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Did 'God' cause the Haiti earthquake?

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Carla,just for information, I saw the news where some of the Haitians were having Christian rites over their loved ones and nearly all were mixed with Voodoo rituals too. Voodoo is practiced widely on Haiti and this is one reason many are pointing fingers and saying the Haitians brought it on themselves as Gods vengence upon their Country. I don't agree. I do know that those who practice Voodoo don't have the favor or any kind of working relationship with God therefore they don't belong to him and he is under no promise to help those who follow other Gods. Bottom line for Christians to pray and care about the terrible thing which has befallen Haiti and out of compassion for a fellowhuman do what they can to help.
---Darlene on 1/16/10

I'm here discussing this because it is a blog and a question was asked. If you want to do something other than discredit people Go and make a contribution to the red cross. The fact that God destroyed this nation in no way prevents me from doing my christian duty to help them. and it does not keep the truth of the matter that Judgment will eventually come upon every nation.

Revelation 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
---exzucuh on 1/16/10

Tana, we know people are suffering and that they need our help. That is for sure and everyone understands that. That was not the question. Maybe on a blog that would say, "Who is helping the people of Haiti?" blog you would get the kind of answers you expect here on this question. Bloggers are just answring the question above.
---MarkV. on 1/16/10

Luke 13
Repent or Perish
1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no, but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
---Cluny on 1/16/10

People are suffering and here we are speaking if god is in charge of the damages or why doesnt he step up to the plate and help his children from suffering or where they curse. The matter of fact is no god or lucky charm is going to help these people in there crisis we could stay on our knees and pray all day and then who would get feed or how would the decomposing bodies get removed. Its the people themselves (WE) that will be able to help them out of this scary shadow that just seem to have no light at the end of it to help them grow and move through this situation.
---Tana on 1/16/10

---Carla on 1/16/10 So you think that people should never have knowledge that God could be destroying them because the will not repent?

Ge 6:7
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I
have created from the face of the earth

Psalms 28:5 Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

Psalms 145:20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
---exzucuh on 1/16/10

It is never okay to assume Haiti caused the earthquake to come upon them because of their sins as the hypocrites do. Is America or Britian without SIN? Watch Out? God is not sleeping or slack concerning his promice.... so instead of critising Pray for Yourselves First and make sure your life is not slacking then and more importantly Pray for HAITI!.

---Carla on 1/16/10

Atheist: Of course not, the earth is meerly "evolving" as per your paradigm. Besides, how can you ask a question about someone that you claim doesn't exist?
---jerry6593 on 1/16/10

We've been told for years by world renowned geniuses that earthquakes like this one and other disasters would be the direct result of global warming, or excuse me now it's climate change.

And as everybody knows, we had eight years of the Bush administration which turned a blind eye to global warming and ignored the warning signs. Therefore once again, it's Bush's fault.
---ralph7477 on 1/16/10

Is there another spiritual teacher who has warned this world of people that there will be earthquakes ,diseases,famines,and war in the future?Did Jesus not insist and encourage us to prepare for events that are disasterous,with suffering,painful and deadly?Is his prophecy a sufficient warning?
What are we learning what to do from this(earthquake) experience,or any other disaster,or war that man says God caused?
Did not Jesus say this world of people are as babes prior to birth(birth pains)-will experience many pains prior to opening our eyes ?Is Jesus then being thoughtless and uncareing about our health and welfare and future?-no.
If one says the earthquake is God caused then for what reason?
---earl on 1/16/10

Alan, You said,
"you can understand Athiest horror about God and Christianity"
I don't understand you Alan. How can you understand Athiest horror about God and Christianity? What an aweful thing to say. You who are suppose to be a son of God and a part of Christianity, supporting an Athiest who opposes our Lord. You could have said you don't understand why things happen or you could answer the others who you don't agree with, but Alan, you were speaking also about me, I am a part of Christianity. I put down passages about God, did you read them? It is the Word of God. He did say it. Now, maybe you don't understand how that could be possible, but He spoke and we should believe.
---MarkV. on 1/16/10


My horror is more generalized to 'god' and religion. The good and bad of Christianity is shared with most religions. My horror is that anyone would use the idea of a supreme and/or supernatural being to justify themselves, denigerate others, ignore the atrocities we cause others, or the pain suffered by others for whatever cause.

