Is God Using Natural Disasters As A Judgment Of America?

Is God Using Natural Disasters As A Judgment Of America? September 8, 2017

Are recent natural disasters like hurricanes and floods a judgment from God?

God Judges the Nations

We know that God judges all the nations of the earth, so it’s only a matter of time before the sentencing is carried out. Every nation and people will be judged; nations shall be judged collectively, but people will be judged individually as to whether they trusted in Christ or rejected Christ (John 3:36). It’s not a matter of if but when. The Prophet Joel writes, “I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land” (Joel 3:2). God’s judgment is more sure than the sunrise, however, God does say, “this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66:2b). God also “gives up nations before him, so that he tramples kings underfoot; he makes them like dust with his sword, like driven stubble with his bow” (Isaiah 41:2), and He “brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness” (Isaiah 40:23). Compared to the Almighty God, “the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust” (Isaiah 40:15). It is God Who “changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings” (Dan 2:21), so eventually, every one of us will stand before God to give an account; for those who trusted in Christ, they can stand before God because they are in Christ; for those who reject Christ, they must stand in for themselves, and this will be woefully insufficient.

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Natural Catastrophes

Shortly after the deadly 911 terrorist attack, one pastor said that it was a judgment of God, but many were offended by this. How can this man know this? Does he have a direct hotline to God? Has God given him information that’s not available to us? God may have used this for a judgment of America but we are in no position to say that with authority. When Hurricane Katrina smashed into New Orleans, one person said that Katrina means “cleansing,” and so God must have been cleansing the nation from the sinful residents of that city. Once again, there is no way for this to be known for certain. It’s presumptuous to speak for God when things happen and say, “This is from God.” I am reminded of those who came to Jesus and said to Him, “There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices” (Luke 13:1), and Jesus “answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:2-3). Jesus goes even further, and says, of “those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise” (Luke 13:4-5). Jesus point is we can’t assume every tragedy is a judgment of God. It’s not for us to know and there is no way we can know, so we’re better off saying nothing and showing compassion and providing care for those who have been affected by natural catastrophes.

Worse Sinners

Sadly, when someone experiences a personal tragedy, we’re quick to judge this person as deserving. A few said that those who lost everything from Hurricane Harvey are partly to blame sine they’re living so close to the ocean, while others believed it was because Houston was such a liberal city, but this doesn’t square with what the Bible teaches. On one occasion, Jesus “saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:1-3), so even in the first century, believer’s sometimes attributed bad things happening to bad people, but the truth is, good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people, and to us, it makes no sense. When we make comments like the disciples did in this occasion, we are acting like we know what God is doing and why, when really, we often don’t have a clue. When Lazarus died, many couldn’t understand why Jesus didn’t immediately heal him so that he wouldn’t have died, but Jesus tells us the reason why, even though no one else had a clue, so “Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him” (John 11:14-15), so in this case, Lazarus’ resurrection from the dead was intended to glorify God (John 11:38-44). Most of us wouldn’t say they were glad that Lazarus died, but if we understand that God is glorifying Himself through the works of Christ, it would make more sense to us.

Conclusion

God does judge the nations, and He can use any means to do so. For example, when God rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, it was a judgment of God. We know that because the Bible says as much, but beyond this, we can only guess why bad things happen in this world. Of course, it’s a fallen world, and time and chance happen to us all (Eccl 9:11), and bad things happen because the root cause of all pain, suffering, sorrow, and death is sin, and until sin is no more, there will still be sorrow, suffering, pain, and death, but that too is coming to an end someday (Rev 21:3; 22:4)! We all fall short of God’s glory. Even the earth travails under the weight of sin, but someday, this will end, and all the natural catastrophes and accidents will be no more, and it will be said that “They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas.  Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Doug Barron

    Fallen world, fallen mankind, fallen angels.
    We have free will, the angels have free will, (or had, until they chose their eternity), but the planet has no choice. It is stuck with a fallen state until redemption. But; on that day!!…
    Thanks for the great article; keep them coming!

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you Mr. Barron.

      • Doug Barron

        Shalom Aleichem!

    • pud

      You are psychotic

      • ichthyic

        nah, more like a sociopath than a psychopath.

    • The planet is in its natural state with tornados, hurricanes , earthquakes, storms etc. These occur naturally, not supernaturally. Supernatural explanations aren’t required to explain them, since science can explain their occurrences.

      As for demons, fallen angels etc., there is no more evidence for them than for fairies.

  • Paperboy_73

    You can rephrase that headline to read “Is God killing people because of what other people did?” without changing the meaning. Just a thought.

    • Maltnothops

      Jack’s god does have a track record for killing people for the actions of other people, according to the bible.

      • ichthyic

        that same god is also supposed to have stopped that crap because “Jesus”.

        but what the fuck do xians know about their own religion anyway.

        • Maltnothops

          An argument that never made sense because Jesus is that god. The killing of the first born? Jesus was there for it. The genocide by drowning? Jesus was there.

  • Maltnothops

    I suppose we could research which countries suffer the fewest natural disasters and seek to emulate them on the hypothesis that they must be doing it right. Of course, there is the risk that those countries may not even be Christian. That would be an eye-opener, at least for some folks.

    • Maltnothops

      Turns out there is a ranking for everything. According to a UN group that evaluated 173 countries for their risk of earthquakes, storms, floods, droughts and sea level rises, here are the 20 countries that God judges least harshly. The US, by the way, is in the second safest septile.

