July 13, 2011
The other article on Christian CourierÂ <a href="http://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1405-why-did-god-make-mosquitoes" rel="nofollow">http://www.christiancourier.co...</a>Â makes an interesting case
I disagree with Ms. Fang's findings. In some regions, mosquitos are responsible for drivingÂ herds of elk and mule deer from verdant pastures in the low lands, to higher elevations at specific times of the year, thus ensuring no overgrazing of meadowlands, as well asÂ the strengthening of yearlings as they traverse more rocky terrain. The elimination of mosquitos would have a major impact on the ecology of these regions, from the overall health of the elk and deer population to the food chain. God knew what He was doing when He created mosquitos, though to humans theyÂ may beÂ a nuisance.
This is an interesting question.<br><br>Did God create <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallpox" rel="nofollow">smallpox</a> for a reason? We've all but eradicated it... was it a sin to try to destroy an entire species of virus that God created, presumably for a reason?Â <br><br>I'd argue that it wasn't; a human life is of higher value than a non-human one, and particularly a virus. Eliminating viruses that cause suffering and death is a positive thing.<br><br>But at the same time, many of our current and future environmental problemsâ€”anthropogenic climate change, shortages of energy, food, and clean water, etc.â€”are being caused or exacerbated by human population growth, to which a major contributing factor is improvements in medicine, vaccination, epidemiology, and sanitation which have resulted in a reduction in death rates from diseases like smallpox.Â <br><br>So it could certainly be argued that on a macro level, we need diseases like smallpox to control the human populationâ€”or something else will come along to crash the human population in a perhaps more violent and painful way. (Food and water shortages, combined with climate-change-related changes, and the resource wars those things cause would be my bet right now.)<br><br>But at the same time, I still think the eradication of smallpox was a net plus for humanity (and particularly for those who would have otherwise suffered and died from the disease if it still existed)â€”and overpopulation, climate change, etc. can be addressed in other ways, as long as we acknowledge that they <i>are</i> problems and commit ourselves to the micro and macro changes we need to make in order to address them, rather than burying our heads in the sand and pretending that our current lifestyle is sustainable for the planet, particularly as many of the planet's billions aspire to it.<br>
This is something Jon Acuff of Stuff Christians Like fame pondered earlier this week. He chalked it up to having to ask God when we get to heaven. I agree on that one. I'm thinking in the new heavens and new earth, mosquitoes will instead of sucking blood, inject awesomeness into us. Just because. <br><br>Here's the link for Stuff Christians Like post <a href="http://www.jonacuff.com/stuffchristianslike/2011/07/saying-%E2%80%9Ci%E2%80%99ll-ask-god-that-when-i%E2%80%99m-in-heaven-%E2%80%9D/" rel="nofollow">http://www.jonacuff.com/stuffc...</a>
Luther thought insects in general (and therefore mosquitoes) didn't exist before the Fall. To the extent that they are an annoyance, aggravation, and in fact a danger to humans, they would therefore be a sign of our fallen-ness and an effect of the curse.
I think some insects, like mosquitoes, exist to spread disease, to cull the heard, so to speak. To keep populations down. Not necessarily human populations, although that's what happens.
I recently read a very interesting book by Peter Harrison (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Protestantism-Rise-Natural-Science/dp/0521000963/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1310611276&sr=8-4)" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Pr...</a><br>in which he discusses how one of the influences of the Reformation was that intellectuals began to view every little part of God's creation, even worms and bugs, etc., as worthy of study since God had created them. It revolutionized science, since before that most people viewed these things as dreck not worthy of study.Â <br>I wrote an article a while back arguing that our view of a "good" creation is much too narrow-- God is glorified by the scary and the dangerous, too.<br>(<a href="http://www.cityreformed.org/site_content/attachments/0001/2215/Why_Were_Dangerous_Animals_Created.pdf)" rel="nofollow">http://www.cityreformed.org/si...</a><br>Most interestingly, mosquitoes and viruses play an important role in horizontal gene transfer, which is being increasing understood as important in the mixing of the gene pool.
Brilliant. Succinctly covers all points. And really helps me with the mosquitoes in my life by remembering how much I was a pest myself ;)
Such an interesting and fun article to read. Thanks for sharing!
I think that everything was created in the six days, but that after sin entered the world, mosquitoes, weeds, and other things got out of control.
