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The laws of physics are certainly quite different from moral laws. In fact, the Bible never refers to the laws of physics as "laws". We see them as laws, because we are bound by them and are unable to break them. We don't obey them based on our own volition. Moral laws define what we ought to do, but we are under no compulsion to obey them. We have a ...


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To date, every test science has been able to make has been done on the created universe1. It is not possible to run the tests on the person or being of the creator directly. Thus what we know about God we derive from what He reveals to us2. His creation still tells us something about Him, but they are deductions from nature. Nature itself is not God3 and God ...


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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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No. The Bible says nothing about global warming either way. Any attempt to twist any scripture to support or deny global warming is pure speculation. Global warming is something that is squarely within the realm of science to support or disprove. We have facts, evidence, and trustworthy (if contradictory) data. It's a matter for scientific inquiry not ...


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The issue is not that OECs have a "weak faith," but we believe we are taking a more appropriate view of the scripture. Indeed, if the text is written metaphorically (as we believe), then reading it literally is the weaker position. If you don't want to read my rather long (yet still way too short to pay true justice to this topic) answer, I suggest jumping ...


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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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The Bible doesn't ever use the term Science because it didn't exist at the time. However the Bible has a lot to say about gaining knowledge and wisdom. It is the glory of God to conceal things,but the glory of kings is to search things out. Proverbs 25:2 The LORD said to Moses, "See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of ...


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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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The bible has very little to say on the topic. The closest would be Genesis 9:11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth. Even that passage has little relevance to the Global Warming issue today, as no one I know would suggest that Global ...


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I don't think the world was created in such a complex way that there are always new discoveries to be made just to test our faith. I would say that God can use scientific discoveries to help us test and fortify our own faith. I think Proverbs 25:2 can be applied here. I believe scientific discoveries are really just discovering what God has hidden. Is ...


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The apparent contradiction comes from the fact that you are misunderstanding the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. From Wikipedia: The Heisenberg uncertainty principle states precise inequalities that constrain certain pairs of physical properties, such as measuring the present position while determining future momentum of a particle. Of course, ...


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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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In 1998, Edward J. Larson and Larry Witham published an article in the leading scientific journal, Nature, their findings on the percent of believers among scientists in the National Academy of Sciences: We found the highest percentage of belief [in God] among NAS mathematicians (14.3% in God, 15.0% in immortality). Biological scientists had the ...


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We are limited by our perceptions. Have you heard the old mathematical thought experiment about an existence where everything was restricted to a two-dimensional plane, and if a sphere were to pass through this plane, it would appear to be a circle that grows larger and smaller without any discernible cause for its change in size? If we keep this concept ...


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That would be one definition of miracles - that they are a suspension of the normal rules of physics and the universe. Otherwise they would be "coincidences" or " explainable anomolies" Miracles are supernatural by nature, and by definition, not explainable by the normal laws of physics. All three of the bullet points you listed are possible explanations, ...


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The bible is rather emphatic on the point actually. The universe we live in was not only created at God's command but it is sustained constantly through his active will. This sustainer is Jesus Christ: Colossians 1:15-17 (ESV) 15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16  For by him all things were created, in ...


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To state it simply, this question takes the presupposition that God, the author of creation, is bound by the laws he created for this universe. And he simply is not so bound. He is outside of this creation. Not only that, but he sustains this creation by his will - were it not for his continuing upholding of it, it would pop out of existence, quite ...


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According to the Bible, God created no other people besides Adam and Eve. Adam was created from the dust of the earth, while Eve was created from Adam (perhaps his rib). Genesis 5 indicates that Adam and Eve had quite a few children. We have names for Cain, Abel, Seth, other sons (plural) and daughters (plural). So, at a minimum, they had seven ...


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Energy is merely matter in another form (see Wikipedia). Matter and energy are both part of the created universe, made by God (see Book of Genesis). Energy, like matter, was created by God. It is not an attribute of God, any more than height, weight or hair colour. Obvious exception for the incarnated Jesus, who would have had energy, height and hair ...


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I don't think many individual denominations have come to a consensus on this question, much less is there a consensus that is representative of collective Christianity. But based on my experience as a scientist and as a life-long Christian, I would suggest that miracles do in fact obey laws of physics that we simply do not yet understand. Consider this. Our ...


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I think you are misunderstanding the idea of a scientific theory being "true" until it's disproven. The scientific method progresses by people proposing theories about the universe and how it works. For a theory to be scientific, it must be falsifiable. This means that you can do an experiment that disproves the theory. For example I could have some ideas ...


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One should be mindful of 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 (ESV): 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. and of Proverbs 14:15 (ESV): The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. and of Proverbs 4:5-7 (ESV): 5Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words ...


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That's a good question but one you already know the answer to. The LORD then answered Job and said: Will one who argues with the Almighty be corrected? Job 40 (NABRE) There is no sense arguing with God and His Creation. Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm and said: Gird up your loins now, like a man. I will question you, and you tell me ...


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First, I concur with most of the answers here: fundamentally, God is not a part of the universe, nor is He subject to its laws. His interaction is at-will and in any way that he chooses. Such interaction will involve energy of some kind, but it is not necessarily energy that is transformed from one form to another. By its nature, divine interaction with the ...


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There have been several objections to Heisenberg and Bohr's interpretation of the Uncertainty Principle, most notably the work of Albert Einstein and Karl Popper. In the end it comes down to a question of belief - does the uncertainty principle only provide a mathematical description of a deterministic reality, or does reality really act that way? So even ...


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The reason that many would discount a literal interpretation (in the sense of a historical reading) of the books of the Bible is more to do with an acknowledgement that they weren't primarily written with intent to convey history, but to teach us something about God's relationship with us. There's a lot of literary study involved in fleshing out all the ...


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I take the general approach that, "The honest pursuit of truth will always lead you to God". We are living in the creation of God, after all. The problem is, we are not smart enough to understand and interpret what we find, and we fill in the blanks with our own agenda. Old earth, young earth, or somewhere in between... I don't know, but as our ...


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You seem to be missing a fundamental part of the premise of Christianity: it's not a discovered or invented religion, but a revealed religion. The precepts and doctrines exist because God actively taught them to people. And should the knowledge of the truth be lost, hypothetically speaking, he would reveal the truth to new people whose hearts were open to ...


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The way I "square this fact" with my "belief in an omniscient God", is that since God created the universe, dimensions, time, etc, then He exists outside of them. What is uncertain to us is known to Him. Referencing an article I wrote a few years ago, Perhaps God is infinite to us, and to all who interact with Him, because He exists above the dimensions ...



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