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Red in Tooth and Claw. Who Created the Predators?

Matthew Priebe

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Matthew Priebe Naturalist

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  • March 19, 2011
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as a side note that says some people might be wondering all of the pictures you've seen today with the exception of maybe half a dozen were taken by either myself or my wife and of those about eighty five percent were taken by my wife so why when you see these little pictures on the screen thank her for it because she's the full photographic artists of our partnership and Silicon Valley I work on and put together and she supplies pictures for most of him and that this is not true of our last presentation I was here years ago because I was just getting started with the married yet and I got a lot of pictures off the Internet and what not to supply the various Pacific animals that I needed but some incense and leave the then traveling together around the country I've been able to put together these presentations using only our own pictures because that's a lot more useful to us in more effective and being to choose your own pictures from your own supplies live and archived just huge amounts of animal pictures that we've got it for all of our presentation needs size is not you might be interested to know where these bitches are being taken now will be doing is a little different than not the previous presentations this morning this afternoon we did some creation science presentations until now now her to be looking at the Bible or prophecy in nature to see what we can learn from it and will do more for sermon format than what we're doing up till this point also like attention this morning this is a first this is the first time I've ever presented this particular meeting I've been actually working on it refining and polishing it for the last two years assembling the pictures for it getting it ready to go and so now it's finally ready for the representation and so you're the first audience ever to hear it on the face of the earth and so now I will go out hopefully to audio person building the widespread available as well so this is now a little bit different because you notice I don't use notes too much with however presentations I've been doing a lot and sell agreements have that sort of thing memorized this is the first time given us I'm restating a lot of close my notes and I did with the other ones so you'll forgive me that little bit bad staff will be needing to stay little more cash than before when I was able to wander around more freely all right sellers get started has we finished up our last meeting for today and I will trying to generate years and after sundown is possible that and I may go a couple minutes after because he did ask some questions will exist zero zero volts on him and irresponsible tenacity nylon lead writers undoubted authority is that all right creditors what are they why are they here and most importantly who put them here they don't trade them or are they the products of Satan 's foul designs would be better off wouldn't we be better off without them by getting rid of them whenever possible in this presentation we will examine the evidence to try to make sense of this very difficult topic to start we must be clear that there is very little inspiration that sheds light in this area barricades and ideas are a few unmistakable statements that doesn't mean we should ignore this topic because it is very much something that automatically everybody puts their own idea on even if they don't have very much information everybody makes their mind up about them even though they don't really think about it too deeply the trouble of most people 's opinions is that they are made on the basis of cultural biases arsenal prejudices or usually contradictory divisions of nature into good animals and that animals are meant to be addressing this from the point of view of a naturalist being a general naturalist has many advantages because it provides a look at the big picture that sometimes the specialists may mess ever to start with some foundations that underlie all else now I hold the following basic and critical premises this is the beginning God made all life on earth in six days resting on the seventh day everything was perfect there was no death or decay disease or corruption all animals were vegetarian as no animal killed another animal for food in Genesis one verse thirty we find and to every beast of the earth and to every fowl of the air and to everything that creeps upon the earth wherein there is life I have given every green herb for meat and it was so noticing the word meet in the King James version beyond the Hebrew word actually means the nonspecific food the context determines what kind of food is actually being referred to in it plans for vegetarians or after the fall it could refer to flesh for mediators now the perfect garden of Eden Adam and Eve were at peace with all life around them they neither harmed any animals nor were harmed by them then send came and everything became ruined and broken everyone who trusts the biblical account of creation will agree with these premises now is where a problem begins to these evil ugly and cruel even when death brings an end to suffering and pain it is still not part of God 's perfect plan and is totally opposed to his nature so where did the predators come from first of all we need a clear definition of terms animals can be be divided up into three major groups based upon their lifestyle and their diet so first off