Answers in Genesis & the Zika Virus

The Zika virus has been much in the news lately, and you have undoubtedly heard of it. Now it has come to the attention of the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.

The title of their latest post is Zika Virus, the Olympics, and Genesis, written by Andrew Fabich. AIG provides some information about him here. They say he has a PhD in microbiology, and he has taught that subject at Liberty University.

We’ll skip much of what he says about the virus, because there are better sources of information. Instead, we’ll give you only the fun stuff. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted:

No one knows the origin of the Zika virus. Like other viruses, it probably became pathogenic as a result of the Fall.

Yes, of course! Moving along:

… Zika gained attention when it reached South America in 2014 because it crossed the ocean. Zika outbreaks have continued annually in South America and are currently happening right now. In particular, the outbreak in Brazil is attracting a lot of attention because of the Olympics. Even more concerning, the CDC has made a major announcement that Zika virus has been confirmed in 15 cases in northern Miami.

We know all that. Let’s read on:

Technically, there is some debate among experts worldwide on whether Zika actually affects the unborn. The primary reason for this is that there has not been any scientific study to test Zika on pregnant women. But the facts surrounding pregnant women infected with Zika are astounding. … There were no fatalities until 2014 when two newborns passed away in less than 24 hours. The strong irony with our society’s concern for pregnant women with Zika is that this same society also devalues the life of the unborn. An evolutionary worldview employing moral relativism shouldn’t have any problem with letting the unfit die. But from a biblical worldview, we value life because it bears the image of God: God hates inhumanity.

After some discussion about the fact that Zika appears to be mosquito-borne, and various attempts to control mosquitoes, we’re told:

One of my favorite things is to compile a list of things that seem difficult to find any good in them. God made everything and declared it “very good” before sin entered. After sin, all of Adam’s dominion was affected by the curse, and everything groans and travails until today. I’m not on a campaign for save-the-mosquitoes, but I am on a campaign to find a redeeming quality of what they did because they are part of God’s marvelous creation.

What’s good about mosquitoes? Fabich continues:

While they still seek a blood meal in a fallen world, mosquitoes are responsible for pollinating flowering plants in areas where there are no bees. You can see the exquisite design of the mosquito and how its nose is perfectly designed to reach the pollen and then transfer it. … Without a doubt, mosquitoes were part of the very good world that God created. Though we don’t enjoy getting bit by a mosquito or contracting a disease, mosquitoes should serve to remind us that we live in a fallen world, cursed by sin, which will eventually be redeemed.

Okay. So far we learn that AIG doesn’t like mosquito control, and they’re against abortions for pregnant women who get the virus. Is there anything that can be done? Yes! The concluding paragraph is introduced with this sub-title: “How to Fight Zika.” Now we’re getting somewhere! Eagerly we read AIG’s advice:

Prayer. We must pray for those in medical institutions and scientists working on understanding how this virus works. Pray for the front-line officials monitoring the spread of the disease that they would use wisdom in figuring out how to control (not eliminate) all mosquitoes. We have many tools available to combat disease; however, while many of them include good medicine, we must not forget the power of prayer. If we neglect prayer and reliance on God during these trying times, then what kind of witness is that to a lost and dying world without hope? We must also remember to pray for those that are infected with Zika, whether they know or not, that they would see God’s hand in this fallen world.

There you are, dear reader. Now you know all you need to know about the Zika virus.

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16 responses to “Answers in Genesis & the Zika Virus

  1. michaelfugate

    No one knows the origin of the Zika virus. Like other viruses, it probably became pathogenic as a result of the Fall.

    Glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read that! But after reading it I do need a drink.

  2. No one knows the origin of the Zika virus. Like other viruses, it probably became pathogenic as a result of the Fall.

    My reaction to this line was akin to Dave Silverman’s when Bill O’Reilly started talking about the miracle of the tides.

  3. Please ! Pray! Rather then seek actual help. It really will work better, we have jesus’s word on that!!

  4. Interesting that a microbiologist would recommend the one thing to combat zika virus that is known to be totally ineffective for combating any disease. Or for having any effect on anything in the currently known universe.

  5. I don’t know; prayer can at least have an effect on morale. But actually curing disease? Not so much, despite various anecdotal accounts. Let me put it this way: if I were sick and had to choose between medical treatment without prayer and prayer without medical treatment, I know which way I’d go.

