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Actually, the discussion below didn't quite cover it

A star is born (at least, being born).

And yes, perhaps there is another source of energy that is powerful enough to create elements. And, perhaps, they even do contribute to the interstellar dust. A possible, as yet unseen, source of cosmic dust hardly mitigates the role that stars play in the process. Perhaps your atoms (and mine) came from a quasar that sprayed its cone of energy over the area of our solar system. A quasar is still a star. Technically, a black hole is still a star, just a really heavy one.

Some atoms in dust might even come from the evaporation of black holes, as shown by Stephen Hawking (the evaporation, not the dust thing).

Science is far from perfect, nor does it have all the answers, but it is a living, growing thing. Science can and should be questioned and investigated endlessly.

The bible is a book of collected writings, composed more than 2000 years ago, and translated several times over the years. Isn't it the "King James Version" that's so often quoted? Its relevance to scientific matters is limited, IMO.

Please don't think I'm trying to attack the bible, I have read it. I find the teachings of Jesus to be straight forward, easy to understand, and very compelling. I suspect Jesus was a closet libertarian. ;)

Just open the box and see