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    Why does God allow natural disasters?

    Question: "Why does God allow natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis?"gotquestions.org

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    Why does God allow earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, typhoons, cyclones, mudslides, and other natural disasters? Tragedies such as the 2004 tsunami in Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2008 cyclone in Myanmar, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti cause many people to question God’s goodness. It is distressing that natural disasters are often termed “acts of God” while no “credit” is given to God for years, decades, or even centuries of peaceful weather. God created the whole universe and the laws of nature (Genesis 1:1). Most natural disasters are a result of these laws at work. Hurricanes, typhoons, and tornados are the results of divergent weather patterns colliding. Earthquakes are the result of the earth’s plate structure shifting. A tsunami is caused by an underwater earthquake.

    The Bible proclaims that Jesus Christ holds all of nature together (Colossians 1:16-17). Could God prevent natural disasters? Absolutely! Does God sometimes influence the weather? Yes, as we see in Deuteronomy 11:17 and James 5:17. Numbers 16:30-34 shows us that God sometimes causes natural disasters as a judgment against sin. The book of Revelation describes many events which could definitely be described as natural disasters (Revelation chapters 6, 8, and 16). Is every natural disaster a punishment from God? Absolutely not.

    In much the same way that God allows evil people to commit evil acts, God allows the earth to reflect the consequences sin has had on creation. Romans 8:19-21 tells us, “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” The fall of humanity into sin had effects on everything, including the world we inhabit. Everything in creation is subject to “frustration” and “decay.” Sin is the ultimate cause of natural disasters just as it is the cause of death, disease, and suffering.

    We can understand why natural disasters occur. What we do not understand is why God allows them to occur. Why did God allow the tsunami to kill over 225,000 people in Asia? Why did God allow Hurricane Katrina to destroy the homes of thousands of people? For one thing, such events shake our confidence in this life and force us to think about eternity. Churches are usually filled after disasters as people realize how tenuous their lives really are and how life can be taken away in an instant. What we do know is this: God is good! Many amazing miracles occurred during the course of natural disasters that prevented even greater loss of life. Natural disasters cause millions of people to reevaluate their priorities in life. Hundreds of millions of dollars in aid is sent to help the people who are suffering. Christian ministries have the opportunity to help, minister, counsel, pray, and lead people to saving faith in Christ! God can, and does, bring great good out of terrible tragedies (Romans 8:28).


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    God no doubt purposely created many disasters or somehow allowed them to happen: The great flood, Sodom and Gomorrha, the Exodus Plagues on Egypt.

    God also talks about many disasters that will occur during the end times; I certainly believe that we are living in those times but, does He cause them, who is really to say?

    But I believe we live in a time, because of the New Covenant, that God is no longer at war with man, He's not even mad.
    For the most I feel that we will always live under natural laws of our world and are physically subject to them, like, choice, gravity, techtonic plate shifting of the earths crust, volcanoes, hurricanes, fire, wind, rain snow and more.

    It is the possibilities for death that make life so sweet and cherished and as a Christian, to never fear because of our blessed hope in the fullfillment of our eternal glory.

    The secret to such disasters is to search how they test our faith and end up stronger for them!
    " I'll see you here or I will see you up there or I will see you in the air"!.....Beam me up , Lord!

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    Sometimes they are the result of judgment which is a wake up call as much as a punishment, sometimes the result of living on a cursed earth. The curse of sin and death is not removed until the resurrection where we get bodies not subject to corruption.
    Psa 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

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    That which has been is what will be,
    That which is done is what will be done,
    And there is nothing new under the sun.

    Ecclesiastes 1:9


    Everyday is somebody's end of days, the only ones caught off guard are those not living for Him.

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    So how do these answers line up with John 10:10? And with Genesis 1:28 and Psalm 8:5-7

    By the first verse GOD does not cause natural disasters. (I know that nobody said HE does here)but neither does HE allow them.

    The second two verses say that we have dominion in the Earth. If these things happen it's because we allow it.
    Agreed the planet is in turmoil because of sin but we can still stop these things by our command and HIS authority, because we have dominion.

    Read in Genesis GOD made man on the sixth day. On the seventh day HE retired. HE ceased HIS labor. Then HE blessed man and told him to continue the job of furnishing and running the Earth.

    Nuff said

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    I just have to say this because this is a matter that really gets me going.It astonishes me every time someone blames such a loving and mercyful God for all the bad things that happen in the world.God does not cause natural disasters nor does He allows them or any evil,for that matter.He has poured all His judgement and wrath unto Jesus on that cross.Jesus took our punishment upon himself and payed our debt.God is no longer at war with men.This is the time of Grace,not Judgement.This is a new Covenant.
    There will come a time of punishment,not because of individual sin,but for the sin of rejecting Jesus.
    God did not cause all the bad things that are happening in the world nor has He allowed them.It is men's refusal to recognize that there is a God and the refusal to obey Him from those that know there is a God that have caused all the bad things around us.Natural disasters are a consequence of the Fall.It has been getting worst with time as we come closer to the returning of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    It's just easier to blame God for our shortcomings.


    Deuteronomy 7:9

    “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments"

    God bless you
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    The second two verses say that we have dominion in the Earth. If these things happen it's because we allow it.
    Agreed the planet is in turmoil because of sin but we can still stop these things by our command and HIS authority, because we have dominion.


    That seems to be what my Bible is saying also,we can believe God and change the world.
    Regrettably many are calling for Gods wrath on the earth and believe God wants to destroy it.
    I believe if God wanted to destroy the world we would not be here to have this discussion.

    He has poured all His judgement and wrath unto Jesus on that cross.Jesus took our punishment upon himself and payed our debt.God is no longer at war with men.This is the time of Grace,not Judgement.This is a new Covenant.
    If I could just keep that thought at the forefront of my mind my heart would change and then my speech would change and then my situation would change and others would change and together we can begin to speak life to this old frustrated creation.

    “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed".
    Thank God for his faithfulness in revealing his son's.

    PS: There are more than two or three of us who believe God has good intentions for the inhabitants of the earth.So let it be done...
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    The world that needs to be changed is not that world called planet Earth, but the world which each person is. That is the world that Jesus overcame (John 16:33) in himself, and that is the world that each of us needs to overcome in order to receive the seven described rewards of Revelation chapters 2 and 3.

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    God does not allow natural disasters he causes them. There are many Scriptures that tell us that God controls the weather. Not only have I studied the Bible since I was 7 years old, I also have a great interest in weather.

    Psalm 147.15-18 states, "He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes; He casts out His hail like morsels; Who can stand before His cold? He sends out His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters to flow."

    That is one of several passages that teaches God's control of the weather.

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    Originally Posted by Chad View Post
    Question: "Why does God allow natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis?"
    Who would turn to God for deliverance if everything was perfect on this planet?

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