Are natural disasters ‘acts of God’?

September 12th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those in the path of Florence, a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour swirling off the Atlantic coastline.

Insurance companies describe these disasters as “acts of God,” but how much responsibility for hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, blizzards, typhoons and tornadoes can be laid at the foot of his throne?

Here’s what I know:

Natural disasters were never a part of God’s original plan of Creation

The Fall, as well as the Flood, caused destructive consequences to creation. Before the Fall, there were apparently no weeds, no carnivores, pain in childbirth, decay or even death (Genesis 3). [Continue reading]

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  • Pam Halter says:

    Natural disasters may not always be God’s way of punishing evil, but He is surely in control of it. Read Job 37-41. Unless I don’t understand the meaning of what was written, it sure looks to me like there are times when He does use weather as His judgment. For example: Job 37:13 (NIV) “He brings the clouds to punish men, or to water his earth and show his love.”

    Your thoughts?

    • Pam, God doesn’t invite me to his planning meetings, so in all honesty I have no insider information.. Yes, Job seems to imply that God does use weather to bless and curse. However, Jesus seems to have a very different message:

      “For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” (Matthew 5:45).

      It’s part of the new message of grace. Here’s another passage that makes me think that God no longer sends judgment on the people of earth:

      “About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. ‘“Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?’ Jesus asked. ‘Is that why they suffered? Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too’ (Luke 13:1-5).

      Like I said, God doesn’t invite me to his planning meetings, but I do know that–for now–we are living in his grace. There will come a day of final judgment.

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