are the herbivores this is a huge group that contains all vegetarian animals this includes many subgroups that I will not list by their very specific technical names but this covers eaters of grass this would nectar fungus pollen roots leaves algae fruits and vegetables each subgroup has its own design of teeth stomach and intestines that will clearly tell you what that animal eats even if you never watch that species feeding second are the predators this group is much larger than most people realize since the popular idea of this group is limited to raw meat eaters site like leopards sharks and eagles but this is just a subgroup called carnivores others subgroups include fish eaters like seals cormorants and water snakes a massive subgroup includes eaters of insects and spiders many birds that we admire and love are in fact the voracious predators devouring insects by the thousands many small mammals virtually all spiders a high percentage of insects most frogs and toads and salamanders all feet in this way a final subgroup includes the scavengers those who feed on animals already dead many animals who kill their own food will eat carrion on occasion but some species specialize on this type of diet many insects like flies and wasps will eat carrion when they are young others do so their whole life such as crabs vultures hagfish and sea snails so we need to realize that there are far more predators in this world and are generally thought this includes many species that we categorize as the good animals like ladybird beetles Wales Bronx and cranes as well is what we call the bad animals like wolves and alligators thirdly our are the parasites this is by far the smallest group specialists that live either outside or inside other animals may feed on blood or skin or muscle or drain nutrients from their host internally their actions weaken their hosts but the parasite 's goal is usually not to kill death may result if too many parasites we can host too much or is a disease carried by the parasite may tell the host but this is not intentional or even beneficial to most parasites as they often die when their host dies so these three categories cover virtually all food choices made by animals many fit into two of these categories as a huge number of creditors also eat plants we call Bears predators but only the polar bear is totally a mediator most bears eat both plants and animals the spectacled bear eats mostly plants the panda bear eats only bamboo as a side note can anyone guess which group humans belong to most people assume we are carnivores or possibly omnivores which are years of both plants and less but if we examine our teeth stomachs and intestines and then compare these with various designs in nature we find that humans belong to the subcategory of herbivores called free divorce when we eat meat it doesn't digest properly and creates physical ailments that's why even perfectly healthy meat will still make humans sick as our bodies are only marginally able to process flesh in our diet so now we can explore the origins of the three groups herbivores obviously came from the very beginning as created in the garden of Eden but what about the predators and by extension the parasites can we discover who created them there are three options number one the predators somehow developed on their own gradually changing from plant eaters of flesh eaters number two Satan made the predators either directly or indirectly number three God re-created certain animals so that they can kill other animals and eat them we will now examine each option to see what is possible and what is reasonable so number one natural processes if we accept this first option we are accepting a form of mechanistic evolution the change from a plant eater to a meat eater is immense teachers must transform from grinding and mashing to tearing and slicing stomach and intestines must shrink from long and convoluted to short and straight as load longer is better for digesting plants and shorter is better for digesting flesh cause must now be armed for catching and holding struggling prey and perhaps most importantly the brain must change the very thoughts must be altered because from looking at a leaf and thinking that that taste good and animal now must find the lease in edible and instead hunger for another living animal all of these are major changes that have to take place if we accept a gradual change for this process then how can we attack Darwinists who claim the same process for all life on earth I reject this option for the same reason that I reject macro evolution because a gradual change from a reptile to a mammal or a bird is a scientifically unlikely as a gradual change from a vegetarian cat to a meeting one week see this taking place in today's world any more than we see a bear turning into a seal or what about insect eating bass as I examine in our original creation presentation three years ago night flying bats have echolocation systems that stagger the mind with their complexity there is no need for a day active fruit eating bats like a flying fox to develop to have echolocation so how could this system develop gradually as bats evolved into night flying insect hunting specialists if that can evolve the system that makes our own sonar look primitive than the Darwinists must be right and we are wasting our time attacking so I reject option number one as not possible under the biological processes I see in nature numbered zero the second choice that Satan created creditors and some angry effort to increase the pain and suffering of our world has serious problems Ellen White has stated unequivocally that Satan does not have the