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Are Earthquakes Gods Judgment

Can we correctly say, that God is involved in earthquakes? Are the earthquakes God's judgment or? What is your opinion?

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Trav,

Enemy or friend?

If somehow I discovered 'god' why do you assume that 'he' would have to be one or the other? Is everything black or white, either/or, or yes or no?

You seem to live in a world of black and white in high contrast...
---atheist on 3/12/10


The confusion is yours, not mine. I am clear. There is not a 'god' to be confused about.
---atheist on 3/8/10

End one other question. If you discovered GOD did exist would he be your enemy?

Lets consider.
1.You like nothing he's accomplished so far by record or instrument used.
2.You disagree with his future planning.
3.It interferes with your lifestyle.
4.Your empathy is seen in discouragement of followers by logic if possible.
5.Your way is more intelligent,logical and fossilized.
Basically he is your non-exsistant opponent/enemy/competition....right?
Be a man.... worthy of the title and declare in print o brave and fearless one.
Can't do it can you?
"Yes", is sufficient.
---Trav on 3/11/10


"Guess what I had for lunch?" Atheist
Well, we can't guess what you had for lunch but we can see it is not agreeing with your brain.
As far as God is concerned it is not so much that you don't believe but that you are not willing to believe.
One day you will be a believer. If you can't call God Lord at that time you will call Him Judge.
---Elder on 3/10/10


darrell: "God did not punish Hattai by earthquake for something that happened 250 years ago."

Do you absolutely know for sure that God brought the earthquake for their sins? Do you possess the mind of God to know this for sure? Is it possible that God was patient for 250 years for them to repent? Whatever the Haitains did 250 years ago was only the beginning because they continued to practice voodoo to this day - and they even mixed in a little christianity with it.
---Steveng on 3/10/10


Athiest, you're treading water in a sea of fakery. Again, if you really want to see if God exist EARNESTLY seek him and you'll know.
Quit beating the air with prideful arguments of denial and get real or just admit you don't want to really know if God exist because its more comfortable in your current position.
Your arguments are purposely circular and postpone the inevitable.
Everyone will eventually deal with the creator. Its really a matter of a soft or hard landing.
Don't fear being wrong, fear the paralyzing bondage that prevents you from admitting you've been wrong. We've all been there.
---larry on 3/10/10




atheist: So you admit that God may exist in the 1% (or more) that you don't know, but only in your imaginary friend the 'flying spaghetti monster' which you do know. How can something you don't know be found among that which you do know? No wonder you're so confused.
---jerry6593 on 3/10/10


Jerry,

Yes. But only in the bowels of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for yea that came to me in a vision. And I am sure that at least 1% of my visions have a basis in reality. Guess what I had for lunch?
---atheist on 3/9/10


In the end times there will be earthquakes and wars and rumors of wars....... and all the earth will pass away!!!!
God did not punish Hattai by earthquake for something that happened 250 years ago. If God would have spared Sodom for the sake of 10 He would not have punished thousands of babies and children for the sins of the father... Need to read Ezekiel 18.. So either Pat is a liar of God is, you decide.
---darrell on 3/9/10


"The confusion is yours, not mine. I am clear. There is not a 'god' to be confused about."
---atheist on 3/8/10

Again, I ask, even if you knew 99% of all the collective human knowledge possible (and you don't), isn't there still the possiblility that God exists in the 1% you don't know?
---jerry6593 on 3/9/10


Man, does God love to show off His POWER! Just as long as it's not around here. no, no, no, Thank You Jesus!
---catherine on 3/9/10




atheist, Dissers do not believe in the truth, but in foolishness. God your Creator gives you air to breathe, and water to drink, upon this orb that he has made. He has filled this planet up with all manner of creatures and with multitudes of inhabitants and vast oceans of waters in which millions of fishes and whales and sharks inhabit, and he sets this world upon no pedestal in space and spins it like a top and rotates it around his sun, along with the other planets all aligned perfectly in their circuits, nothing crashing into each other, the oceans not going passed their set boundary, etc. And yet for all this evident glory, the blind and closed-minded foolishly say that there is not God.
---Eloy on 3/8/10


And the right answer is? "Sometimes".. as in the man born blind, the adversity wasn't a judgement but an opportunity for God, Jesus to be glorified. Then there's the man Jesus healed and then told him to "go and sin no more so that nothing worse befalls you". Shows the law of sowing and reaping. Then there's God judging Israel with Nebecanezer, to get them to repent. And God Judging the city of Sodom and just wiping them out. So things like: Dreams, Scripture, Events in life are not for man's interpretation, but rather God's, quoting Joseph (dreams), Peter (scripture 2peter 1:20-21),and then Events, umm, ah, you know that one guy). So to sum it up... "Sometimes judgement, sometimes reaping, sometimes sumthin else.
---kirksaaa on 3/8/10


CHENOBYL MEANS WORMWOOD IN RUSSIAN!

