Did God create scientific theories

When did God create bacteria and especially pathogens?

American creationists have now founded a "scientific" peer-reviewed journal that has come up with surprising insights

So far, creationists and supporters of the theory of intelligent design have mostly only tried to refute the theory of evolution in order to enforce their view that God created the world as the Bible describes it, including that it is only a few thousand years old is. Now the Bible-believing fundamentalists from the USA want to promote the formation of scientific theories themselves and have started a "peer review" magazine on the Internet called Answers Research Journal.

The organization Answers in Genesis is behind the magazine project and presents its biblical view of things not only in the form of publications and events, but also as a science in a newly created museum. In the Creation Museum, visitors can experience Adam and Eve in paradise with their snakes, the fall of man and also dinosaurs, which are shown with a group of children playing.

According to the creationists, dinosaurs lived at the same time as humans, after all, on the sixth day, God created land animals and humans. You can also see Noah's Ark, in which a pair of all land animals found shelter before the great flood - including the dinosaurs. The Flood, which is said to have happened 4,500 years ago, also explains why there are fossils. These are the remains of the animals that drowned in the Flood. This is why the dinosaur fossils are no more than 4,500 years old. And because the world was very different after the Flood, the dinosaurs, like many other species, soon died out due to a lack of adaptation. Creationists, it says on the website, would not be surprised if a few specimens had survived somewhere.

This biblical science is now to be expanded further in scientific articles. To this end, the new journal ("Cutting-edge creation research") was founded, because the daring "scientific" theories cannot be placed in other recognized journals. It is said that contributions from all branches of knowledge can be submitted if they are based on the theory of Young Earth or the Young Universe and if they support the development of the theory of divine creation and the Flood.

How this works is shown in one of the first articles that you should definitely read to get an impression of the spirit world of the creationists. The article was written by biology professor Alan Gillen of the Baptist Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, which was founded by pastor and television preacher Jerry Falwell in the early 1970s. Here, training is provided on the basis of the Christian faith and the Holy Scriptures. The code of conduct for students is correspondingly detailed. Those studying biology at this Christian university are introduced to the theory of young earth and creationism. Gillen wrote the book "The Genesis of Germs" and deals with the human immune system and the development of infectious diseases. That is also the topic of his article in the creationist magazine: Microbes and the Days of Creation.

So far, creationists have not dealt with bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. One problem is that the Bible doesn't mention when they were created. For the believing interpreter of the Bible, imagination is called for here, after all, God gives no answer to which one could refer. Bacteria or viruses do not appear in the Bible later on. Biologist Gillen therefore asks himself the weighty question of whether they were created in the first six days of creation or even after the fall of man.

Some creationists would assume that bacteria and viruses were created by God along with plants on the third day, after all, they have properties that could be compared to seeds. Gillen points out, however, that the majority of microbes live in close association with other living beings. Symbiosis is the norm, which is why they must have been created as "biological systems" with plants, animals and humans, namely as "supporting systems". That is also quite logical, since God created living beings fully grown from the start, which is why he also produced "interwoven, packed systems". After all, microorganisms are necessary to recycle nutrients, break down waste, and photosynthesize to make oxygen. The microorganisms must have developed at the same time as the macroorganisms, since these are dependent on them. That would be understood as a reference to an evolutionary story, but it shouldn't be. So, according to the devout biologist, God created the microbes in three days. The cyanobacteria that match the plants emerged on the third day, those living in symbiosis with the animals on the fifth and sixth day. God also covered humans with billions of symbiotic bacteria and created E. coli for their intestines so that they can digest. On the fourth day, God was known to be busy arranging the sun, moon and stars as well as day and night.

But when everything is so nicely put together and bacteria, viruses, fungi, amoebas, etc. are still benign symbionts, where do the evil germs come from? From a biblical point of view, according to the Christian biologist, illnesses are a "secondary condition", since God naturally created man and nature in a well-ordered and healthy way, i.e. heavenly (as is the case with the hunting and eating of the larger animals, however, plays a role in this subject not matter). The paradisiacal state would also correspond to the fact that most bacteria are benign, only 5-10 percent would cause diseases. Unfortunately, the explanation of the origin of the pathogens is a bit short and comes at the very end in a note that refers to Gillen's book. But actually there is no big reason for this either, because the matter is evident: the pathogens arose after creation and after the fall of man. Because of this, people were driven out of the Garden of Eden by God and evil came into the world.

It's a good thing that after the great flood the fire will destroy the earth, as the creationists tell us. This will finally destroy all evil that has survived the Flood, which presumably also includes pathogens. And then God creates a new heaven and a new earth, but only for the believers, the rest will go to hell for all eternity: "But for those who commit their lives to the Lord - what a wonderful message! What a wonderful Savior! What a wonderful salvation in Christ the Creator! " (Florian Rötzer)

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