by Randy J. Guliazza, P.E., M.D., and Frank Sherwin, M.A.
If God originally created the world without death and disease, where did our bodies get their disease-fighting capabilities? Christians generally explain the origin of immune systems in three ways. These explanations, though, have theological and scientific snags.
- Humans somehow developed immune systems after the Fall. However, this life-preserving system is so elaborate that any natural development is unlikely.
- God supernaturally infused Adam, Eve, and living creatures with immune systems after the Fall. While this is possible, since Scripture allows post-Fall interventions, it is unlikely because immune systems are so extensive and complex that infusion would entail broad creation-like formations that Scripture indicates had ceased at the end of the creation week.
- Since God foreknew the Fall, He hid in Adam a latent immune system whose activation was mediated by post-Fall conditions. However, explanations that only work by invoking God’s omnipotence/omniscience do not truly explain anything since, obviously, they can explain everything. In addition, no known scientific tests unambiguously detect mediating interventions by either God or environmental conditions.
Creationists need biblical explanations that are scientifically sound and not simply lighter versions of evolutionary lines of thinking. So, one way to begin is by asking: Does our immune system serve any non-disease-fighting purposes today? …Continue reading.