Whether you believe God created the world or the universe is the result of the Big Bang, ask questions here about the creation of the beautiful and wondrous earth we live on.
Asked in Old Testament, Creation
A short story of creation from luzon?
A man named Moses introduced one story with two different beginnings and two very different endings. One begins in Gen 1:27 "God created man," and ends with the Apocalypse, "any universal or widespread destruction or disaster." Between that beginning and that horrible ending Jews, Muslims and Christians materialized, each with their own version of God. The other beginning and ending is completely peaceful and Atheistic. Gen 2:7 "LORD God formed man," and ends with Apocalypse, "a lifting of the veil." The fulcrum point in Moses' story on which these two opposing views teeter is found in 2Cr 3:15 "But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart." Currently, those who believe in a God think of themselves as disconnected from their angry Elohiym or Allah, each seeing the other as evil Ps 7:11. This is Moses' international biblical chess game. To reset Moses' chess board, we begin with Gen 2:7 "LORD God formed man." When Moses wrote the story he personified his characters as authors do. We will de-personify these characters or in biblical terms 'remove the leaven', which will reveal his peaceful Atheistic view. The new playing field becomes your mind. It is no longer Elohiym vs. Allah. The good vs. evil are now your own opposing streams of thought in your bride chamber mind. Your dominant male mind is Eternity which Moses personified as the character LORD in his story. Your needy female mind is your human nature personified as God. With both mental opponents now in place a conjugal relationship occurs in your mind. When husband Eternity speaks through the mouth of wife humanity (regardless of your human gender) you become enabled to direct your human self around this little planet by Eternal remote control. One example is Genesis chapter19. In this story of Lot and his virgin daughters, angels of the LORD came as men to Lot's house. The men of that city surrounded the house, banging on Lot's door and demanding to consummate a relationship with these visiting men. Lot exited the house and offered his two virgin daughters to the crowd to appease them rather than grant the mob their request to have a conjugal relationship with the visitors. The old chess board setting results in a fictional situation of deliberate child abuse and human homosexuality becomes labeled as a deplorable act. Your bride chamber mind sees Lot's daughters as virgin Judaism and Christianity expecting the LORD to consummate them after end times. However, the male visitors have come to complete the conjugal relationship now, in the minds of those virgin religions. But the mob of religious fundamentals refuse to take their eyes off of their Elohiym and Jesus, long enough to look inside the bride chamber of their own thoughts to lift the veil and consummate immediately. So they continue to bang on the doors of their synagogs and churches by praying to their disconnected God. In conclusion, the true homosexual in the waiting bride chamber is the lone human mind, void of her male soul mate mind 'Eternity', who is just waiting to consummate your thoughts so you can be 'born again' as a perfect child. Lot exited his house (mind) to speak, simply because one cannot enter another's mind. This concept is consistent in every verse and parable in the Bible without exception. Mal 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel." This divorce is between your male Eternal mind and your female material mind, perfect soul mates. Their separation is hated by the LORD God who are parents of both streams of thought. When you, the material human, divorce your spiritual Eternal husband mind, you are blaspheming your Holy Spirit. Mar 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit never hath forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: You were a perfect child with both minds naturally in your bride chamber. When you joined a religion, you abandoned that Spirit and entered an international game of battling Gods with Armageddon on the horizon. You actually imprisoned your mind in the Stockholm Syndrome with your God as your captor. This perfect Atheistic view of the Bible completely deflates the leaven which has created opposing God's. ALL previous mystery is completely resolved. The Bible becomes the perfect spiritual guide which transforms you into Eternity away from the distant earth and its battling world of God followers as Paul described in 2Cr 12:2.
Asked in Philippines, Creation, Philippines Health
A story of creation from luzon?
