A while back, I made a post on the issue: why would God create the spider wasp? Today, I received the following question from a reader and, as my reply was beginning to get a bit long-winded, I thought that instead, I would attempt to answer it here in open forum. By the way, I remember another blogger doing a kind of ‘ask questions’ thing on his blog and it is something I would also be quite happy to do, so if you have any questions for me, please send them here.
The comment also contained a link to a Monty Python rendition of Eric Idle’s All Things Dull and Ugly. The song makes the same point as the question with which the post was dealing i.e. if you believe that God created the universe and everything in it, then he didn’t just create All things Bright and Beautiful.
So here is the question (and thanks for asking it Marc):
You are correct in stating that a paradox does not disprove God. However your initial question “Why Would God Create The Spider Wasp?” is still left unanswered. What is a proper creationist position on that?
My first thoughts are that the creationist perspective would probably be better addressed by a ‘creationist’. The label is something that not many people would apply to me since, amongst other possibly contentious beliefs, I think that evolution is God’s creative process and I also believe in an ancient Earth.
That said, I did want to address the fact that I had left the original question unanswered. That is perfectly true. The point I wanted to make was that it is easy to construct questions that are difficult, if not impossible, to answer and you don’t have to be a genius or an atheist to do it. Furthermore, you can put God into those questions or you can leave him out.
- Which came first, the chicken or the egg? (circular reference)
- Can God create a stone he cannot lift? (paradox)
- How did a fool and his money get together in the first place? (joke)
They are good questions and, as the popular song says, “there are more questions than answers and the more I find out, the less I know.” In fact, there really are no great answers, there are only great questions. It would be just as easy for religious people (Christians and others) to compose impossible questions for atheists to answer. Such inability to provide an answer does not however prove that God exists.
There was an episode recorded in the gospels in which a group of religious people (chief priests and scribes) asked Jesus a question after he had thrown the money changers out of the temple:
“By what authority do you do these things?”
Jesus said to them, “I will ask you a question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.”
Now I don’t know about you, but I think that is a fair response don’t you? You know, answer my question and I will answer yours – seems perfectly fair to me. Jesus then showed them how easy it is to construct a trick question by presenting them with a question they were not able to answer and, as a consequence, he did not feel obliged to answer their question either.
To return to the subject of the spider wasp and the creatures mentioned in the song All Things Dull and Ugly, it is a good question. Well done for asking it. That is why I believe we are here; to grapple with the great questions. But, don’t be seduced by those with pro-atheist views that such a question somehow disproves the existence of God.