Right after Hurricane Irma hit Florida, a starlet who is called Jo-Law (I think her last name is Lawrence) broadcast the message, “Harvey and Irma are Mother Nature expressing her rage over Trump’s election.” Let us ignore the political implications. After all, each of us has an opinion. My question is how can Mother Nature be responsible for any gift or tragedy?
Mother Nature is a metaphor for the effects of natural activities. Some people think it is more poetic to say that Mother Nature gave us a good crop rather than attributing the good crop to good rainfall, soil nutrients, and/or a long growing season. In doing so, they are not suggesting that there is a deity or a superhero who is making and acting upon rational decisions. By using Mother Nature, the writer is only saying we are blessed or cursed by factors found in nature that he or she can not easily express.
At first, I wondered why Ms. Jo-Law simply did not say that God was giving the bad weather to punish us for our political actions. That would make more sense than what she tweeted because God is a deity with the power to change weather patterns if he chooses. Then I saw a review about her soon to be released movie. According to the reviewer, the movie is anti-Christian. Apparently Ms. Jo-Law does not believe in God.
So if she does not believe in God, who or what does she believe in? One of the weaknesses of those who criticize religion, is that they offer no other viable alternative to an omnipotent and omniscient God. Certainly a metaphor like Mother Nature, Father Time, or Lady Luck lacks the wisdom to know how to run the world and certainly lacks the power to control it.
Yes, I know we are supposed to believe that the universe evolved by random chance. Survival of the fittest may explain changes within species, but it is a violation of the laws of thermodynamics for random actions to actually build something. When you play cards, why do you shuffle the deck? To mix them up, of course, and the more you shuffle the more the order of the cards is randomized. You can not shuffle a deck of cards long enough to put the cards in order by suit. Likewise, random action may cause changes, but changes based on random action can not create a new atom let alone a new universe. In order to create order out of disorder, someone must do some work.
I may be mistaken about the identity of the God I worship, but I am convinced that there is a deity that has the ability to build a universe and change weather patterns. This deity may be trying to help us or punish us. In either case it must be a deity with the omnipotence and omniscience one usually ascribes to God.
Let us recognize that metaphors are great for literature. Metaphors may be an easy way to identify something that is very complex or little understood. Metaphors are not a substitute for God.