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

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Can God make things disappear?

I understand there is the theology of creation ex nihilo; but has any theologian thought of whether God can make things go from existing to nihilo? In other words, can God make something not exist ...
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What is an overview of the main arguments that angels do or do not already exist at Genesis 1:1?

Genesis 1:1 is "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." But there's no mention of God creating angels. What are the main arguments that angels were or were not already ...
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Is God a Legislator or Executive? Or both?

I can see two ways in which one can see natural (physical) laws (three, actually): God creates his creation, and natural laws, then His creation autonomously acts according to those laws God creates ...
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How can one say that existence is good, without using Divine Revelation?

It's well known that one can prove the existence of God through the light of natural reason alone (e.g. the Five Ways). However, Divine Revelation would also show this. It is in Divine Revelation that ...
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What came first, water or light?

Genesis 1 The Creation (John 1:1–5; Hebrews 11:1–3) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And ...
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How long did Adam stay in Eden?

Are there hints in the Bible or are there any hypotheses about the period of time Adam and Eve sojourned in Eden after their creation?
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How do proponents of the “Framework hypothesis” hold to their view when God used the word “Yom” instead of “Olam” in Genesis 1? [closed]

Knowing that the Hebrew word generally used for day is yom, and the word for eternal/ or Age (Olam) isn’t used, how do the proponents of the framework hypothesis hold their view? Is God too slow for 6 ...
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Have any Protestant Biologists demonstrated through their own research that Evolution is untenable?

Q: Have any Protestant Biologists who don’t believe in evolution posted real research papers showing how evolution is not likely or possible? I think I heard a famous atheist say creation and ...
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According to Protestantism, why did God make exoplanets?

According to Wikipedia’s data, it says: “This is a list of exoplanets. As of 1 May 2022, there are 5,017 confirmed exoplanets in 3,694 planetary systems, with 822 systems having more than one planet. ...
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Under divine simplicity, how can God do anything?

The consequence of divine simplicity is that God is being subsisting and can only be immutable. If so how does God do anything? Or how did he create?
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What is the basis for a mythical reading of Genesis 1-2?

I have seen many times the claim that Genesis 1-2 is intended by the author(s) to be taken as a myth, that ancient people took it as a myth, etc. Now, maybe I'm just weird, but I don't see this from ...
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How does LDS interpret Colossians 1:16?

From this answer I gather that LDS teaches that all beings are eternal and that by eternal it is not meant existing timelessly beginning at some point but, rather, not actually having any starting ...
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Can a supernova be reconciled as a creation event by. "Young Earth" religious groups and equally supported scientifically? [duplicate]

First of all, my question is not searching for a solution to the speed of light/time issue. ie How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible ...
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If we will have free will and be sinless in Heaven at the same time, then why did God not create a world with sinless free creatures to begin with?

This question is scoped to those who believe that: We have libertarian free wills We will retain our free will in Heaven We will be sinless in Heaven Question: If Heaven demonstrates that it is ...
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What is Ken Ham's opinion of denominations that allow for evolution and an old universe?

Background: I remember watching most of the Ken Ham vs Bill Nye debate back around 2013-2015. I found the whole thing pointless. My thought was like 'If the guy says (my interpretation of the) Bible ...
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When God creates each individual soul, is it without original sin at that moment?

According to the Catholic Catechism, 366 The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not "produced" by the parents - and also that it is immortal: it ...
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According to the Catholic Church, Does God create each new individual with original sin?

According to the Catholic Catechism, every spiritual soul is directly created by God. At the moment the individual is created by God, does it have original sin? Or is original sin added later?
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What are the implications of Gen 1:26 which speaks of God having already thought of the name “humankind” before He created man?

We hear God the Creator saying in Gen 1:26( NRSVCE) Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;.... Interestingly, all other things God created would be named only after they had ...
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What is the origin of the belief that God will not destroy the world but use the current one?

After a discussion about climate change with other believers, I noted that the Lord will destroy the Earth and create a new one - particularly in light of Isaiah 65:17-25 & 2 Peter 3:7 where it ...
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Is naturalistic cosmology pointing us back to viewing stars as gods (similar to how pagans did), crediting stars with giving meaning to the universe?

I ask this after seeing a documentary on BBC TV, the evening of 27 October 2021, where Professor Brian Cox started a new series on the universe. This first episode dealt with the way the universe ...
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According to LDS, on what earth did God live before he became God and created everything?

There is an LDS doctrine which appears in catchy couplet form as follows: As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be 5th LDS President Lorenzo Snow is said to have formed this couplet on ...
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According to the YEC, when was the earth created? [closed]

A quote from this link : The sun is not needed for day and night. What is needed is light and a rotating earth. To me, the sentence in the quote above tell something like this : A. in order day and ...
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According to Young Earth Creationism, how did carnivores come into existence?

According to Young Earth Creationism, were all animals vegetarian/vegan before the fall? If so, how did carnivores come into existence? Did carnivores evolve from vegetarian ancestors? Were carnivores ...
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What are the two great lights in Gen 1:16 according to the Young Earth Creationism?

Genesis 1:16a (verse-A) God made two great lights the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. Genesis 1:16b (verse-B) He ALSO made the stars. Based on the reading, ...
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According to the Young Earth Creationism, what does it mean Genesis 1:14 and 18?