"And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters.

The name of the star is called WORMWOOD, and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter."

REV 8:10-11
---John on 3/8/10


Cat': The flood in Noah's day was God showing his displeasure over sin.
Were the clouds gray & did God bless your community with rain ( & perhaps a beautiful rainbow afterwards) on that day?

Since the 1st time I flew above the clouds in an airplane, my whole view of God's reality has changed. From the ground, when we look up & see gray clouds in the heaven (sky above us) & gloominess is all around us, God's Sun shines down upon us every day without fail even though we may not see it from where we're at. So, no rain -- no gain! :)

Even if the clouds aren't rain clouds, they cover (to some degree) & constantly protects us from the harmful affects of ultra-violet sun rays. So, as always, God has got us covered!
---Leon on 3/8/10


It's simple. If there is a 'god' and you are all communicating with 'him' or getting 'his word' through scripture then you should all have the same story. Otherwise you each must have your own 'god' or you are all calling a voice in your own head 'god' and making stories to satisfy yourselves.

If you all agree that there is a 'god' but can't agree on whether or not there is a 'hell', what 'hell' is, and what you must do or not do to go to 'hell' then how can you all have the same 'god'?

The confusion is yours, not mine. I am clear. There is not a 'god' to be confused about.
---atheist on 3/8/10


My lack of understanding comes from the observation that numerous people--Athiest.

Athiest, what Leon and brother Jerry are trying to say is that its about HE and not about WE. Focus on the creator not the creature. I can guarantee that if you really seek God you will find him. Get all wobbly-kneed on us and you will remain in rebellious ignorance. You've got plenty of company.

You are correct that kooky Christians like Pat Robertson make some truly outrageous statements and that no one knows for sure if every earthquake is the specific judgement of God on the earth.

None of this has any consequence of whether the God of Israel is God. His existence does not depend on whether you believe him.
---larry on 3/8/10


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A': I hear you saying your lack of understanding is the fault of others. Not so professor!

God has given YOU a soul (mind) enabling YOU to understand what He would have YOU to understand should YOU choose to understand. Your lack of understanding is because YOU choose not to understand. You've chosen to make a wide circle around understanding, so there YOU are! Pv. 2:1-22, 21:15-16

All Jerry, I & other Christians have said to you is we've chosen to understand what God would have us understand, by way of His word (the Bible) being explained by the leading of God, the Holy Spirit. No, we don't & can't understand all things of God. That's were faith (trust) in God comes into operation.
---Leon on 3/8/10


Eloy: "When the earth senses it will be destroyed it trembles. Once in California I was preaching over the phone about how the earth is going to be destroyed by fire and suddenly the earth started to quake."

There were 667 earthquakes in California last week, most small or in place where they were not noticed. What happened to you has a name---"coincidence."

BTW---are you sure it wasn't a trash truck?

Don't overestimate you connection with 'god' or the power of your oratory...
---atheist on 3/8/10


I asked God one day, what is it with all this cloudiness? God said, "I am showing my displeasure over sin". After looking at some scriptures, I knew what He was saying. I just never thought about cloudy days in such ways!
---catherine on 3/8/10


Leon,

I have been told, repeatly told, by many here that the ways of 'god' cannot be understood by man, and so I shouldn't expect to understand. But you and Jerry seem to be telling me that if I just open myself up and just believe I will understand as you both do. You are among the few that seem to believe that you have this worked out with certainty. So I expect that if you are right it may only be you and Jerry in heaven.

So that was a Whoa!?, as in "that's a thought!"

