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You certainly can, and some percentage of believers do believe in some form of (usually theistic) evolution in an effort to reconcile the findings of science with the revelation of God in his word. The essential breakdown for creation systems is (with lots of co-mingling and blurring): Naturalism: Old universe with evolution and no God at all, for which ...


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This question is not answerable from a Christian perspective; it presupposes God was created, but the Bible clearly teaches that God is eternal (in the truest sense of the word). An eternal being has no creator, no beginning, no end, and no cause. Rather he is the creator of all that is, the beginning and the end of all that is, and the cause of all that ...


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While I have very strong beliefs on this subject, I cannot dogmatically say that if you believe evolution you cannot be truly saved. I am convinced that if you discount God's own eye-witness account of what He did during creation that you're greatly undermining your faith, but while it is an important truth to comprehend, I do not believe it is vital to ...


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If you accept that God could create the universe out of nothing and create it any way He desired, then the explanation of God creating the universe with photons in flight has to be taken as a possiblity. I realize you have discounted it as deceptive and therefore unacceptable, but consider the following... When God created trees, did He create only seeds ...


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There are three primary views that explain the meaning of the word "day" in Genesis 1. I will describe each one, and some of the purported Biblical evidence supporting each, briefly here. After all, this is a topic on which many books have been written. 24-hour Day Theory This view, which is held by many Young Earth Creationists states that each of the 6 ...


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Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: A theology that requires the early chapters of Genesis to be understood as a literal and historical narrative is not compatible with evolution; however, even in ancient times the first chapters of Genesis were often understood symbolically. The 2nd century apologist Irenaeus understood the six days of Genesis as six ...


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As science suggests, the physical universe of time, space, and matter is not eternal. It had a beginning. Thus it was created. It was not arranged or mixed or reassembled, but created out of nothing. Genesis 1 repeatedly uses the phrase, "God said, 'Let there be...', and there was...". God spoke, and what previously did not exist began to exist. So, ...


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It should be clear from the answers so far that, while there are many creationist theories about distant starlight, there is no one widely held "answer". This is ok if you treat young-earth creationism like science. Open questions and competing theories are what science is about! It's even ok to say "we don't know right now" - in fact that is better than ...


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He created such complexity because it exists in Him as well, as we are explicitly created after His own image and in His likeness, as His children. Genesis 1:27 (KJV) 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. As for medical problems, those are inherently bound up with death and ...


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Darkness is a physical reality of the physical universe. It should be noted that darkness is really the absence of light. We have light bulbs that light a room, but there is no such thing as a dark bulb that brings dark into the room. Darkness occurs in the absence of light. That being said, the physical universe was created by God. The physical ...


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Most mainline (most protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox) Christians believe that God has always existed, has no source, and no end, and that all things were created by Him. The fourth question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is Q: What is God? A: God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, ...


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There are two main theories creationists used to explain it: In 1857 Philip Goose wrote the book Omphalos which proposes the omphalos hypothesis and argues, that God must have created the earth as it is today, with mountains, canyons, tree rings, and thus with the light of stars. This theory, of course, raises the question of when the "false history" ...


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Let's look more closely at your linked verses: 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. (Genesis 1:5) This verse implies the creation of light and the implementation of it to create the first day. Darkness already existed, so only light was needed. 16 God made two ...


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Mormons do not believe in creation ex nihilo, as traditional Christian doctrine does. So to ask who created the universe in Mormonism is asking the wrong question. Rather, Mormons believe that god arranged pre-existing matter in creation. The matter always existed; creation was an act of organizing the matter. From Ancient Views of Creation and Doctrine ...


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Ratzinger writes at such length as to obscure the point, in my opinion. If you read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 283 (2nd ed.), the reasoning is spelled out in a brief and clear form: The question about the origins of the world and of man has been the object of many scientific studies which have splendidly enriched our knowledge of the age ...


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The short version is that there are many places in the Bible that quote/reference the creation account in the book of Genesis literally (Exodus 16:16, Exodus 20:11, Exodus 31:17, Leviticus 23:3, Deuteronomy 5:13, Luke 13:14, etc). The most obvious is the "reasoning" given for the 4th Commandment: Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the ...


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Jesus did not make an explicit statement on the matter, but he did seem to take Genesis as true and historical in some sense. Consider Jesus's words in Mark 10:6ff on divorce: "But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one ...


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Quite frankly, there are several viewpoints on this. There is no one answer to your question. Some Christians see evolution as a complete non-issue (but you asked specifically about creationists, so this group is outside of the scope of our desired answer). Some hold what are sometimes called "compromise positions" by young-earth creationists, such as the ...


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No. The age of the earth is not clearly stated in the Bible. However, according to young-earth creationists (like myself), it can be derived, assuming that the word "Day" in Genesis means a literal day, and that the genealogies are accurate. Adding up the genealogies can give an age of about 6,000 years, but there are some gaps in the genealogies, and ...


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God created the heavens and the earth as an expression of His glory. The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. (Psalms 19:1 NASB) and The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His glory. (Psalms 97:6 NASB) I think John Piper explains it nicely in Desiring ...


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From the Westminister Shorter Catechism Question 1: Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever. Supporting verses: Psalm 86:9 (ESV) All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. Isaiah 60:21 (ESV) Your people shall all be righteous; they shall ...


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According to mainstream Christianity, the Holy Spirit is a person of the Trinity - loosely speaking a part of God. Therefore he was not created. He is eternal, without beginning and without end. This is best (though not necessarily most understandably) summed up in the Athenasian Creed: Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. ...


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There are differing traditions about this. Only in Eastern Orthodoxy have I run into a very specific definition, where 'Image of God' is treated like a term of art with a specific, well defined meaning. Generally speaking, most Christians interpret it to mean that we share in the spiritual reality with the spiritual beings, and traits specific to God ...


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Unequivocally YES. One does not need to delve into the garden account or unravel whether it was a talking snake or a manifestation of Satan or any of that in order to say for certain that God created it. Everything outside the person of God himself was created by him. This includes every physical object and creature in the universe, the universe itself, ...


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As you imply, God did not need to rest. But He chose to, apparently as a pattern for us: Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female ...


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Yes, He will create a New Heaven and a New Earth. He will recreate everything! Revelation 21:1-5 emphasis mine Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully ...


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Here's a video series to address the issue: http://www.answersingenesis.org/media/video/ondemand/distant-starlight AIG, is young earth and they have lots of resources to check out. I would agree with Jim in saying it's possible for God to create stuff with age. It sounds like you don't like that in the 3rd point of your question, since it makes God look ...


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Job 38:4-7 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? ... When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?" "Morning stars" and "sons of God" appear to be references to angels. (One could debate this, of course.) If they sang and shouted when the Earth was created, and according to Genesis 1 the Earth was created ...


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Asking this question against all of "Christianity" turns this into an overview question of a very broad scope. In order to answer such a broad question, one must paint with broad strokes. There are two basic approaches taken. Deny the validity or applicability of any scientific claims that directly conflict with the origin of man being God's direct ...


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Based on the wording of your question, I assume you want a literalist/young earth creationist perspective. This isn't the only perspective in Christianity. Plenty believe in evolution, or one form of Old Earth Creationism or another. The last portion of this answer, on particular, will likely be jumped on by the OEC and Evolutionist crowds, as it's ...



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