I just had an awesome conversation with my friend Tommy this evening. We were talking about a little bit of everything, but something really stood out I will remember for a while. The short version is as follows:
If an adult were confronted with a choice to believe in Santa Clause, the rational part of that person would of course go through the obvious questions concerning Santa’s logistical dilemmas. That is to say, there are IMPLICATIONS of Santa actually visiting every house of every good child in one night. Does he slow down time? Does he fatigue? There are hundreds of poignant observations begging for one’s considerations.
Oddly, the same response is lacking when Christians posit that the world before the Fall of Man was perfect and there was no death. Tommy and I were curious as to the state of such a world. Some of our better questions include these. . .
1. If Adam fell from a great height or were submerged in water for a long time…how is it that he did not or would not die?
2. Did God intend the phenomenon of death in the first place? What does this mean for free will? IF NOTHING COULD DIE then it follows rationally that the world would become overrun by animals. I mentioned, “Jesus walking on water would have hardly been a miracle because the sea would be filled with indestructable sea life. The ocean would be a can of sardines, literally!
Some Christians would argue, “perhaps animals did not reproduce until after the fall.” This is illogical when considering that Adam could not find a satisfactory mate in the animal kingdom. Perhaps they had no genitalia? Sounds like a weak defense.
The Genesis account conveniently provides the phenomenon of day and night BEFORE the creation of the Sun and Moon. Christians again, ignore the implications of this and wave the “God did it somehow” wand.
The silliest and most blasphemous observations often lead to serious philosophical problems, as usual, when Tommy and I get together. When handling truth claims of the Bible it is very necessary to remember, there ARE implications of these claims and we are tasked by our conscience to consider what these considerations are. No harm in asking the big questions.