My lack of understanding comes from the observation that numerous people, all claiming to believe in 'god', all seem to be getting a different message. One 'god' should be supplying the same message to all.
---atheist on 3/7/10


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When the earth senses it will be destroyed it trembles. Once in California I was preaching over the phone about how the earth is going to be destroyed by fire and suddenly the earth started to quake, and when I preached louder about the same subject on the phone, then the earth also trembled louder as though it was afraid of it's prophesied destruction.
---Eloy on 3/8/10


Atheist: I realize that there are many things that you do not understand - like the rest of us. But when you deliberately limit your understanding to exclude anything of a supernatural nature, you cannot be as wise as one who does not so constrain his mind. A wise man once said:

Pro 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Even if you knew 99% of all the collective human knowledge possible (and you don't), there is still the possiblility that God exists in the 1% you don't know.
---jerry6593 on 3/8/10


The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and God does not mind showing off His power. And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished....In whirlwind and storm in His way, and clouds are the dust beneath His feet. Now, verse 5>>>Mountains quake because of Him and the hills dissolve [disappear], Indeed the eath is upheaved by His presence, the world and all the inhabitants in it....Verse 6, Who can stand before His indignation? Who can endure the burning of His anger? His wrath is poured out like fire and the rocks are broken up by Him [Nahum 1:3-6]..Psalm 18:7, please. "Then the earth shook and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains were trembling and were shaken, because He was angry".
---catherine on 3/7/10


A': Is that "Whoa!?" -- really, I'm very surprised (amazed) or "Whoa!?" -- stop it, SHUT UP, I don't want to hear it? :)
---Leon on 3/7/10


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Earthquakes are most certainly not God's judgement. God's judgement will come at the end of the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ and it will include every soul that ever lived on earth excluding Jesus Christ, of course,he is the judge.
It is amazing how human nature denies God until we find ourselves in tribulation and then turns around and blames God for our troubles.
---Allan on 3/7/10


Very good & I agree Jerry. :)

Atheist: In all you say, I hear you repeatedly saying, I DON'T UNDERSTAND. That's really the crux of the matter regarding your 'god'-dilemma. Like many people I know, you complain about what you don't know & how what you don't know doesn't make sense to you. :) But, when it comes to getting an understanding of what you don't know, you & they most often say, "OH NO, 'I KNOW' THAT CAN'T BE SO", BECAUSE I SAY SO"!!!

The "God" of whom you say you don't believe in is eager to broaden your understanding of who He is & His ways if only you'd pay attention to/spend time listening to Him instead of your 'god' -- yourself. Reference Romans 10:17.
---Leon on 3/7/10


Jerry,

So from your last comment it seems that you believe as Leon believes, that I don't believe as you both, then what I believe must be wrong and I can never understand the ways of 'god' anyway and so should never be able to understand what to believe, and so bad things will happen to me because I am a bad person. But you and Leon are therefore contrarily and logically good people who understand 'god' even though his ways are ununderstandable.

Glad you and Leon got this understand/not understanding of 'god' worked out. Will it only be you two in 'Heaven'?

Whoa!?
---atheist on 3/7/10


"If you can't agree on such simple things then what is your religion, anyway?" A', 3/6

It's not about some kind of world religion (blindly believing in a God or gods up or down there somewhere). It's about "believing God" as you listen to, hear & understand His words, & begin growing in a personal (one-on-one) relationship with the true & living, always creating "CREATOR GOD" of the Universe.
---Leon on 3/7/10


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Leon,

What I think is that if there is one 'god', he would have the minimum ability to clarify what it is he's all about and what he expects of us,---if he is our maker.

But you all can't agree on whether 'god' causes earthquakes, tornadoes or other natural phenomenon, whether prayer works under what conditions, whether there is a heaven or hell, etc. These are basics. If you can't agree on such simple things then what is your religion, anyway?
---atheist on 3/6/10


\\. I remember my mother praying to God to turn the storm and folks that's exactly what happened a 90 turn in less than 300 feet from our house saved us that day.\\

So, mima, you are expecting us to believe that at your prayers God turned a tornado away to do damage to other people and their property?

I think you should read Luke 13:1-5 and apply it to yourself.

