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Are Natural Disasters Signs

Are natural disasters a sign of God's judgement?

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 ---Cynthia on 8/21/07
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Hey Cynthia,

1ki 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

1ki 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Incredibly I have to agree with Notlaw.
---trey on 11/30/07

Hey Cynthia, (continued)

Lu 13:4 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?

Lu 13:5 I tell you, Nay:

Sometimes bad things just happen. It's up to us how we respond. Do we cling to Christ, or shake our fist at God?

Lord bless you Sister,
---trey on 11/30/07

Natural disasters are just that: part of Nature. They affect every living being where they occur. It is only Man's arrogance that makes humanity think it's all about them.

On the other hand, pollution, global warming, and non-natural disasters such as bridge collapses (unless secondary to natural disasters) are a sign of *Man's* MIS judgements.
---Nancy on 11/28/07

The destruction of Jersusalem, which was about forty years after Christ's death, called that great and notable Day of the Lord. The desolation itself was such as was never brought upon any place or nation, either before or since. It was the day of His Vengeance upon that people for crucifying Christ.>>>WOW!
---catherine on 9/22/07

One morning the wicked man will wake up and you will see distruction all around you and you wonder what happen to homeland security. Don't you realize that God can send fire from heaven. Or He can make the earth shake off its foundation. We are talking about the same God that departed the red sea for the Isralites and killed all their enemies. It is not the terriorites that you should be afraid of. Do not fear man fear God instead.
---catherine on 9/17/07

Certainly can be - I would not want to be the one to decide that a flood or bridge collapse was from God. Often individuals may be convicted bc of natural catastrophes.
They may need some conviction - personally I don't tell anyone they deserve what they got - It may be my turn tomorrow.
---Andrea on 8/23/07

notlaw99 >>>

U sound like you've have been influenced by the evolution theory. I'd advise you to go back and start at the beginning of the Bible until you come to the revalation that God is in complete control of all things. In his grace he can stop natural disaster from happening if he chooses to, but sometime they are needed for the sake of chastening and warning the people.
---Marcia on 8/23/07

99.9% of all Natural Disasters have nothing to do with God's judgement's on anyone. There are just natural occurrences that happen form time to time on a dynamic planet that can support life.

Fires [other than lighting caused], damn failures, bridge and building failures are results of man's action and in-actions.

You make the choice of where you live and there are vulnerabilities associated with these choices, don't blame God.
---notlaw99 on 8/22/07

Mark >>>

I just believe and trust that God is in control of all things, most natural disasters is a result of unrepentance. All sin deserves punishment, however God's mercy and Grace is available to all. If we don't reach out and take then we can't blame God when natural disaster occur. Everyone of us should be dead right now because of our sin's but Grace intervenes on our behalf.

I thank God he show Grace even when we don't deserve it.
---Marcia on 8/22/07


Why you can say that natural disasters are God's judgment for sin in general, it can be dangerous to try to point to an specific natural disaster and try to divine just which sin and whose that disaster is specifically targeted at - this leads to divination, presumption, and judgmentalism.
---Mark on 8/22/07

I was reading in the book of Amos the things God did to get the attention of Israel, and they were all natural events. In the ends times, He directs us all to natural events. Beware some of the New Agers that will try to make us think it is man doing it when it may be God trying to get our attention.
---LisaB on 8/21/07

Look at it this way, When Adam and Eve had taken of the forbidden fruit in diobedience to God the first natural disaster occurred. Sin entered into the World and all of Earth felt it. The ground was cursed! All Natural disasters are a result of sin. If they only had obeyed God the Words "Natural disaster" would not even be a part of our vocabulary.

Yes! All Natural disasters are a sign of God's Judgement, it reminds us that their is someone more powerful and greator who is in control.
---Marcia on 8/21/07

I agree, sometimes yes & sometimes no, but I do knwo this, everything going on today with wars, famines in 3rd world countries, natural disasters, though we do not know the day nor the hour, we know sometime soon the Lord will return, but soon could be as soon as today or another 100+ yrs.
---candice on 8/21/07

While some natural disasters may be divine judgments, most aren't:

Luke 13:1-3
"1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices."
"2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?"
"3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
---Mark on 8/21/07

While some natural disasters may be divine judgments, most aren't (part 2):

Luke 13:4-5
"4 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?"
"5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
---Mark on 8/21/07

When we attribute natural disasters to be God's judgment, we try to read God's mind to guess who is most smite-worthy. This leads to judgmentalism and presumption (and usually eggs on the face).

Some screamed that Katrina was God's judgment on New Orleans for decadent festivals like Mardi Gras. But the French Quarter, the part of New Orleans that ACTUALLY hosts such festivals, was the part of the city LEAST damaged by Katrina. Does God have bad aim?
---Mark on 8/21/07

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Sometimes yes, and sometimes no.
---Trish9863 on 8/21/07

Yes!!! Natural Disasters were signs with in the OT and they were in the NT and they still are now. They are usally a sign of God's Judgement on a Nation or an individual.
---Marcia on 8/21/07

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