Death—not the solution but a
Evolutionary theory portrays death
as a natural part of life and errone-
ously attempts to use it to explain how
the coyote came into existence over
millions of years. Conversely, the Native
American legends mentioned at the start
of this article put death after the coyote,
not before. Navajo and Maidu origins
stories or ‘creation myths’ speak of
the coyote as Trickster being the origi-
nator of death in the world, along with
suffering and hard work.1, 2, 20 Before then,
“All fruits were easy to obtain, no-one
was ever to get sick and die.”
Astute Bible-readers will recognize
the parallels with Genesis—especially
that death is an intruder, a problem. But
there’s been a clouding of the identity
of the Trickster—as happens with oral
tales versus written transmission of the
Scriptures down the generations. 21, 22
Rather, the Bible says it was the cunning
of “that ancient serpent, who is called
the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the
whole world” that tricked Eve (Genesis
3: 13, 2 Corinthians 11: 3, Revelation
12: 9), and led to Adam sinning, and the
References and notes
1. Cooper, G., Coyote in Navajo religion and
cosmology, The Canadian Journal of Native
Studies 7( 2):181–193, 1987.
2. Beckman, T., Maidu and other origin stories
from central California, pages.hmc.edu,
3. Yoon, C., Mysteries that howl and hunt,
nytimes.com, 27 September 2010.
4. Mark Twain’s coyote description from
Roughing It, 1886, coyotetale.net, 4 March
5. What’s it like to be an animal?,
speedofanimals.com, acc. 22 Dec 2017.
6. Bradford, A., Coyote facts, livescience.com,
25 September 2015.
7. Howard, J., The American badger, Creation
35( 4): 28–31, 2013; creation.com/badger.
8. Vegan dog, Creation 25( 2): 7, 2003; creation.
9. Catchpoole, D., The Australian dingo,
Creation 27( 2): 10–15, 2005; creation.com/
10. Kays, R., Curtis, A., and Kirchman, J.,
Rapid adaptive evolution of northeastern
coyotes via hybridization with wolves,
Biology Letters 6(1):89–93, 2010 | doi ( 23
September 2009): 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0575.
11. Way, J., and 3 others, Genetic
characterisation of eastern ‘coyotes’ in
eastern Massachusetts, Northeastern
Naturalist 17( 2):189–204, 2010.
12. Way, J., Taxonomic implications of
morphological and genetic differences in
northeastern coyotes (coywolves) (Canis
latrans × C. lycaon), western coyotes (C.
latrans), and eastern wolves (C. lycaon or
C. lupus lycaon), Canadian Field-Naturalist
127(1):1– 16, 2013.
13. Greater than the sum of its parts, The
Economist, economist.com, October 2015.
14. Coywolves: hybrid reveals clues about dog
kind, Creation 38( 2): 10, 2016; creation.com/
15. Kays, R., Yes, eastern coyotes are
hybrids, but the ‘coywolf’ is not a thing,
theconversation.com, 13 November 2015.
16. vonHoldt, B., and 18 others (including Kays,
R.), A genome-wide perspective on the
evolutionary history of enigmatic wolf-like
canids, genome.org, 2011.
17. Though if he were to call it that, creationists
would have no problem—see creation.com/
18. Catchpoole, D., The 3 Rs of evolution:
Rearrange, Remove, Ruin—in other words,
no evolution!: The genetic changes observed
in living things today could not have turned
bacteria into basset hounds—ever, Creation
35( 2): 47–49, 2013; creation.com/3rs.
19. Cosner, L., ‘Parade of mutants’—pedigree
dogs and artificial selection, Creation
32( 3): 28–32, 2010; creation.com/pedigree.
20. The Creation—a Maidu legend, firstpeople.
us, acc. 7 December 2017.
21. Maidu stories also speak of a flood (cf.
Genesis 6–9), and of there being an original
single language, subsequently confused (cf.
Genesis 10, 11).
22. Cf. Cosner, L., Why did God give us a
book? Creation 37( 4): 16–17, 2015; creation.
entry of hard work, suffering, and death
into the world (Genesis 3: 6, 11–12, 17–19,
Romans 5: 12). Thankfully, the Bible
also speaks of the (only!) solution to all
HERE’S GOOD NEWS FOR THE WORLD
Creation Ministries International seeks to give glory and honour to the triune God of the Bible as Creator, and
to affirm the truth of the biblical record of the real origin and history of the world and mankind.
Part of this real history is the bad news that the rebellion
of the first man, Adam, against God’s command, brought
death, suffering, and separation from God into this
world. We see the results all around us. All of Adam’s
descendants are sinful from conception (Psalm 51: 5) and
have themselves entered into this rebellion (sin). They
therefore cannot live with a holy God, but are condemned
to separation from God. The Bible says that “all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23) and that
all are therefore subject to “everlasting destruction from
the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power”
( 2 Thessalonians 1: 9).
But the good news is that God has done something about
it. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not
perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16).
Jesus Christ the Creator, God the Son, though totally
What a wonderful Saviour—and what a wonderful
sinless, took on human nature, so He could become our
Redeemer. Then He suffered, on behalf of mankind, the
penalty of mankind’s sin, which is death and separation
from God. He did this to satisfy the righteous demands of
the holiness and justice of God, His Father. Jesus was the
perfect sacrifice; He died on a cross, but on the third day, He
rose again, conquering death, so that all who truly believe
in Him, repent (repentance = a change of mind) of their sin
and trust in Him (rather than their own merit), are able to
come back to God and live for eternity with their Creator.
Therefore: “He who believes on Him is not condemned, but
he who does not believe is condemned already, because
he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son
of God” (John 3: 18).
salvation in Christ our Creator!
If you want to know more of what the Bible says about how
you can receive eternal life, please email, write or call the
office near you … see p. 2.