The fact that so many people who consider themselves Christians, were in Haiti, giving of themselves because of their faith is something that I do see and appreciate. That I see as the good of 'god', along with the comfort people such as yourself gain from your faith.

But the bad of 'god' and religion is intense, self-serving, and pervasive, as shown by the words written here.
---atheist on 1/15/10

No. Although an increase of earthquakes is predicted in scriptures, I don't believe the Haiti disastrous quake was initiated or caused by God. The geology and construction of the earth's crust has earthquakes as a natural event.
---Rudy on 1/16/10

\\ Cluny .... "This is a puerile a summary of Christianity as is "Twinkle, twinkle little star is all there is to astronomy,"
Cluny ... you are quite right, but it is not a puerile summary of the views expressed by so many "Christians"\\

I will agree that it's also a summary of the belief held by many puerile, immature Christians.
---Cluny on 1/16/10

trying to workout if this event was or wasnot caused by God will never prove or disproove Gods existence..anyone using such an argument to disproove Gods existence stands in opppsition to themselves,with pride,forgeting their own honest at least,Chuchenko said "god is dead"(now Chuchenkos dead),Hitlers 1000year reich lasted 12 years,we might get 75years of the gift of life but we all find out that there is: "no such a dead atheist" it's later than you think!
---richard on 1/16/10

define innocent.
What makes them innocent?
no God.. no absolute right or wrong..
hence no guilty or innocent.. but if our imaginary friend is real, then....
---MIchael on 1/15/10

if you imaginary fried is real, then...

definitions of innocence, guilt, right, wrong, good, evil, sin, punishment, Heaven, and Hell, can be assigned to the Imaginary One, and we can judge each other based on what we claim those definitions as the one true definitions coming from the one true Imaginary One. We can sit in judgement claiming humility maybeing be not holier than him but holier than thou.
---atheist on 1/16/10

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The Haitian earthquake is punishment from God according to Pat Robertson, who is, by his own admission, one of America's greatest Christians.
---Old.John on 1/15/10

define innocent.
What makes them innocent?
no God.. no absolute right or wrong..
hence no guilty or innocent.. but if our imaginary friend is real, then....
---MIchael on 1/15/10

Nahum 1:5-6 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
---exzucuh on 1/15/10

Cluny .... "This is a puerile a summary of Christianity as is "Twinkle, twinkle little star is all there is to astronomy,"
Cluny ... you are quite right, but it is not a puerile summary of the views expressed by so many "Christians"

StrongAxe "Any Christian who believes that his faith frees him of all responsibility for his actions hasn't really read very much of his bible"
StrongAxe ... you should not be addressing that comment to Atheist, but to those "Christians" here who hold and push that view.

I can understand Atheist's horror about God and Christianity, when he sees what some say here.
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/15/10

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markv,what athiest doesn,t know is that God has said,if you love this life,aka being of the world and ignoring him ,then you will loose your life,aka no being born of the spirit.Athiest,MY IMAGINARY FRIEND SAYS YOU ARE A FOOL.
---tom2 on 1/15/10

Activities of human beings, especially mining causes earth-quakes not God. The predictions of the Lord Jesus Christ Matt.24 in the Bible are accurate prophecies of increase in human mineral & oil explorations.
---Adetunji on 1/15/10

Job's neighbors said the same thing. they said that god is punishing job for 'some' sin that he had committed. pat robertson has the same mentality. every curse a person experience/encounters, it is because of sin. and many believers miss blessings opportunities because they believe this equation sin=curse, obedience=blessings.

my favorite verse is Malachi 2:7 the lips of the priest are to keep knowledge,... bec. he is the messenger of god, but they are ignorant that is why they have caused many to stumble
---jim on 1/15/10

NO. GOD didn't cause the Earthquake in Haiti.

GOD allows people to "choose" between His ways and sinful ways of the world. Many people have "chosen" to live sinfully. With this "choice" comes consequences. Sickness, wars, earthquakes, etc. are some of those. Everyone is affected to some degree.

I know that that GOD is grieved by people turning their backs on him. Still, he doesn't cause things like the Haiti earthquake. People bring these natural disasters upon the Earth because of their SIN.