The Creation Story from Luzon When the world first began there was no land, but only the sea and the sky, and between them was a kite (a bird something like a hawk). One day the bird which had nowhere to light grew tired of flying about, so she stirred up the sea until it threw its waters against the sky. The sky, in order to restrain the sea, showered upon it many islands until it could no longer rise, but ran back and forth. Then the sky ordered the kite to light on one of the islands to build her nest, and to leave the sea and the sky in peace. Now at this time the land breeze and the sea breeze were married, and they had a child which was a bamboo. One day when this bamboo was floating about on the water, it struck the feet of the kite which was on the beach. The bird, angry that anything should strike it, pecked at the bamboo, and out of one section came a man and from the other a woman. Then the earthquake called on all the birds and fish to see what should be done with these two, and it was decided that they should marry. Many children were born to the couple, and from them came all the different races of people. After a while the parents grew very tired of having so many idle and useless children around, and they wished to be rid of them, but they knew of no place to send them to. Time went on and the children became so numerous that the parents enjoyed no peace. One day, in desperation, the father seized a stick and began beating them on all sides. This so frightened the children that they fled in different directions, seeking hidden rooms in the house -- some concealed themselves in the walls, some ran outside, while others hid in the fireplace, and several fled to the sea. Now it happened that those who went into the hidden rooms of the house later became the chiefs of the islands; and those who concealed themselves in the walls became slaves. Those who ran outside were free men; and those who hid in the fireplace became Negroes; while those who fled to the sea were gone many years, and when their children came back they were the white people. In a nutshell... The Ifugao tribes of northern Luzon believed that the world was created by the Sun God during a cosmic war between the sky world and the underworld.
Asked in Creation
What are the seven creation of God?
On the first day, God created light, day and night. On the second day, God created an expanse ("firmament") to separate the waters above from the waters below. On the third day, God separated oceans and continents, and then created plants. On the fourth day, God set the sun, moon and stars in the heavens. On the fifth day, he created fish and birds. On the sixth day, he created land animals, and then humans. On the seventh day, God ceased from creating ("rested"). Note: According to tradition, there is only one Genesis creation-narrative, with ch.2 serving as an expansion of the brevity of ch.1, not a separate set of events (Rashi commentary, Gen.2:8).The same literary devices which the Torah employs to enrich its text, have been seized upon by "Bible-critics" in their ongoing attempts to undermine it. The Jewish sages, based on ancient tradition, identified many of these devices, which include: recapping earlier brief passages to elucidate, employing different names of God to signify His various attributes, using apparent changes or redundancies to allude to additional unstated details, speaking in the vernacular that was current during each era, and many more. While Judaism has always seen the Torah as an intricate tapestry that nonetheless had one Divine source, some modern authors such as Wellhausen (the father of modern Biblical-criticism, 1844-1918) have suggested artificially chopping up the narrative and attributing it to various authors, despite the Torah's explicit statement as to its provenance (Exodus 24:12, Deuteronomy 31:24). This need not concern believers, since his claims have been debunked one by one, as archaeology and other disciplines have demonstrated the integrity of the Torah. No fragments have ever been found that would support his Documentary Hypothesis, which remains nothing more than an arbitrary claim, whose falsehood has been pointed out: http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=6&article=1131 (a Christian author) http://www.whoreallywrotethebible.com/excerpts/chapter4-1.php http://www.pearlmancta.com/BiblicalcriticswrongRShlomoCohen.htm And see also the wider picture: http://judaism.friendus.com/hebrew/does-archaeology-support-the-hebrew-bible
Asked in Christianity, Creation, The Difference Between
What is the difference between theism and deism?
Theism is a belief in a God or gods, who created and now control the universe and usually intercede in human affairs. When used in relationship with deism, it usually refers to the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). The concept of deism arose during the Enlightenment as a minimalist interpretation of Christianity, as attempts were made to establish a rational basis for faith. Because the concept of a God who intervenes in human affairs seems unsupportable, the notion developed of a creator God who, having created the world, took no further part in world affairs. Deism is thus a form of monotheism in which any notion of special revelation is impossible, and the nature of the god can only be known through reason and observation from nature. A deist rejects the miraculous and the claim to knowledge made for religious groups and texts. Several of the Founding Fathers of the United States appear to have been deists.
How do you know if you have a god sister or not?
Answer 1 I suppose if your godparents have kids, then you do. My friend is getting baptised, and she's having my neighbor be her godmother and we're going to have the pastor let me be her other "godparent", but as her god sister. Answer 2 God; the Creator; is one and only one God with no partner, no son, no sister, no father, no companion, no associate, and no equivalence. If God; the Creator; has a partner; whoever sister or father or son; There would be no stability in our world and the Gods sure would fight against each other to end with one and only one God. However, per English language, God sister is: if a person's godmother/godfather has a daughter, they would be their god sister when two girls feel spiritually connected and believe god brought them together as best friends. They are god sisters.
