While I don’t agree with YECs explanation for the cause of quote-unquote “natural evil” (i.e., diseases, viruses, volcanoes, tsunamis, etc.,) being that of strictly Adam’s fault and not God’s … I notice that Old Earth Creationists try to postulate explanations for why God did things the way he did (course this is just theorizing and not to be dogmatic) … I’ve heard one claim that the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs paved the way (very long in advance) for the modern era!
Where TEs are concerned, I feel this tendency to separate Evolution from God … And I just wonder what the reason might be.
Have we fallen for materialist’ objections: “If God guides Evolution then that means God is responsible for thorns, diseases, lower back pain, extinction etc.,” … ? I don’t really see this as a theological problem.
1 Samuel 2:6-7 says “The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.” <<< these are the words of Hannah after being blessed with Samuel.
Obviously Hannah wasn’t contemplating realty in the scientific sense … But she had no theological squabbles for God’s Universe having unpleasantness in it at times. Whatever God ordains to happen, should we really separate the issue and say, “That wasn’t God.” Or should we say, “I don’t know the reason why God did it this way, but he had his reasons, and I trust Him.”
In this sense, I feel that YECs and ECs alike BOTH have materialistic origins in it’s idealogy — where one blames all natural evil to the cause of a single man, and the other just relegates it to natural causes (that are somehow disconnected from God).
But who says that the world before Adam had to be “perfect” and “void of suffering”? Where in the Bible does it depict God’s purposes as HAVING to be filled with “all things wonderful and pleasant” otherwise it’s not God?
What do you guys think?