Q: I don't mean this to be humorous, although it will, but on the Morontia worlds and upwards, are there insects? Do they serve any purpose?

A: Yes, of course insects serve a purpose.

Q: Well, I mean on the Morontia worlds. Would they serve a purpose?

A: Yes, certainly. On the Morontia worlds there are what you would understand to be plants, and as these plants are sessile, that is immobile, they require assistance in their propagation, which is one of the useful actions of insects. So, there are helper creatures, such as insects - not the insects of Urantia, but specially created creatures - that aid this process. There are also birdlike creatures that serve the same purpose.

The scheme of life as it has been established on Urantia is a general scheme followed in greater or lesser part on most worlds, altered according to certain situations such as the availability of dry land area, the composition of the atmosphere. On a marine world there would be different manifestations of plants, animals, and freewill creatures due to the aqueous environment. Does that answer?

Q: Yes. So in essence, then, they serve a function. And since this particular planet seems to be an experiment in unbalance, they perform a balanced function, but they wouldn't necessarily be considered pests?

A: The assignment of the word "pest" to a creature of God's creation is made by man, not by God. The Father loves His creation and does not consider any of his creatures to be pests. In fact, the behaviors of insects, and so on, which are considered to be deleterious on Urantia have occurred due to the loss of knowledge that was imparted by the (Caligastia) One Hundred which was meant to guide mankind in living in harmony with the elements of Urantia. One of the lessons imparted at that time was a method of cultivating particular insects in order to assist agricultural productivity and defray the effects of what you call pests.

There is but one great goal of all subhuman creatures, and that is the desire to live, which is necessarily connected to the urge to reproduce. In order to live, creatures must eat, they must consume nutrients. If a locust consumes an ear of corn it is only following its instinctive urge to nourish itself so that it may reproduce. It is not seeking to harm man, although man may well perceive that interpretation. If the locusts were provided other means of nourishment as outlined in the original guidebooks, as well as balancing predator insects, the plagues of locusts would not have come about. And this is true of other so-called pests. Does that answer? (S: More than, thank you.)

[later banter]

R: ... Why attribute it to a Seraphim when you have done the work yourself?

S: Well, I've killed so many bugs I want to give credit where credit is due. [Laughter.] You know, come judgment, I get a little bit of leeway.

R: Even bugs have bad luck. [More laughter.]

S: Especially in my house. (05/22/93)

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