Unless YOU repent, mima, YOU will likewise perish!
---Cluny on 3/7/10


Leon: Your comments to Atheist are very well put. Only Isiah could have said it better:

Isa 55:8,9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
---jerry6593 on 3/7/10


In "my opinion" regarding natural & supernatural events like earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, floods, volcanic erruptions, etc., I think it wise to look for God in the midst of as well as in the relief from disasters. (Job 13:14-15) Also, it's "correct" for Christians to believe & say what the Bible says, regardless of personal opinion:

"It's a JOY TO THE JUST to do [achieve, accomplish, realize] judgment [a judicially favorable verdict]: but DESTRUCTION will come TO THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY [wickedness, UNRIGHTEOUSNESS]. He who wanders out of the way of understanding* will stay in the congregation [multitude] of the dead." Proverbs 21:15-16 *Proverbs 2:1-22
---Leon on 3/6/10


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Atheist: Your usual beef is what "you see" as Christian inconsistency. You seem to think Christians are mindless robots programmed to walk in lock-step, & all think & speak alike. That's not reality.

What you fail to see is no one was born Christian (like you weren't born an atheist). We ALL were born distinctly different "free-will" individuals who have been molded by diverse cultures, etc., & therefore have varied perspectives of God's reality.

You have the audacity to judge "God" as if you were His peer -- a 'god'. Apparently, you think you're superior to us poor little dysfunctional Christians & our God. Everything you say indicates you believe that. Get real!!! :)
---Leon on 3/6/10


Who are the just, believers?
Is God involved in earthquakes?
Hard to believe!

Mat 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

A Judgment call!
Luk 12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Mat 10:31
GodBless!
---TheSeg on 3/6/10


Steveng, I am not kidding about statistics that would verify an increase in earthquakes.

First, let me say that I know you are an intelligent person, and I appreciate your knowledge, creativity, and use of the english langauge. I wish I was as proficient at communicating thoughts and ideas as you are through words.

However, I did some research on statistics of earthquakes. First, looking at earthquake frequency in geological history is about worthless. We've only had recording devices for about 150 years. Second, to believe one living the last 50 years without any substantial data can determine the frequency of earthquakes for 2,000 years is a major stretch.
---Rod4Him on 3/6/10


Miche,

Mima believes that prayer saved his life from a tornado.

Jerry seems to say that prayer works if you get it right.

You on the other hands write: "I believe at times it is God's judgement, and others, natural disasters." AND "If it is God's will, then they won't die. If it is their time, then no amount of praying for it NOT to happen will stop it."

The range of beliefs about 'god' seem to be be as arbitrary and capricious in any given situation, as the behavior and response of 'god'.

What are your beliefs? Do they just change to fit the situation?
---atheist on 3/6/10


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Oh, can I save this one from Markv!
---catherine on 3/6/10


So I am to conclude that those who are faced with imminent death from a tornado and pray, will not have success in that endevor if the supplicant's paryer is not fervent, he is not righteous, there is iniquity in his heart or he doesn't pay attention to the 'law' (as defined and interpreted by whom?)-athiest


Prayer has to do with seeking God's will. And every one has their appointment with death.
If it is God's will, then they won't die. If it is their time, then no amount of praying for it NOT to happen will stop it.

The iniquity and stuff like that.. who is the judge of that? NO ONE BUT GOD. We should not even say people died for that reason.
---miche3754 on 3/6/10


Catherine, I always like your answers. I said it before, you say a lot with few words. Praise God for that. You don't get a lot of hate responses that way. You get to the point about God and you are right. I don't know what Bible people are reading. I believe most of the misconceptions come from the nature of God which is love. They don't want God to do what He desires with His creation, they put Him in a little love box to be what they want Him to be and do what they want Him to do. Then they are happy. Athiest jumps at the opportunity to speak against Him when believers cannot answer his questions.
---MarkV. on 3/6/10


I believe what we are seeing is called the birth pangs of what is to come. More events of Biblical proportion, coming closer and closet together is a sign of the times.

We read in Isaiah that the earth, even then, was growing old as a moth. Knowing much about old age, things fall apart, fall off, shift and sag, without repair.

One day there will be a new heaven and earth. The earth even NOW is groaning waiting for it's deliverance just as Chriatians are. Romans 8
---kathr4453 on 3/6/10


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Jerry,

So I am to conclude that those who are faced with imminent death from a tornado and pray, will not have success in that endevor if the supplicant's paryer is not fervent, he is not righteous, there is iniquity in his heart or he doesn't pay attention to the 'law' (as defined and interpreted by whom?)

