Many critics of creationism point to aspects of reality which are imperfect and even painful for us. Many examples can be suggested such as cancer, suffering, and even death itself. Death is sited by many historians as to the reason Charles Darwin lost faith when his beloved daughter died young. It was easy for Darwin to think of nature as a nasty and heartless beast– it surely could not have been a loving God! Most all of us can relate in one way or another to such conflict and pain. The world can be cruel, cold, and tough. But this does not mean that an all powerful God did not create it this way, allow the world to fall from sin. Without darkness would we fully understand light? Without love would we fully understand hate?
Such an argument against the existence of God due to our apparent identification of imperfections could be called the “The God wouldn’t do it like that…” argument. Meaning, if God designed anything, then it would be perfect. However, if you apply a bit of thought and read some bible passages, it is easy to see that this is clearly not the case.
If God created it imperfect, then it still is perfect— because it fulfills the purposes in which He designed it to accomplish.
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33 ESV
God clearly knows conditions of pain, disease, suffering, sadness, and death all exist now but His promises are to bring all of these to an end. Perhaps this reveals a purpose! Such conditions do not exist today due to some imperfect design but rather because of design and purposes God ordained! God promises His children that He will wipe away tears of pain, sorrow, and loss. He will bring an end to death and the mourning of death and loss. He will end all pain.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”Revelation 21:4
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…”2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ESV
We need to be very careful if we make assumptions regarding intentions or apparent “failures” of God based on our judgement. We are foolish to think for a moment that any design within the world, life, or living organisms must be perfect as to meet our estimation for what perfection means because God created everything. Beware! We must recognize that there is much more we do not know about God and His creation then we do know. The bible reveals God’s design, intention, character, and purpose. The argument that “God wouldn’t have done it that way” is perfectly wrong.
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing the glory that will be revealed in us.”Romans 8:18