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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