On Natural Disasters and Man’s Sins

I have been put on a silver plate for wolves to devour when I tweeted something to this effect hash tagging #notorhbill. I thought that ignoring these pro-RH wolves would silence them, but of course, they taunt you and await eagerly that you bite their bait for arguments.  I cannot be silent any longer. 140 characters is not enough to explain why I connected the two. Allow me to elaborate.

We have always learned in Theology that since Adam and Eve’s original sin, God has punished them from their disobedience, depriving them of heaven, experience tiredness through hard work, contract illnesses, etc. However, he did promise them that this will be the case until He sends someone to “strike enmity with the devil.” We still experience these difficulties until now despite Jesus Christ being sent, died and saved us from our sins. The difference between our difficulties with Adam and Eve’s is that with our difficulties, we can use them to seek sanctity, as exampled by Jesus Christ himself who “did all things well”.

As painted by Michaelangelo at the Sistine Chapel. (Except for the text)

Now the case for natural phenomenon (e.g. tornadoes, cyclones, typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.). Agreed that these are not God-sent. I also don’t believe that God will use these natural phenomenon to punish people of their sins. If so, then why am I, a sinner, still here? Why am I, a sinner, not yet eliminated from this world? The connection between sins and natural disasters is this: Due to man’s sins of illegal logging, improper waste management, illegal settling, improper drainage system, a simple downpour turns into a calamitous event of floods not subsiding, rivers overflowing, and drains clogging.

I admit that I hash tagged my tweet improperly. I should have just let the people make the connection or disconnection. But still, we cannot deny our belief that the prophecies of the coming of the anti-Christ, and that the first part would consist of a form of chastisement for the “worldwide sins against God.”

I don’t mean to scare you, my dear readers, of the impending apocalypse, but for us Christians, the end of the world (as we know it) is not a sign of despair, but rather a call to conversion. God is the ultimate judge in the end. He will judge us using not the standards of men, but of His Divine standards.

Michaelangelo’s “The Last Judgment” at the Sistine Chapel

Our omnipotent God has the power to draw out something good from something evil, for example, natural calamities. The good that God draws out from these natural calamities is to remind us that our life on earth is not at all comfortable — that our life is also filled with discomforts and sacrifices. That the life he has given us is not without pain and suffering. Nor is it bereft of joy and comfort. We cannot continue living a life deceiving ourselves that our lives on earth should be painless, that it should be free of suffering, that we should be able to do everything that we want regardless of the fact that it might step on other people’s rights.

Natural calamities are reminders from God. God must be using the strong coincidence of the natural calamity and the ending of debates on the RH Bill as a sign to his people. As to what these signs and reminders might be, I leave it up to you. I believe strongly in Divine Providence because my own conversion to the faith is God’s doing. Nothing happens by chance, nothing happens by chance.

References from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

309 If God the Father almighty, the Creator of the ordered and good world, cares for all his creatures, why does evil exist? To this question, as pressing as it is unavoidable and as painful as it is mysterious, no quick answer will suffice. Only Christian faith as a whole constitutes the answer to this question: the goodness of creation, the drama of sin and the patient love of God who comes to meet man by his covenants, the redemptive Incarnation of his Son, his gift of the Spirit, his gathering of the Church, the power of the sacraments and his call to a blessed life to which free creatures are invited to consent in advance, but from which, by a terrible mystery, they can also turn away in advance. There is not a single aspect of the Christian message that is not in part an answer to the question of evil.

310 But why did God not create a world so perfect that no evil could exist in it? With infinite power God could always create something better.174 But with infinite wisdom and goodness God freely willed to create a world “in a state of journeying” towards its ultimate perfection. In God’s plan this process of becoming involves the appearance of certain beings and the disappearance of others, the existence of the more perfect alongside the less perfect, both constructive and destructive forces of nature. With physical good there exists also physical evil as long as creation has not reached perfection.175

311 Angels and men, as intelligent and free creatures, have to journey toward their ultimate destinies by their free choice and preferential love. They can therefore go astray. Indeed, they have sinned. Thus has moral evil, incommensurably more harmful than physical evil, entered the world. God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil.176 He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive good from it:

For almighty God. . ., because he is supremely good, would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in his works if he were not so all-powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself.177

312 In time we can discover that God in his almighty providence can bring a good from the consequences of an evil, even a moral evil, caused by his creatures: “It was not you”, said Joseph to his brothers, “who sent me here, but God. . . You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive.”178 From the greatest moral evil ever committed – the rejection and murder of God’s only Son, caused by the sins of all men – God, by his grace that “abounded all the more”,179 brought the greatest of goods: the glorification of Christ and our redemption. But for all that, evil never becomes a good.


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