Pointing out flaws in creationism is like shooting fish in a barrel. But sometimes I see another one and just can’t resist pointing it out. Here’s the latest. (Note: I have no illusion that I’m originating this point. I just hadn’t thought of it in quite this way before.)
If God is omnipotent, then God’s time and effort are free from the bonds of scarcity. He could have used as much creative thought and energy as he wanted to create life on earth and still had an unlimited amount to spare. So here’s my question: given his infinite resources, why is God so incredibly lazy and boring?
Genetic sequencing has shown that humans and chimpanzees share some incredibly large percentage of their genetic code (about 99%). Creationists insist, nonetheless, that humans and chimps are not related by origin. Okay, fine. So why did God feel the need to recycle all that code? Computer programmers duplicate code to save time and effort while relying on algorithms they already know work. Maybe God was doing the same thing, economizing on time and effort. But wait – there’s no scarcity of godly effort, so he shouldn’t have needed to. He could have created humans and chimps separately, from scratch, without any need to reuse anything. And the same goes for every pair of organisms that share any genetic code at all, which is pretty much all of them.
More broadly, why are all forms of life on Earth carbon-based? Couldn’t God have made silicon-based organisms? Why is DNA the basic structure for every life form on the plant? Couldn’t God have made blueprints using some other complex molecule?
With costly effort and time, recycling stuff makes perfect sense. With infinite effort and time, recycling is unnecessary and pointless. This puts the creationists in a bind: their God is either not really omnipotent or not very creative.