  6. Eddie Janssen

    A patient has illness A. The physicians start their cure for illness A and the priest/pastor/someone prays to God to help cure the patient. In this way religious people can always claim that prayer helps. As there is always someone who prays for an ill patient (as part of a routine like: “Please God, cure all the sick people in the world.”), it is difficult to convince some religious people that praying doesn’t work.
    However, before medical science found a cure against illness A, people died because of illness A or were severely restricted by it. The fact that there was always someone praying for the patient who fell sick with illness A did not do the patient any good. It seems that prayer without medical cure does not work and prayer with medical care does.
    It is a bit like the mouse and the elephant walking a small wooden bridge and the mouse says to the elephant: “What huge noise we make!”

  7. “…see God’s hand…” right upside humanity’s face, just like the flood.

  8. Given Yahweh’s behavior in most of the Bible, one does tends to imagine God’s hand giving us the finger.

  9. Really, if the actions of two naked people in a garden resulted in viruses (and bacteria?) becoming pathogenic (why not all?), pollinators becoming blood sucking insects (why usually just the females?), plants acquiring needles and thorns, why would god honor prayer to counter the very things he/she changed after the fall? How many days did it take the creator to redo creation after the fall? And why did he/she make mosquitoes the vector for so many nasty viruses, protists, and worms?

  10. So there were viruses before the Fall. Why? I know we have a symbiotic relationship with some bacteria, but I’m not aware of any such thing with viruses. The only way for them to multiply is by way of a host, and that is seldom in the interest of the host.

    And how about prions? What prions we know, are rather nasty. Also Creation Day material? What bovines were carrying Creutzfeldt-Jakob on the Ark?

  11. Aha, that’s why he unleashed those viruses on mankind.

    “Without a doubt, mosquitoes were part of the very good world that God created.”
    Brilliant methodology! Everything that pleases Fabich is from before the Fall, everything that displeases him from after.

    “We must also remember to pray for those that are infected with Zika, whether they know or not, that they would see God’s hand in this fallen world.”
    As if that would have made any difference. Fortunately neither my doctor (from communist Cuba) nor the useful sources on internet relied on praying. Neither was it god’s hand that enabled me to cope with those three viral diseases (same mosquito:)

    but

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracetamol

  12. Oops – copy/pate fail:

    “you have undoubtedly heard of it.”
    Heard of it?! I have actually contracted it! It’s not as bad as dengue and chikungunya (had them both too) but then again I was not exactly a pregnant woman.

    “God hates inhumanity.”
    Aha, that’s why he unleashed those viruses on mankind.
    The Invisible Hand from Above, who didn’t receive enough praise lately, only would be just and righteous if He left my comment as it is as a testimony for the error of my ways.

    [*Voice from above*] As you wish, my son.

  13. docbill1351

    I find very tiresome these lying sacks of [edited out] typified by Fabich. Fabich displays a sociopathology that is far beyond being just plain stupid.

    Google “zika evolution” and the following pops up:

    “The Zika virus has undergone significant genetic changes in the past 70 years,” explained senior author Genhong Cheng, a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “By tracing its genetic mutations, we aimed to understand how the virus is transmitted from person to person and how it causes different types of disease.”

    First isolated in 1947, the Zika virus only sporadically caused disease in Africa and Asia until the 2007 Micronesia and 2013 French Polynesia outbreaks. Scientists previously believed that infection was spread solely by mosquitoes and caused only mild illnesses.

    If Fabich wants to claim that all pathogens sprang into being after the “fall” then he’s welcomed to be a moron believing that nonsense. But to say that “no one knows” is a lie and I guess I’ll have some solace knowing that Fabich will spend all eternity in the Lake o’ Fire.

  14. Re: docbill1351

    The same might be said about other emergent viruses such as West Nile, HIV, SAARs, not to mention those infecting chickens, pigs and cats. Apparently these viruses are delayed responses to the “fall”. Do they indicate the “end of times”? I wonder if Fabich taught a scientifically solid microbiology course.

  15. I wonder what Biblical references he has for his microbiology. On what day were viruses created? How did viruses propagate before the Fall without causing harm to their host cells?

  16. You may wish to check this concerning a bizarre looking claim made by Fabich back in 2014:
    http://www.forums.bcseweb.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=3771