power to create life paychecks and profits page two sixty four the prince of evil though possessing all the wisdom and might of an angel fallen has not the power to create or to give life this is the prerogative of God alone so I think that is definitive and will not consider that as an option but some people say that Satan modified early life twisting pre-existing forms to suit his own purposes Ellen White actually give support to this idea as the origin of many of the dangerous plants in this world this actually makes sense from a biological standpoint as well breeders have been developing weird strains of plants and animals for thousands of years in the animal world we have hairless cats voiceless dogs flightless birds and sterile insects are modifications of plans have been even more extreme so if we can do this how much more can Satan do brassy words either directly himself or indirectly by getting his agents after the fall to modify life this would be appeared to be a reasonable answer to the parasite category for every parasite we find closely related forms that are not parasites which in fact are either harmless or beneficial ticks suck blood and transmit disease but might so nearly identical to tics and many are valuable for eating my new gutters worms that assayed the body and drain resources have relatives that aerate and fertilize the soil or recycle nutrients flies the bite or spread disease are virtually identical to the vast majority of species that are nectar feeders and crucial to pollination even the bloodsucking mosquitoes that can make the outdoors so miserable have an interesting twist only the females drink blood as part of their reproductive process you have never been bitten by a male mosquito never the males peacefully drink nectar from meadow flowers so we can easily see here how an insect created by God in Eden could be changed only slightly disjointed now drink blood from a sealed mouth used to drink nectar a slight change to a cutting tube to drink blood is not nearly so difficult a link as the change from a grass eating to meeting change so the parasites may well be good candidates for small-scale modifications of their physical and mental makeup by Satan 's power but could Satan have taken Barry eating birds and altered them to Eden sex or or even other birds it would take a greater change than needed for the parasites but perhaps it is within Satan 's powers so we will leave that as a potential option for right now number three the final option is that God made the predators in essence re-creating some of the animals at the time of the fall now obviously there is no lack of power God could do this as easily as he made them vegetarian in the park first place but to say that God remade them would mean that he is responsible for their behavior it would mean that sharks kill seals because God made them that way a praying mantis kills other insects because God chose that lifestyle for her this is an idea we find distasteful and wrong since God cannot be for death so to review slow adaptation is impossible Satan can make limited changes but not enough to fully suit our situation and God easily could make the predators but we assume he wouldn't create evil but our creditors really evil as we presume is taking the life of another being inherently evil always in a perfect world death is nonexistent since Adam 's sin our world is contaminated by death and will be Intel remade into the new earth once sin began all aspects of this world changed all animals will eventually die it's only a matter of how and where so let's pretend that no predators ever existed but the herbivores of the Garden State herbivores forever even after the fall what would have happened at first they would spread as they reproduced individuals dying of old age and accident population still steadily increasing at a certain point depending on how large an area they inhabit and how healthy the plant food available the members of any particular species will reach what is called carrying capacity this means the amount of plant food available is totally eaten by the animals but the animals are still reproducing and the food can't grow any faster so there's not enough food to go around your pores are forced to compete for food the stronger outcompeting the weaker many go hungry their immune systems are weakened and disease can take hold eventually starvation begins as the full misery begins starving to death is a bad way to die hungry we the individuals slowly fades away until finally miserably death results between disease and starvation the population crashes to a number far less than the maximum level reached before the crash now with plenty of those available for a smaller group size the population begins to increase again eventually the group builds past the carrying capacity and crashes again this wildly fluctuating cycle of rising and crashing populations has nowhere it will continue indefinitely as long as no outside forces interfere the system is not pleasant and death the death endured by these animals is slow painful and ugly this is how the Earth would be everywhere if no predators existed so now let's put creditors into our thought experiment and see what happens mediators try to catch as many as they can to feed themselves and their young but catching food that doesn't want to be caught is no easy task and predators failed to catch prey far more often than they succeed the most likely targets of the oldest the weakest the youngest and the sick there is slightly slower and easier to cash so they are the ones most likely cock this does not mean that they are the only ones can't my predators as is often