Asked in Religion & Spirituality, Creation
How did God create people?
If indeed God created people, we have two explanations in the Book of Genesis, from which we can choose the one we like the most. In the first creation account in Genesis, at verses 1:1-2:4a, God created everything in just six days, by simply speaking them into existence, and then rested on the seventh. He created man (both male and female) last of all, simply by saying "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." And then he blessed them. Appropriately for this account, God is referred to in the Hebrew text as El Shaddai ('God Almighty). In the second creation account in Genesis, at verses 2:4b-25, God created a man (Adam) first and and then a woman (Eve) some time later. In this, more primitive creation story, God's powers are more limited, and he can not make living things out of nothing. He makes Adam out of moist earth and breathed into his nostrils to bring him to life. Then he made each of the animals by forming them out of moist earth. Eve was special, because God took a rib from Adam's side and used this to create her. For more information, please visit: http://christianity.friendus.com/theology/the-story-of-creation
Asked in Islam, Creation, History of Islam
In what country did Islam begin?
For many Muslims the term "Islam" has two meanings: the Divine Religion of Submission to God's Will (often called Islam with a small "i") and the Institutionalized Belief as Found in Qur'an and Revealed by Muhammad's Prophecy (often called Islam with a capital "I"). islam with a small "i" is a concept that comes out of Islam with a capital "I" and projects the Established Religion of Islam back into the period before would have identified as Muslim. The purpose of said belief, in a functional sense, is to gird Islam in the history afforded by the Judeo-Christian prophetic lineage and ensure its authenticity. islam also affords the believer in Islam a continuity of tradition which Muhammad only continued and corrected as opposed to having the religion of Islam be an affront or disagreement with other divinely-inspired religions. Since islam is derivative of Islam, it does not actually exist prior to Islam. Islam, as an Established Religion, was organized and directed by Muhammad, who was born in 570 C.E. at Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. According to Islam, he received revelations from God in Mecca in from the year 610-632 C.E. He was supported by several family members like his uncle Ali Ibn Talib and his first wife Khadija to pursue these prophecies. He converted other members to his nascent religion before being expelled from Mecca to Yethrib (now known as Medina) in 622 C.E. When Muhammad became the Chief Hakam or Judge/Administrator of Yethrib, he received many new revelations and began to ask members of his community to memorize these revelations (along with prior ones). These memorizers (in Arabic Hafeths) would eventually be responsible for the creation of one unified Qur'an. By Muhammad's death, he had conquered all of Arabia and converted most of Arabia to his new faith, establishing the grounds for an Islamic Caliphate, which succeeded him.
Asked in Creation
Why shouldn't creationism be taught in public schools?
