March 14, 2011 at 8:35 AM #145890
Question: “Why does God allow natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis?”
Answer: Why does God allow earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, typhoons, cyclones, mudslides, and other natural disasters? Tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2008 cyclone in Myanmar, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the 2011 earthquake/tsunami near Japan 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).
March 14, 2011 at 8:35 AM #145889
though hindi ko gusto ang usersname mo dahil masama at hindi magandang basahin.
nasa nagbabasa yan kung anong magiging impression niya sa mensahe… it is not confusing pwera nalang kung confuse ka… it is either you can’t connect it to the Word of God kasi may sarili kang mix opinion about it.
and i don’t disrespect you by that… but for us Christians are just giving answers and defending the Word of God purely if inaatake ito o kung hindi man ito nauunawaan…
everything has it’s connection though limited ang isip ng tao at maaring si nostradamus ay lingkod ng Diyos we do not disrespect their opinion either hindi nag cocontradict ang Bibliya sa siyensya at matimbang ang dalawa base na rin sa kasaysayan.
so wala kang dapat ikagalit kung sa tingin mo may hindi ka nauunawaan sa mensahe at pagkakasabi ko then ask kahit naman before pa nangangaral na ako patungkol sa Salita ng Diyos at babala.
March 12, 2011 at 7:27 PM #145850
Ito ang ibang mga tilauk ng manok na tinutukoy ko, na sapat na para pampagising sa kahit kanino:
World’s 4th Most Accident-Prone CountryAccording to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Philippines was the fourth most accident prone country in the world. The two institutions arrived at this conclusion after finding out that some 5,809,986 Filipinos were killed or injured as a result of disasters or man-made calamities over a ten-year period (1992-2001).
If not for its smaller population, the Philippines could have been the world’s second most accident-prone country after Iran. Because of its large population, China topped the accident list, with 97,783,301 of its citizens affected by accidents during the ten-year period. It was followed by India, which reported 46,060,125 victims during the period. Both China and India have a population of over 1 billion people. Iran was third in the list, with 6,416,570 victims. Behind the Philippines were Ethiopia, with 3,334,266 victims; and Pakistan, 2,732,032 victims. The global report by International Red Cross said 535,416 people were killed in natural disasters and 86,947 others in industrial, transport and other “technological disasters” worldwide from 1992 to 2001.
According to the Philippine Red Cross, 31,835 Filipinos were killed and 94,369,462 others were affected by natural disasters and calamities in a span of 20 years. “The Philippines was a natural laboratory for floods, typhoons, monsoon rains, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides,” Philippine National Red Cross governor Dante Liban said. (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)
313 Disaster Incidents in 2002Data from the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) showed that there were 313 disaster incidents in the country in 2002, up from only 199 incidents in 2001. In particular, there were 120 fire incidents that affected 15,430 households in 2002, 63 deportation or relocation incidents, 22 armed conflicts that distressed 8,891 families, 22 bombing incidents or explosions, 22 flashfloods that affected 234,414 households, and 7 destructive typhoons that distressed 568,345 families. Other types of disasters that happened in 2002 were vehicular accidents, sea mishap, tornado, massacre, plane crash, and earthquakes.
Worst Disaster in HistoryOn July 12, 2000, the Philippines witnessed one of the world’s most horrifying images of social tragedy in history. Nearly 500 garbage scavengers who were living literally at the Payatas dumpsite in Quezon City were buried alive under tons of garbage when a 50-foot garbage mountain collapsed on their makeshift houses at the height of torrential rains. It was a tragic commentary on poverty in the Philippines, yet the lesson remains to be learned to this day.
Worst Sea AccidentsIn December 1987, some 4,341 people died when Dona Paz, an inter-island passenger ferry owned by Sulpicio Lines collided with an oil tanker off Mindoro Island. Sadly it was not to be the last sea tragedy in the Philippines, an archipelago of 7,107 islands. In 1988, around 250 people died when Dona Marilyn, another passenger ferry owned by Sulpicio Lines, sank. On April 11, 2002, at least 30 people were killed when MV Maria Carmella, which was bound from the island-province of Masbate for Lucena City in Quezon province, caught fire.
