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Describe Christian beliefs about the creation of the world.

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Describe Christian beliefs about the creation of the world Christian belief about the creation of the world is based on the first chapter of Genesis, where God is said to have created the world out of nothing (ex nihilo) in six days. He created everything in a specific order on separate days, and then rested on the seventh day when his work was complete. Within Christianity, there are many different denominations with their own views about how the world was created. Fundamentalist (or literalist) Christians believe that God created the world in six days, and he rested on the seventh day. They believe that everything was created exactly as stated in the Bible - i.e. ...read more.

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These Christians believe that when the Bible says that the world was created in "six days", a "day" may be a loose term meaning a geological period, or 100 million years, for example. Liberal Christians often fit scientific ideas about the creation of the world into the creation story. They day that when God said, "Let there be light", this is the point at which the Big Bang created the universe, and when each of the different types of animals was created on a different day, this is the process of evolution developing new forms of life. However, they believe that God put both of these processes into motion. Christians also believe that God made humans specially. When God created the animals, he simply commanded that they came into existence, and they did. ...read more.

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Christians believe that when God had finished creating the world, it was perfect. Whether or not the exact details of the Genesis creation story are true, the story teaches some important points. The story illustrates that God is powerful. Not only did he create the world from nothing, but he only needed to command things and they appeared. "God commanded `Let there be ... ` and it was done". As well as creating the world, Christians believe that God is sustaining it, and that everything on earth depends on him. The fact that things were created separately in a certain order, and "God was pleased with what he saw," suggests that creation was planned. Word Count: 556 ...read more.

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