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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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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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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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Doesn't the Trinitarian reading of Genesis 1:26 violate hermeneutical principles?

Why do trinitarians rarely mention the hermeneutical principles which have led them to this belief? Stack Exchange Biblical Hermeneutics has extensive archives regarding the hermeneutical analysis of ...
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How Many Souls Have Ever Lived?

Historical Estimates of World Population shows the world population as single-digit millions before 3000 BC. Given that the world is currently approaching 5-digit millions, I suspect it doesn't make ...
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What insights can be derived from the Protoevangelium regarding God's plan of Salvation, specifically in relation to the concept of election?

Answering as a Christian who believes in God's sovereign election as to salvation, here are just a few points in answer to the question, as the subject is too vast to delve into here. Genesis 3:15 ...
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Was the Garden of Eden created on the third or sixth day of Creation?

Once God made dry land (earth) on Day Three, he caused the earth to bring forth grass, plants, trees, and all the seed and fruit associated with them. He created the first male and female humans ...
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Doesn't the Trinitarian reading of Genesis 1:26 violate hermeneutical principles?

The question somewhat conflates the purposes of hermeneutics with goal of interpretation. "Try to find the original writer's intentions when he wrote the biblical text" In his paper "...
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Why did Abraham and Isaac instruct their children to marry only from their clan?

The question can be answered from both a cultural and a religious perspective. Culturally, this was still the era of tribal societies and it was normal for tribes to avoid marrying outsiders. ...
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If God is omniscient why did he need to come down to earth to see for himself?

It was not because of a necessity concerning binding judicial process or lack of information that God sent angels to investigate. Consider Elihu's words in Job: 23 God has no need to examine people ...
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Did God consult anyone in the assessment of Creation?

Did God consult anyone in the assessment of Creation? The short answer is no. God did not consult anyone at all, for God is omnipotent and all knowing and he created the universe and all it contains ...
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Who was the angel of the LORD that stops Abraham from carrying out the sacrifice?

The best proof as to the identity of who the angel of the Lord is can be found at Genesis 22. I maintain that the angel of the Lord is the preincarnate Jesus Christ, and the following facts will prove ...
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Was the Garden of Eden created on the third or sixth day of Creation?

Genesis 1:9-13 says that it was only on the third day that God created the plants and grasses on earth - wouldn't that also include Eden with the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and ...
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Catholic Sources Which Point to the Three Visitors to Abraham in Gen. 18 as The Holy Trinity?

According to the Catena Aurea, one Procopius of Gaza, an early commentator, says that "Some say they are three angels, others that one of them is God with two angels, and others that there is a ...
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If the flood was recent and local, then when did humans become omnivores?

If the flood was recent and local, with God's permission to Noah and his surviving family to eat animal flesh given only when they disembarked, that says absolutely nothing about whether all humanity (...
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In which region of earth is the Garden of Eden located?

Where was the Garden of Eden? A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of ...
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Does Genesis 1:3 describe God creating Jesus Christ?

Moderator comments indicated that the Q be aimed at Unitarians; then the OP asked if "Unitarians" could be removed, but the word "Unitarians" was finally lumped by the OP alongside ...
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Does Genesis 1:3 describe God creating Jesus Christ?

Since I'm "anyone" my answer would be a resounding "NO." All the verses you provided are not saying what you think they mean. I'm not going to go through everyone of them but just ...
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Did The Creator intend at first for Adam and Eve to have children?

God told Adam and Eve to "be fruitful and multiply." That's what he wanted them to do. Adam and Eve being 'so innocent' had nothing to do with them being unable to follow through on what God ...
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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?

The currently top answer is correct in my opinion. However, as one respondent here is very much focussed on John 1:3, here is a question I don‘t hear asked often: when John emphasized that „without it,...
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Was Adam blaming Eve?

The Scriptures make it clear that no one can lie in the real presence of God. Therefore, it is certain that Adam did not lie to God. When God gave the command to Adam in Genesis 2:16-17 not to eat ...
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What is the evidence for the claim that Young Earth Creationism was the mainstream viewpoint in ancient times?

Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs Several quotation from the Early Christian writers may be of help in answering your Question: In as many days as this world was made, in so many thousand years ...
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Does any Christian denomination teach Genesis 3 as a description of human evolution from animals?

Short answer: No. For the Liberal denominations, see Epimanes's answer on the ECLA: Those denominations see Genesis 3 as a product of its time, allegorically teaching spiritual truths by concepts ...
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Catholic Sources Which Point to the Three Visitors to Abraham in Gen. 18 as The Holy Trinity?

St. Augustine (from On the Trinity Ch. 2) seems to be suggesting (in 19) that the Three Visitors could very well be the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity See: https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/130102....
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Why did Abraham and Isaac instruct their children to marry only from their clan?

Why did Abraham and Isaac instruct their children to marry only from their clan? The OP claims: "Abraham was from a pagan family, separated by his call to God. His families I supposed weren't ...
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What factors, according to Young-Earth Creationists, might inhibit the Holy Spirit from guiding a Christian to a literal interpretation of Genesis?

The writer of Hebrews said something that touches on this topic: 11We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12In fact, though by ...
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Is John Chapter 1, the Godhead of the Son, just an exposition of Genesis Chapter 1?

In both the Genesis "beginning" and John's "beginning" start out the same way. The definite article has been supplied. The actual Greek is "en arech--that is, "in ...
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Why did Abraham and Isaac instruct their children to marry only from their clan?

Originally Abraham's family was not pagan; they were descendants of Noah through Shem. Therefore Abraham's decision to live a faithful life was a return to the faith of his fathers, and Terah or one ...
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