If everyone would turn from their SIN, repent and turn to Jesus, then I'm sure that earthquakes, and such, wouldn't occur. Unfortunately, that won't happen until Jesus returns.
---Sag on 1/15/10

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DO PEOPLE NOT READ THE OLD TESTAMENT? God has wrath! These people preachings that "God is love" and nothing else are not teaching full Bible doctrine. There is a hell prepared for sinners who do not repent. And God does send destruction on those who do not repent.
---KarenD on 1/15/10

\\That it appears I am to a large extent surrounded by people who believe in an imaginary friend, who does quite unfriendly things to innocent people is not an uninteresting subject.\\

This is a puerile a summary of Christianity as is "Twinkle, twinkle little star is all there is to astronomy," or "2 + 2 = 4 is all you need to know about math."
---Cluny on 1/15/10

Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Haggai 2:6-7 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land, And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
---exzucuh on 1/15/10

Donna go down and read what I wrote on the 1-14-10 and you will see why I answered so emphatically no is becaause we aren't under the curses,Law or ordinances of the Old Testament. In the New God will have a judgement of both sinners and saints and after that he will punish or reward them. God doesn't want to destroy people he wants to save them,even the worse sinner. Matthew 18:12-14 (the parable of the lost sheep,) Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,as some men count slackness,but is longsufferring to usward,not willing that any should perish,but that all come to repentance.
---Darlene_1 on 1/15/10

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tommy3007, yes 10 was the last number spoken. Regardless, 50-40-30-20-10 and so on...only Lot and his family escaped.

Pat Robertson blames it on "how" Haiti won their independence from France, by making a "pact with Satan", but that was in 1804. So even if I did believe that nonsense, why would "God" wait over 200yrs to hit them with an earthquake?

Millions of people live in CA. not a smart place for anyone to live KNOWING it is earthquake alley..(like tornado alley)

So, if an earthquake hit CA and it fell into the ocean...PEOPLE who lived there and KNEW the risks are to blame for their lost lives!

Every 50 years an earthquake has hit this area in Haiti long before any witchcraft.
---kathr4453 on 1/15/10

No. Jesus said that we would have troubles, earthquakes, etc., but He said be not troubled.
God didn't cause the earthquakes...if He did He would be going against His own word. He desires that all come to the knowledge of the truth.

If He did cause it in Haiti...then imagine what He will do in the US seeing that sin is rapid and free here. God is no respector of persons. If He did cause it then us going over there to help them is a sin in itself.
---Rickey on 1/15/10

Did God cause the recent earthquate in California? This question could be asked every time there is a disaster. Since Haiti has been recognized as number 1 in voodoo, black magic, etc.. it is no wonder Haiti is also the poorest country in the world. California has many earthquakes because it is located near the San Andres Fault. Maybe is was just Haiti's time like it was every other country who had an earthquake. Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. I don't believe God caused the earthquake but I do know some good things will come out of it.
---Bob on 1/15/10

Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Haggai 2:6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land,
---exzucuh on 1/15/10

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Any Christian who believes that his faith frees him of all responsibility for his actions hasn't really read very much of his bible.
---StrongAxe on 1/15/10

Knowledgeable Christians are aware that horrendous heart rendering events are about to take place on the earth. While there has always been some of them now in the end days we'll see a great increase in their numbers.
---mima on 1/15/10

Can I ask you all a question please?

How can you give so QUICK an opinion and say YES or NO to this question without much praying, fasting and seeking the Lord?

And even then WHY would God have to respond to us and tell us what He's up to and not up to?

Does God owe man an explanation? Do we really need to know? Why do we? Will it enchance our love walk much?

What we really need to know is: Am I dwelling in the secret place of the Most High God? Am I in sin? Have I repented today? And PRAY for the people in Haiti, they are suffering. That's all Pat Robertson should have said, "let's pray for them, for they are suffering greatly."
---Donna on 1/15/10

GOD created the heavens, the earth, Adam and Eve, PERFECT without SIN. GOD told Adam and Eve that they must not eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Genesis 1-2.

In Genesis 3, the serpent tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. She did and gave some to Adam to eat. SIN entered the world because the first people had disobeyed GOD. While he still loved Adam and Eve, he punished them for their disobedience.

