Rabbit Reproduction and the Garden of Eden

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5 Responses

  1. David Abbott says:

    Interesting thoughts there Matt. Death involving the animal kingdom and the length of time between Creation and man’s rebellion have great opportunities for the creation of theories. To me they are equally valid arguments for a very rapid sequence of events from Creation to the rebellion.

  2. Matt Green says:

    I would agree that it could have been a fast sequence, not allowing for the rapid multiplication of the pre-curse/fall creatures. However, I would assume that part of the “good” that God pronounced on creation would have been its ability to continue on into the future without destroying itself with overpopulation of certain species. In other words, creation was designed with perfect balance, in much the same way that there is a perfect balance now among species that is only disrupted with human activity. In that regard, the fall/curse was not necessary for the continued survival of creation.

    On a related note, one of my favorite books is Wolf Totem, which recounts the consequences of human intervention in the wolf/prey ecosystem of Inner Mongolia. Shepherds were incentivized by the Chinese government to kill wolves which were periodically stealing sheep. When the wolf population was killed off, the pasture land was destroyed by rodents, rabbits and other prey that the wolves had kept at bay. The sheep starved and the shepherds’ way of life was lost. Far better to lose a few sheep to the wolves than to lose more to starvation.

  3. David Abbott says:

    Without death, wouldn’t this same problem over overpopulation eventually affect humans as well? For me, its impossible to take God’s foreknowledge out of the equation.

  4. Matt Green says:

    I don’t think we can fully imagine how many people this earth could accommodate without the sinful effects of waste, misappropriation, selfishness, warfare, etc. I agree with your note on foreknowledge, though. It does throw a monkey wrench into speculation and begs the question of whether this earth was ever intended to be our final destination.

  5. David Abbott says:

    …At least our final destination as pre-rebellion beings. Regardless of resource stewardship, the earth population would have to reach a population limit at some time. If it is true for rabbits it would also have to be true for people. ☺