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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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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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Where in the Bible does God permit us to create? How would science fit into this? [closed]

Its was a christian doctrine that we are pro-creators. So technically, we can build or create something. However, I am a bit confused when some religious people curse science as "messing with God's ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses differentiate Jesus' role in creation from that of a Demiurge?

My question comes out of a discussion on this question: How do Jehovah’s Witnesses explain the unique wording of Colossians 1:15-17 in the NWT? For reference, here is the passage (1971 revision): ...
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How can you have a morning and evening without a sun? [duplicate]

Genesis 1. It seems to me that those who hold to the day being 24 hours insist on a literal interpretation. I believe in a literal one also. However, I do have questions about in which away to be ...
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What was God's goal in creating life? [closed]

I am agnostic and rationalist and I spend quite a lot of time reading the arguments of tenants of intelligent design (but rarely interacting with them). Regularly, one of these tenants claims ...
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How is it possible that the angels were on hand to witness the earth being created?

Though we are not told exactly when angels were created, it seems to be sometime before the earth was created. The words found at Job indicate the angelic host was present when the earth was made. ...
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How do the Jehovah's witnesses reconcile Isaiah 44:24 with their belief that Jesus is the only direct creation of God?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is God's only direct creation, and that it was Jesus who created all other things: Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was ...
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Does Catholicism teach that there is a cyclic creation of the world?

Many religions, like Hinduism teach that the world is in a cycle of creation: creation then preservation then destruction (fading, annihilation) of the world then creation of a new world, in a ...
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How do Unitarians or even so-called Biblical Unitarians reconcile the following verses?

John 1:1-3: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has ...
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Did John Calvin teach that souls 'pre-existed'?

My understanding of Calvin's teaching on Paul's expression of foreknowledge, election and predestination is that all of these are within the eternal Deity. That which occurred within Deity (I ...
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How do creationists address the similarity between Irreducible Complexity and God Of The Gaps?

"God Of The Gaps" refers to using holes in our understanding of the universe as an argument for God. It is rejected by modern creationists, as it is by Christians generally. However, the only ...
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How do YECs interpret waters above the expanse in Genesis 1?

According to Protestant Young Earth Creationists what are the waters above the expanse in Genesis 1? Day four says the expanse contains the stars sun and moon so I do not think it can be the ...
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The water and light in Genesis 1:1-3

The Nicene Creed says that Jesus was "begotten before the ages" (begotten not made). Col 1:15 calls Jesus the ""Firstborn of all creation," Proverbs 8:22 says that, referring to wisdom, it was ...
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If Lucifer was top perfect creature, how could he fall? [Catholicism]

Since God's creation is good/perfect, how could a creature as good/perfect as a top angel actually fall, according to Catholicism? What is the mechanism of corruption that can corrupt a perfect being? ...
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Where did the darkness come from? [closed]

In the beginning God said "let there be light" and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then God separated the light form the darkness. Where did the darkness come from? I do not have ...
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Has the Catholic Church endorsed the view of Einstein on the Creator?

One of Albert Einstein's most famous quotes is, "God does not play dice with the universe." I wish to know if the Catholic Church has ever used the said statement of Einstein in its teachings on ...
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What arguments are there that, by him who is Logos, life was not - immediately and purposefully - created on earth?

In the beginning was the Logos and the Logos was with God. And the Logos was God ... All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made.[John 1:1-3 KJV] What arguments ...
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God created the world, who created God? [duplicate]

As we know God created the world in 7 days but who created God, who or what existed before God? Is there an answer in the Bible or somewhere else?
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In Catholicism, what are “all things visible & invisible”?

The Nicene Creed begins with the following: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. What does the phrase "all things visible ...
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The Genesis gap and Re-creation

I have stumbled on this essay (The Genesis Gap) on the site ichthys from which I am quoting a passage: ....5. The Timing of the Satanic Rebellion: Finally, it should be mentioned that, in ...
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According to the Mormon Doctrine, when God said, “let there be light,” was He talking about the Light of Christ?

Background The LDS perspective of the Creation is that there was a spiritual creation (Genesis 1; Moses 2; Abraham 4:1-5:3) and a physical creation (Genesis 2:4-6; Abraham 5:4-6; Moses 3:4-6). First ...
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Why did God create us so that it is in our nature to sin?

There are many questions that circle around the following question but the exact wording is important - therefore it is, to the best of my knowledge, not a duplicate! In many of the answers given to ...
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Prior to the scientific consensus regarding the age of mankind, were there any theologians who argued that the date of Adam's creation was unknowable?

Prior to modern scientific consensus regarding the age of mankind, were there any theologians who argued that the chronology in Genesis 1-11 could not be used to calculate the date of Adam's creation?
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Why do some Christians believe a very young Earth?

AFAIK, some Young Earth Creationists (YEC) believe that Earth was created less than 10000 years ago; that is a relatively small interval before the creation of human beings. However, I also perceive ...
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According to Catholicism, why was Adam alone given the charge of naming the animals and birds?

Genesis 2:18–20 (NRSVCE) says: "Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every ...
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How is the earth soon after God turn the light on according to the literalist / YEC?