GOD told Adam "the ground was CURSED because of what he and his wife Eve had done". Genesis 3:17. In Matthew 24:7, Jesus says "There will be EARTHQUAKES in various places".

This is the result of Adam and Eve's SIN in the Garden of Eden. We are living with the consequences of their SIN today.
---Augie on 1/15/10

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That it appears I am to a large extent surrounded by people who believe in an imaginary friend, who does quite unfriendly things to innocent people is not an uninteresting subject.

The relief from personal responsiblity that such people take from the belief that their imaginary friend is in control is sickening.

That I will die, and my children will be left in a world filled with such people is a cause for disturbance not boredom.

That your joy for yourself resides in an imaginary afterlife, and not in efforts to make this one better is sad.
---atheist on 1/15/10

Tom 2, When people cannot understand God or believe in His Word, to start their arguments they use calamities, they build all kinds of reasons to argue there is no God.
God through the prophet Amos posed a series of questions to show that, as some things are certain in nature, surely nothing happens in Israel that is outside His sovereignty. Certain actions have certain results. The Lord had spoken a word, and therefore the prophet was to speak, and the people were to listen with trembling. Instead, like here, they tried to silience the prophet's Words. (2:12, 7:12,13).
"If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it? Amos 3:6.
---MarkV. on 1/15/10

Tom #2 The passage in Amos is but one of many which God has posted in His Word. Athiest argues there is no God because look at all He has done, and he says, I don't want any part of Him." Which gets him more hardened against God. Let me put one more passage about who God is, Is. 45:6,7.
"That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting, That there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity, I, the Lord, do all these things" Now there is a discription of what God does. No matter if they deny it, exclude the passages and create a god to their liking, v.9, "Woe to him who strives with his Maker"
---MarkV. on 1/15/10

Of course God did not cause this. God made the earth a paradise for his children to live. Disobedient and self-loving as we humans apparently are, we recieved our doom of adamic death. Along with death came aging, illnesses, natural disasters, etc. and it is the way things will continue to be until the end of the old system. Satan's in control of this world, not God,he will be responsible for providing everlasting life in paradise to the true believers
---jessica on 1/14/10

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Natural disasters have been happening in populated and unpopulated parts of the world since time began.

In the recent past, some earthquakes have been blamed on the U.S. government's experiments with HAARP (China, Russia, Japan blame the U.S., look it up online). The habit of blaming God for natural disasters is ridiculous.
---more_excellent_way on 1/15/10

Steveng ... I think you may have misunderstood what I said.

These disasters happen either:

by God's direct control and decision, or

because of the nature of the structure of the planet, which God made.

The trillions of years theory (which is not incompatible with the Bible) has extreme violence during the creation of the planet. Adam was not around at that time!

As you say, the world is not solid. We now know that!

Whichever we "beleive" does not hammer nails in our eternal coffin, because, none of know.
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/15/10

kathr said, "Hummm. Now God told Abraham if he could find even 5 righteous people in Sodom He would not destroy it."

I find this VERY interesting. In my Bible, Abraham stopped "negotiating" with God at 10 people. Maybe I don't have the complete Scriptures in my KJV? Either way, Sodom and Gomorrha were both destroyed by God for their evil ways. What makes us think God won't do the same today? We are on the brink of destruction as God said in the Scriptures, "My Spirit will not always contend with man."
---tommy3007 on 1/15/10

athiest,are you so bored with life that you would be interested in what a christian believes Gods involvement is in anything?Well believe me Gods main concern is with your soul,your immortal spirit,not with whether the ground shakes under your feet.
---tom2 on 1/14/10

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alan8566_of_uk: "Now if God made the world, either 6000 years ago, or 6 trillion years ago, he made it in such a way that these things happen.

I can't credit though an individual event being caused by God for a reason."

You just hammered another nail in your eternal coffin. In the beginning, the world was a paradise. Earthquakes surely didn't happen. Earthquakes cause fear in people. An earthquake would surely put fear into the hearts of Adam and Eve thinking that the ground should be solid, but it isn't.
---Steveng on 1/14/10

When self-proclained Christian leaders react to such disasters, not with compassion, but rather harsh judgmentalism, they portray all Christians as sanctimonious and judgmental. This brings the whole church in general (and God in particular) into contempt.

