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The Curse

In the first in this series, we found that creationists believe God red-shifted the light from the stars to make a young universe look like an old one. In this episode, we will discover that creationists believe God corrupted his own perfect and beautiful world.

Creationists believe that when God created the universe, he made it perfect and good. In fact, each day of creation in the first chapter of Genesis has a refrain: “And behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1 is a song, not a scientific account. It has refrains, just like a song.) The goodness of creation is something that nearly everyone can instinctively feel when they go hiking in the natural world.

Loraine Thompson

You are out in a forest of green leaves. Your soul is bathing in the beauty of nature. To the Japanese, this is quite literally what you are doing: shinrin-yoku means bathing in nature. A gentle susurrus stirs the leaves. A little songbird flits into view with a little insect in its mouth then flies away. You may not see them, but you suspect there are predators hiding in the branches. At such a time, even an atheist might echo the words of Genesis 1: Behold, it is very good.

And the more you behold it, the closer you look at it, and the more you study it, the better it looks. Even an agnostic might not restrain from saying, “Praise whatever god there may be for this beautiful world!”

And this is the image presented in Psalm 104. The psalmist says:

God makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate, bringing forth food from the earth. He makes wine that gladdens the hearts of humans … and bread that sustains their lives. Birds build their nests in the cedars and storks make their home in the junipers … . When God brings the night, all the beasts of the forest prowl. The lions roar for their prey, and seek their food from the hand of God. When the sun rises, they hide in their dens. Then people go to work and labor until the evening. In wisdom God made all these things.

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