Seems the asteroid hitting happened at just the right time, at just the right spot, to ensure humanity’s rise.
It’s times like these I sometimes doubt the idea of a non-interventionist God, even as a deist. That would be nice on the one hand, it would mean our existence was divinely ordained somehow.
On the other, if this was somehow meant to happen or if God did it intentionally, would this make God guilty of genocide? Of course, these creatures didn’t die out entirely, they just evolved into smaller reptiles and even birds.
If extinction level events are meant to provide, say, some kind of balance to life or to drive evolution, does this put God on the same level as Ultron or Thanos from the Marvel universe? We know there have been many extinction level events in Earth’s geologic past and each have driven evolution forward, and likely will again, eventually, in future.
I also find myself wondering, what happens to animals when they die, especially if an entire species is wiped out? Heck, even entire species of primitive humanoids no longer exist. I’m skeptical of the idea that they or animals don’t have some kind of soul or spirit, one because it would seem very unfair to give an eternal soul to humans and not animals (especially the pets we love), and two because I’ve heard tell of many near-death experiencers (whatever those testimonies are actually worth, we don’t know) reporting meeting animals.
Maybe that’s sort of silly, applying mortal moral standards to a Creator. But I think what I’m searching for is some kind of confirmation of my own moral beliefs and values, valuing life especially, because they’re ultimately my guiding light in the world, and I’m afraid of being wrong or incorrect in what I value. And, what better arbiter of truth is there than God? I also want to be able to trust in who my own conception of God is. Again this may be sort of silly since the mind of God is ineffable, and may not even be a “mind” as humans think of it.
What do you all think?
I’d really like to be able to stop obsessing over all these existential questions that I can’t possibly answer from the human point of view.