Isn't it amazing how thin the religious arguments are when you just apply common sense reasoning to them? How could people just sit and accept such malarkey?
Like "there was no death" in some mythical past, because god made a garden paradise where people could just frolic and play with the animals...and in heaven or the new earth or whatever, there will again be no death. Frolic with the lions. Lay down with the lambs. No eat or be eaten.
But don't plants die when you eat them? How about microbes and cells that die all the time? Or does "death" only refer to the death of one special type of ambulatory, noisy, messy, destructive primate?
We have fossils of carnivores dating back as far as the age of reptiles. These creatures killed their food hundreds of millions of years before there were any humans around. And the invertebrates that ruled for even longer had to eat something, which meant they also killed to survive. The animals that didn't kill other animals ate plants, which perforce had to die.
And was the death-free original earth 1.0 meant to continually expand to hold all the animals (insects, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles) plus all the plant life that would just keep reproducing, forever, but never die
? Did the people who wrote this stuff think about it at all?
(One of the many questions I asked as a mouthy JW kid was what we would eat during everlasting life after Armageddon. We would not be eating meat or even plants because that would require killing and "death would be no more." My father said that Jehovah would make special heavenly food for us.
My follow up question was, why doesn't Jehovah just make us that food for us now so we can stop killing animals? No good answer came. Change of subject by irritated father.)
I suspect that the mythmakers never imagined that future people would think their "good enough for now" stories about how the world came to be were literally true. As people got more knowledge, they were supposed to let go of the myths that no longer explained anything. Once you realize the sun is just another star that will burn out someday, how can you keep on worshiping it as if it was a living being?
Similarly, it is hard to fathom people today--with all the information available that the ancients did not have-- who think impossible bible stories are literally true.
And, hot damn, I got to use the word "perforce".