The mongoose is a mammal about 18 inches long, weighing only a few pounds. Its short legs provide great running speed while keeping it close to the ground, making it perfectly designed to feed on snakes. Mongooses keep the snake population in check while dining on some of the most poisonous snakes in the world. With their slender bodies they can run up to a wall or corner at full speed and turn without slowing down. They can stand on their hind legs, make small leaps into the air, and roll into a ball.

Scientists have found that a mongoose raised in captivity instinctively knows how to kill a snake, even if it has never seen a parent do so. Its amazing ability to avoid snakebites and its internal programming which allows it to act as an effective snake killer had to have worked perfectly from the beginning of its existence. Imagine an animal born with the desire to kill poisonous snakes, but no instincts directing it how to do so. It certainly wouldn't have survived long.

Did God originally create a world with this deadly competition between various forms of life? Or are these abilities the result of random changes over time? The Bible has another answer-God was involved from the beginning in the design and creation of all things. The current world, with its bloodshed and competition, is a result of man's sin and the Fall, not the way things were originally created.

From A Closer Look at the Evidence by Kleiss, August 23.

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