There are two questions here, one explicit and one implicit: The first addresses whether the concept of creationism should be taught in public schools in some class. The second concerns whether or not creationism should be taught in a science class. The answer to either has NOTHING to do with the theory of evolution. Let's address the second question first, because it's the easiest to answer. Creationism absolutely should never be taught in a science class. The reason has nothing to do with the subject matter; it has to do with Creationism not being a scientific theory. In order for an idea to be science (and consequently, have a scientific theory constructed around it), it must follow certain rules: there must be experimentally verifiable assertions made, and the theory as a whole must be constructed using these (testable) assertions combined with the reproducible experimental data. That is, science consists of making an assertion that can be proven FALSE, and then making a sufficient amount of tests to either prove that assertion false, or increase the confidence that the assertion is true (as a scientific theory is based on a preponderance of evidence, and cannot be shown "true" in the same way a mathematical proof can be). Creationism cannot produce these testable conditions. There is no test that can be run to show whether there is a God (or Intelligent Designer) or not - that is, Creationism is rooted in faith (a form of, by definition, baseless belief), which cannot be used in science. Thus, Creationism is a form of faith/religion, not a scientific theory, and cannot be taught in a science class. You can't teach Philosophy in Science class. The first (explicit) interpretation of the question is more tricky, as it concerns the content of Creationism as a belief system. Creationism is inherently a Christian faith system; while it is possible to structure Creationism as some form of general monotheistic belief, the literature and supporting movements of the system are derived (and almost exclusively practiced) by those of a Christian faith. As a form of religious faith, teaching such a subject in a public school - which has a duty as a government-sponsored institution not to promote one religion over others - can be tricky. Legally speaking, it is possible to teach Creationism in a class where the context is sociology and/or philosophy, and where the discussion and study is not "accept this as true", but more "analyze what this says and why, and look at the roots of where it came from." It would NOT be possible to teach this in any way which endorsed Creationism as "truth" or which judged people according to their adherence to its tenants, because in both situations, it would be the school (aka government) promoting the views of a specific religion over those of others not of that religion. Thus, it could be entirely appropriate to discuss Creationism in a Comparative Religions class, or Western Philosophy class, or even a Sociology class. It might even be possible to be taught to younger kids in a Social Studies class. That is, you could "teach" Creationism in the same way you would "teach" Shakespeare or Ayn Rand. The prime point is that Creationism cannot be presented as accepted fact, or as supported by fact. Whether or not it would be beneficial to students that such a subject be taught is left up to your local community to decide.
Is everything of one consciousness?
I would say everything is of one 'sub-consciousness' and that those who embrace spiritual oneness hope for one consciousness to see the light of day. =================================================== That is an outstanding answer, I totally agree. But it is almost impossible for people involved in a religion to take their eyes off of their individual God, to understand that. 'The Lost Rivers Out of Eden' by Mike Kusiak, takes the Holy Bible and shows the reader the spiritual side of it which makes the Holy Bible the most inspirational book in the world. It begins by separating the sub-conscious from the conscious minds of the reader. A guide takes the sub-conscious mind on a journey and leaves the conscious mind behind to turn the pages and read the book. It is a fascinating journey where ALL of the previously mysterious verses and parables in the Bible become completely clear. Actually the 'mark of Cain' and the '666' appear before your very eyes which makes the entire Bible transparent, it's a great book which if read by enough people will end the Mid east wars forever, end all addictive behavior and all of the current problems which face mankind. It is truly worth reading. It's cheap on amazon.com.
Asked in The Bible, Christianity, Creation
What is the literal view of creation?
By literal view of creation, its assumed you are referring to the literal interpretation of biblical text without the influence of mans doctrines and ideas, that is what Will be provided, however I will mention where some of those mens ideas originated form which will help the reader understand more clearly how to distinguish when they are hearing the truth and when they are listening to mans fiction. To understand Literal Biblical Creation, on must understand and study the Biblical texts of both the old and new testaments. Further they must understand how the believers in Greek philos-sophos doctrine and its dialectic deceive people concerning creation. First: What is written in the biblical text concerning Creation. We will define this in three events. The creation of earth, the creation of souls and the creation of flesh man. First is the creation of the earth. Many biblical scholars attempt to cram all of the events which have and will occur into one earth age. That simply is not true. There are three distinct earth ages or eons which are given and defined very plainly in the third chapter of the second book of the Apostle Peter. Further its defined that a day with our Father is as one thousand years to flesh man. Many proclaim that this earth was originated in vain or in a state of chaos which evolved into what it is today. That is simply not written, the literal translation is given in Isaiah 45:18 where our Father states emphatically he did not