As a scientist, may I suggest a personal experiment for you. Why don't you spend a year driving right into tornados while praying, and then let us know how that worked out for you. You could do it with a bus full of adherents to other religions, with different gods, atheists, and believers in the flying spaghetti monster. Be sure to include a control group of agnostics. Publish it in SCIENCE.
---atheist on 3/6/10


Oh my goodness, YES! The Bible are full of scriptures. He will also use economics in His mighty judgments....Diseases, too. Please note: Jesus warned us that toward the end of time, that we would see more and more earthqwuakes. God's mighty power at work, my friends....WATCH OUT. God's people need not FEAR.
---catherine on 3/6/10


Miche- I remember that "beautiful caring nation" you describe.
Oh, the changes just in my lifetime! I was taught you "can be anything if you work hard enough". My achievements (or lack of) came by way of grades...A,B.C,D.F. I never won a trophy.
Now achievement and/or wealth are considered a matter of luck or dishonesty. People are considered helpless in their poverty. Children shouldn't get "grades" and all must win a trophy. We must tolerate sin but not mention God lest we offend.

I had a glimmer of hope after 9-11... perhaps that would turn us around. It did...for 3-4 days. IMHO our next disaster will be financial, governmental and we will lose most of what our forbearer's worked and prayed for.
---Donna66 on 3/6/10


There are cyclic events which happen regularly, natures course, cause and effect. In Luke 46_49, the doers of the Word of God are likened to a wise man who on building a house, dug deep and cemented it on on the rock, "when a flood arose" and the stream hit the house, it "could not shake it, because it was well built". God has, however, at times directly affected man in a physical (real) and direct way. John 5:14 "...'See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.'" Whether in life or after the body is dead, it is not known, Matt 10:28: "...Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell."
---Nana on 3/6/10


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Atheist: "Why is not everyone who prays saved from tornadoes?"

Jas 5:16 ... The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Psa 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Pro 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
---jerry6593 on 3/6/10


Gotta agree with both Rod and Donna.
I believe at times it is God's judgement, and others, natural disasters.
I believe God gave the earth natural cycles and that there are periods where more storms happen, etc.
If we look at what is going on here in the U.S.,
there are things that have happened that makes me really think its God. Because we used be a beautiful and caring nation, now look, he government is robbing from the rich to give to the poor. People don't want to work, we got the "give me now" generation that thinks that they are owed something, not to mention the natural and terrorist disasters that had not happened at this magnitude before.
---miche3754 on 3/5/10


Jesus addressed a similar question (only the disasters were not earthquakes)
Luke 13: 1-5

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

5I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish
---Donna66 on 3/5/10


Rod4Him: "No, I don't see the trend. Do you have statistics to back up your prophecy? If you don't, I'd be careful making this type of prophecy."

Statistics? You have got to be kidding. All you need to do is look at the world around you. And if you are old enough, you can see the changes like I have over the past fifty years (I'm older than that). If you are a young person, knowing a little history from books will give you a clue about comparing world events since World War II to today. Reading biblical prophesy will also give you a clue. As my God-given talents as an artist and a writer, I have a keen sense of observation especially concerning human nature and world events.
---Steveng on 3/5/10


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We must remember that in Isaiah, God specifically said that pollution and its results was due to mans fall, not to God.
---John on 3/5/10


Great question Donna, I think it's both.

I don't know the Proverb off the top of my head, but it says when the King is righteous the people rejoice, but when the King is bad they groan.

As you quoted, //Psalm 91 says: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High God, shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. It doesn't say Nations that dwell in the secret place, etc., see my point?//

This is also true.
---Rod4Him on 3/5/10


mike, the real question is: Does God punish nations or does he deal with people on an individual basis?

Remember when Abraham asked God if there is one righteous person left in the land, will you destroy the land? And the Lord God said, "no I won't destroy the land."

Psalm 91 says: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High God, shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. It doesn't say Nations that dwell in the secret place, etc., see my point?
---Donna on 3/5/10


since we are discussing about calamities, if you nation is 'godless' will god punish it & if your nation is 'religious' will god bless it?

so if that happens, what should people do after the calamity.
---mike on 3/5/10


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Atheist,
The point is to rely on God for everything.

The child that grows up and gives up on God did it by choice. SO that person can blame no one but themselves.
You have to understand that God allows men freewill to understand why bad things happen in this world.
The family that died, it may have been their time to die. We have to accept that fact too.
We will all one day pass from this earth.
We all have an appointment with death, just each one's appointment is at a different time.
I would rather serve God and be what he wants me to be and die tomorrow, knowing it, than living 100 years with doubt, fear and hate in me.
---miche3754 on 3/5/10


Steveng, //But don't you see the trend? As man becomes more evil, as love in the world waxes cold during these end times, earthquakes (and other man-made and natural catastophes) become more intense and happen more in frequency.//

No, I don't see the trend. Do you have statistics to back up your prophecy? If you don't, I'd be careful making this type of prophecy. They make Christians look foolish. It gives people like Atheist fodder to ridicule believers.

