There have been some great replies on this thread so far! My thought is that we can guess about the purpose for why beetles were designed as they are,
and why they produce so many offspring to get to the numbers there are, but those will be hypotheses/educated guesses, We won't know for sure, but
maybe that's the fun in this or other intellectual exercises. Ok, so for beetles, people have pointed to keeping things clean and spreading diseases.
There could be many purposes for the latter part, including natural population control and creating conditions of adversity that prompt us to help
each other and inspire us to learn more about medicine. And that's just a few thoughts to start with.
From an artistic/creative perspective, I would think people, being complex beings, might have been much more interesting and fun to spend time on
during the process of creating than a beetle.
Originally posted by sykickvision
reply to post by TheWill
As an atheist, I will pretend to be a christian and give a proper answer.
(a) God moves in mysterious ways
(b) Because that's what he wanted - they all have a purpose in his divine plan
(c) You really shouldn't question god's actions
(d) Only god knows the answer to that. Now stop asking questions, go to church, pay your tithes, and just HAVE FAITH.
(e) All of the above
As a Christian (though not one who necessarily takes the Genesis stories literally), I thought I'd respond to these points.
a) Ok, but that sort of reply really wouldn't offer any thought, insight, or reasoning to address the questions raised in the OP.
b) Again, OK. But again, this doesn't go on to give some thought to what the thought process behind it might have been (e.g., pleasure in creating a
multiverse teeming with a dazzling diversity of life, intelligent or otherwise, for the sheer fun of designing ecosystems in which different forms of
life are intricately interdependent), or how we as humans and how beetles fit into the plan (e.g., beetles keep things clean, we as humans have great
intellectual and other capacities and can create amazing innovations/art/culture/etc.).
c) We as humans have brains and tremendous intellectual capacity. Of course people are going to question and wonder, and there's nothing wrong with
that. We won't have all the answers, but we can certainly come up with the questions!
And I'm sure we can do a pretty darn good job of analyzing
the fossil record to see what we can come up with based on it, but then we have to take on faith that the record and human interpretation of it is
accurate based on the information we currently have.
d) Having faith is a separate matter from intellectual curiosity. God gave us brains, and yes, we're meant to use them. Sure, there are the people of
'stop asking questions' mentality, but that doesn't mean it is/should be a Christian thing to have that mentality. I think it's just an individual
rigid-mindset sort of thing.
edit on 3-12-2010 by Ariel because: (no reason given)