Wednesday, March 22, 2017

God Created Food for....Us?

God Created Food for....Us?
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Everyone has a favorite food whether it’s chicken or mashed potatoes or even ice cream. I never thought about the importance of being able to taste until I read an article called “Taste and See” by John UpChurch. At first the article seemed interesting as he delved into the importance of food and making sure we are getting the right nutrients, but then the article takes a turn. The author claims that God put food on the planet for the sole purpose of pleasing humans. Although the whole article is completely bogus as he quotes the bible 31 times there are a few points the author makes that I want to hone in on.
First of all he states “God wanted people to desire food that doesn’t perish”. This statement doesn’t make sense because everything in nature like vegetables and fruits will eventually perish. The environment in which the food is in must be manipulated in order to prevent this degradation from happening whether it be adding preservatives or freezing the product.
A second point that he tries to make is that “God designed food as a physical reminder of our deeper spiritual need to seek food that meets our eternals spiritual needs”. This is just not true considering there are people of all different religious/non-religious backgrounds and we all need the same fundamental nutrients in our bodies. This statement also doesn’t add up considering that plants were first discovered on Earth about 700 million years ago where as we only evolved about 2,000 years ago (Nature).
The third and final point that I want to debunk is that “God faithfully keeps the cycle of sun and rain going”. This doesn’t explain the random weather patterns that constantly occur all over the world. How would he explain the five-year drought that lasted in California? Or even the ice age that lasted for 2.6 million years? According to scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate the average global temperatures could increase between 1.4 and 5.8 °C by the year 2100 and will increase the occurrence and severity of storms. There is no way that this type of harmful climate change could be due to God as climate change is the result of human’s carbon footprint. 
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The human diet was and is evolving. An article by Rutgers University states that early hominoids ate a diet of mainly fruits and vegetables from the tropical forest environment and then migrated to the savannah where their diet was expanded. As our brains and ability to create tools to obtain different foods so did our taste buds. Although UpChurch tried to prove that God created taste, multiple science sources prove his whole argument as illegitimate.

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Posted by: Kate Masterson (Group C)

7 comments:

  1. Wow, it's interesting that there are people out there that actually believe this. I enjoyed reading the blog post and after your first point of disproving the fact that not all foods are imperishable, I knew this article had to be completely made up. Even so you provided ample evidence to completely support your basis of argument and it was both insightful and knowledgeable. Kind of a random question, but why does an increase in temperature likely mean that their will be more storms? Is it due to the heating of gases or is there another reason? Not sure if you know, but it was just a thought I had when reading the final paragraph. Regardless I enjoyed reading the blog!

    Posted by Nicolas Baltayan (Group A)

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    1. Thanks for your comment Nicholas! That’s a really interesting question. I’m not sure about the exact science behind all of the extreme weather patterns, but I know that the more heat and water in the atmosphere then the severity of the storms increase. Also warmer sea surface temperatures could increase the wind speeds of tropical storms. Similarly the melting glaciers and ice caps cause sea levels to rise, which can intensify the amount of flooding during storms. It’s definitely an interesting topic and something that I would love to do more research on!

      Posted by: Kate Masterson (Group C)

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  2. I agree, you did a great job debunking this article! I hate to laugh, but it was hard not to reading that he quoted the Bible over 30 times and how invalid his arguments were. I mean his first point makes no sense being that when "God made us" there was no such thing as non perishable food, perservatives is only a fairly modern invention. It seems as though he is desperate to get people to believe God is real and he needs to pull ideas out of nowhere just to try and get people interested. I feel as though when he was writing this article he was thinking, what can I use to draw people in and he chose food, everyone loves food right? So maybe if I say God is the reason food tastes good people will listen. I really enjoyed your post, I thought it was an excellent choice of article!

    Posted by Jenna Lansbury

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    1. Thanks for your comment Jenna! It's definitely absurd the number of times he quoted the bible! That's a really great point you made about him wanting to hook people. Food is such a common way for people to bond so it was a good advertising scheme on his part. The most shocking statement he made was that the reason food tastes so good is because God made it that way. That doesn't explain some of those nasty food dishes we have all had or the differences in people's food preference. Although the article was extremely inaccurate it was definitely a good laugh!

      Posted by: Kate Masterson (Group C)

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  3. How egotistical can humans be for us to think that food was only put on this earth to please us? Is UpChurch forgetting that literally every other living thing on earth needs food to survive? Not only does this article make no sense but it angers me. It is ridiculous that people really believe that God has created all of these things just for the pleasure of humans. And not even that statement makes sense because aren't we just another one of his many creations in their eyes?
    I like the point you made against UpChurch's statement about God keeping the cycle of the rain and sun. How can this be justified when millions of people are killed every year from floods and droughts. There is absolutely zero scientific proof to this article. Great job picking this article apart.

    Posted by Taylor Irwin

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    1. Thanks for your comment Taylor! I really liked how you viewed his arguments. I never thought about how egotistical and selfish his standpoint is. Every argument he made was because humans need this or that even though animals had been around years before the evolution of humans. His whole article was filled with statements that were wildly inaccurate. I would love to see him try and defend his arguments to an actual scientist.

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  4. Awesome job on debunking the article. I appreciate the part where you said that was and still is evolving, that couldn't be more accurate. It's a shame that the publisher of the bogus article used the bible as a reference more so than anything else. I find that t be such a "cop-out" using the bible as a way to prey religious individuals. The publisher will have a really hard time debating his point of views with a scientist, or anyone else with access to credible sources that aren't the bible. What he doesn't realize too is the evolution of our weather patterns how our diets must adapt to the changes of our climate. Great post.

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