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How do Christians who reject Young Earth Creationism respond to the "God is not a liar" argument?

To put it simply, Old Earth proponents do not believe "God is a liar" but that YEC proponents have misunderstood the Bible. YEC insist on a literal interpretation of Genesis (they call it &...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

Genesis 2:24–25 (ESV): Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ...
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How do those who hold to a literal interpretation of the flood account respond to the criticism that Noah building the ark would be unfeasible?

Well. Turns out a bunch of Christians "put their money where their mouths are" and actually built the thing. I'd say that pretty well puts to rest any ridiculous claims about it being "...
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How do those who hold to a literal interpretation of the flood account respond to the criticism that Noah building the ark would be unfeasible?

If you don't accept the underlying premise of this story that there is a God who interacts with his creation and is perfectly capable of doing things that would naturally be impossible (i.e. what we ...
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What was God's original plan for humanity prior to the fall?

I think the premise in your first sentence may be in error. Consider just a couple texts: Ephesians 1:4-5 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world [...] Having ...
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Why would angels climb a stairway if they have wings?

There are definitely two types of angels mentioned in the Bible that have wings - cherubim and seraphim: “The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their ...
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If God is omniscient why did he need to come down to earth to see for himself?

God does this for the sake of mankind, not His own. Take, for instance, Gen 3 and The Fall. Adam and Even have sinned and God comes walking around, looking for them because they had hidden themselves. ...
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How do Theistic Evolutionists interpret Genesis 2:7 in light of Ezekiel 37:1-14?

Theistic evolutionists do not hold that God couldn't have created life on earth over a short span of time; rather, they hold that the evidence He has left for us to examine suggests that He didn't. ...
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Who first described Pentecost as a reversal of Babel?

Two fourth-century fathers clearly make this connection. First, Cyril of Jerusalem: The multitude of the hearers was confounded;—it was a second confusion, in the room of that first evil one at ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

There were no priests then who could marry them. But given that priests are only God's representatives on Earth, God clearly could marry them. Genesis 1:28, already quoted by others, can be understood ...
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If God is omniscient why did he need to come down to earth to see for himself?

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; [Genesis 19:1 KJV] Justice and judgment require a true witness. In the mouth of two or three witnesses let every matter be established. [Deuteronomy 19:15 ...
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Spectrum of Interpretation on Great Flood

There are 4 basic views regarding the interpretation of the great flood. Generally speaking, these connect to the interpretation of Genesis 1-3 as well. Global Flood The first camp is from those who ...
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Were Adam and Eve ever given the permission by God to procreate?

It says in Genesis: 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 ...
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How many wives did Adam have?

Adam had only ONE wife, Eve. The simple answer is that Genesis chapter 1 is like an overview of the events of creation. It can be seen as the introduction. Then Genesis chapter 2 goes on to provide ...
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Who told Eve about the fruit?

It may not be clearly represented that God instructed Eve, but it is clear that she knew: 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to ...
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Where does the word 'Eloheim' originate from?

There seem to be two basic questions here: In the original Hebrew manuscripts; the writer uses the word Elohim....From my research it seems 'Eloheim' doesn't exist in the Hebrew nor English ...
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Why did God spare Abraham's child but not Jephthah's?

Jewish and Christian scholars alike present many opinions and interpretations of the story of Jephthah and his daughter. The ambiguity of the text and the fact that her sacrifice is not described in ...
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Who documented biblical events before Moses?

Who documented biblical events before Moses? This is a great question, and one might have thought that we have nothing at all to go on, except guesswork. But actually we do have something to go on, ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

In Mark 10:9 Jesus says, in the context of marriage, "What God has joined together, let not man separate." Clearly, when you read of the beginnings in Genesis, God brought Adam and Eve together. (...
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How do those who hold to a literal interpretation of the flood account respond to the criticism that Noah building the ark would be unfeasible?

With respect to the narrow claim of feasibility, I was surprised recently to learn about the existence of Russian disposable timber ships. Wikipedia says that a belyana could be up to 390 ft long. ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the idea of 'creation ex nihilo'?

Gen 1 as ancient cosmology Although I agree with the quoted LDS scholar Dr. Dan McClellan that Gen 1:1 is verbally better understood as a temporal clause specifying the condition of formless matter (...
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Reason for drawing water at unusual time

This is a quite fascinating question, where we can speculate to our hearts' content! First, it must be pointed out that the New Living Translation you have quoted is dogmatic in its assertion that it ...
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According to Ravi Zacharias's apologetic argument, how could love have existed prior to the fall?

You appear to be slightly misunderstanding Zacharias's argument. Here are his four options: No world Amoral world (no such thing as good and evil) Constrained world (no possibility of choosing evil) ...
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Adam and Eve, and the 10 Commandments

It is a commonly held belief among Christians that transgression of any of the 10 commandments leads to death. Therefore since transgression of any of them is the same as transgressing all of them. In ...
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LDS Church view: was the earth and all life on it created in six 24-hour days?

As mentioned in the comments the LDS church believes: Latter-day Saints have additional information that allows a third view—that each “day” of the Creation was of unspecified duration and that the ...
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From Genesis to Exodus - is God dealing with Israelites or Jews?

Yes, that's right. The origin of "Jew" actually comes from Judah, one of the sons and tribes of Jacob/Israel. When the Kingdom of Israel splits after Solomon, the dominant tribe of the southern ...
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Do Christians believe that Adam and Eve were Christians?

Abraham was the first Hebrew. 'Jews' come from Judah, the son of Jacob, Abraham's grandson. Disciples were first called 'Christians' in Antioch during the first century. God revealed himself to Adam ...
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According to the Bible narrative, who was the second descendant of Adam to die?

The second death recorded in the Bible story, in the lineage of Cain, first son of Adam The second death recorded in the Bible story is an unnamed man killed by Lamech son of Methushael (not to be ...
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According to Genesis, did all land animals come before humans, or were some created after?

were all land animals that now exist [...] created at Genesis 1:25, or were there animals that were created after humans? First off, what does Scripture tell us? Genesis 1:25-26a, 2:1-2 25 God made ...
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