The Point

The Point: Spider and Man


John Stonestreet

Don’t panic, but you’re surrounded by spiders. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Thanks to two European biologists, we now know that all the spiders on the planet eat a combined 400 to 800 million tons of prey annually—rougly twice the combined weight of all seven billion people on the planet. As the Washington Post helpfully reports, that means spiders could devour all of humankind in a year and still be hungry.

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Why did you tell me that?” And, what’s the worldview angle, here?”

Well that’s easy. It’s not going to happen. Because as voracious as spiders are, they prefer insects.

In theory, ten thousand disasters could befall us at any moment. An asteroid, a zombie apocalypse, arachnids with a taste for human flesh. But fretting about these B-movie plots, much less the little things that are out of our control, is neither rational nor right. You cannot, after all, add a cubit to your height by worrying.

So rest in God’s providence, and put down that flamethrower.


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