      Qatar – 0.1%
      Malta – 0.61%
      Barbados – 1.16%
      Saudi Arabia – 1.32%
      Grenada – 1.44%
      Iceland – 1.55%
      Kiribati – 1.78%
      Bahrain – 1.81%
      United Arab Emirates – 2.1%
      Sweden – 2.26%
      Finland – 2.28%
      Egypt – 2.34%
      Norway – 3.35%
      Israel – 2.49%
      Singapore – 2.49%
      Estonia – 2.52%
      Seychelles – 2.58%
      Switzerland – 2.61%
      Luxembourg – 2.68%
      Oman – 2.74%

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/maps-and-graphics/Mapped-Where-a-natural-disaster-is-most-likely-to-strike/

      • ichthyic

        they forgot to include tornadoes. the only reason the US would look “safe” in that list is because the midwest rarely experiences earthquakes, never experiences hurricanes, and is at no risk to rising sea levels.

        OTOH… they sure as fuck get a lot of tornadoes.

        • Maltnothops

          That’s a great point. I wonder if tornados might have been included in “storms”.

          I also wonder if the size of a country might affect the results.

          I grew up in Tornado Alley and was frequently terrified by the danger.

      • pud

        Jack is impervious to facts and reason.

  • pud

    “We know that God judges all the nations of the earth”

    NO YOU DO NOT “KNOW” ANY SUCH RUBBISH….YOU BLINDLY “BELIEVE” SUCH NONSENSE

    “but someday, this will end, and all the natural catastrophes and accidents will be no more”

    Why not TODAY? Does your lunatic psychopathic “god” need a little more suffering? A few more millions starving to death, drowning, dying of horrible disease?

    Only a sick man would pay homage to such a sick dictator in the sky. Try to deny the reason in that jack.

  • If God des not exist, then there is no divine judgment of nations or individuals. Natural disasters are events that happen, but disasters don’t happen because there are homosexuals or adulterers in a city as some people claim.

    Why not focus on compassion, healing mercy and loving kindness as you want to do, but without all this judgement business? As you point out, you cannot attribute disaster happening because of specific evil or good things happening because of specific good done by people. In my opinion natural disasters are not related to morality. e.g. the tsunami that occurred in 2004 was caused by a movement in the tectonic plates, not by human immorality.

    • ichthyic

      well said.

    • Jack Wellman

      If you have thoroughly read the article you should see that I have never said that natural disasters are because there are homosexuals or adulterers live in a certain place but the fact is, none are good…not even one (Rom 3:10-12) and as I wrote,”Jesus goes even further, and says, of “those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise” (Luke 13:4-5).

      • pud

        LOL…demonstrate that any “jesus” ever existed…try…epic fail as usual…You don’t even shrink from the constant embarrassment you suffer in all these replies. You are a mentally ill lunatic

      • ichthyic

        ” I have never said that natural disasters are because there are
        homosexuals or adulterers live in a certain place but the fact is, none
        are good.”

        but you cleverly(?) fail to actively discount this either, leaving the question of your god’s judgment open while you banally call everyone a sinner.

        I count that as being rather disingenuous on your part.

        you could have just answered your own open question with a simple, “no”.

        but you did something entirely different.

        this, is why we call you a hack.

        • pud

          Jack should be pitied…he no doubt has been indoctrinated since birth and his mind is fully brainwashed. He can’t ever admit that he’s wrong about anything as his entire being and livelihood depends on him keeping the delusion alive.

        • Doug Barron

          Are you a sinner; in other’s eyes? In your own eyes?

          • Maltnothops

            I can’t speak for ichthyic, of course, but I’m not a sinner because I don’t recognize divine law. Indeed, the vast majority of religious folk are almost as sinless as I because they also don’t recognize most divine law. Just like me, Christians don’t recognize the divine laws of Hindus, Muslims, Zoroastrians, Satanists, or what have you. The number of divine laws I don’t recognize is only slightly greater than the average Christian.

      • I was thinking of Pat Robertson and some others who attributed hurricane Katrina to the existence of homosexuals. I wasn’t thinking specifically of you, and I should have made that clearer. Recently Rick Joyner and Jim Bakker claimed that hurricanes are God’s judgment on gay America. (http://brucegerencser.net/2017/09/the-sounds-of-fundamentalism-hurricanes-are-gods-judgment-on-gay-america-by-rick-joyner-and-jim-bakker/).

        Same-sex oriented persons are in every nation of the world and amount to about 3 to 5% of such populations. They’re here in Australia, so why doesn’t God send hurricanes on Australia? This spewing of hatred of “gays” by the likes of Joyner, Bakker, Robertson and others is an abject failure on their part to show compassion, mercy and loving kindness towards “gays”. If their views represent Christianity, give me compassionate humanism any day.

        • pud

          Which is funny given that Katrina wrecked the poor areas of New Orleans and left the French Quarter dens of sin untouched!

        • Doug Barron

          Robertson, Baker, others of their ilk are jackasses.

  • ichthyic

    People like you are the reason everyone hates Christianity.

    go hide under your rock.

  • Rational Human

    God hates the poor. It’s obvious from the fact the poor are always disproportionately impacted by natural disasters. No Matter How Pious , The Poor Always Suffer The Most.

    • pud

      Yeah but jack says it’s all going to get straightened out in the end when jesus comes back for the final slalughter

    • Doug Barron

      Indeed. That’s why Jesus trafficked with them, and not the rich, powerful folk.

  • A fish with no hands

    the writer’s god seems really nice. people are lining up to convert!