Hambo Explains Everything

All the questions you’ve ever had are about to be answered, dear reader. The answers come from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Where’s God in a World with So Much Death and Suffering? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

We’re a month or so into the year 2020, and already it’s been a hard year from a news perspective — headlines declaring threats of war in the Middle East, wildfires ravaging Australia claiming human lives and property, as well as nature, and, most recently, the untimely death of US basketball star Kobe Bryant, his young daughter, and friends, and the deadly coronavirus spreading quickly in China and abroad, awakening fears of a pandemic.

One of those items doesn’t seem to belong in a list with the others, but let’s not dwell on that. Why is Hambo giving us such a list? He explains:

These headlines make many people ask, “Where’s God in a world of so much death, disease, and suffering?”

That’s the question you’ve been asking, isn’t it? You’ll be thrilled to learn that Hambo has the answer! He says:

To answer that question, we’ve got to start at the very beginning — in Genesis. [Right!] Genesis 1:31 tells us the state of God’s original creation was “very good”; it was perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4). There was no death, disease, or suffering — no war (there were only two people originally anyway!), no disastrous wildfires, no accidental deaths, no deadly viruses. God’s creation lived in harmony, with even bacteria and viruses performing “very good” functions (as most still do today).

How does Hambo know there were bacteria and viruses in the beginning? They’re not in the bible. He’s got some links in that paragraph, but we haven’t clicked on them. We’re not concerned, because Hambo knows everything! He tells us:

Of course, that’s not the way creation is anymore — if that isn’t obvious from your personal experience, thirty seconds on any news site will tell you that much! And we haven’t even discussed the worldview battles regarding morality raging about us as well because it’s a fallen world. And the history recorded in God’s Word tells us why.

Your wicked, Darwinist, secularist worldview is because this is a fallen world. Hambo continues:

The first two people God created, Adam and Eve, had a choice: obey God or rebel against him. They chose to rebel against God, eating the fruit from the one tree he had commanded them not to eat from. The just punishment for rebellion against the Creator of the universe is death (Genesis 2:17). Their choice broke God’s once-very-good creation. It was cursed (Genesis 3) and now groans because of the effects of human sin (Romans 8:22).

Yes, that explains everything! Let’s read on:

The death, suffering, natural disasters, wars, accidents, and diseases we experience today are because of man’s sin in Adam and our continued sin (Romans 5:12). So, they aren’t God’s fault [Of course not!], and they aren’t evidence of God ignoring his creation. They remind us of man’s sin, the brokenness sin brings, and our desperate need of someone to save us from our sin!

Someone to save us? You know who that is, don’t you? Here it comes:

That someone is the Lord Jesus Christ, who offers the free gift of salvation from sin and access to a heavenly home so wonderful that the apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).

The remaining half of Hambo’s post is all bible stuff, so you probably already know it. If not, you can follow our link and read it all for yourself. Now you know why the world is all messed up, and what’s to be done about it, so this is where we leave ol’ Hambo today.

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21 responses to “Hambo Explains Everything

  1. Dave Luckett

    Ham can probably spell “theodicy”. This is a theodicy. That is, it’s an explanation for evil, given the claim that God is good, and His creation was perfect. Evil, it says, is caused by human sin. Even evils that have no proximate human cause are caused ultimately by human sin. Natural disasters, epidemics, disease generally, parasitism, accident, whatever. All caused by human sin. Somehow. And this is evidence that God is just. Somehow. Exactly how is never canvassed, and at that point faith is invoked, which of course ends any prospect of rational examination.

    It’s not the only theodicy, but it’s a standard Christian one. Another is to deny that the causes of human suffering are actually evils, correctly understood. “Correctly understood” in this instance means “in the fashion that it conveniences me to argue”. This can be met by observing that Scripture informs us that humans did acquire the knowledge of good and evil. It might have been contrary to God’s will and word, but we did acquire it, and paid a high price for it. If we have that knowledge – and if we don’t, we are necessarily innocent – then what we perceive to be evil is evil. We perceive what appears to be unnecessary suffering as evil. Therefore, it IS evil.

    So back we go to “evil is caused by human sin”. Ham is probably sagacious to go this route. It requires a leap of faith, but that always happens anyway. Coming up next: we regard cruel punishment, torture, and injustice as evils, too. How come damnation isn’t evil?

  2. Michael Fugate

    If only humans acquired knowledge of good and evil, then why are all living things declared sinful per Gen 6:12 – God saw the earth, and indeed it was ruined, for all living creatures on the earth were sinful?

  3. Ol’ Hambo: “The first two people God created, Adam and Eve, had a choice: obey God or rebel against him. They chose to rebel against God, eating the fruit from the one tree he had commanded them not to eat from.”

