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My Controversial Thoughts On Fleas, Ticks, Flies And Maggots

Updated on August 2, 2011

God, Don't Think Hard Of Me For This Story

One summer day during my teen years, I happened to be partaking of my all-time favorite hobby: Sitting underneath a huge Elm tree in our backyard and playing with my pet dog, “Tramp.” This story does not have a thing to do with “Tramp,” inasmuch as it does what I discovered while petting my black and tan pup: A part of me began to surge and come alive with activity and start asking deep questions about God, creation, and why He created such things as fleas, ticks, flies, and maggots.

Sincere to my vinyl album collection, I recall that Tuesday afternoon like it was yesterday. At first, I thought it sac religious to be asking, much less asking out loud such questions about God and His higher plans that He set in motion when He created people, places, and things. I dared not share my newly-found interest of asking God these mind-boggling questions because my parents, although Christians, were prone to accept and believe God’s work at face value without asking any questions--as they were afraid that God would strike them down with a terrible disease or worse, cause the I.R.S. to audit my dad’s accounts.

In the Judeau-Christian world, which I am a part, do believe, without argument, that God did make everything ‘in the beginning’ as it’s written in the Book of Genesis and the Book of St. John. So I believed that God made ALL things and yes, that did include all creeping things, fowls of the air, fish, turtles, snakes, and even vermin such as maggots. I had no problem believing His creative work in the ‘how’ He made all things, but I did have a big problem with the ‘why’ He made certain things.

(I apologize for being away for a moment. I left to get a fresh cup of coffee and check with the major news services on the U.S. Debt Crisis and also hear how I can lose 50 pounds by buying Marie Osmond’s diet plan. I am very sorry.)

It’s not a problem of loving God, I do love God and all of His character, attributes, and makeup, but as a curious, frail mortal being, I have certain questions and remarks concerning ‘certain’ forms of life that I find, even in my limited intelligence, has little or no significance in the progressive motions of life as we know it. Yet they still exist--year after year. Fleas, ticks, flies, and maggots. If I were a flea, tick, fly or maggot, I would definitely have an identity crisis of epic proportions. Just what is my purpose on the earth, besides devouring dung piles left by herds of African elephants, or making every peace-loving canine and feline’s life miserable and not having any remorse about it.

Now I do not want my story to be that involved with various religious doctrines, beliefs, and agenda’s that boggle my mind. Take the Zin Buddhists and Hindu’s who are fantastic people of God’s fixture: Mankind. These people are taught from birth to value ALL forms of life. Yes, even ticks, fleas, flies and maggots. And for these special people to even think about ridding their homes or fields of such life forms, would be a tragic sin against God. I respect that. I do. “Everything--to the smallest to the biggest and everyone from the powerful to the weakest is important in the grand scheme of life. How? Is my lack of metaphysical and theological wisdom that obvious?

This is where mortal thinking, although very frail and limited, meets the supernatural mind of God who sees things not as we see them and made things to suit His way of thinking. But fleas, ticks, flies, and maggots? Father, certainly you had a higher reasoning for creating these creatures that stir up pain and aggravation among your people. To say nothing about the dreadful diseases that they carry. I know. You thought of that too. I wasn’t implying that you, Father, were like me and not that educated.

I want to share my personal opinions and views (you knew that was coming), about why “I” think that fleas, ticks, flies and maggots and the millions of other pesky creatures were put on this earth.

There is a modern scriptural teaching that is named, “Pre-Adam and Eve’s World,” and it’s fascinating. A Dr. Arnold Murray, of Gravette, Arkansas, a Bible teacher of over 50 years and an expert in the Hebrew manuscripts, which the King James Bible was translated, teaches this particular doctrine with ease and fluent grace. And most of it, I understand. Murray doesn’t make his Bible teachings complicated.

Murray stated one time that before Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the Tree of good and evil, that nature, animals, and mankind lived in total harmony. Utopia, if you will, and everyone and everything got along. To condense this. There were no carnivores or meat-eaters in this time frame. Lions and tigers did not attack weaker animals in order to find food. In fact, Murray said that all of the animals were vegetable-eaters. But after Adam and Eve rebelled, nature, weather, the earth and all things God created, changed and not to Adam and Eve’s benefit.

So why did God create fleas, ticks, flies, and maggots? I can only assume that in His omnipotence He looked down through time to see a time in a land called Egypt where His children, the Israelites, were kept in bondage by “this” race and administration of Egyptians. Skip ahead to the burning bush where the angel of the Lord spoke to Moses and told him to go down to Egypt and free the Israelites. Moses argued that his speech impediment wouldn’t let him fulfill God’s will, so God sent his brother, Aaron with him to do the speaking.

Of course, as you all know, Moses told Pharaoh three times to let the Israelites go. Pharaoh refused, so Moses explained that plagues would be sent on Pharaoh and his land if the Israelites were not freed. Pharaoh still refused and swarms of flies, gnats, fleas, snakes, frogs, and other created forms of life invaded Pharaoh’s land thus causing this hard-hearted dictator to finally use some wisdom and let the Children of Israel go.

