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Why does God allow natural disasters?

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

    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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  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. #6 Telma, Oct 19, 2012
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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
  7. #7 Thiscrosshurts, Oct 19, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012
    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.

    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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Who would turn to God for deliverance if everything was perfect on this planet?

  11. Excellent point brother but what's going to happen when more than two or three are changed.
    That which happens in the micro will eventually manifest in the macro.The issue I deal with is I can't always tell the difference.

    I started out a "we" that was taught to be an "I" that found out that It was actually a "we" called "I am".
    I may have that sequence backward though.

  12. This is the single most complete perfect answer, Amen Amadeus!

    We can see how in our "earth", aka our "earthen bodies" is where all the promises of God are found to be fulfilled! Thank you Jesus! He's started out in as a Seed of Faith, growing until we are filled with His Holiness and Righteousness.

    This has been going on within individual Faithful people now for 2000 years, each man in His own order receiving the Coming of the Lord as a Seed, then experiencing Him growing within each man's "earth" (earthen vessel 2Cor4:7) until the "earth" is filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the Waters cover the sea, fulfilling such scriptures in us, the One True Church, as was written;

    (Isa 11:9)
    They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
    (Heb 12:22)
    But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of messengers,
    It is fulfilled in each of us in our earthen selves. Now we are called "that Heavenly Country" as Abraham foresaw as he was Promised to dwell in Forever, A Building made by God;

    (Heb 11:8)
    By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

    (Heb 11:9)
    By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.

    (Heb 11:10)
    For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
    (Heb 11:11)
    Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
    (Heb 11:12)
    Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
    (Heb 11:13)
    These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
    (Heb 11:14)
    For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
    (Heb 11:15)
    And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
    (Heb 11:16)
    But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.


    We are the inheritance of Abraham. Abraham and ALL those of Faith are OUR heritage. All One in Christ. A New Heavens and a New Earth, a New Creation that is formed by Jesus, the Creator :)

    Thank you Jesus For Coming and Saving us and Creating us into your image!

  13. Only two or three in His name puts Him there in the midst of them. This is the growing together toward the unity of Christ's Body completely and always subject to the Head, which is Jesus. When all of the parts are functioning together as One in Him, then come the promises in full. What are they? Are they not the promises to overcomers in Revelation?

    Then continue to listen closely and ask for "ears to hear" so as to always know Him. His sheep do.[see John 10:14]

    I may be misunderstanding your point with here:

    For many are called, but few are chosen." Matt 22:14

    God chose the ones to call and He called them and those who heard the call and were faithful were chosen... then...

    "...and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." Rev 17:14

  14. Things just look different in the spirit because there is no time or space.
    John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

    We are to be perfected as one with Jesus in us.

    Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

    He lives in us and we live in him so I don't think "I" fit in the picture anywhere because "I am"bound by time and space.
    Long story short I am not convinced I can leave anyone behind because all are God's children and he wants his baby's back.
    So I have to learn to be a "we" so that they made be made perfect in one.

    I hope that was a little clearer.
  15. TCH Explain to me how an imortal being who is a spirit (you)can be bound by time and space just because you live in a physical body?
  16. Yes, you just explained it perfectly.
    In the spirit I am not an I but I am "we" because we are one in Christ. Since you are in Christ then I am in you and you are in me and we are one in him.
    As an individual I am bound by time and space but not as we.

    Forgive my rant,it's not any kind of teaching or belief system just some fun things to ponder.
  17. I sort of understand :) It is similar to the "many waters" of which Jesus stands on, or the many members of His One body, like these scriptures maybe;

    (Rom 12:5)
    So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

    (1Co 10:17)
    For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

    (1Co 12:12)
    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

    (Psa 18:16)
    He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

    (Eze 43:2)
    And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

    (Rev 1:12)
    And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

    (Rev 1:13)
    And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

    (Rev 1:14)
    His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

    (Rev 1:15)
    And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

    (Joh 14:2)
    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

    As we all praise Jesus in One :) Thank you Jesus for your heritage we all have in each other!

  18. Thank you,this verse is perfect example Whitestone and it's no wonder that the first temptation of Christ was to command that the stones become bread.Oh they would become bread but not in the order that the spirit of man had planned.
    Jesus(the bread) came that the stones would consume the bread and become bread for other stones to consume.

    How many have failed that first test and decided to consume the stones they were given to be bread to with teachings that would make them "lord of stones".
    I hope that made sense.
  19. I do understand :)

    Jesus said "I am the bread of life".

    We take, eat His body, and then we are His Body. Then we share of ourselves the Gospel through the "foolishness of preaching" to others, and some have ears to hear and they become One with us as we feed them the Bread/body of Christ the Rock...

    I understand your spirit brother :)
  20. Wow!! This reminds me of the time I tripped on the escalator. I fell downstairs for two and a half hours.

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