thought by people random chance surprise her perseverance will allow a creditor to catch even the fittest most healthy prey and this will be but this will be a low fraction of the total prey the larger the prey base the board will be available to those hunting them and the predator population will be able to increase as well but when the week and excess are being removed by the predators the prey base will not increase as rapidly or it might not increase at all as birthrate equals death rate to old age and predators combined this would mean the herbivores would not exceed the food availability limit with enough food to go around the plant eaters are not as susceptible to disease and they certainly won't start once again this balance system can continue indefinitely unless altered by outside forces when a predator kills a victim the end is relatively at the keyword the end is relatively fast and painless when compared to death by starvation and disease death by predators is still ugly and unpleasant but it is stupid it is more merciful than the alternative predator numbers are determined by the prey numbers not be other way around predators limit but do not control or exterminate prey populations this is important and usually not well understood by us by definition there are never too many predators in a given area because they can only survive if there is enough prey available if prey numbers drop the predator numbers will drop along with them under normal conditions it is impossible for creditors to exterminate the food they eat what happens when credit Sirs are removed by people there are endless examples of this but one of the most famous took place on the North rim of the Grand Canyon called the kind that flat-out notice areas an island of forest surrounded by desert full of gear bear cougar coyote and squirrel around nineteen hundred human deer hunters pressure the government to kill all the predators on the plateau this would mean more dear available to the humans and who wouldn't want that right so genocide began and soon all cougars and bears were gone the coyotes were destroyed as well even though they were virtually no threat to the deer coyotes don't kill healthy adult beer they usually go after the small mammals but often settle for Kerry and since coyotes are too small to attack the animals the kind of deer population soared as planned and great times for human hunters resulted but the deer numbers kept climbing despite the huge hunter gallery soon the deer herd had doubled and then quadruple more and more were shot every year but that didn't help the herd increased still in nineteen oh six when predator killing began in earnest the deer numbered about four thousand by nineteen twenty four they reached one hundred thousand dear hard winters now set in and the deer starved by the thousands sixty percent of the herds starved into years by nineteen thirty one they had sunk to twenty thousand and by nineteen thirty nine they felt to ten thousand it was a wildlife disaster that woke people up to the value of predators since then studies around the world have confirmed the role of predators to wildlife systems ecosystems with full levels of predators and prey in stay at equilibrium with no large fluctuations but as soon as humans shoot trap workforce in the local predators everything falls apart this is why deer numbers have exploded across North America when market hunters decimated deer in the eighteen hundreds for public sale deer were on the verge of extermination throughout large sections of North America hunters with power and influence took steps to protect gear from there for market hunting and replace it with sport hunting as their replacement by way of killing them limits were set in lands set aside is protected refuges females were left alone and only males were killed for a long time creditors already losing ground were pushed out of the eastern United States completely dear increase nicely but the faulty system Hunter 's favorite again led to disaster with no predators left humans assume that role but they didn't do it correctly humans killed the healthiest males for trophies not the weakest available as normal predators do with a huge imbalance of far more females to males the deer reproduced far faster than they would normally do also humans kill kill a far higher proportion of the herd and predators ever kill deer respond when a large portion of the herd dies by increasing their birthrate instead of an average of one fun per Joe born each year now each dough will produce two or three per year all of these factors combined to cause the deer population to climb higher than ever human hunters can control soon heard numbers explode exponentially and now there are more dear than there have ever been in the history of North America deer are sought in huge numbers deer starve during hard winters in huge numbers here are hit by cars and huge number killing many people in the process and deer die from disease from overcrowding in huge numbers all of this suffering and waste to provide plenteous work for your average Joe shooting anything that moves this is one of the well hidden secrets of state gain management that sport hunting as managed for the last century actually raises deer populations instead of reducing them this shows that risk placing wild predators with sport hunting has been one of the worst mistakes possible that principle applies to whatever predator prey population we study those areas of the US that still engage in the disgrace of rattlesnake roundups have documented higher rodent populations in areas with unmolested snakes this means that regions the destroy their