Genesis 1:2 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. Is the other half of earth dark? My understanding is that when the light was created, then (logically) the other half of the ...
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According to the Catholic Church, if God is just and loving why is Nature so needlessly brutal and cruel sometimes?

This question was brought about after reading a quote from Charles Darwin saying he couldn't believe in a benevolent creator due to the existence of parasitic wasps (which paralyze insects so that ...
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What does the term ' a wind from God' as used at Genesis 1:2 (NRSVCE) imply?

Genesis 1:2 (NRSVCE) reads : the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. The same verse in New King James ...
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Is there any Denomination which think that the “serpent” at the beginning of his existence in Eden is not a bad being?

This question raised after my other question here Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you ...
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According to Catholicism, is our world the only one? [closed]

Is this world the only one? Might God have created other worlds like this that are independent, having their own history? I don't mean another planet, but a whole other universe. What would be the ...
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If God created the sun and the moon on the fourth day what had been lighting the earth for three days? [duplicate]

Genesis 1:3‭-‬5 ERV Then God said, “Let there be light!” And light began to shine. He saw the light, and he knew that it was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God named the ...
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To the YEC, did God make a single male/female pair of each kind of animal?

Genesis 1:21-22 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird ...
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In Trinitarian theology who created the world? [closed]

Did the father create the world by himself by fiat ("Let there be and there was...")? Or, Did the father order the son to create the world and the son did the work (where "Let there be..." was a ...
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What influence did Greco-Roman philosophy have on the doctrine of “creatio ex nihilo”?

Background Frequently, Creationists and Theistic Evolutionists will appeal to and debate/discuss the idea of "Creatio Ex Nihilo" (Latin for "creation from nothing") with some critiquing the concept ...
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Do any Theistic Evolutionists deny the possibility of (intelligent) life on other planets for Biblical reasons?

I recall reading a book by Hugh Ross many years ago, in which he claimed that life, or at least intelligent life, on other planets was a Biblical impossibility. I believe the argument hinged on the ...
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Where did Swedenborg believe man originate from?

The origin of man is thought by some to be through God's creation of Adam and Eve. Some people believe that we originated from lower forms of animals. And some people believe that aliens were the ...
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What is the difference between the two creations of humans, according to those who believe they are in chronological order?

In Genesis 1:27, it says: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. In Genesis 2:7, it says: And the LORD God formed man of the ...
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Were humans created before the animals? (Catholic perspective)

In Genesis 2:18-19, it is mentioned that God created man first and then the animals so the man can't be alone and he can name them. The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I ...
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What are some sources of March, 25th being the date of the creation of the world, or of the creation of Adam and Eve, or of their disobedience?

As per title, I read -- in a very uninformed way -- of these traditions, among many others, in regards to March, 25th: A) it would be the date of the creation of the world B) it would be the ...
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Do any Christian denominations believe God can annihilate his creation?

Christians believe God created the universe from nothing. Do any believe he can reverse this process, effectively annihilating his creation, or some portion of his creation?
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Where does the word 'Eloheim' originate from?

Elohim being referred to as the Father whom is a God When one speaks of God, it is generally the Father who is referred to; that is, Elohim. - God (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)....
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What is the understanding between the Genesis account and the book of Abraham account of creation? (LDS)

There seems to be a clear difference between the Pearl of Great Price and the Bible in terms of creation: The Pearl of Great Price And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the ...
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How do Young Earth Creationists explain artifacts dated to 20,000 years ago or more? [duplicate]

Many creationists and Christians believe the earth is around 6000 years old. I am taking art history and some of the artifacts or pieces of art that were created by humans back then had been carbon ...
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Does the Roman Catholic Church embrace theistic evolution?

In 1996, Pope John Paul II gave a speech in a plenary assembly at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, documented here. It seems he embraced a version of Theistic Evolution (sometimes called Guided ...
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What is the basis for saying that B. B. Warfield believed in theistic evolution?

B. B. Warfield is commonly cited as a leading conservative Reformed theologian during the period leading up to the Fundamentalist/Modernist controversy of the early 20th century. One of the issues of ...
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According to the RCC, why did God create so many planets?

Why did God create so many planets? The argument that He had to in order to make the universe work is just opinion based because He could or can change all laws of nature and the universe and create ...
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According to Catholicism, were animals created in the image of anything?

Humans are made in the image of God, but what about the animals? What are the animals in the image of? Is there any Roman Catholic doctrine on such a question?
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Creation, Fall, Redemption (Restoration/New Creation): Who said it first?

Who is the author who first described the biblical metanarrative of scripture as Creation, Fall, Redemption -- and some include Restoration or New Creation?
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What is the name of the view that the Earth is 4 billion years old, but God inserted human beings 5000 years ago?

In the book God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God author John C. Lennox puts forward an unorthodox 'third view' of Christian origins. He suggests that perhaps the Earth is 4 Billion years old, ...
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Who is Augustine arguing against in his Confessions, book 12?

In Augustine's Confessions, book XII, chapters xvi–xvii (23–24), he writes about his disagreements with others over the proper interpretation of the Creation account in Genesis 1. Augustine holds that ...

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