Deadly bacteria, poisonous snakes, killer bees—the world is filled with efficient killers. If God made a perfect world, where did all these harmful abilities come from?
The Bible does not spell out the specifics. (It’s not a science textbook after all—although we can trust everything it says about science.) But it does give us some important clues.
For example, we know animals were originally vegetarian (Genesis 1:29–30). We also know that God cursed the ground and caused thorns and thistles to grow after Adam rebelled (Genesis 3:17–18). Later He changed the behavior of animals so they now fear humans (Genesis 9:2).
But we’re not told all the changes. How did creatures acquire their ability to kill? Creationists have suggested several answers, including:
The three articles on the following pages share some of the interesting things creation scientists are discovering. It appears that different designs may have arisen from different factors, and some may have arisen from a combination of factors.
The important principle is to start with God’s Word, not our own finite perspective in today’s fallen world. The Bible reveals that God did indeed create a perfect world without physical death, bloodshed, or suffering. It also reveals that the world is not the same as it once was. It now “groans” under the Curse, waiting to be delivered from this brief “bondage of corruption” (Romans 8:19–22).