create this earth in vain, he created it to be inhabited. So the literal translation is that there are three distinct earth ages or eons and the first two were created to be inhabited in every detail. What our Father does not mention is the time frame of the first earth age. What is written in Proverbs 8:22-23 is that wisdom was with our Father before he created what we call earth. Second is the creation of the souls and their bodies, This is stumbling block to most people as they do not understand their body contains a soul which transcends this earth age. The account is well written and defined by Paul in the fifteenth chapter of the first book of Corinthians. There the Apostle Paul goes through a lengthy explanation of the soul and its two bodies. You have an eternal heavenly body which never grows old or wears out, and you have this flesh body which dies because its temporary. We are only here in the flesh on probation in order to choose through freewill to set thing right with our Father who created us. Afterword our soul returns back to the Father who gave it, Ecclesiastes 12:7. Jeremiah 1:5 states: "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before Thou calmest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations" Now how could our Father know this person Jeremiah before he was ever conceived and known him to a point where he could sanctify him and ordain him a prophet? The literal answer is common sense, Jeremiah existed in that first earth age. That is the argument which Paul makes in 1st Corinthians chapter 15. Our father made all of our souls and he knew us in that first earth age. But what went wrong to cause us to come to this state? That answer is written in the 12th chapter of the book of Revelation in the 3rd and 4th verses, where we learn Satan, that great red dragon cast down 1/3 of our Fathers children. He deceived them into worshipping him not our Father. The corruption of Satan is well defined in Ezekiel chapter 28 where he is given as the King of Tyrus (rock) and then the prince of Tyrus, there we learn Satan claimed to be as God and in Revelation we learn he deceived 1/3 of our Fathers children into thinking the same. Our father ended that nonsense with the destruction of the first earth age which is defined in Jeremiah 4:22-28 and 2nd Peter chapter 3:5,6. Third: In order to be fair to all his children our Father required that we all must pass through this flesh life with the freewill to choose what we will believe. That is the purpose of this flesh life. We are on probation and our future, the existence of our souls in the 3rd earth age (called the eternity), is based upon our works which we perform in our flesh life. We all should be working toward the goal of achieving a passing grade which will allow us to continue in that 3rd earth age, in the same body which we possessed in the first earth age, that eternal heavenly body. Read Revelation chapter 20 which defines the conclusion and judgement. We are each and every one judged according to our works. Our works are are rights of passage into the next earth age. Nothing else will be used as access rights but our works. The fact that our Father created us in these flesh bodies is documented in the 6th chapter of the book of Genesis. In very short vernacular: 1) We all existed in the first earth age in our heavily bodies, with our Father, completely content and happy. 2) Satan was created as a cherub, wiser than Daniel, who allowed himself to become deceived by his own wisdom and acquisition of riches. He was deceived to the point he though himself equal with our Father. Satan used his wisdom to deceive 1/3 of our Fathers children who turned to him as if he were our Father. Battle ensued and Satan lost, then a decision, what happens to the 1/3 who were deceived by Satan? 3) Answer we all must go through the flesh life and possess the freewill to choose either Satan or our Father & Christ our savior. 4) We will all be judged according to our works which are those rights of passage to re-acquire our heavenly bodies and move into the 3 earth age (also known as the eternity). Those who don't make it are destroyed in the lake of fire. That's how it is written in the 20th chapter of the book or Revelation boys and girls. So if you are thinking you will exist forever in a place called Hell, well that is simply not written. You either make it according to your works at judgement or your soul is destroyed. The beauty is if you truly believe, you can be forgiven by Christ of your bad works, and they won't count against you. However you can't con Christ either, he can read your thoughts and knows if your are genuine in your request for forgiveness. All your works are documented by the angels in the book of life. Forgiven works are erased. That's the literal translation in a very short and quick definition which does not even scratch the surface of all that is written in our Fathers word concerning this subject. In the book of Ezekiel the order to prophets and teachers is this: " speak with my words unto them" Answer Biblicists are always forgetting that there also a creation story in Job 38 which directly contradicts the stories in Genesis. So which "literal" do you want?
Asked in Ancient Religions, Old Testament, Creation
What is the setting of the story of the creation from Luzon?
It is basically Filipino mythology and folklore involving collections of tales and superstitions about magical creatures and figures. It originally was influenced by Hinduism, but supposedly became Christianized. Since it retains stories about multiple gods, it doesn't fit the description of true Christianity. The stories involved are not Biblical, involving three gods, who originally didn't know each other. As they met, they rivaled each other, one was slain, the other died of illness. Bathala, the caretaker of the earth, thus became the supreme god, who decided to create creatures he wanted with him on the earth, which already existed. Much of the legend revolves around the coconut tree, which purportedly sprang from the common grave of the two dead gods.
Asked in Creation
How does the second Creation story in Genesis vary from the first account?
