Explain how God is shown in the Bible as a Creator

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To Christians, and many other members of the Abrahamic faiths, God is the sole creator of everything in existence, ex nihilo.  They believe he created all that there ever was, is, and will be. To them, he was the only thing to exist before he “created the Heavens and the Earth” and everything therein, and is the only thing, or being, to transcend our realm of existence. This opinion stems from the stories of creation found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The most obvious and popular of these stories is the very first few chapters of Genesis, but even later on in the same Book,  a different contradictory creation story is told, and even more later on in the Bible, such as in the Book of Job. How can a coherent view of creation, never mind view of God as the creator, be formed out of so many differing versions of the story which are all presented as fact? Perhaps the answer is not to take the stories literally, and try to extract morals or meanings from what may be metaphorical stories, as opposed to historical accounts. For example, God did not create all life, but neither did we, so we should still treat it as someone else’s property.

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The very first account of Creation is told in Genesis 1:1-3. In this 7-Day story, God creates all of the heavens and the earth, the land and the seas, the fish and the birds and man and woman. Everything is good in this world, it is all intentionally created and Adam and Eve live peacefully in the Garden, in dominance of the Animals and the land, with but one limitation, which is not to eat the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Even in this story though, there are slight words and phrases which seem to ...

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