Continuing with Adam’s Diary (translated from Adam’s original hieroglyphics by Mark Twain) …
SATURDAY — I escaped last Tuesday night, and traveled two days, and built me another shelter in a secluded place, and obliterated my tracks as well as I could, but she hunted me out by means of a beast which she has tamed and calls a wolf, and came making that pitiful noise again, and shedding that water out of the places she looks with. I was obliged to return with her, but will presently emigrate again when occasion offers. She engages herself in many foolish things; among others; to study out why the animals called lions and tigers live on grass and flowers, when, as she says, the sort of teeth they wear would indicate that they were intended to eat each other. This is foolish, because to do that would be to kill each other, and that would introduce what, as I understand, is called “death”; and death, as I have been told, has not yet entered the Park. Which is a pity, on some accounts.
The Diary is correct that there was no death of any living creature before sin. Sin and death entered the world through Adam and were conquered by the second Adam, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:12, 18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
Theistic evolutionists argue that death was part of God’s method of developing creation. But then how could death be the consequence of Adam’s sin? Death was the penalty for sin, and hence there was no death of any creature before Adam sinned.
Furthermore, why did the last Adam (Christ) have to die? If,as evolutionists say, death was not caused by sin, then resolving the sin problem will not affect death. But Scripture links death to sin and teaches that Christ’s death and resurrection atoned for sin, conquering death. Evolution assaults the central message of Scripture.
One cannot tell what an animal was intended to eat from its teeth. For example, the panda’s large, strong, sharp teeth are not for eating the meat of other animals, but for eating tough bamboo stalks. Beavers’ strong teeth are used for gnawing trees. The extremely sharp teeth of fruit bats are used on fruit–not on small animals. Bears are mostly vegetarian and use their teeth and claws mostly on vegetation.
This has been confirmed by eyewitnesses. We don’t have eyewitnesses to confirm how teeth of other fossils were used. Just because an animal has sharp teeth and claws doesn’t mean it eats meat. It means it has sharp teeth and claws.
Maybe lions and tigers also originally ate tough plants like bamboo or even saplings. Similarly buzzard talons and beaks are now used for carrion, but before death entered they must have been used for plants.
It is foolish to extrapolate backwards into the pre-Fall world and draw conclusions for the pre-sin world based on post-sin evidence and conditions.
Read the prequels in this series on Adam’s Diary:
1. Adam’s Diary – A New Creature
2. Adam’s Diary – Naming the Animals
3. Adam’s Diary – Garden of Eden
4. Adam’s Diary – “We”
5. Adam’s Diary – Sunday
6. Adam’s Diary – Eve
7. Adam’s Diary – Niagara Falls
Read the sequel:
9. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Monday April 19, 2010 A.D.
Read my April 2010 Bible-Science column
Is This a Contradiction?.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)
So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:18-19)
For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)