This would be the only purpose I find for fleas, ticks, flies and maggots. I happen to like frogs. They are not a nuisance. They mind their affairs and I mind mine. I do not even eat their legs. That’s how much love I have for frogs. But when it comes to fleas, ticks, flies and maggots, I can find no social or redeeming qualities of these troublesome creatures. Okay. I have watched documentaries on Discovery Channel with Bear Grylls, the survival expert teaching me that if I am stranded out in the wilderness, I can eat maggots to live. And he takes them like candy and gulps them down. I would really have to be on my ‘last leg’ to eat a maggot. I have in my younger, foolish adolescent days, eaten ants for fun. This didn’t kill me otherwise I would be here writing this story.

I know that God didn’t mean for us to literally live on fleas, ticks, flies and maggots. Did He? So why are they continually around to torment us and our pets? I know that Hartz Mountain made several fortunes with their anti-flea collars and other products to help our pets, but that’s about all I can gather that would justify the lives of fleas, ticks, flies and maggots.

Take the disease-machine, the tick. What really does it do all day long except attach itself to a peaceful dog who is minding his own business, and stick it’s sharp bill into the dog’s skin and stay there until the tick is bigger than a Snoopy blimp in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I’m sorry to have to be this graphic, but the tick is nature’s vampire as it sucks the blood out of the dog and yes, even us humans. Sorry and low-down. That describes a tick. I need my blood to live. So do all dogs and cats. So I am right. Ticks SERVE NO purpose in life. At all. And Bear Grylls does not use ticks for survival food either. That shows you just how despicable ticks are.

The same can be said for flies and maggots. I find no real purpose for these things that only take up valuable space in our lives. I despise the housefly with a passion along with its cousin, the ‘horse pen bully‘, the horsefly. I wish they would cease to exist. I am that adamant about seeing our lives rid of things like fleas, ticks, flies and maggots.

In all fairness to God, I can think of one solitary reason that He created fleas, ticks, flies and maggots. If it weren’t for fleas, ticks, flies and maggots, I wouldn’t have had a subject for THIS story.


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, My Aching Feet,

      Thank you for putting this piece into great perspective. I never thought of your views in this light.

      Visit me anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Anonymous,

      Thank you for your two comments. I will respond to both in this one reply as I do not feel that well.

      You said your faith was weak. So is mine at times, but I humbly suggest that you keep this passage in your heart: for if you have the faith as the size of mustard seed, you can have whatsoever (in God's will) you ask.

      And IF YOU HAVE FAITH OVER A FEW THINGS I WILL MAKE YOU RULER OVER MANY (of course in the Messianic Kingdom).

      And not to condemn, God doesn't have ANY deficiency in Him. Adam and Eve gave their authority to satan, and Jesus won it back on the cross.

      I am proud of your confession that you'll always be Christian, but I want you to focus on the fact that Adam and Eve were not the only two people on earth. God created the races on the sixth day and the Adamic race on the eighth day.

      He isn't punishing us for their sin, but if He were to ignore us, like you said, He wouldn't be fair.

      God bless you.

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      4 years ago

      Thank God I know my sins are removed by the blood of Jesus. All of them, past, present and future. I'm thankful for that because when I comb my dog everyday I catch those fleas and dunk them in soapy water and rejoice at their demise as they sink to the bottom of the bucket. As for ticks I remove them with a flea comb and then stick them in a Kleenex, fold it over them and then crush them with the rounded bottom of a spoon until I hear them pop. - I really don't have a clear answer for why they are here other then this present earth in not the perfect one as that New Earth and New Heavens that are to come. The bible does tell us that the Lord Jesus did say he saw Satan cast down unto the earth and just what came along with him could have been a Pandora box of all kinds of parasitic creatures. Thankfully we do have medications that can help to lessen the problems of these types of parasites. One thing to do is rejoice that they will be no more after this present earth is taken out of the way for that New Earth and the New Heavens. - Flies/maggots are for that reason to quicken the disposal of dead things. What would it be like if dead things out in the open had to decay over months instead of a few days that maggots do?

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago


      You are my friend Christian or not. And from the scriptures, "God is no respecter of persons," so if He allowed "us" to live easy, then Adam and Eve and the generations post-Eden, could accuse, and be right, of playing favorites. But you are also right in your thinking that Satan does have a hand in this, but don't be too rough on The Father. He's given us His son, Jesus, to mediate us to Him.

      You can write me anytime. Take care.

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      5 years ago

      Dear Ken yes I believe in God and am a Christian. But my faith has weakened. Its not dead its just weakened and the problem of evil and suffering is the main reason. I believe that God has some kind of deficiency within Him. If the world was originally a paradise and peaceable kingdom before Adam and Eves sin then its unfair and unjust to curse and punish the entire creation for the actions of two people thousands of years ago. Its nice to believe that the world was at one time a paradise. As weak as my faith is I will always be a Christian. Its also possible that Satan and demons have a hand in some of this evil and suffering. Its possible that Satan and his minions ruined the original good creation which God made. Thank you for allowing me to write. These hubsites have many interesting subjects

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, anonymous,

      I am thankful that you left me this comment. And as a Christian, I respect your feelings and thoughts.

