Today, in a chat with a colleague, he posed the above question. Just in case you are not aware of these amazing creatures and their astonishing lifecycle, let me briefly explain that they lay eggs within their prey. The Larva of the wasp then eats the spider alive from the inside. So, of course, it is indeed a good question as I pointed out to my colleague, not having a good answer available.
Why would a loving God create such a creature? The matter is an example of a paradox. But then, there are many such paradoxes when we begin to think about them and we don’t even need to have God in the picture to encounter them. For example, consider this question: is the universe finite or infinite? It is a simple enough question, and the answer must be one or the other, but if you think about this for long enough, you will realise that either answer presents its own set of difficulties.
If you are logically inclined, consider the following statement:
“This statement is false.”
Think about it carefully and you will see that there is a problem with that sentence. And these are not isolated examples of paradox. For example, you might like to Google Curry’s Paradox, the Birthday Paradox and Simpson’s Paradox.
Of course, you can equally well construct paradoxes that involve God. For example consider the following question:
Can God create a stone he cannot lift?
Again, if you think about this sentence, you will come to the conclusion that there is a problem with either answer.
So what has this discussion of paradox got to do with the existence of God? Nothing! Absolutely nothing at all. And neither does the paradox of the existence of the spider wasp. Certainly, it is a good question as to why the spider wasp exists and how that fact stacks up with the existence of a loving God, but then so too are the other questions listed above that have nothing to do with the existence of God.
Paradox is a problem of language and thinking – that’s all. You may construct as many paradoxes as you wish involving the concept of God. But none of them are any kind of proof that God does not exist.
If you are in any doubt about the truth of this article, then God has spoken to you.
Think about the above statement. See how easy it is to construct a paradox?
Again, the existence of paradox is a fascinating aspect of language, truth and logic, but is no basis upon which to argue against the existence of God. If you don’t agree, open your mind and read this article again.