    But how could they rebel, or know that they were rebelling, or know that rebelling was wrong, BEFORE they ate the fruit of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil“?

    GOD: “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

    They eat the fruit.

    They don’t die.

    GOD’s reaction: Huh — not dead after all. Guess I’ll have to kill them myself, before they become immortal.

    And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

    PS: note also that GOD was the very first killer on Earth, when he “made coats of skins, and clothed them.”

  4. Animals are almost defined by their
    dependence on consuming other life.
    See also apoptosis.
    Finite resources place a limit on the number of individuals. Reproduction cannot go on without there being death.

  5. “One of those items doesn’t seem to belong in a list with the others”
    I beg to disagree, because I have another item that’s a bit different from the others.
    How comes the Dutch football (soccer) team has made it four times to the WCh finals and never won?
    Fallen world?
    But the opponents (West-Germany 1974, Argentina 1978, Spain 2010 and USA 2019) live in the same fallen world.
    Trust me, the four losses have caused great suffering in my native country.

    “The just punishment for rebellion against the Creator of the universe is death.”
    A punishment I’d rather not get relieved of.

    “They remind us of man’s sin, the brokenness sin brings, and our desperate need of someone to save us from our sin!”
    As I wrote quite recently: this is the aspect of christianity I probably dislike most. No matter how hard I try, I’m doomed to sin and only JC can help me. Then why would I try? Let me rape and kill every day but Sunday and I’ll enjoy his eternal grace and glory.
    Btw this may be a deliberate exaggeration, there is a hard core of empirical truth in it. Dutch JW’s suffer from a scandal of sexual abuse and display exactly this attitude. Keep the justitial system out; the victims are forced to forgive the culprits. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

  6. chris schilling

    “…our desperate need of someone to save us from our sin!”

    How about Jesus saving the kids from being raped by God’s company men? No such luck. Still, you can always fob them off quoting Paul’s words of comfort from Romans 8:18, about the glories of the afterlife. Suck it up, kids!

    I wouldn’t rely on Wonder Boy Jesus to save anyone. He couldn’t even save himself, despite the alleged miracles. I guess his date with Destiny was more pressing.

  7. “God’s creation lived in harmony, with even bacteria and viruses performing “very good” functions (as most still do today).”……………Viruses and bacteria in the Old Testament is one of Hambo’s technical specialties. He’s very informed about viruses as his fundamentalism demonstrates. My how a little pontificating can spread a virus among the believers.

  8. Genesis…in seminary we went into it in detail…And it was so st00pid that it drove me out of religion!

  9. dysangeliumm

    I think the chinese legend has a good point. Humans will be free only if they throw the priests into the rivers 😉 make them to do in small details what they ask from common people.

  10. Michael Fugate

    When one walks into a church ask the pastors to demonstrate their faith by commanding a mountain to move. Jesus said it would be easy.

  11. But it takes far more faith to believe in evolution.

  12. I’d like to send Ken Ham back in a time machine to interview a pre-Bible priest, only to learn that no sir, we don’t take that story literally, who in their right mind would, dear sir from the future, of course it’s symbolic!

  13. Eddie Janssen

    I get the feeling Ken Ham suffers from Stockholm Syndrome

  14. @Drake on
    We don’t have to imagine a time machine. The people of the Ancient Near East have told us what they were thinking. See this book, which gives many examples of readings of the Bible spanning the turn of the eras BCE-CE:
    James L. Kugel
    The Bible As It Was
    Harvard Belknap Press 1997

  15. Note that a “very good” creation is assumed by Hambo (et al. including David Rives) that there is no “death, disease, or suffering”. I don’t agree. For example when we study the natural world, unless we are teenage girls, we don’t see prey animals as victims of an evil predator. The natural world can be very good even as it thrives on death.

  16. Stephen Kennedy

    Just because there was only a husband and his wife in the beginning does not mean that there could not have been a war, in fact, it almost guarantees a war..

  17. Are we to assume that there was no menstruation? And that Adam produced just one sperm at a time? Reproduction would be very different.
    And all plant seeds would germinate.

  18. If adam and eve were made in glod’s image,well then, would they have not rebelled against him as that would be rebelling against themselves because glod wouldn’t have done that?

  19. Right.

    God doesn’t want to hurt us, but we force him too.

    You know, your standard abusive relationship tripe!

  20. From Troy. He mentions David Rives. Where is cute David? We have not seen a new video for a long time.

  21. Techreseller asks: “Where is cute David?”

    I don’t visit WorldNetDaily any more, so I haven’t been seeing him. No loss, really. He’s still on YouTube if you miss him.