Over on the Cripplegate, I recently addressed several thorny theological questions. One was the question of what’s known as “the predator prey problem” in Creation Science. In a nutshell, the problem arises when one speculates how in the world animals that appear to be engineered for predation were not originally predators.
In other words, how were venomous snakes part of God’s “very good” creation when their fangs and venom glands appear specifically made for hunting other organisms. What purpose would venom have had before the fall? What purpose would fangs have had before the fall?
Due to the predator prey problem, some people have found an old earth/theistic evolution paradigm far easier to believe than a young earth/biblical creation paradigm.
Admittedly, it’s a difficult problem. It’s not difficult because there aren’t answers, but rather that the answers are inaccessible to everyone since the only way to answer the question would be to somehow see what creation was like before the fall. The Bible doesn’t give people a whole lot of information about the world before the fall, so the question is shrouded in a colossal amount of rather annoying mystery.
In the comment thread, I interacted with a good brother who was wondering why venomous snakes before the fall was a problem. I wrote a long enough answer that I wanted to save it for posterity…and also share it as a post unto itself. For those who think about such things, here’s what I said to him: