Ecclesiastes 10:18

“By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.”

In Ecclesiastes 10:18, Qohelet, the book’s author, says: “Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks.” In the traditions of the Catholic church, sloth is one of the seven deadly sins. Sloth is not just being slow. It is a laziness, or an idleness, leading to sins of omission. Just as the house needs work to keep it in repair, so the failure to repair leads to the slow destruction of the roof and walls. The damage has been caused by the sloth of the owner.

There are genuses of animals in South America which are called sloths. This is because of their apparent laziness. They move painfully slowly, preserving energy, giving an appearance of sloth. Yet, on closer examination, we find that they are anything but lazy. In fact, they are masterpieces of design.

Their food source is, generally speaking, leaves. This is a low-energy food. Evolutionists believe that sloths evolved to be slow precisely because of their low energy food source. Yet, this does not make sense. A pre-evolution sloth that was not yet adapted to eat leaves and nothing else would not have chosen leaves over the other items available to the sloth for food. So why would they choose leaves alone over the many varieties of plants growing in their habitat?

Even a sloth’s internal organs are arranged in a manner which allows them to function in this unique energy-saving way. Far from being lazy animals, they are a wonderful example of the creative power of God in His creation.    Author: Paul F. Taylor

 Prayer: Father God, we are amazed at the variety of animals in Your world. Thank You that You have designed them for Your pleasure. Amen.

Ref: Christian M. (2011), When Sloth Is not a Sin,  accessed 10/30/2018. Image: Public Domain.