Thanks for your insights, Sister A-G. As you say, all of those I mentioned are possibly explained elsewise. I suggested that in that all those were only possible examples of ex nihilo, imo.
You explain that they could be a formation from something else. That is entirely possible.
However, it is not necessarily so. Since already baked bread and already cooked fish does not procreate, we have baskets of bread and fish instead of a few of each.
If I have one marble and suddenly have a half gallon of marbles, then I either found all my marbles (AT LAST! :>) or, my marbles procreated, or marbles just kept appearing.
It seems the mass of marbles may have multiplied, and mass can neither be created nor destroyed, so at least it’s a possibility, but Perhaps I’ve lost my marbles.
(”Could you help me find them?” he asked the nice young lady. “Of course, Sir,” she replied and helpfully asked “Where were they last you saw them?” Hanging his head, he mumbled, “In a crevo discussion.” Shaking her head, the lady took his hand and gently inquired, “First, tell me your name...and what date do you think it is.”)
Indeed, the point about the multiplication of loaves and fishes is well taken. That may indeed be ex nihilo.
I have the sneaky intuition that the gallon of marbles where moments before there was only one may be a manifestation of a temporal reality which may be manipulated by one of ‘superior knowledge’ of same ... and thus the gallon marbles are ‘collected’ from temporal linear realities rather than created from ‘no thing before’. Even thoughts have some for of temporal and spatial reality, or so I am led to believe. The key is finding a way to define/express the dimensional variables in a new fashion which allows for finding the ‘spatio-temporal limits’.
LOL!!! Thanks again! You, Sir and Brother, are a genuine prize!!! :-|
It was during the Nixonian era that the Alzheimer's that finally took my Dad (a lifelong Democrat) reached the point that we had him professionally evaluated. I was there with him, and the tester did start with name and date -- and then he asked for the name of the current President.
My Dad's response was, "Ummmmm... Harry Truman?"
Your post caused me to ask myself how I (at 75) would answer that same question...
"Well -- it sure as heck is NOT that ineligible, illegal alien, phony 1/6th Black, Kenyan muslim Marxist usurper who is squatting in the White Hut, spending MY money, running up debt, taking expensive vacations and golfing while doing his da*ndest to destroy our Constitution and everything that makes this Nation great!!"
Ummmmm... Ronald Reagan?"
(Praise the Lord that I'm now able to jest about that horrible time in my family's life!)