If you have data, OK, but lets see it.
---Rod4Him on 3/5/10


Donna,

So let's suppose there are three families in three houses. A tornado is just 500 yards away from each. Two of the families pray. One, atheist family, does not. Working this situation after the counsel of His will, 'god' spares one praying family and the atheist family not praying. Everyone in the other family is killed but one child who is paralyzed for life.

This child after he grows up gives up on 'god'.

The family that prayed but was spared lived long and prospered. Upon death they wandered happily the Heaven's streets of gold and slept in a lot.

At death, the paralyzed child (after living a not so happy life), and the members of the atheist family (who lived quite happily) burned in Hell for eternity.
---atheist on 3/5/10


God is "involved" in earthquakes as He is in everything else about the planet. But there were earthquakes thousands of years ago. They are even mentioned in the Bible. The means to detect earthquakes in distant uninhabited areas is relatively new, so it is difficult to judge how their frequency may have increased.

I do not believe they are God's judgment.
I have never heard of any wide-scale reform following one. Like other disasters, they may focus man's attention on his own mortality... but this is fleeting. God may use earthquakes as judgment in the future, but as of now, I think not.
---Donna66 on 3/5/10


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Why is not everyone who prays saved from tornadoes? Or cancer, for that matter?

athiest, because God, in His infinite wisdom, with His unfathomable Love and Mercy that He shows us, works all things after the counsel of His will, not ours.

Secondly, you must not realize that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and NO ONE goes to the Father but through Him. With that said, Heaven is a much much better place to live than here on earth. Up there you'd be walking on streets of gold, not have to get up in the morning to go to work, have plenty of friends and fellowship up there, it's a GLORIOUS place to live. Aren't you curious to know what it's like rather than to burn in eternal fire in hell for eternity? It's your choice.
---Donna on 3/5/10


If 'god' was there, listening and responding, wouldn't everyone be saved from all matter of calamaties, except people like myself of course...
---atheist on 3/4/10

Because everyone born has an appointed time to die.
God will do HIS will and pleasure no matter what. And TRUE believers accept that once they come to him.
I have been asked how can I hold onto God when I lost my dad and my beloved sister in law within 3 months of each other. I believe it is all God's will.
---miche3754 on 3/5/10


Trav,
Why the focus on "Sodomites/Pervs" are you personally conflicted on this matter?
---atheist on 3/3/10

Not at all. Scriptures show the progression and harvest of the choice in lifestyle. I sense you may be conflicted by your focus and question though. Come out into the light where we can see you better.
---Trav on 3/5/10


Leon, I agree with you. These questions, questions God and His working with man. They open the door for athiest an hereticals to add their own ideas about the God and so they attack anything they read about Him to proof their own ideas and put doubt in the believer. If God says something, they condemn God for doing what He wants with His creation, because they do not have the knowledge of God. They have their own idea's and desires, the Bible calls them children of wrath. If God says, "I do all My pleasure," they hate that. If God say's, "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I am Jehovah that doeth all these things" Isa. 45:7. They say, you see, He is not a very loving God.
---MarkV. on 3/5/10


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I believe they are just a result of how the earth was made, just as hurricanes are,or a blizzard,or any other catastrophe of nature.
---tom2 on 3/5/10


"If 'god' was there, listening and responding, wouldn't everyone be saved from all matter of calamaties, except people like myself of course... "
---atheist on 3/4/10
Christ knew of John's beheading, yet never stopped teaching that God listens and responds. He sat man's sight and his feet as walking towards eternity, not the finality of a lifespan.
Concerning the "everyone be saved" bit, how are you at sharing, do you leave doors and windows open and invite everyone to come in and help themselves? Why don't you, with those higher ideals of yours...?
---Naqna on 3/4/10


God is very powerful. He created the heavens and the earth. Earthquakes are caused in three ways: by man, by nature, or by God. But God has the power to keep earthquakes from happening and never have them again.

