Do animals sin?
A reasonable question? An even more reasonable answer is “Of course not.”
And if not, what theological justification can be advanced to explain why there are predators?
Even a child could conceive of a world in which animal populations are controlled by birth rates rather than by predation.
What kind of a God would create a world in which innocent creatures are ripped apart by predators? In which mothers are witness to their babies being carried off, screaming in terror? All this cruelty is visited upon innocent creatures for what reason?
The whole of nature a battlefield to survive.
Animals gripped by fear their whole lives.
And this is all without any human intervention or cruelty, which of course adds to animals’ nightmares.
Half of all living things on Earth have been killed off in the last four decades alone, because of human greed, ignorance and stupidity.
Couldn’t an omniscient God have foreseen that happening?
Is He cruel or just uncaring? Is He even there?
If He is, is He into blood lust? Does He enjoy the screams of animals in death throes? Does He enjoy the fear, the terror, the pain of innocent animals?
Theologians explain the cruelty of human suffering as being the result of human choices. Ludicrous as that suggestion is, there are no choices animals could have made to invoke the wrath of a deity.
The only explanations that readily come to mind are that there is no letting these horrors occur, or if there is, that He is a malignant, evil being.
Even more incredible than an evil or non-existent God are the minions who bend their knees to Him.
Humans are an incredibly stupid species, but perhaps never more so than when they pray to a God who is either evil or who doesn’t exist.