Among the most frequently mentioned causes of the sea accidents were overloading of the ship, ageing facilities, badly trained crewmembers, and poor compliance by the vessels with safety precautions and measures. While the Philippines has over 7,100 islands and 10,000 ships or boats, the Philippine Coastguard has only 4,000 men.
Worst Air AccidentsOn April 19, 2000, some 131 people were killed when a commercial airplane from Manila crashed in Samal Island, Davao del Norte province (southern Mindanao). All the passengers and crew, including four infants, of Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 (Flight 541 from Manila) died in what is now considered the worst air tragedy in the Philippines.A local commercial flight bound for northern Luzon crashed into Manila Bay seven minutes after takeoff in the morning of November 11, 2002, leaving 19 people including six foreign tourists dead. Ten people survived.The ill-fated airplane – an ageing Fokker 27 – was bound from Manila for Laoag City in northern Luzon, with 29 passengers and crewmembers on board, when it encountered an engine trouble and crashed one kilometer off the Manila Bay shoreline in Paranaque City. The dead victims include five Australian tourists and a British national. Among the 10 survivors was an Australian tourist. The two Filipino captains of the airplane also survived, along with a flight stewardess and a plane mechanic.On July 2, 2000, an Air Force Nomad plane crashed somewhere in Sulu Sea, killing its 13 crewmembers and passengers, including the late Palawan Governor Salvador Socrates and Western Command chief Maj. Gen. Santiago Madrid.On March 17, 1957, President Ramon Magsaysay died in an airplane crash in Mount Manunggal, Cebu province.
Worst Terrorist AttacksNo one thought that banditry still exists in the modern era. In April 1995, the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf (Bearers of the Sword) group raided the Christian town of Ipil in Zamboanga del Norte province and burned all its houses and establishments. The group also shot dead at least 54 residents of the town. The worst terrorist attack in Metro Manila took place on December 30, 2000, which was a holiday (Rizal Day). A series of bombings rocked the metropolis on that day. The worst explosion happened inside a train of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Manila where 22 passengers were killed and hundreds more were wounded.
Before this, an explosion nearly killed Philippine Ambassador Leonides Caday in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 1, 2000. Police claimed that an Indonesian national in their custody has admitted responsibility for the bombings in Manila and Jakarta. In March, 2002, a group which identified itself as the Indigenous Federal State Army planted at least 10 hoax bombs around Metro Manila purportedly to demand the establishment of separate governments for Muslim and indigenous people. Investigators, however, denied that such a group exists and blamed the bomb scare to existing rebel groups.
On April 21, 2002, 15 innocent civilians were killed while 60 others were injured when a bomb exploded outside a shopping mall in General Santos City (southern Mindanao). The Abu Sayyaf quickly claimed responsibility over the bombing, although the military was convinced that a larger Muslim rebel group could be involved. On October 19, a bomb exploded aboard a public bus, killing three passengers and wounding 19 others in Balintawak, Quezon City.
March 12, 2011 at 9:52 AM #145838
March 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM #145837
@james, sino ba ang kumokontra sa salita ng Diyos? At the very beginning, you mentioned that this is not all about religion. “Hindi ito patungkol sa relihiyon o anu pa man… ito ang KATOTOHANAN at realidad na dapat mong malaman,” di ba yan ang iyong sinabi sa simula pa lang ng thread? Sino ba ang sumasalungat sa bibliya?Your insight and intention is good, but I bet the title is wrong. For once, let us all have sympathy for those affected by this big disaster. I have several friends there in Japan, we even have an OFW member there, si Manay Jing Jing.
Bakit itinaon mo sa Japan Earthquake and Tsunami ang thread na ito? Para mo na ding sinabi na ang mga Hapon ay makasalanan kaya ito nangyari, hehehe. Hence the title: “Tsunami a Wake-Up Call”, yet you never mentioned anything about the tsunami in Japan.Now you are telling people what God wants the Christians to do. What about Buddha wants the Japanese do for Japan? In fact, mas prepared ang Japan kaysa sa Pilipinas dahil kung dito siguro sa atin nangyari ang 8.9 magnitude na earthquake, siguro libo na ang namatay, wag naman sana.There were many other predictions, not just the Apocalypse in the bible. We have the Mayan Calendar as well and Nostradamus predicting 2012 disasters, and we should respect them too.My view-point is this: What are you fearing when you are already prepared. When your time is up, it is God’s will and everyone should accept that. There’s nothing to fear because God is on our side. Now, are we prepared yet? Ang hirap po sa karamihan ng mga sekta ngayon, mahilig manakot para mapaniwala ang isang tao sa kanilang doktrina kaya ang hirap nang suriin kung alin ang totoo. Ang bibliya ay salita ng katotohanan, nasa tao na yan kung papaano nya ito paniniwalaan at isasabuhay.