snakes have higher disease rates and increased crop losses for farmers due to the unnaturally high rodent numbers instead of being our enemy snakes are allies in maintaining our quality of life so my point is this a world with death but no predators is actually worse in many ways that a world with both death and predators this goes against the grain of our thinking but is a logical deduction would Satan really want to make predators do not have predators exist within increase the suffering and pain of the world after the fall for Satan to invent predators would have defeated his own purposes so if we view predators through the lens of reality rather than our cultural biases God 's involvement in making them doesn't seem so bad as God wants death and destruction of course not but Adam 's sin forced death to exist so God has made the best of a bad situation by balancing the system as much as possible instead of an evil force a product of Satan despite predation is in fact a useful and comparatively compassionate way to regulate entire this preventing them from spiraling into chaos in fact we should be grateful for the services provided by most predators bats and birds and spiders devour huge amounts of insects without them we would be buried by insects as they would reproduce until they overran everything else around us Romans also have a huge reproductive rate everyone eats rodents it seems reptile bird and mammal predators include many rodent eaters the gladness or without the snakes in the Hawks and the weasels catching the many forms of small rodents disease would run rampant wherever the plagues of the dark ages they happen because the Catholic Church promoted the genocide of cats as all to us were considered evil this allowed rats carrying diseased fleas to multiply and spread all over Europe most exotic animal infestations are due to species being transported to places where there are no native predators to limit them when Australians introduce European rabbits is a new human food source they overpopulated to the point of ecological disaster eating all the grass and overwhelming the landscape predators prevent and minimize disease and every ecosystem in the world Satan wants the rodent population to explode and eat our food and spread disease Satan does not want both snakes and falcons and foxes to eat the rodents and limit their numbers so what we actually think about it we are glad these predators exist we are glad insects and rodents are reduced by other animals even when we still don't like the animals doing the reducing what we especially seem to resent are the predators that killed the three types of animals that we most care about first are the cute animals bunnies and cardinals and baby gear they are no more inherent value than any other animal but we object to see the Hawks eating the cute little squirrel second are the wild animals we have economic interest in killing ourselves when an elk is killed by a cougar it means we can't feel beyond ourselves and put his head on our wall if a corporate needs a fish it means we can look at fish on a line for sport third are the domestic animals that we have an economic interest in keeping alive we raise sheep and cattle as commodities to be slaughtered for our own profit and any predation of them means money taken out of our pockets skunks and the henhouse mean fewer eggs to sell these three areas are where we really acquire our cultural hatred of predators soulless industry puts out propaganda about vicious killers crippling our way of life ranchers invent wild stories about how wolves are on their doorstep trying to eat them even though such stories are absolute rubbish there is no documented case of a wolf killing a person in North America ever lies combined with cultural bias lead us to consider all predators evil and deserving of persecution if not eradication we are upset when humans kill cute vegetarian animals but when mediators are killed we let it pass since we know down deep breath after all they probably came from Satan anyway and so we turn a blind eye to predator destruction or actively promoted as a good thing in the end we are falling for Satan 's lies since he is the one who wants the predators to be wiped out and the natural balance destroyed when we destroy predators we are annihilating the animals got put on this planet to keep it functional in a sinful state instead of eliminating a well we're actually promoting evil promoting Satan 's desire to increase suffering both the immediate suffering of the predators themselves in the long term suffering of the increasing numerous herbivores that will overpopulate and start but is there any biological evidence for the idea that God made a special reach creation at the time of the fall is there any organism which clearly is not a part of Eden which had to be done after the fall and which is too sophisticated to be the product of Satan 's modification of pre-existing lifeforms it turns out there is a type of life that exactly fits these requirements we are very familiar with this organism but most people are unaware of how unusual they really are when you look at mushroom what are you seeing the colorful aboveground structure is only the tip of the iceberg it is the reproductive component of fungus the source of spores that will drift on the wind and start new fungus growth elsewhere the actual fungus is the hidden tendrils that growth through Wood and soil concealed from group from view these white tendrils grow and spread to every available source of nourishment funguses live everywhere but most are impossible to tell apart visually as they all look like white threads but when the