Genesis 1:14 Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years The sentence above leads me to a ...
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According to the Young Earth Creationism, how is the whole earth globe after the creation of the light? [closed]

As we all know, when there is one light source - any solid sphere shape will have part of its surface dark - because the light rays is in one direction. So the question is : how is the whole earth ...
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According to the Young Earth Creationism, did God wait or did God work for 6 x 24 hours non-stop?

A. What I mean of "God wait" is : God create anything instantly. So, after He created something, He waited for almost 24 hours to do His next work. B. What I mean 6 x 24 hours non stop is : ...
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In what form did water exist before the creation of light? [duplicate]

We read in Genesis how God created heavens, earth and light : "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the ...
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Why does Genesis not specifically mention the creation of water?

We read of the first day of Creation in Gen 1:1-4: "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a ...
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How do Latter-day Saints respond to William Lane Craig's philosophical objections to the Mormon view of creation?

The Mormon View of Creation is the title of an episode of the Reasonable Faith Podcast, recorded on February 16, 2010, in which William Lane Craig, a renowned Christian apologist, philosopher and ...
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What does Paul mean by "divine nature", as revealed through creation?

In Romans 1, the Apostle Paul says 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what ...
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Did God create the coronavirus? [closed]

If so, why? If not, why? If he didn’t create it, didn’t he at least know it would happen since he knows everything? Did he allow it to happen anyway? What reasons do we have to know this? Mention any ...
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What is an overview of how different denominations interpret Colossians 1:15 - that Jesus is "the firstborn of all creation"?

Jesus is called the firstborn multiple times. In Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV): 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and ...
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The Mormon Church teaches that Jesus Christ created under the direction of Heavenly Father and He did not create the world "out of nothing."

The following is what they say. "Under the direction of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the heavens and the earth (see Mosiah 3:8; Moses 2:1). From scripture revealed through the Prophet ...
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How do Young Earth Creationists account for radiometrical dates of more than 7000 years?

How do Young Earth Creationists account for all the things which have been radiometrically dated to more than 7000 years ago? For example, the oldest carbon-14-dated seed that has grown into a viable ...
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How do Christians who think animals have only existed for <7,000 years on Earth reconcile their views with Pleistocene saber-toothed tigers? [duplicate]

Saber-toothed tiger (smilodon) fossils are regularly dated to the Pleistocene (such as here), which would put them before animals existed according to many Christians (at the earliest, ~12,000 years ...
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How do Christians who reject pre-fall death reconcile their views with the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event (66 million years ago)?

Many Christians believe that creation was cursed because of Adam & Eve's fall into sin, and that death entered creation because of the fall but not before. In other words, the idea of pre-fall ...
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What is the biblical basis for Jesus' eternal pre-existence (as opposed to having been created a long time ago)?

I know that many verses can be cited to argue for Jesus' pre-mortal existence (e.g. here). I'm also perfectly aware that a question asking for the biblical basis for Jesus being God incarnate has ...
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What is the biblical basis for a Flat Earth?

From time to time I've come across Christians who claim that the Bible teaches a flat earth (e.g. see this book and the reviews). There are also Christians who have reacted against these (e.g. 1, 2). ...
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Do Biblical Unitarians believe in Creatio Ex-nihilo (creation out of nothing)?

Creatio ex-nihilo, for the purposes of this question, meaning that matter is not eternal and was therefore brought into existence by God at a specific moment (the beginning) and this creation is also ...
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HOW does the existence of the Universe make those who do not worship God to be "without excuse"?

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them,...
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Is Pre-Adamism considered heretical by any mainstream denominations?

I came across an article on the existence of Pre-Adamite beings. The article refutes their existence but claims it is a belief held by "many evangelicals". As far as I can find, no major ...
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Which day of Creation Week were the stars created?

This question is directed to those who believe the entire universe was created just 6000 years ago (approx) during "creation week" of Gen 1. Question: On which day was the universe (all ...
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The Jehovah’s Witnesses say Jesus created the angels, so why does Nehemiah 9:6 say God created them? [closed]

They further say, "That is why the Bible calls Jesus "the firstborn of all creation by God, Read Colossians 1:15,16." But at Nehemiah 9:6 it says, "Thou alone art the Lord, Thou ...
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How man created by God gets along with anthropology? [closed]

For example even before homo sapiens existed neanderthals or homo heidelbergensis that used tools, had closes etc. How christianity explain their existence? Is Adam was some kind of homo erectus that ...
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Was Eden different from the rest of the world? [closed]

Gen 2:8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. This could sound like Eden was a special place, planted after Adam's creation, and different ...
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How do those who believe that Jesus is a created being understand the verses which say everything that was created was created by him?

There are some people who claim that Jesus is a created being, but this claim is nowhere confirmed, rather the Bible says: Everything became through the Word, and without the Word did not become one ...
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What is the general Christian view on fantasy works such as Tolkien's Silmarillion?

I've just read Silmarillion for the second time in my life. The last time was 20 years ago. In short, it's basically a "fantasy bible", starting out extremely abstract with how God creates these ...
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The Jehovah’s Witnesses state that Jesus was God's first creation? How do they reconcile that with Genesis 1:26, Genesis 2:15-18?

They state in this Watchtower Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was alone. Countless ages ago, however, God became a Creator. Who was his first creation? The last ...
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According to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, if Jesus Christ is not God why is He presented as the agent of creation?

John 1:3, "All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him (or without Him) NOTHING came into being that has come into being." Also Colossians 1:16-17, "For by Him all things were created, in ...
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