I’m an atheist, yet I found the following reference to acts of God rather fascinating. The context is the importance of the Old Testament as a guide for life, which sends the strong message to be mindful of your actions and to not do anything stupid, or you’ll take the full brunt of the consequences. It’s the diametral opposite of the leftist message that no matter how fucking stupid your decisions are, Daddy Government will always be there for you to bail you out, dear single moms, aging whores, and useless eaters.
My quotation is from a 2009 blog post, yet Peterson said something very similar in his currently ongoing lecture series on the Bible:
“One of the clear messages in the Old Testament is that if you’re not honest and you don’t walk a careful path then God will come along and wipe you out, and as much as we might not like to like a God like that and think that is an archaic way of looking at things, I would say that’s exactly what happened to New Orleans, because people think that it was an Act of God so to speak that destroyed the city; it was a hurricane but it wasn’t a hurricane; it was the fact that New Orleans is an unbelievably corrupt city and no one paid any attention to the dykes and millions of dollars of public money were spirited into people’s pockets.”
The leftist dipshit who quoted Peterson waffled about him conjuring up images of a “vengeful God”, when the point is simply that your stupid and short-sighted actions in the present may forcefully wipe you out at some point in the future. A quibble I have with Peterson, not only with this quotation, but in more general terms, is that he seems to have fallen victim to the just-world fallacy, i.e. good actions will be rewarded, and evil ones punished. This is most definitely not the case.
That being said, a powerful case can be made that your own poor choices may come back and haunt you. It is very easy to find examples. Think of celebrities who evade taxes, politicians who accept bribes, people taking on more debt than they will ever be able to repay, or Western whores fucking losers who will turn them into single mothers. For a while, everything may go well, but your past sins may very well catch up with you. In fact, it is often only a matter of time.
For instance, Jimmy Savile got away with sexually abusing children for decades as he was protected by the elites. The pedophile demographic in the US likewise thought they could pull a Savile and never get caught. Yet, Trump won the presidency, and the FBI caught 1,500 low-life pedophiles in the first month of the Trump administration alone! So, those people certainly thought nothing could happen to them, probably expecting the Democrats to rule forever — yay moral depravity! That isn’t how things turned out, thankfully.
That was one particularly appalling scenario. The larger point, though, is that if you think you’ll get away with something, you may want to reconsider your actions. In the end, it is not God who will punish you, but it could very well be interpreted that way.