time comes to reproduce fungus will grow a structure that is so unique to each species they can be used by naturalists to tell them apart the mushrooms we see on the ground and rotting wood are comparable to an Apple or a pinecone on a tree just a temporary growth whose only function is reproduction but then what purpose do the fungal threads themselves serve what exactly does fungus do the only job a fungus the only job of fungus is to break down the dead cells of other organisms usually plans and turn them into nutrients that can be used as nourishment for other organisms they are the great recyclers of the world crucial to turning useless dead matter into vital nutrients without fungus dead leaves and wood would never decay and wood pile up uselessly letting nothing new ground so fungus must exist or life on earth would be impossible let me restate that fungus must exist but how could fungus exist any there was no dead matter to recycle there was no possible function for fungus in a perfect world brass fungus is an example of some even platform slightly modified to do a new job in a sinful world there is a major problem with this concept fungus is not a plant fungus is not related to plants fungus is not related to animals fungus is a totally separate branch of life the cell structure of fungus is fundamentally different from plant cells and there is an important reason for this sales of all plants are made from cellulose that is what makes a plan a plan but the cells of fungus are made from kite that is what makes a fungus a fungus the reason for this becomes clear when we remember what fungus does fungus breaks down plants into usable nutrients out fungus has an extremely powerful acid the digests cellulose the acid is perfectly designed to dissolve plant cells but what keeps the fungus acid from damaging its own sales the acid dissolves so cellulose perfectly but it doesn't dissolve which is what makes up the funguses own cells so fungus is immune to the acid that it is producing if fungus wasn't fundamentally different from plants it couldn't function as it does it is a different form of life from plants in every way the changes needed to turn a plant into a fungus are much greater than the changes needed to turn a vegetarian animal into a meeting one that's because the latter change involves changing details of anatomy and behavior not a total conversion of every cell and organism as from plant cells the fungus cells the fact that fungus is small and usually hidden is irrelevant fungus could not exist in need as it would serve no purpose and would have no nourishment before decay began if fungus wasn't created at the fall something else would be needed to do the same job Satan would not create fungus even if he could why would he want to let new life grow by recycling the nutrients fungus couldn't evolve from plants any more than birds could evolve from jellyfish what all of this means is that fungus was a new creation by God to fit the changed conditions of a sinful world so we have in the weird colorful world of the mushrooms a clear case of God making something totally new that feeds upon death there is no reason to suppose that there is any difference with animal predators because of sin death needs to be controlled analyze predators do just that making the world better than it would be without them this is why God made them and made them very well when we look at any predator it fish or mammal reptile or spider we find them to be a masterpiece of design and specialization when we remind ourselves how many animals so what are predators to exclude them from God 's creation would leave very few animals left to consider predators are as intricate and amazing as any herbivore and to disdain them as the results of chaos Satan or man's manipulation is to make a mockery of the evidence so we look at the question of predators from logic and reason but what does inspiration tell us if creditors are not a part of God 's plan then why did he allow them into Noah's Ark the whole point of the flood was to cleanse the world of evil to start fresh with a remnant why not keep all the good vegetarian animals and drown all the bad mediators but that's not what happened patriarchs and Prophets page ninety seven beasts of every description the fiercest as well is the most gentle were seen coming from mountain and forest and quietly making their way toward the arc gods miracle broad representation representatives of animals we don't approve of what should this tell us the Bible states repeatedly that God provides for the animals and again will be retreating from Psalms one oh four Psalms one oh four first ten he said that the Springs into the valleys which run among the hills they give drink to every beast of the field first fourteen because of the grass to grow for the cattle so God gives water to the animals and he gives vegetation to be herbivores so far sounds good everything is fine but then things get uncomfortable for our preconceptions verse twenty one the young lions roar after their prey and seek their meat from God I can't be right God wouldn't give me the liens were sure but it continues in verse twenty five Tennessee were in our things creeping a number well both small and great beasts there is that Leviathan who now has made to play therein these weight all upon the that thou me us give them their meat in due season sometimes we forget that the vast majority of sea life is carnivorous and God provides for them all and it doesn't matter how we interpret leviathan as crocodile serpent or whale there are no vegetarian whales anywhere in the world when God speaks to Job listing the Lords many tasks