According to tradition, there is only one Genesis creation-narrative. Genesis ch.2 serves as a detailed expansion of the brevity of ch.1, not a separate set of events (Rashi commentary, Gen.2:8).The same literary devices which the Torah employs to enrich its text, have been seized upon by "Bible-critics" in their ongoing attempts to undermine it. The Jewish sages, based on ancient tradition, identified many of these devices, which include: recapping earlier brief passages to elucidate, employing different names of God to signify His various attributes, using apparent changes or redundancies to allude to additional unstated details, speaking in the vernacular that was current during each era, and many more. While Judaism has always seen the Torah as an intricate tapestry that nonetheless had one Divine source, some modern authors such as Wellhausen (the father of modern Biblical-criticism, 1844-1918) have suggested artificially chopping up the narrative and attributing it to various authors, despite the Torah's explicit statement as to its provenance (Exodus 24:12, Deuteronomy 31:24). This need not concern believers, since his claims have been debunked one by one, as archaeology and other disciplines have demonstrated the integrity of the Torah. No fragments have ever been found that would support his Documentary Hypothesis, which remains nothing more than an arbitrary claim, whose falsehood has been pointed out: http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=6&article=1131 (a Christian author) http://www.whoreallywrotethebible.com/excerpts/chapter4-1.php http://www.pearlmancta.com/BiblicalcriticswrongRShlomoCohen.htm And see also the wider picture: http://judaism.friendus.com/hebrew/does-archaeology-support-the-hebrew-bible
Asked in Creation
How does the Yahwist or Priestly theory compare to the theory of creation?
According to tradition, that theory is not connected to the Creation-narrative of Genesis. It was modern authors such as Wellhausen (the father of modern Biblical-criticism, 1844-1918) who suggested artificially chopping up the narrative and attributing it to various authors, despite the Torah's explicit statement as to its provenance (Exodus 24:12, Deuteronomy 31:24). This need not concern believers, since his claims have been debunked one by one, as archaeology and other disciplines have demonstrated the integrity of the Torah. No fragments have ever been found that would support his Documentary Hypothesis, which remains nothing more than an arbitrary claim, whose falsehood has been pointed out:http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=6&article=1131 (a Christian author) http://www.whoreallywrotethebible.com/excerpts/chapter4-1.php http://www.pearlmancta.com/BiblicalcriticswrongRShlomoCohen.htm And see also the wider picture: http://judaism.friendus.com/hebrew/does-archaeology-support-the-hebrew-bible
What was the first creation of Allah?
Asked in Creation, Family, The Sims 3
When did the concept of family start?
When Adam and Eve began having children, the concept of family was started. Genesis 4 1And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. Actually the concept of family existed within the Godhead. The family is a representation of the Godhead. The Godhead unites in actions and collaboration to produce LOVE which is the existence of all things, visible and invisible. God's intention was for the invisible LOVE phenomenon to be paralleled into a physical world, but unfortunately conditional love born after the separation of man and God has pretty much done away with this parallel. Man, woman and God was to be united as a family to produce LOVE in a physical manifestation through children. How ironic is that some parents torture the product of God's LOVE and some even kill their children. It is why God never intended for selfish unities such as one night stands, homosexuality and other selfish perversions that are supposed to represent His LOVE and character but man has distorted into his own perverse and selfish imagination because he has freedom to do so! Hope this helps.
Asked in Creation
Why is creationism considered pseudoscience?
Like any other field, Creationism can be pursued properly or improperly. "Improperly" would include sloppy work, jumping to conclusions, or letting emotions cloud one's clarity. The same potential problems also pertain to Evolution. If pursued in a rigorously scientific manner (peer-review, ability to duplicate results, etc.), then the same (alleged) non-biased treatment that is given to Evolution should be accorded to results, or thoughts, or findings, that do not fit the Evolutionary paradigm. Science has advanced only because of paradigm-breakers, such as particle physics and the possibility of manned flight (once deemed absurd). Creationism is, a priori, labeled as pseudoscience by those who are against it. It's a value-judgment, which is just an offshoot of the wider paradigm. See also: http://religion.friendus.com/controversy/is-there-evidence-against-evolution http://www.allaboutscience.org/intelligent-design.htm http://www.pathlights.com/ce_encyclopedia/sci-ev/sci_vs_ev_26.htm
Asked in Old Testament, Creation
On what day did God create humankind?
