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God and Natural Evil

by Vic

The greatest threat to my Christian faith is the existence and abundance of Natural evils which have existed since the beginning of time eons before humanity and eons before Adam and Eve. A suffocating, unbreathable atmosphere in the early earth during the Precambrian era, intense cold, intense heat, violence, predation, killing, venomous creatures such as jellyfish, stonefish, spiders, scorpions, centipedes, parasites such as screw worm flies, mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, lice, excrement, mold, mildew, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, birth defects, miscarriages, and worst of all, the legion of diseases which torture and kill man and beast. Suffering, death, and extinctions since prehistoric times. And frightening monsters such as sharks, crocodiles, Dinosaurs, lake serpents, and sea serpents. A loving merciful creator God would not have created such horrible things. It just doesn't make sense to me.

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Mar 22, 2020
God is good. The world is bad.
by: Vic

Dear Ray thank you for posting my comment. I know it's a very uncomfortable and difficult topic to get into which is Natural evil. But it's important to not let it destroy our faith in God.
Author Greg Boyd has one solution to this problem. God didn't create Natural evils. Angelic beings, or Satan and demons created Natural evils according to Mr.Boyd. Or, there's another interesting theory, which is this: Satan and demons, while being unable to create anything out of nothing, do have the power and the ability to change and corrupt things which already exist. In God's original good creation, there was no violence, no venomous creatures, no parasites, no killing, and no diseases. The world may have originally been made into a paradise and a peaceable kingdom until Satan and demons entered the picture and ruined it. For example, mosquitoes and centipedes may have originally been peaceful herbivores until Satan and demons changed and corrupted them by transforming them into disease causing, blood sucking parasites and venomous predators. It's really Satan and demons who turned things evil and who corrupted the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, the climate and weather, and even the atmosphere. All the diseases may have been caused by the Devil and demons or fallen angels. If we believe that Satan and demons are behind all the Human evils and sin then why don't we suspect them being behind all the Natural evils as well? A lot of people will say that believing in Satan and demons either creating or causing Natural evils is antiquated belief, but I don't see why. Maybe Greg Boyd is right. This is the best argument for the existence of Natural evil and for the existence of Human evil or Moral evil. God did not create any of these evils. These evils were either created by or caused by the Devil or demons to hurt us and to destroy our faith in God. We have to struggle and not let these evil entities to destroy our faith, as this is one of their goals.
We need the help of God and Jesus in our struggle against the Devil and his minions. The Devil and his cohorts are ruling the world. It's very frightening that these invisible evil entities are out there.
As far as the millions and billions of years of radio carbon dating and evolution, the answer is we really don't know the age of things, and a lot of it is just human guess work. After a certain length of time radio carbon dating no longer becomes accurate and no longer becomes reliable. Planet earth maybe no older than 62 million years old and not 4.6 billion years old. Thank you for reading my friend.

Mar 21, 2020
You're right
by: Ray

Vic, you are so right. All those evils from a loving God do not make sense. So how can we make sense of it? For God to have designed the earth to develop according to the evolutionary theory of survival of the fittest and death of the rest does not seem right either.

I'll give you one quote from Charles Darwin's book The Origin of Species:

"To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree."

There are good explanations for all of it. First of all, we tend to take all of what science teaches as truth - it is not. As a trained biologist who took a number of courses promoting biology and as one who has also looked at it from the other side, I can say that the evolutionary theory does not hold water. When you really look into it, there are a great number of assumptions built into the standard model. Here is one:

Much of the dating of fossils by paleontologists is based on the particular sedimentary layers they are found in. On the other hand, geologists make use of fossils to date the rock layers they are studying. Circular reasoning at its best!

There is a totally different way to understand all of this which, of course, requires much more explanation as there is so much involved. You could explore some of the many good creationism research websites that are available. I would urge you even more so to focus on understanding the "loving merciful creator God" that you mentioned. He is real and there is great joy in understanding what He is like. I would invite you to visit and spend some time on my other website

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