Originally posted by Joe Fist
I don't understand what this has to do with natural disasters but assuming I am a merciful fish custodian (God) I would think it would be even more merciful not to create the situation in the first place.
[b]If you give fish a bowl and some water to swim in and food to eat, and then the fish develop technologies that they know will poison the water and taint the food, is it your fault if they kill themselves?
Would it not still be merciful to forgive them of their stupidity, and help them out from time to time?
I don't understand w ...[text shortened]... es, meteors, tornadoes, blizzards would not occur as often if we lived according to God's will?[/b]
Consider for a moment the ramifications of free will. God could have forced his will upon us and then we would be perfect. God didn’t want mindless robots so he gave us free will.
With free will come mistakes, trial and error, learning the hard way. If he made everything perfect for us all the time regardless of our actions, we would never learn. We would do evil because evil is often times the easiest choice. Just look at how much evil there is in the world today inspite of the trouble.
When somebody makes a mistake there are consequences. We can choose to learn the easy way, but not many people do, so stuff happens. This is fair because God’s laws are fair (reap what you sow), and we need to learn. I do believe that God’s great love and mercy can save us from a lot of trouble, the problem is this world hasn’t gotten it yet.
So you think Hurricane Katrina, the recent tsunami, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, avalanches, landslides, meteors, tornadoes, blizzards would not occur as often if we lived according to God's will?
This is my belief. We haven’t even figured out what causes lightning yet. All we know are the mechanisms by which natural disasters operate. We don’t know the actual causes, if we did, we’d be able to predict them.