      The only thing near to what you are asking, is this. We, the generations post-Adam and Eve, live in a broken, fallen world. Pre-Adam and Eve, was not like the world today.

      So, and to be blunt, I, along with humankind, did this to ourselves. And to make matters worse, "we" play God all of the time--tampering with nature, chemicals, and such.

      I hope that you do agree that God DOES exist. Even if you don't, I do.

      Satan too exists and loves to use OUR cracked world to get us to blame God such as Job's friends.

      It takes little measure of faith to believe there is a God, but it takes a lot of faith to live in this present world.

      That I give you.

      And you may freak, but I appreciate your comment. You strike me as someone with a high IQ.

      I am not one of those who was gifted.

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      5 years ago

      Why would any God or being create such horrors as ticks fleas lice tapeworms screw worm flies brown recluse spiders stonefish weeverfish jellyfish bullet ants assassin bugs the horrific Brazilian wandering spider vipers cobras mambas centipedes scorpions cone snails waterbugs and the sinister Candiru fish which attacks the gills of other fish and enters the urethra of unfortunate humans to sustain its perverse nourishment. Is this the work of an intelligent benevolent designer? No. Is this the creation of a morally perfect all good loving merciful being? No. It takes a monster or a fiend or an insane criminal lunatic to create these horrors. Horrific diseases such as cancer malaria anthrax ebola tooth decay sleeping sickness yellow fever aids strep throat staph infections dengue fever etc ad nauseam ad infinitum continue to torture and kill both people and animals day after day year after year and century after century. This is CRIMINAL CRUELTY. The creator of these Natural Evils is at least partly evil or maybe insane or mentally blind and morally blind impersonal amoral. Maybe God didn't cause these cruelties. Maybe its Satan and demons who are to blame for creating these scourges. If that's the case then WHY is God allowing these evil entities to cause all this evil cruelty and havoc? We still dont know and we still cannot explain why people and animals suffer so much if a good sovereign loving God is running the creation. It just doesn't make sense. The world is a hellhole and a horror movie and the Devil rules it. A loving God does not. Ive known this for years.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      12/13/2011.....Wow, Katharella! What a revelation, and Im not just yankin' yo chain! This comment IS intelligent and something (among many things) I DID NOT KNOW. Maggots? God DID know what He was doing--and without MY advice too. Thanks, dear Katharealla, for always saying the right things at the right time. I value YOUR friendship, following, and place in my heart. You will look past my mushy statements. I get emotional when someone of your class talks nice to me. And shares things with me. Honest. Take care of YOU and I will check on you later. I promise.

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      6 years ago from Lost in America

      Maggots serve an amazing healing process and have saved lives. They have been placed on humans and actually eaten poisons.

      They also have a perfect on/off heartbeat and are used to make "living computers" I didn't want to believe it, but when I was in college, our professor was telling how the motherboards, circuit boards are made out of sand. Yes, a grain of sand. Science took things a little farther when they studied maggots and since a computer runs with an on/off of lights to make it's bits and bytes, they come to realize maggots heartbeats being so perfect that they too could create a computer that one day, would be that computer implanted in humans as a living organism. When we read about futuristic's in computer sciences never underestimate the power of a maggot. :)

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      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, are absolutely right. I never let these ideas surface in my thoughts, but then again, I am NOT an elighted, high-IQ'd person. You have a solid argument for us using these lifeforms to survive. In fact, remember the preacher, Jim Bakker, who with his now-late wife, Tammy Faye, owned/operated the PTL Club and then he was shut down? He is back saying virtually the same stuff as you are here and he is selling food in a bucket with a shelf-life of 20 years...28 buckets, a free 4 person tent, solar chargers for your cell, etc. all for $3000 dollars. He states, according to "his" news services that things in nature, food supply are about to come to an end in 3-4 years. He does, I admit, make sense. Why dont you write a hub talking about the above comment you made. I would read it in a heartbeat.

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      7 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      All God's creations serve a purpose, and considering the fact that pound for pound insects provide more nutritious protein than beef, in times of famine could be what's for dinner.

      I personally prefer maggots as they are tender and don't crunch when you bite into them and they have a juicy liquid like center, which is handy when water is scarce and bloated corpses are easily found.

      Many alien species that warn of the coming polar shifts advise humanity to overcome the resulting famine from food shortages by "Learning to eat bugs".

      Let's see . . . learn to eat bugs or slowly starve to death? Hmmm! Considering 100,000 people starve to death on this planet everyday ( by the way a very painful process taking almost three weeks to achieve) I may want to add insects to my diet just in case!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Georgina_writes, THANKS SO MUCH for the comment. I mean that sincerely. I have to agree with you for I cannot find a reason why these pests are around. I guess that many people who know me say the same thing. Thanks so much.

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      Georgina Crawford 

      7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thought provoking stuff. I think their main purpose is to annoy!


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