I think yes, God did create Mosquitoes, but did they function the same before the curse?Â The Mosquitoe may have got nurishment through a different means before the fall.. that is solely on vegetation.Â ManyÂ creatures have defence/attack systems. I think these systems came about after sin entered the world. Genesis chapter 1 saysÂ humansÂ were Veggies before the fall... and I think you would agree we only ate vegetables/fruit at that time, but in the same way and context scripture says all animals were veggies too. This is were our pre-supposstions are causing a problem as some Chrsitians say no.. many animalsÂ were meat eaters before the fall.<br>You know we serve the God who called the universe into existence, surely God in His infinate power and wisdom could have created a world without any suffering, When we look at the world as unbelievers doÂ ie suffering in the world for millions of years.. I don't think we are letting our God be the God scripture says He is. Our God is the God of life, harmony, peace and all that is good.<br>Cancerous tumors, stinging and biting insects even thorns do not haveÂ any place in what God tells usÂ all wasÂ Very Good.Â This issue is even a causing a problem for someÂ seekers and sceptics who are looking for consistency in the God of love and peace we proclaim to the world.
In discussion of the mosquito,Â many are showing a concern with only how it affects us, from mere annoyance on a sultry summer night to the malarial scourge of the tropics.Â To so easily dismiss part of creation as of no function other than a pest or a post-Fall punishmentÂ is to have short and narrow vision of a a creator and creator's intent.
Just in response to JCarpenter... God is still working in this world and though we are not living in the paradise that once was the behaviour of creatures that are annoying or even deadly do still contribute to the ecological system in this fallen world. <br>In many ways creation still serves its creator, even the bad or horrific things that happen today God can and does work good in and through them.<br>We even see God using animals in judgement against wicked people in scripture.<br>But the creation that came from Godâ€™s hand before the curse was a creation without the terrible pain and suffering we see today.<br>But praise be to God who works good in all things and who is bringing all things to completion under Christ.<br>The world to come will again be void of the suffering that so perplexes us all.
Mark Twain wrote in <i>Eve's Diary</i> that she noticed the lion had molars in his mouth, and speculated on what they were for. I suspect that evolutionary biology contains an element of free will -- God didn't set every variable and every outcome. In fact Genesis is rather clear that God "made" what "the waters" and "the earth" had "brought forth," so he is working with the process he set in motion, but did not direct every detail. Viruses do have a role... but the smallpox virus may have been a variation not particularly intended, which we are to exercise dominion over, when and if we can.
This will not be a popular opinion on this particular site but I beg your indulgence just for the notion of raising an honest question. Â I am not here to criticize anyone's beliefs and I beg the same from each of you in return. Â Now, for my opinion...mosquitoes are proof that we are not part of an "intelligent design." Â Instead, the Earth and its current inhabitants are the result of accidental as well as beneficial mutations on micro levels. Â An "intelligent design" simply does not call for the transmission of disease from one animal/human to another. Â Nor does "intelligent design" call for one species to survive and prosper by thriving on the blood of another. Â This simply is not the "design" of a benevolent creator. Â A truly benevolent creator would not call into existence or allow an entity to continue in existence if its very existence caused more harm than good. Â A mosquito is a perfect example of an entity that causes much more harm than good to all other species on this planet. Â Therefore, either the mosquitoes are not part of an intelligent design and the theory of God as the creator of Earth and life hereon is flawed - OR - God is not benevolent.<br><br>Again, I realize this particular argument will strike some as blasphemous but please consider that I am not castigating anyone on here with opposite opinions. Â I am merely suggesting that using the creation and continuing existence of mosquitoes as proof, one can reasonably hypothesize that God does not and never has existed - OR - if he did and/or still does exist, he is not benevolent.
I hope I can respond with like humility. You offer a fair question.<br>Bible scripture speaks to the experience of Good and Evil in Genesis with theÂ Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.Â <br>It says in Genesis Chapter 3:6-7 â€œWhen the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened...â€Â <br>The whole chapter is a good read. ;-)<br>The part I want to draw your attention to is the line that says â€œthe tree was good for foodâ€. My History of Christianity Prof said the Greek word is actually closer to â€œnourishingâ€ but I donâ€™t read Greek so canâ€™t confirm. What has occurred to me (JMHO) assuming that the knowledge of Good AND Evil was somehow nourishing to our souls, meaning good for growth, then the experience of both butterflies and mosquitoes would add to a more fulsome experience for our mortal existence.Â <br>Illness makes us value good health.<br>Dividing the darkness to make us appreciate the light.<br>It is supported by scripture and history that it is our fate to experience both Good and Evil. We can't escape it until we die. All we can do is make the most of it and help others as much as we can along the way - try to be butterflies not mosquitos.<br>Blessings to you and thanks for asking the question. I'm not sure if you'll think I addressed your question or not. - PEACE
I believe that you have the creation story all mixed up.. Many creatures changed after the flood. I don't believe that there were venomous spiders, or snakes in the Garden of Eden. All this changes only took place only either after the fall of Adam or the change of environment when Noah exited the ark. My personal oppinion is that all this changed after the flood when God gave permission to eat all things, including meat.. I could be wrong but this is just my view on this matter..
So basicly I read this article for nothing because it didn't provide me with an answer. On to the next...
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