The original question was: You people are pathetic. If you really believe in the myth of Noah then tell me which of Noah’s sons took AIDS or Kuru on board the Ark? Somebody had to or those terrible diseases which must have been created wouldn’t be here if as you claim there was no evolution!

Since both of these diseases have provably come into existence in recent times, the explanation is not God creating them, and not evolution either, but origin by degeneration. So there was no need for either of these diseases to have been on board the Ark.

The epidemic disease we now call AIDS was first identified in 1981, although sporadic cases almost certainly occurred before then, but were not recognised. AIDS is caused by a virus named Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and is spread by direct exchange of body fluids, or injection from contaminated instruments. The HIV virus is closely related to a virus that infects chimpanzees and other primates. Recent studies indicate a form of the virus crossed the species barrier from apes to humans in the early 20th century, and was initially spread into people by the bush meat trade along the trucking routes and logging camps in Africa.

Kuru is a brain destroying disease similar to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), otherwise known as “mad cow disease” and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and Scrapie. Like these diseases Kuru is caused by prions, misfolded proteins that destroy brain cells. Also like BSE, it is transmitted by eating flesh containing the prions, or by transfer via blood and body fluids making contact with open wounds. This occurred in natives of Papua New Guinea (PNG) who carried out a cannibalistic ritual of eating the bodies, including the brains, of deceased relatives. Oral history from the affected tribe indicates the first cases occurred in the 1920s and it became epidemic until cannibalism was prohibited in PNG in the 1950s. The disease has almost been wiped out, with any remaining cases due to the long incubation period of the disease.

To see the history of these diseases in perspective remember that in the beginning God created a world where both people and animals ate plants. God called this very good, and in such a vegetarian world Kuru and AIDS were not possible! Between the time of the Adam’s sinful rebellion and Noahs’ Flood the world became violent, but God did not give permission for man to eat meat until after the Flood. (Genesis 9:2-6) Since God has never given man permission to eat people, the link between cannibalism and Kuru is an example of how truly God spoke when He told us “the wages of sin is death”.

If you want to blame anyone for the degeneration of monkeys and the rise of AIDs then look in a mirror and blame man – not God! And don’t forget much of the spreading of AIDs is definitely associated with behaviour the Creator calls corrupt, e.g. multiple bisexual partners, homosexual behaviour, and drug addiction.

Many sceptics use the existence of disease causing microbes as evidence against Biblical Creation. See our answer to this challenge in the DVD Did a Good God Make Bad Bugs? Also see the DVD Your Answer to Bible Sceptics These available from the Creation Research Webshop

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Diane Eager