In response to my post, a person on Facebook advanced the thesis that “God does not create anything evil.” But God the Father’s mission is now finished. It was completed upon creating nature. He no longer creates anything. The world creates or advances itself, due allowance being made for intelligent design and grace by the Holy Spirit.
And nature is for various reasons imperfect, even obscene. It’s still merciless, but it can be cruel, else there would not be birth defects or sickness or famines.
I replied therefore with a line from Seinfeld: “Mother nature is a mad scientist!”
Perhaps this is yet another way to understand the necessity of the missions of the Holy Spirit and the Son: to compensate for the obvious incongruity between the ruthlessness of nature and its own scandalously wounded and perverse state.
It is a visible injustice for God to subject us to judgment by something so evidently corrupt and therefore unqualified to be an authority as the nature of the world.
This is also why worshiping material nature, such as by holding that physical phenomena are in the care of spirits, is an unfortunate mistake the ancients sometimes made: in fact, nature is grim and implacable and will not be swayed by either prayers or curses.