Why did God make pesky things like mosquitoes?
Answer by Hannah.
Looking around at the world today it is hard to imagine a time in which man peacefully co-existed with nature. Deadly snake venom, poisonous plants and man-eating mammals are just some of the creatures that make up the Earth’s ecosystems. Whilst you would be confused as to why God created such species, God’s word reminds us that all living organisms once actually lived without causing pain or death and in total harmony with those around them.
Let’s just consider just one part of the environment around us…insects! They are a fantastic example of the care and complexity God used in order to create even the smallest of creatures. The Bible states that the evidence of God’s creation is clearly seen (Romans 1:20) and this is most certainly true in regards to the life of insects. Whilst studying these fascinating organisms there is, however, often more questions than answers. Insects contain some of the smallest animal species on the planet and it’s a shocking fact to learn that the humble mosquito kills over 725,000 people every year, thanks to its potential carrying of numerous deadly diseases such as malaria and lymphatic filariasis.
So why did God make such things as blood sucking mosquitoes? Since God originally created the mosquito’s long needle-like mouth parts to live life as a vegetarian, it’s not surprising to discover that the complexity of its mouth shape is perfectly designed to reach and suck the nectar of plants, somewhat similar to that of hummingbirds. Before the cursed world, mosquitoes would happily feed upon sugary liquids such as honeydew and nectar, allowing them to live harmoniously with the rest of the animal kingdom. Thanks to their specifically designed and created anatomy, they posses the ability to drill into plant veins to obtain their food source, of which the male still does today, making him completely vegetarian. Both genders were originally vegetarian and would have never bitten you. In modern day times, this species is unfortunately associated with the potential to carry disease that could cause a range of medical problems or even death! The disease known as malaria is a parasite called Plasmodium and is spread specifically through blood. The affects on the body and the treatment time needed depend upon the type of malaria contracted. Despite this disease existing today, God originally designed a disease-free world, therefore in a good world no diseases would be contracted as no animals or insects would bite you.
After the fall and after the flood, the arrival of rain upon the Earth created bodies of water which included puddles. These are a mosquito’s breeding heaven and one consequence is an over population of mosquitoes. This population increase now creates a food crisis with plant numbers not able to support such a large population level. Yet the female mosquitoes still require iron in order to lay eggs, therefore seeking a new source such as humans and animals. Before the flood rain was not present, so therefore mosquito numbers would have remained stable, allowing them to feed from plants and thus not turning into ectoparasites, or in simple terms, relying off other animals for their food source. Looking back, the fossil record shows the earliest examples to be giants, so it’s a good job they all started out as vegetarian!
God’s word reminds us that man was created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) and he never wanted us to rebel, but sadly we did and therefore the Earth now suffers (Genesis 3:17-19). Insects that were once harmless now not only instinctively fear man (Genesis 9:2), but their original well designed plant penetrators and suckers now work to our determent. These blood feeding insects may feed from a monkey and then bite a human, causing a cross contamination of material that may work well inside the monkey, but may do harm to the human, this is known as disease. So God can’t be blamed for any of the bad things. Disease, famine, pain and suffering would all be non-existent if man would have listened to him in the first place.