Did God Make Poison?

on September 12, 2012

Why are some animals poisonous?

When people raise poison dart frogs in their homes, the frogs aren’t poisonous at all. They’re just pets with beautiful colors. And that gives us a hint about the way things would have been when God made a perfect world.

Poison Dart Frog

In the beginning—just as Genesis 1 says—everything was “very good.” That includes animals that are now poisonous. God didn’t make them dangerous originally.

So, what happened?

Take a look at Genesis 2–3. God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to take care of the animals and plants there. But instead of listening to God, Adam disobeyed, and his disobedience caused pain and death. This is called the Fall.

Creation scientists are still researching how animals changed after the Fall, but we do know that animals began eating other animals. Poison may seem bad to us, but it protects some smaller animals—such as poison dart frogs—from being lunch.

You could say that it’s actually God’s way of taking care of some of the tiniest creatures.

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