But don't you see the trend? As man becomes more evil, as love in the world waxes cold during these end times, earthquakes (and other man-made and natural catastophes) become more intense and happen more in frequency.

These things must happen, but do not be afraid. Most christians will fear these events. It will take the strong christians to comfort the weak and the Holy Spirit to confort the strong.
---Steveng on 3/4/10


atheist has a real point. One can google, Ring of Fire, and find where most earthquakes happen. It's a natural earth system of nature.

However, as in Apostle Paul and Peter's case, God can use these events for His purpose. How and why God let's one person die and another live is beyond me. But I know God is in control, and I trust His Character to be just and fair.

Haiti did not have good building code regulations and Chile did that's why one had more destruction than the other.
---Rod4Him on 3/4/10


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Clearly tornadoes have killed people who were praying that they would not be killed.

Why is not everyone who prays saved from tornadoes? Or cancer, for that matter?

If 'god' was there, listening and responding, wouldn't everyone be saved from all matter of calamaties, except people like myself of course...
---atheist on 3/4/10


Mima,loved your experience,what God did to protect you. We watched as a tornado came off a hill up the road from us. I prayed God wouldn't let it hit us,and others were praying too,and we watched it go across the field in front of our house. Time and again I and sometimes my prayer partners have prayed and the storms have abated. Once my friend and I saw the tornado come down from the clouds and we prayed it would go back into the clouds and it did. We have a lot of "wind"storms either tornados or just high winds and I pray God will dissipate them and many times the storms have done just that before they reach us. God wouldn't answer prayers to end a storm or other calamities if he has sent them for punishment as some think.
---Darlene_1 on 3/4/10


Yes, because Jesus The Almighty God Is saying so, Matt.24 v's 7-8.
---Lawrence on 3/4/10


God has certainly used earthquakes as a sign and they are often a result of his appearance. Earthquakes were used to free Paul from prison and as sign of the resurrection.
The problem is properly identifying an earthquake as a move from the Father. Guessing is dangerous with a high probability of inaccuracy.
I certainly wouldn't trust one of these TV charasmatics using worldly developments to scare people into buying powdered foods and other donation schemes.

I echo Leon's concern about the question.
---larry on 3/4/10


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Earthquakes...it's the beginning of sorrows:

Mat 24:3 ...what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
---sandra on 3/4/10


---Friendly_Blogger as I read your answer I was reminded of the first prayer I witnessed being answered. A tornado was coming across a field headed towards our little house. At home was my mother myself and my three year old baby sister. As the storm approached, buildings were up in the air, trees were uprooted and it certainly didn't look good for us. I remember my mother praying to God to turn the storm and folks that's exactly what happened a 90 turn in less than 300 feet from our house saved us that day. Praise God for what he has done, for what he is doing, and for what he is going to do.
---mima on 3/4/10


No earthquakes are not God's judgment.
By judgment we mea punishment for the wisked.

In every earthquake, and natural disaster, the just and the unjust are killed. If any man claims that natural disasters are Gods judgment, then we must admit that there is no God.

What kind of righteous God brings the same punishment to the just as well as the unjust?

If this is what God is doing, then God is just a part of our imagination
---francis on 3/4/10


How about the movement of tectonic plates, and people happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?
---atheist on 3/4/10


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Many natural occurrences in the ancient world were attributed to God that should not have been simply because people did not know any better. This also applies do people getting a disease or having an accident.

God did not cause it to happen and God does not prevent them from happening, events just occur. We have an active planet. People make choices of where to live and associated with these choices are associated risks. Many events are man caused, if you don't maintain the dam it could fail and cause a flood. Tornadies hit churches during services and kill people, is God mad at the church members, NO events periodically happen.
---Friendly_Blogger on 3/4/10


Mima: The problem I frequently have with your "shaky" questions is they most always require OPINIONS not Bible facts (truth).
---Leon on 3/4/10


Who can know the mind and heart of God and what His intentions are or even why he does or doesn't do certain things?

I would love to pick God's brain and ask him what these earthquakes mean, but honestly? I want to know why I had to persevere (with a blood clot in my liver and not being well) through THREE Blizzards, two of them being 4 days apart and shovel 2 feet of snow each time - well the first time, I asked for people to help shovel my car out - the second time I was outside every 2 hours trying to keep my car dug out and cleaned off. So who really knows what God is doing and what is naturally happening because 2 plates crossed each other and an earthquake happened.
---Donna on 3/4/10


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