God created humans on the sixth day of Creation (Genesis ch.1). According to tradition, there is only one Genesis creation-narrative, with ch.2 serving as an expansion of the brevity of ch.1, not a separate set of events (Rashi commentary, Gen.2:8).While Judaism has always seen the Torah as an intricate tapestry that nonetheless had one Divine source, some modern authors such as Wellhausen (the father of modern Biblical-criticism, 1844-1918) have suggested artificially chopping up the narrative and attributing it to various authors, despite the Torah's explicit statement as to its provenance (Exodus 24:12, Deuteronomy 31:24). This need not concern believers, since his claims have been debunked one by one, as archaeology and other disciplines have demonstrated the integrity of the Torah. No fragments have ever been found that would support his Documentary Hypothesis, which remains nothing more than an arbitrary claim: http://religion.friendus.com/theory/debunking-the-jepd-documentary-hypothesis http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=6&article=1131 (a Christian author) http://www.WhoReallyWroteTheBible.com/excerpts/chapter4-1.php
Asked in Old Testament, Creation
What have you learned about the creation story and what message is God trying to teach us in this account?
There is more to Genesis than meets the eyes of readers. It has been said that you could study Genesis for an entire lifetime and not make much of a dent into its complete meaning. That is where faith plays its part. There appears more than one Creation account (original physical creation alluded to in Genesis 1:1), however short the verse in Genesis 1:2 is speaking of the renewal of the face of the Earth for mankind - see Psalm 104:30, etals). The book of Genesis is an historical account, not an allegory. Its accuracy is assured by the inspirational guidance of the Holy Spirit. God is reveiling His plan for mankind by creating us in His image and likeness - after the God kind. This plan is further revealed in the subsequent writings coming to its physical end in Revelation. It shows us our great honor to be created in such a way. But in order for us to share in this awesome future, man must demonstrate our willingness to follow God's commands like He gave to Adam in Genesis 2:16. Complicating reader understanding of the Creation account, one must realize that there are differences in language translations and there were no grammatical breaks in the Hebrew or chapter breaks until much later on in the history of man. This causes some problems in getting the full message of the text. Also, the oldest surviving text have unique items at the ending of certain verses that seem to indicate the original writer. Lastly, some terms like the Hebrew word for the phrase, 'these are the generations of the heavens and the earth' in now Chapter 2 are overlooked in there truer meaning of a family genealogy type of intro. These last two points were not fully considered when previous 'theories' were presented. Perhaps its details are best explained by this modified tablet theory, which offers a more satisfactory explanation of all the details, and doesn't violate any known fact. It's in good accord with Scripture, and adds the authenticity that Genesis was composed of eye-witness accounts - ie... The Word God, Adam, Shem, Abraham, etc until it was ready for compilation by Moses around circa 1440 BC in vellum. As for the first 5 books of the Bible, t is tradition to ascribe Moses to them as he was the probable 1st compiler. This makes sense to me, however, we would do well to simply believe the exact teaching of the Bible, just as God inspired it. To do otherwise is an insult to its true Author, our Creator God.
Asked in Creation
If scientists believe the big bang theory is true then wouldn't that technically make them a hypocrite if they don't believe in god because if you think about it the big bang theory is creationism?
From another source as God is narrowly defined. Depends on your point of veiw. ______________________________ Scientists do not, in general, "believe" that theories are "true". Belief is for faith, for religions. Scientists accept that a particular theory adequately explains the facts and evidence that we have acquired so far, and look for other tests that will either confirm or refute the theory. We don't "believe" in the big bang theory; we accept that it is, so far, an incomplete explanation of how the universe came to be. When other facts are discovered that contradict it, then the "big bang theory" will be modified or replaced by another hypothesis that does a better job of explaining all of the existing and new facts. People who remain committed to accepting their pretty theories in the face of facts to the contrary are not really scientists, no matter what they claim. 'Creationism' by definition is that things were created by a supernatural entity. 'Big Bang' theorists don't usually claim there was anything supernatural involved, let alone an intelligent force driving it, and also the things being created are not complex organisms, but the most basic building blocks of matter. That means that's it's not hypocritical to believe in one but not the other. However people can also believe in both, that the Big Bang was the way their creator chose to create the universe.
