No doubt in some people’s minds - it’s all God’s fault. After any loss or disaster, great or small, even people who don’t believe in a higher power find He comes in very useful when they’re looking for someone to blame.
Shockingly, some religious fundamentalists believe that natural disasters are the result of divine wrath, citing the Noachin Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah and other Bible accounts. One well-known evangelist, for instance, felt the devastating earthquake in Haiti which killed over 200,000 people, was due to the island having ‘sworn a pact with the devil’.
What they all fail to realise, however, is that, far from being indiscriminate, Biblical ‘Acts of God’ destroyed only the wicked - and only then after repeated warnings were sounded, giving them the chance to repent. Significantly, those who heeded the warnings, such as Noah and Lot, always managed to escape.*
Other commentators, even if they don’t actually point the finger at God, wonder why He lets such bad things happen – a sentiment shared by various religious leaders as they’re wheeled in front of the cameras to explain these terrible events.
According to the Belgium-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, almost 300,000 people (good and bad) were killed by 373 natural disasters during 2010 – an astonishing escalation from 300 catastrophes spanning over 24 years, from 1975 to 1999. And recent disasters have done nothing to diminish the view that weather patterns are becoming ever more unstable and extreme.
Something is obviously going on! But if it isn’t God who brings them, who or what is the cause and why are they occurring with such sickening regularity? In a recent report, the United Nations claims: “Populations are too often being concentrated in risky areas such as flood plains. In addition, the destruction of forests and wetlands is harming the capacity of the environment to withstand hazards.
‘Looming above all this is the threat of global climate change and rising sea levels as a result of increased greenhouse gas concentrations.” The statement goes on to add that all these problems have been caused “by human activity”.+ So, whether you believe in Him or not, it isn’t God who causes innocent people to suffer. Instead, all blame for natural disasters should be laid firmly where it belongs - at the altar of human greed and selfish exploitation.
+Since writing this post, concern has been growing over frightening advances in Tesla technology. The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) which is being developed by US military forces is thought to 'boil the upper atmosphere' with catastrophic effects. http://www.haarp.net/
*Jesus accurately prophesied that during his presence in the Last Days there would be wars, food shortages, earthquakes and pestilences (Luke 21:10,11; Matthew 24:3-7; Revelation 6:1-11). However, these events were highlighted as part of a composite sign for humans to recognise the times, not as acts of vengeance from the Almighty. The following article explains why we can be sure that God is NOT the cause of indiscriminate destruction.