Symbolic symbiosis

Symbiotic Relationships is a symbolic design comprising a comparison to we the ‘Creation’, He the forgiving merciful ‘Creator’ and the partnership he desires with his creation!

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Ephesians 5:8

Symbiotic relationships (mutualism) fascinate me! Just in case those reading do not know what it consists of, I will explain it carefully with brief look at:

Angelfish Vs. Yellow-Tailed Goat-fish:

  • Both live near the coral reefs
  • Goat-fish eat Angelfish!
  • Goat-fish turn red in color when gills are disturbed with parasites
  • Goat-fish permits Angelfish to gently pick off its parasites until he is white again.
  • Goat-fish does not eat Angelfish after being cleaned from parasites!
This fish enjoys symbiosis with a larger fish.

Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) Credit: User carlosar on Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License

How is a short term agreement beneficial to both enemies?

Evolutionary scientists try to explain away this process of nature, but there is no evidence for their claims and no experimentation can repeat the process! Scientist marvel as they cannot attest to how or why these animals act in such away toward arch-enemies, nor how these creatures know when to help one another without being eaten!

It is an unexplained miraculous mystery God intentionally originated by his Creative Design!

The questions that came to my mind after reading about these two fish were these:

  1. Why would the Angelfish care for his enemy?

  2. How does the Angelfish know that the Goat-Fish will not eat him?

  3. Why would the Angelfish not let the Goat-fish die with the parasites?

  4. How does the little Angelfish benefit from such a relationship?

  5. Why can’t we explain this, or experiment the process?

Symbiosis: a metaphor for God’s relationship with man

Is it that God wanted us to realize that we are at enmity with him, and he desires to have peace with us?

When Adam and Eve lost their precious paradise, they not only plunged the entire Earth into curse and enmity with their Creator, they lost a wonderful relationship once had with God! A great distance was placed between Creator and Creation.

The result of man’s decisive deception placed everything at odds and enmity with the very Creator. (Romans 5:12)

Could He not be the Angelfish? Offering to remove the parasites, regardless of how we have killed the relationship that once stood between mankind?

It is odd to note that the Goat-fish turns red with parasites!

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1:18

Any connection between the Goat fish and this Bible verse?

It is odd that the Angelfish can make the Goat-fish return to its original color: White?….and cure it from death destruction and disease!

What advantage does God possibly have by doing this to we his enemy?

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Ephesians 2:15-16

This very special kind of “symbiotic” relationship cannot be tangibly experimented! In order to understand to the full its benefits, you must be a spiritual participant!

I’m sure the Angelfish doesn’t ask questions, it just does its job. It has no respect of which Goat-fish is worthy of a clean up job! And it doesn’t matter how red the fish may seem, as soon as the Goat-fish comes for help, the Angelfish is more than happy to oblige!

Could it be that this little fish tends to the parasites in hopes the Goat-fish will be friends as result?

The symbolic love of our Savior is so obvious in this symbiotic relationship, that I could not refrain from pointing it out and encourage you, that if you have not received the “Angelfish’s” invitation to remove the parasites of sin, must I ask you, what is holding you back from being made clean and white?

As David said:

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Psalm 51:7

~The Creation Adventurer~

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Janessa Cooper is the Founder and Administrator of Family Truth Ministries: a non-profit organization set up to provide families with conservative Christian materials in education and entertainment. She also directs and produces Coral Island Adventures, An Audio Adventure Series designed to equip the Family with Biblical Principals and Scientific Truths. Her desire it to persuade the world with the truth of creation and the CREATOR: Jesus Christ!

4 thoughts on “Symbolic symbiosis

  1. Great post. Just one thing. The goatfish at times eats the angelfish, but God’s care for us is one-way. Meaning, there’s not much we can do for him per se, but we can -and must- represent him to all the other fish in the sea! Fishers of men! Go ye into all the world, by sea, land and air!

  2. Wow! I never heard of that.It’s pretty interesting.God sure is evident in His creation. Luke 16:27

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