But how do we know that the tectonic plates didn’t start moving after Adam and Eve’s fall out with God?
Now while it can be comforting to believe that natural disasters were not an early feature of life on earth, there is little evidence to support this kind of thinking. The reason being that the earth’s surface is made up from a series of plates that fit haphazardly together. Although these plates provide a reasonably stable environment for human existence, they are also prone to occasional shifts as they rub one against another. When this occurs, tectonic movement happens with the possibility of earthquakes, volcanic activity, and tsunamis.
One reason we can be sure that natural disasters occurred before Adam and Eve is that the pair lived on solid ground and not water. Of course in saying this I am also presuming that they were not located on a flat sterile wasteland but rather they enjoyed a world full of mountains, valleys, caves, canyons, rivers, and sea. A world that was created through tectonic movement and the necessary seismic shifts that makes land rise from water. A world which comes about because plate movement happens and the ripples of earthquake and tsunami follow.
But what if God only used tectonic movement to initially create the earth but that the natural disasters we encounter today came about because of the fall?
I like this argument because it’s logical. The idea that God constructs the world through vast amounts of energy focused in ways that result in mountains, valleys, and islands being formed. Moreover, the reason God does it at an early stage of earth’s history is presumably to avoid having to do it at a time when life forms will be established – thus ensuring no creatures get injured or killed. But there’s a problem with this idea because fossil records indicate that smaller life forms were around in these earlier times and seem to have been caught up in the geological processes taking place. More importantly, examination of the earth leads us to conclude that tectonic movement is continuous because it is not focused in a small window of opportunity but rather occurs over millions of years (and into today). All of which suggests natural disasters did not begin with human failure and sin – oh dear, dilemma!
Extracts and article idea taken from ‘The God of the Cruel World’ (Bob Eckhard)