Plenty! But before I can discuss God’s involvement in this human disaster we have to take into consideration that there are two worlds—the physical world and the spiritual world. Otherwise, those of us still on earth might blame the Creator for not having stopped this tragedy from happening in the first place.
Because there is a spiritual world, those who have died from this massive earthquake have actually been freed from a miserable existence. Even if you are an atheist you have to acknowledge that death has spared thousands of people from their seemingly hopeless situation. If you are one of the faithful, then you believe these souls are now in a better place.
It is those who have survived the earthquake that are the ones who still suffer. But the earthquake has at least focused the world’s consciousness and empathy upon this small and troubled tropical nation. Furthermore, it has also brought the corruption of Haiti’s government toward its citizens to the world’s attention.
These reactions cannot be bad things for Haiti. It is as though God is testing human hearts everywhere—hearts that would not have been tested without the devastating earthquake.
Whether you give God the credit or not, the world is indeed now scrambling to help rebuild this poor nation!
But those of us on earth give little thought to what God is doing in the spiritual world from the same event. The cause of corruption is from human self love and love of domination over others. These ignoble traits come from the spiritual world—from hell’s influence on the hearts and minds of certain terrestrial humans.
When corruption is running rampant it means that the normal equilibrium between the forces of good and evil flowing from the spiritual world has been disturbed. (The proper balance between these opposing influences allows the human race to enjoy free will.) According to theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, the Lord God restores this balance by allowing the deaths of innocent people to occur. These departed souls increase the innocence of heaven to match and counteract the growing corruption and evil of hell.
In other words, God has to govern (and carefully juggle) two distinct realms of existence at once. This makes it difficult for us on earth to grasp why things happen.
The fact that the disaster in Haiti was caused by an earthquake, this would also be viewed by Swedenborg as having a profound spiritual significance and meaning as well. He claimed that earthquakes symbolize a “shaking-up” of our worldviews and belief systems. Certainly, the earthquake in Haiti has caused many of us to rethink some of our priorities.
I have just touched the surface of this important topic concerning God’s involvement in times of natural disaster. What are your thoughts?