Friday, July 30, 2010


I kinda like the fact that the plagues of Egypt that helped free the Israelites can be explained scientifically.

It's like evolution - I don't think that it and creation are mutually exclusive. God used natural resources, because, hey, He made them too, right?

A fresh water toxic alga, when it dies, it stains the water red. It would have forced the frogs to leave the water, which would have meant that mosquitoes, flies and other insects would have flourished, leading to diseased livestock and boils, with more diseases being passed on to the human population.

And a volcanic eruption could have triggered the hail, locusts coming to Egypt, plus blocking the sunlight causing the stories of a plague of darkness.

But, to quote Dr Robert Miller, associate professor of the Old Testament, from the Catholic University of America, "I'm reluctant to come up with natural causes for all of the plagues. The problem with the naturalistic explanations is that they lose the whole point. And the whole point was that you didn't come out of Egypt by natural causes, you came out by the hand of God."

Isn't that cool?

But back to the second plague - the one with frogs.

I live as far as you can live in Arizona without falling into Mexico - less than three miles from my front door.

But the nice Mexico - San Pedro mountains and valley and open land - no border towns, no squalor, no pottery or rugs being sold.

Well, a whole lot of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers also - so don't ask me about SB 1070 unless you want an extremely long winded answer (yeah, it's why the politicians don't really every come this far south).

But we may have rattlesnakes, jackrabbits, quail and a WHOLE lot of coyotes (both animal and human, I'm afraid). We have hummingbirds - millions of bats spend their winters here - the odd bear shows up now and then.

But we don't have things that need open, year-round accessible water sources... like frogs.

Even desert frogs here only live in certain areas - we don't have anything like that around here.

Until it rains.

Like the last couple of days.

And then we have THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of frogs that spring forth from some underground caverns where they have been buried in alien hibernating cocoons to survive the radioactive wards...

Well, they come from SOMEPLACE, immediately beginning crying for an extremely quick hook-up so they can produce baby frogs to come forth in the next monsoon - think of micro-second speed-dating for amphibians - but they don't even SOUND like frogs, they sound like some tiny kitty bawling for momma.

So I can every evening now just PRAYING - come on, can we move on to some OTHER plague now? PLEASE?!