[quote=Valz]The problem with this event is that…
1-It happened before the fall or before humans even existed.
Yes, suffering and death existed before humans existed. This is definitely a mystery. Some have speculated that the entire unverse was created, or created anew, after the fall, and that Eden was found in some other place or existence.
2-It was not just part of the natural process of life, it was something coming from outside that destroyed all life and the animals had no way of preventing.
You mean like floods and fires and disease? The fact is that earth was hit by countless meteors during its formation. I have seen it argued that the larger planets act like meteor vacuums, slowly cleaning up the debris from the formation of the solar system, and thus show evidence of God’s design.
3- Animals have no sense of morality so we cannot say that it was some “judgement” upon dinosaurs or something like that.
Definitely, the animals did not “deserve” to be destroyed, just as no animal today “deserves” to suffer or die, but they do. The fall corrupted all of creation, not just mankind.
4-It was an event which allowed our ancesors to evolve once the dinosaurs who dominated were wiped out.
Yes. And by leaving evidence of this past world, we have evidence of a God who works in much more wonderous ways than just creating once and for all all the creatures we see today.
So, I don’t think that any answer from the consequences of the fall is useful in this case. Why would God allow so many creatures to evolve thru a time frame of billions of years just to wipe out 90% of the species in this single event?
Really, your question is just another variation of the age-old question, “why does a loving God allow suffering and death?” Whether it’s 90% of the species on the planet, or whether it’s a single baby who dies a horrible death, the question is the same. How can God allow this?
Personally, I think He allows it because without suffering there can be no compassion. Without need there can be no giving. Without death there can be no contemplation of the meaning of our lives, or self-inspection of the true quality of our lives. Imagine how self-centered humans would be if nothing we did could ever either help somebody or hurt somebody. Only with the existence of need and suffering and death do we learn to care about others, and shed our self-love.