The title may have surprised many of you. It certainly surprised me when I found out about this. Childbirth is generally only painful among human beings. Carl Sagan acknowledges that the Genesis account does provide an accurate view on a number of things including the fact that, “childbirth is generally painful in only one of the million species on Earth: human beings.”¹ This amazed me when I first read it! Recall Genesis 3:16a where God says to Eve, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. [NIV]” The thought that our sin causes this pain is incredible. I just assumed that all creatures experienced this. Not true, just female human beings. Wow! Carl Sagan, who does not believe the Bible to be true, does postulate a theory as to why this is true. He says, “Childbirth is painful because the evolution of the human skull has been spectacularly fast and recent.”² Ok, whatever. I would think an elephant’s skull would cause pain too. Anyways, this is just another problem with the theory of evolution that atheists don’t have an answer to.
¹ – Carl Sagan, The Dragons of Eden, 92
² – Ibid, 93