[quote=Catholic4aReasn]I guess I wasn’t thinking of natural disasters as punishment for sin necessarily. I was just mulling over the effect that sin may or may not have on the natural order of things.
The first time I wondered anything about this was when I was going through Romans 8.
Maybe some would say that the “creation” is people, and not the rest of “creation” ie. dirt, trees, clouds, bees and honey.
But also see Genesis 3:17-19 and Isaiah 24:1-7
Yeah, I’d say that the Catholic “Sacramental Priniciple” applies here. That nature is basically good, but grace builds on nature and is used by God to teach us about His presence and grace. Just as we are fallen, the rest of the creation is affected by our sin, not so that it’s “bad” per se, but it will experience the “redemption” too in it’s own right. We won’t be around to subject it to futility or pollute it. A new heaven and a new earth. I meant to tie the Sacramental Principle in, but I lost my train of though. You’re Catholic, you can do it better than me anyways, now that the wheels are turning in that direction.
There’s probably an encyclical or 2 that addresses this.