Brotherhood Of The Paramecium
If God is the ruler of the universe, every life form and aspect of existence works in concert with Him and his will. All conscious and non-conscious life forms must fulfill his desires.
As humans sometimes negatively affected by these desires, we forever want to ask "Why?" when contemplating the life forms which bring them to fruition.
A glaring example of such life forms is microorganisms. These would include the cold virus, which replicates very rapidly and overwhelms our entire bodies, making us feel miserable.
Microbes are fascinating. They apparently don't think, yet they work together as if they have a collective intelligence, similarly to the way ants work together in colonies to achieve ergonomic goals like gathering, delivering and storing food. As far as we know, not one e. coli bacterium has an individual mind, but an entire bacterial culture, or community, has a kind of collective mind and purpose. Microbes are obviously united. They never work alone. They are not rogues. And they have perfect teamwork. They have perfect teamwork because not one of them has an ego.
Oftentimes these diminutive life forms work so well together they cause the death of much larger beings, as in bovines and humans. We can have the desire to make them go away and leave our bodies alone, but we don't know how to consciously evict them. No matter how intensely we hate them and hope they'll leave, they hang around as long as they want to and do dastardly things to our bodies, unless something from outside our bodies, such as a dosage of medicine, interacts with them, or until our immune system wins the battle by itself.
A key is that conscious thought has no effect on the apparently non-conscious intelligence of microorganisms, just as it has no effect on the growing of our hair or the beating of our hearts.
Yet another key is that something outside the temporary habitat of the invading microbes: our bodies, is needed to interfere with the microbes' invasion and spread.
Likewise, something outside the "intelligence" of the microbes guides them. This guiding, conscious intelligence is either Nature or God. No other possibilities exist.
If God is in charge, he created the AIDS virus. If He indeed created it, He had a reason to.
If Nature is in charge, it created the AIDS virus. But the huge difference is that Nature is non-conscious and non-deliberate, unlike the depiction of the traditional God.
Let's assume God created the AIDS virus. It is very effective in accomplishing its "goal," but it has no internal intelligence of its own. Therefore, the intelligence it uses comes from outside its collective. The volition of the AIDS viruses invading a human body must come from the mind of God. No other conclusion is possible for the theist. So, for those who insist on believing in the supreme being named "God," AIDS is a by-product of God's thought process.
Next they must decide if AIDS is a good thing or a bad thing. Most God-believers also categorize anything which involves intelligence as either good or evil, so when considering a disease like AIDS they automatically place it in one of those categories. Most God-believers will say it's evil, unless it's effectual in eradicating homosexuals, when it suddenly becomes a good thing as a tool of God's judgement.
The question is inevitable and every thinking theist must come to grips with it: Did God create the AIDS virus and other deadly microbes or did they just happen or did He let them evolve? If He created them, do they have his consciousness? Are they created in His image? The thoughtful theist must also ponder tuberculosis, bubonic plague, flesh-eating bacteria, etc., etc..
We can't see microbes but we can certainly feel them and we know they're there. Many varieties of microbes don't just come out of the air and water, but actually live within our bodies, going from a state of latency to activity at the right moment when our immune systems abate. And they often reproduce very rapidly, as if doing so purposefully. They always seem to have a mind of their own. Nothing would happen if just one pneumococcus was in our bloodstream, but microorganisms use strength in numbers and we certainly know it when billions of them fuck up our systems.
Our good-guy microbes, such as phagocytes, are constantly ingesting, as in gobbling up, invading microbes such as carcinogens and bacteria. And the "friendly intestinal flora" in yogurt cultures line our GI tracts after we eat a carton of Yoplait then have a big battle with the bad guy germs. It's like a big game of PacMan going on inside our bodies at all times, with one microbe eating another, a billionfold.
Think of a situation instead in which a 6-foot-tall paramecium or amoeba acts by itself, beating a human over the head and knocking it unconscious, or touching it and giving it a fever. This is something we could better relate to and comprehend, since we are singular beings ourselves.
Surely anyone concedes that evil is a product of consciousness. Noone would call a rock evil. Either the consciousness of God, which Goddists say is like our own, or the alternate form of non-thinking consciousness in Nature is responsible for the existence and proliferation of microorganisms which bring disease. Disease is not responsible for itself, so something else is.