Hello, resident Deist here back again.
Lately I’ve been struggling with the problem of natural evil. Moral evil’s existence I understand; there can’t be good without evil and you can’t know good without knowing evil. It probably has something to do with developing greater spiritual character. But why natural evil, such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and infectious pathogens / diseases? Why did God either create or permit them to exist, what purpose do they serve for us?
Additionally, lots of people these days seem to worry about apocalyptic scenarios of various types, mostly environmental in nature.
What do you all think, would God allow humans to degrade the planet and its environment to the point where it’s no longer habitable for humans? If it’s a result of our choices, one could argue yes.
Would He allow something like an asteroid strike to wipe out most of life on the planet, like what happened to the dinosaurs?
Would He allow something like a nuclear war to render the planet uninhabitable, like what nearly happened several times during the Cold War?
Would He allow a global famine or epidemic to wipe out a large swath or all of humanity?
Part of me wants to say “no” to these questions, but I also am not that comfortable with the idea of predestination. God intervening either directly or indirectly could possibly infer an end goal in mind for us and could also take away some significance of our choices. One could argue that God gifted us with what we need to avoid these fates, but I have less faith in humanity than I do in God, and I’m also not wild about the idea of suffering the consequences of other people’s short-sightedness. I guess you could say I’m struggling with what I want to believe in, and I don’t like the feeling of giving up control.