Here is a link to chapter 4 of my book.
The back-story of this chapter is really the kind of thing I quoted, in the Introduction, from C H Spurgeon’s 1868 sermon, saying of the present Creation that “the slime of the serpent is on it all”. The idea of a cosmic fall is usually associated with the tacit assumption of a pre-fall Fall of Satan and other angelic beings, who somehow were the beneficiaries of Adam’s sin by wresting control of nature.
The Bimson article that Preston Garrison mentions in his comment on the last post also points out the lack of any good Scriptural evidence for this idea, with which I concur from my own study of Scripture.
Nevertheless, there are plenteous references to angelic beings in the Bible, and the present chapter is an attempt to assess what the Bible says about their role in nature – my conclusion being that it is virtually nothing.
C S Lewis toyed rather playfully with the idea of personal spiritual entities, like the Greek Dryads, being involved in nature (in That Hideous Strength and elsewhere), and Alfred Russel Wallace found evidence for a whole host of spiritual intermediaries in nature between the transcendant divine and the ultimate beneficiary of evolution, mankind. But on close examination there is really nothing in Scripture to suggest to suggest any such autonomous spiritual powers over nature (and even less to suggest an inanimate nature having autonomy).
Instead, nature is very much portrayed in the Bible as God’s personal demesne, as I showed in Chapter 1. At most one can point to angelic beings being employed instrumentally as administrative servants, but only in highly symbolic apocalyptic writings such as the Book of Revelation, which should be treated with great caution in this respect.
I conclude by asking this question. Can you find a single clear teaching, or even a hint, in Scripture that nature is controlled completely or partly by Satan and his minions? If not, how has the idea become so prevalent in current religious thinking, whether amongst Creationists attributing this “fact” to the Fall, or amongst supporters of evolution jettisoning, in many cases, both an historical Fall and a personal devil, but retaining the idea that nature is morally corrupt?
“KJ” in an earlier comment pointed to the New Testament passages where food is to be received with thanksgiving, since God created everything good. We ought to feel very uneasy when even great preachers invite us to see “the slime of the serpent” covering the natural world about us. God, after all, rebuked Peter for calling unclean what God had pronounced clean.