the Genesis creation account literally?

I think we can all agree that the entire Bible is not meant to be taken literally. Consider the Song of Solomon (what would his lover look like if we take it literally?) or the book of Revelation. ...
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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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How do Old-Earth Creationists explain Romans 5:12-19?

Old Earth Creationism incorporates evolution, which requires natural selection, which requires death. If death pre-dated Adam, then death pre-dated sin. How then do Old Earth Creationists explain ...
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Are there two different creation accounts in the bible? [closed]

There are two seemingly contradictory accounts of creation in the Bible. The first is in Genesis 1:1-2:3. The second is in Genesis 2:4-25. Why the differences in the accounts?
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Why did the Catholic church stop supporting Genesis creation?

I read that cardinal Ratzinger stated the story in Genesis 1 and 2 should not be interpreted as a literal account of the beginning of things. In spite of recent events like this, they have always been ...
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Why did God create the Heavens and the Earth? [closed]

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Why ? Does the Bible state a reason anywhere?
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Before anything was created, did God already know the events that would unfold?

Before anything in our world was created, God was already there. Also, there is biblical evidence for omniscience. However, did God, prior to the creation of everything, already know the events that ...
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Did God create man to worship and praise Him?

I heard it many times from some Christians and even preachers that God created us to worship and praise Him. I think this idea came from the fact that Psalms contain many phrases like "Praise the Lord"...
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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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Where in the Bible does it say that God is creating a new earth? [closed]

I've heard from my parents/grandparents that God is in the process of building a new Earth. Where in the Bible does it say God is creating a new Earth? Why would God build a new Earth? I know it says ...
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Is the age of the earth in the Bible? [duplicate]

Early scientists thought that the age of the earth is proven by the genealogical tables in the book of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. Other than this observation, is there any reference to the direct ...
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When were the angels created?

I was preparing a lesson for Sunday school and came across this passage in the teaching material: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who ...
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How does the Bible explain the existence of fossils that are millions of years old? [closed]

People have been finding fossils for many years. Millions of fossils fill museums and storage vaults around the world, and we've yet to find a single one of a human. This suggests that the animals and ...
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Has God created anything since he rested on the 7th day? [closed]

Genesis 2 indicates that on the 7th day after creation God rested. Genesis 2:1-3 NIV 1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2 By the seventh day God ...
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According to theistic evolutionists, at what point did humans evolve enough to be considered special to God?

Disclaimer - Even though my personal views are well-established, I'd like to point out that I am not out to make a point with this question, and I am absolutely not out to establish whether any ...
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Why did God create such complexity in man? [closed]

During Creation, God created man: Genesis 2:7 KJV 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 ...
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What is the most basic Biblical understanding of the nature of the firmament?

Going back to original Hebrew texts where possible, what is the most basic understanding of the firmament (the substance/realm/space that God supposedly stuck between heaven from earth)? I've read a ...
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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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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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Have Creationists advanced any particular Theories of Origin that they claim are falsifiable via the scientific method?

This is an attempt at an on-topic and useful version of this question - any edits or feedback to ensure that it meets both of those aims are welcome. To clarify the key term in use: ...
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Did God create other people besides Adam and Eve? [closed]

After Cain killed Abel, he was cast away and said "whoever finds me will kill me", there he took a wife. I think this indicates there were other people on the face of the earth created by God, but ...
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Was God living in darkness before the creation of light? [closed]

After reading this question, another question came to my mind. If God created the light only after the creation of the universe, then does it mean there was no light in Heaven? If we read the context ...
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How do Creationist Christians respond to the evidence for Evolution? [closed]

This is a question for people who believe in the creation. One point considered a serious proof of evolution is the scientific method of carbon dating. As per this method, humans haven't existed from ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Is creationism falsifiable? [closed]

Falsifiability of a theory is an inherent possibility to prove it to be false. Which is a requirement in the field of scientific methodology for a theory to be regarded valuable. As by Karl Popper's "...
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What is the purpose of other planets and solar system according to the bible? [closed]

Are they just to light up the night? Does the bible even talk about other planets and other solar system with the capability of life or the people who wrote the bible does not know about these solar ...
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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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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 ...