I was reading about radiosotopes this morning in the kindle book "Thousands not Billions" by Donald DeYoung, and it suddenly occurred to me...Why would God create such elements? Did He create them or are they corrupted as a result of sin?
perhaps i may have to separate the questions below into separate topics, however, they seem related to me (I am happy to edit if it is felt they should be separated)
In a perfect creation as narrated by Moses in Genesis Chapter 1:
4And God saw that the light was good
10God called the dry land “earth,” and the gathering of waters He called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
12The earth produced vegetation: seed-bearing plants according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
18to preside over the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
21So God created the great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters teemed according to their kinds, and every bird of flight after its kind. And God saw that it was good.
25God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that crawls upon the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
31And God looked upon all that He had made, and indeed, it was very good.
If the world that God created was sinless and it seems to me that many of the Christians i have associated with over the years generally say that in a sinless world there is no death and destruction:
- would God have created elements that decay and why or why not would He have done this? Was it a defense mechanism just in case the world sinned, did he need these destructive elements to help facilitate the flood catastrophe nd its aftermath (eg limiting the age of humanity)?
- Are the existence of these elements in such a manner that they decay a consequence of sin?
- From a perspective outside of the philosophical, what is the purpose (scientifically) of radioactive decay, what function does it perform in the natural world that is useful to the environment given that alpha, beta and gamma particles are usually harmful when humans(as one example) are exposed to them?