Why did God put mean and poisonous animals on Earth? Andie and Andy
Dear Andie and Andy:
God does not always give us His reasons. This is true for poisonous animals like snakes and spiders. All we know for sure is that God created them on the sixth day of the creation week. Genesis 1:24 tells us that God commanded the earth to bring forth "everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind."
lso, we should be careful how we use the word "mean." We cannot judge animals to be mean or nice in the same way we judge people to be mean or nice. When a lion hunts down a baby gazelle, it is just doing what God designed it to do. If there were no lions, the gazelle population would grow too large. This would harm the ecosystem and the gazelles. And if there were not enough gazelles, the lions would starve. We can see great beauty in the balance between predator and prey.
Perhaps poison was a way for God to help certain animals get their food and protect themselves. Most snakes or spiders do not chase their prey like lions. Instead, they use poison to kill or stun their prey. Snakes do a good job of eating rats, mice, and other animals that can be a pest to us. In the same way, spiders help control the insect population. This is why we should not kill every snake or spider on sight. Sometimes, if they are not a direct threat to us, we should leave them alone to do their job.
Finally, remember that we do not live in a perfect world. When Adam and Eve sinned, they were cast out of the Garden of Eden. Life has been hard for man ever since (Genesis 3:17-19). This includes having to deal with snakes and spiders. But Christians are blessed. They can look forward to an eternity in heaven where there is no death or pain (Revelation 21:4).