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Can evolution and creationism be reconciled?
Another answer from our community:What is to be reconciled, evolution is a theory of man; creation is from God. They can not be reconciled nor ever will be because man does not think like God, nor can God lower himself to his own creation. To say that creation and evolution is reconcilable is erroneous because there is no proof that evolution takes place, because if one were to believe in the "big bang theory" where did the matter from the "big bang" come from? Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Another answer: Evolution is a theoretical construct based on collected evidence, like the Theory of Gravity or Copernican Theory. Creation is a myth based on a literal reading of sacred books like Enuma Elish, Rg Veda, Hesiod's Cosmogony or the Bible. In all four of these, the creation story is told in a series of poems and therefore must of necessity include symbolic language, mataphore and poetic imagery. Answer The average person, and especially people who believe in a god or gods, do not understand the word theory as it is used by scientists. Most people think that the word theory means a guess or a hunch, which is how the word is usually meant in everyday non-scientific usage. In science, however, the word theory is used of phenomena that has been tested over and over with experimentation and observation that produces the same results every time the experiments and tests are repeated. In science a theory is not just a hunch or hypothesis under these conditions, but is recognized as established fact, unless and until some other facts are brought to light that force scientists to revise or update the theories in question. Gravity is a fact even though it is called the theory of gravitation. The theoretical part of the theory of gravitation is that no one knows exactly what gravity is or just exactly how it works, but gravity itself is an established fact. In the same way evolution is an established fact. The theoretical part of evolution is by what mechanism it occurs, but evolution itself is an established fact, and it is incompatible and irreconcilable with either creationism or intelligent design. . In creationism it is generally accepted that all life as it exists now was specially created that way by a god or gods, and that since the creation no change in lifeforms has occurred. In intelligent design it is widely accepted that evolution does occur but that it is God-directed. Both stands are incompatible with the theory of evolution. There is overwhelming evidence that life evolved, and there are also a vast number of examples in nature of unintelligent design. Scientists are always revising or updating all of their findings when enough new evidence comes to light that indicates their theories are in error. That's how science works, it is self-correcting, and that's what makes science the best way we have of getting to the truth. Very few people who believe in a god or gods are willing to change their minds when new evidence comes to light. They would rather hold on to illogical beliefs, or beliefs that contradict their holy books than to find the real truth of life and the universe. Another Answer: For me this question is similar to one I heard many times in Political Science classes, "Will the Soviet Union ever tear down the Berlin Wall and allow its satellites and itself to enter the democratic world." Most all at that time would answer with an emphatic no. Just like today and this question of reconciliation between two dynamically diverse views on how we came to be here: creation or evolution. But I have much hope as the fields of science are discovering more and more each day. DNA probably holds the final answer for all of us but the other sciences are proving Genesis and other biblical books more and more accurate with each new discovery. But that being said, in our modern society we see numerous religious people signing onto movements ascribing beliefs in both evolution and creation (see Clergy Letter Project in USA of 10,000 ordained priests and ministers). Or in Australia, a well known molecular biologist and medical doctor, Michael Denton, an avowed Agnostic, in his book "Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, 1986, p. 77), evolutionary theory "is still, as it was in Darwin's time, a highly speculative hypothesis entirely without direct factual support and very far from that self-evident axiom some of its more aggressive advocates would have us believe" So the short answer is, only time will tell.
What is the meaning of the word 'creation'?
Definition of Creation From the Greek root kreas, which means flesh. When something new is made. Biblically, when producing something from nothing. The divine act by which, according to various religious and philosophical traditions, the world was brought into existence. Answer2: The art of creating, or causing existence of, someone or something. It can also refer to that which has been created or brought into existence. Creation, as explained in the Bible, means that Almighty God designed and brought into existence the universe, including spirit persons and the basic kinds of life upon the earth. The Hebrew ba.ra' and the Greek kti'zo both meaning "create, " are used exclusively with reference to divine creation. Throughout the Scriptures Jehovah God is identified as the Creator. Isaiah 45:18. (see Insight on the Scriptures vol 1 p 256 on Jehovah's Witnesses official website)