What a question, huh? But it’s pretty much as old as time. For eons, people have been asking the philosophical question, “If God created everything, did he also create evil?”
One of the two popular dogmatic responses (usually from the conservative literalists) to this ‘did God create sickness and cancer” question is sometimes, “Yes, God cursed man and Earth when Adam and Eve defied Him in the garden by eating the forbidden fruit. From that point forward man wan destined to die of diseases, and denied the immortality which he would have had in the garden.”
But the problem with that answer is that if it is said that the act of defiance created the curse on man and the Earth, then as the one and only creator, God created that curse, to include the diseases and cancers , but that hypothesis kinda flies in the face of what Jesus preached… that God is all-loving, and all forgiving, and does not judge man. Instead the curse theory kinda paints God as a vindictive SOB, and I personally don’t buy it. By definition, Christians can’t buy it either, lest they ignore the New Testament for the Old, and by default revert to Judaism.
And so the other popular dogmatic answer… from those who subscribe to Jesus’ explanation of God the Father as being non-judgemental and all-forgiving, is one similar to, “Well no… of course God didn’t intentionally create disease and cancer. That happened when man’s sins defied God and man fell from grace into the imperfection of outside-the-garden life.”
But if that theory is true… and it is instead suggested that following Eve and Adam’s act, that God simply abandoned them, allowing the scientific system of life to run imperfectly at that point (thus creating the cancers and viruses), then the system in question had to be originally designed with imperfection in mind (intentionally… from the get-go… lest God be imperfect. Because if he can’t make mistakes, then any system / creation must also then be exactly as He designed it). So in this scenario God created sickness and cancers from the beginning.
Even that isn’t our last option tho. There are those who would suggest that the creations of deadly viruses and cancer happened in the cellular life system without God’s direct input… that God in fact did NOT create the evil phenomenon of sickness. But in that case, a second creator must then be admitted into existence (Satan, Devil, etc.). This second creator would then have created the very complex organisms such as staph infections, etc., inserting them into God’s system without God’s permission, therefore suggesting God is not all powerful. Besides the fact that this would also then contradict the teachings of Christianity that God is the one and only creator, and that Satan is only an influencer of man. Again this answer is contradictory to the beliefs of Christianity.
So I would like to offer up instead this option: What if God created the universe as Himself (suggested by half the world’s eastern religions, and not necessarily against the teaching of Jesus in Christianity although certainly contradictory to other parts of the Bible), and the entire scientific model of existence is one where the most suitable life for that environment survives?
In that type of model, life (God) could then develop ITSELF to easily exist in any dissimilar environment (which it’s proven it DOES… we are here breathing oxygen, and we have discovered microorganisms that live and thrive in sulfur based and sulfuric acid environments, and in the 2000 degree volcanic vents at the bottom of the ocean. This, btw opens the door for life everywhere in the universe if the system itself is intelligent.)
And so in such an intelligent of-God system, it is possible that a few system safeties, like cancer, deadly viruses, disease, could then actually be deigned to be part of that system, so as to kill off unsuitable specimens and life less suited for continued survival in any given environment. What happens when DNA strands naturally get weak? Cancer. What happens when radiation uncommon for our environment occurs? Cancer. What happens when overpopulation and filth overcome a society or a particular environment? Viruses and disease. And these occur “naturally”,
That type of system safety addition would also act as a rather needed population control mechanism. For life to have a sustained viability, an ecosystem must be maintained that rejuvenates itself. If a mold outgrows its food in a petri dish, the mold eats everything, dies off, and NO LIFE is left over.
Candidly, I know from the enlightenment experience that to God, the death of humans and all other living creatures is a good thing. It’s built into the system. It ensures constant RE-creation can occur to ensure small changes and improvements can be made from within the system itself so as to sustain life. It’s why nothing survives too long. It’s why bugs designed to kill us learn to overcome antibiotics and become superbugs. It’s why everything… eventually dies.
And it is only our hubris that allows for us to think we are the end-all be-all and not just part of a larger system of existence. Ironically, however… that said… in this same system… we all also happen to be 1) part of a perfect God created system, 2) part of God Himself, 3) directly connected with God at all times, and 4) have divinity within us as a result, as preached by Jesus.
What do you think? Your turn…
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