March 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM #145834
It is more spiritual things na hindi nauunawaan ng ibang tao… it is even to the time of noah kung saan ang mga ibang tao ay matitigas ang puso at hindi nakakaunawang higit sa kalooban ng Diyos at sa Salita ng Diyos.at mga nagmamagaling subalit hindi naman kayang i refute ang Salita ng Diyos ng sarili nilang opinyon.we don’t ignore scientific study hindi ito nag cocontradict sa Salita ng Diyos pero may mga taong nagmamagaling tulad ni Charles darwin na bigo na kontra sa Salita ng Diyos.katulad lang ito ng mga taong iniignore ang ebanghelyo at Salita ng Diyos na nangyari maging sa panahon ng israel at Kristiano noon.
March 12, 2011 at 3:37 AM #145831
Tsunami, a wake up call?????
Tilauk ng manok, ‘di ba sapat na????
March 11, 2011 at 10:24 PM #145827
James 307, nasaan ka na ba? nasa America ka na ba? Las Vegas o New york?
March 11, 2011 at 9:41 AM #145820
This is not only for sinners. This is also for those who makes us sin. Sometimes, extremely good and too innocent people are the ones who prompt men to abuse them. Therefore, it is best to learn how to love yourself and treat yourself fairly, so others will follow. If you know what is beneficial for you and what is harmful, then you will understand the nature of men beyond any reason and eventually learn to love and respect all God’s creation. The keywords here are “balance” and “equal”
March 11, 2011 at 7:49 AM #145816
Maraming buhay ang nasasayang…
(Read and be inspire, pls. don’t ignore this)
Maraming tao ang naghahanap ng kasagutan sa magulo nilang buhay…
at wala sa mga materyal at pansamantalang bagay ang makakapagpasaya sa tao,
Life has purpose and people must know and learn, na maraming sirang pamilya at maruming relasyon sa ating lipunan ngayon…
kawalan ng hustisya at kahirapan na ang lahat ng ito ay dahil sa maling desisyon at gawa ng tao.
“Ang bunga kaya ganun ang naging rason at walang magawa kundi tanggappin ito”
What God wants us to do?
Matuto at mabago sa mas mabuti at matuwid na tao (Pinoy at Kristiano).
Ang impact ng ating buhay at ang magagawa natin upang hindi masayang ang buhay, panahon, oras at kinabukasan.
Ang kasagutan sa buhay ay si HESUS (PANGINOON AT TAGAPAGLIGTAS), Siya na dapat mong tanggappin sa iyong puso.
Oo mabuti ang Diyos pero Siya rin ay MATUWID upang hatulan o parusahan ang NAGKASALA…
Ang tao sa Kanyang kasalanan at kalayawan na hindi pagtanggap sa Panginoon sa kanyang pagtungo sa kapahamakan o IMPYERNO.
Hindi ito patungkol sa relihiyon o anu pa man… ito ang KATOTOHANAN at realidad na dapat mong malaman.
At tayo ay magkaisa upang LABANAN ang Korupsyon, kahirapan at lahat ng uri ng kasamaan, kriminalidad o karahasan!
Aanhin mo ang kayamanan na hindi mo madadala sa langit? aanhin mo ang kasikatan na maglalaos din, ang kapangyarihan na bumabagsak din.
Where are the Christians now?
sa mga believers ni Christ na Kanyang pinagtagumpay na, ginagawa mo ba ang kalooban ng Ama?
ang ibahagi ang ebanghelyo(si Hesus sa iba) nagagawa mo ba ito?
kung hindi nasaan ang pag- ibig mo sa Diyos at sa iyong Kapwa?
[Baptist Net Minister]
‘CHRISTIANITY AND DEMOCRACY!’
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