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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