man is incapable of performing he tells an in joke thirty eight versus thirty nine forty one Will Dallas on the praise of a lion or fill the appetite of the young lions who provide us for the raid on his food let's make make no mistake ravens are flesh eaters in Job thirty nine versus twenty six to thirty God takes credit for the skills and behavior of hawks and eagles all of whom are mediators in Psalms one forty seven verse nine he is the Lord giveth to the beast 's food and the young ravens which cry down the Hebrew original the first half of this verse is referring to a plant eater the beast in the second half of the verse refers to a mediator ravens we accept the first half of this verse as divine providence but deny the second half but Scripture does not allow us the luxury of such traveling we either must accept the entire verse or we must invent hypocritical and contradictory theories to deny the second half the sooner our prejudices and for those people who dismiss these verses as poetical and therefore irrelevant we also have the direct and plain words of Jesus himself the twelve verse twenty four consider the ravens for they neither sow nor reap which neither have storehouse nor barn and God feed them so God clearly takes responsibility for feeding all the animals both predator and vegetarian but there's one other point to consider Isaiah gave a prophetic vision of the new earth to come when all will be re-created in a perfect and peaceful state all animals will once again be plant eaters those animals specifically listed in Scripture include wolves lions leopards bears and several kinds of snakes these are found in Isaiah such as those Isaiah eleven six to eight and sixty five verse twenty five the real question is why would God re-create animals that Satan was responsible for if creditors are products of evil then they should be destroyed within instead God restores them to their original uniform in the same way that mankind will be restored to their original nature once their vital role as ecosystem regulators is no longer needed they will be changed back to the peaceful animals they were very beginning so now that we've established the origin of so many of Earth 's creatures how does that affect or alter our attitude and relationship to them it is human nature to dismiss and despise what we consider as evil as long as we consider predators to be agents of Satan we will ignore or participate in any persecution against them we kill hocks because they catch cute rabbits or wolves for eating cows or snakes just for being snakes these actions have no moral problems if the ones being killed are inherently evil but when we understand that these animals are under God 's care since he made them the way they are then that changes our entire attitude toward their destruction we realize that our duodenum to do no harm to them is no less than our duty to do no harm to any of God 's creation of course this does not mean that we cannot protect ourselves from attack the biblical principles of self-defense apply to both animals and people but we have absolutely no permission to destroy life solely due to its nature shark fishing coyote poisoning alligator farming Fox ranching bear hunting bobcat trapping crow shooting these are all examples of blatant cruelty that we should oppose categorically we need to also stop killing those backyard creatures that have committed no wrong there is no bird actually called a chicken hawk only ignorance has named them that mountain lions do not need to be thinned out for their own good weasels are not mindless butchers killing more than they need bats are not Dracula in disguise the unrelenting savagery directed against wolves to prop up the evil of the ranching industry must and Pike 's Fish do not need to be poisoned to preserve trout so that we can torture the trap to death ourselves seals not need not be brutally clubbed to keep them from eating the oceans fish the practical applications of this extend into many areas and are crucially important Ellen White describes how God 's creation and describes God 's creation and how it was marred by sin but she states how even now nature works in harmony according to guard God 's plan note how she words the interrelation between all animals this is not a desire of ages page twenty in the beginning God was revealed and all the works of creation it was he that filled the your beauty anywhere with song and upon all things in earth and air and sky he wrote the message the other is the father 's love now sin has marred God 's perfect work yet that handwriting remains even now all created things declare the glory of his excellence there is nothing saying the selfish heart of man that lives unto itself no bird that cleans the air no animal that moves upon the ground administers to some other life all life and if it's other life only matter selfish the innocent animals fulfill the roles given to them predators do what their God-given behavior demands of them and nature is the better for it once we expand our circle of compassion to include the predators we will have made the next step forward in fulfilling our God-given responsibilities toward his created beings will we continue to be the agents of Satan and his destructive cruel and vindictive anti- predator agenda or do we have it within ourselves to care for all the living souls of God 's creation let us being Christlike Christians in every area of our lives life is a beautiful and wonderful gift that God has given to his created beings each of us has the opportunity to cherish life and all of the many forms that God is

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