Animal instincts and the Fall of Adam and Eve

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:00:09 +0000


Animals often put humans to shame.

In the elephant compound in Grand Park Zoo, Seoul, South Korea, a baby elephant, accompanied by an adult (mom?), was drinking water at the edge of a pool and fell in.

The baby was drowning.

Watch how mom and another adult elephant immediately sprang into action to save the baby.

Watch how a very brave mother woodpecker furiously fought a big snake who was stealing her eggs.

Scientists say the adult elephants and the woodpecker are merely acting from their maternal instincts.

If so, then I say human beings can use more of those instincts, which really are attributes endowed by the Creator.

The Genesis account of the Fall of Adam and Eve is shrouded in mystery. The interpretation that makes sense to me is that our first — and very narcissistic — parents succumbed to the Devil’s temptation to be “as gods” and so ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Wanting to be “as gods,” of course, is a violation of the First Commandment.

As philosopher Francis Bacon explained, what precipitated our first parents’ fall was their supposition that “God’s commandments or prohibitions were not the originals of good and evil but that they had other beginnings which man aspired to know, to the end to make a total defection from God, and to depend wholly upon himself.”¹

¹Francis Bacon, Selected Philosophical Works, edited by Rose-Mary Sargent (Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 1999), p. 31.

And so, Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s explicit command, and ate from the tree because they wanted to determine for themselves what is right and what is wrong, when God had already implanted that knowledge in them, which He had written “in their hearts”. (Jeremiah 31:33)

The results of humans’ rejection of God’s laws and of our moral instincts are evident all around us. See, for example, my earlier post today, “Muslim migrants in Denmark torture and kill cats for fun“.

For more examples of animals behaviors (“instincts”) that put humans to shame, see:


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2 years ago

None of the links here work.