Romans 2:24:
"For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written."
---StrongAxe on 1/14/10

Has anyone noticed that as the world become more evil that more calamities follow?
---Steveng on 1/14/10

thank you donna,but I have an even better point for the non believer,God has a holy spirit inspired book,in which he has written what he will,and wont do,try reading it for your answers.
---tom2 on 1/14/10

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Atheist ... You're quite right, I was looking at the the frequency/severity of these disasters over recent years.

Looking at the whole of the existence of the planet as understood by scientists, over billions/trillions of years, (and that is not in conflict with the Bible, in spite of what the 6000+ year people say) today's events are hardly cataslymic!

Now if God made the world, either 6000 years ago, or 6 trillion years ago, he made it in such a way that these things happen.

I can't credit though an individual event being caused by God for a reason.
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/14/10

There were a lot of Christian Missionaries
helping Haiti, and their Mission was to take
what the Devil has stolen. TBN Founders Paul
and Jan Crouch built a school for the Hatians. Famous Missionaries like Bobby and
Sherry were helping build homes and
schools for the Haitian People. Some Christian people have an agenda in Haiti.
God cares about souls, and He doesn't want anyone to be lost, and go to hell.
The Bible reads in John 10:10, that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus says, that He came that we might have
life, and have it more abundantly.
The Devil knows that his time is running out
and he wants to take as many souls as he can
with him.
Jesus said the Harvest is truly plenteous,...
---lena on 1/14/10


"God cursed David and his descendants for his murder of Uriah."

Solomon was born to David and Jesus was David's descendant. Ya kinda gotta think there was no curse involved.

2Sa 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin, thou shalt not die.
14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriahs wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.

Ain't you glad Jesus dumped that eye for an eye thing?
---BruceB on 1/14/10

Did God CAUSE the earthquake?

I heard Pat Robertson said God caused it because Haiti made a pact with the devil in the 19th century.

Hummm. Now God told Abraham if he could find even 5 righteous people in Sodom He would not destroy it.

If the USA made a pact with the devil would God destroy innocent people who had nothing to do with that pact for vengeance against those who did? I don't believe so.

TODAY we live in the age of GRACE, and not the Great Trib, where God's WRATH certainly will be seen then.

What I see is God showing us that this life here can end any moment, and anyone of us saved or lost may never see tomorrow.

This is WHY we need to preach the Gospel to the LOST!!!!
---kathr4453 on 1/14/10

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Mark E, as you I've had trouble with those who see God differently. As a human with our own feelings and emotions. It's hard for Christians to see a God in control when everything in our eyes looks like it's out of control. Many times they give more credit to Satan then God. Now if it's hard for Christians how much harder to do you think it is for guys like Athiest and those who don't believe in God or Scripture to begin with. Bill-bela also gave a little of who God is, and Darline a little. Many understand a little. Many have never studied who God is, His character, nature, and attributes. Of course sin causes most of what is happening, but God allows or permits that sin to happen. And many times He orders calamities to happen.
---MarkV. on 1/14/10

---BruceB on 1/14/10 The fathers will not be put to death for the children and vice versa
was to man and his law and his right to the death penalty. But it does not apply to God.

God cursed David and his descendants for his murder of Uriah. And also Eli and his house.
He killed all the house of Saul except Mephibosheth, who David had mercy on.
---exzucuh on 1/14/10

NO ! Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your father which is in Heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,and sends rain on the just and the unjust. This shows clearly the natural elemnents of earth touch the just and the unjust and aren't weapons of punishment from God. It takes a weatherman,or seismologist for earthquakes,to explain why storms or quakes come at any given location,and any others who comment about it being due to sin,are speaking from their denominations doctrinal bias and misconception of Gods wrath on the people of this age. If you think I'm mistaken give New Testament verses to prove it.
---Darlene_1 on 1/14/10

Sin caused it, God is in control of which way Satan and his kingdom and sin are allowed to go. People built the buildings that would fall and kill and hurt people in an earthquake. People chose to go in those buildings. They could have been led by the Holy Spirit to not be in a building that God knew would come down. Jesus said if you build on a poor foundation, great will be the fall of your house > this could apply, here, to show there is such a thing as making sure you build what is a safe structure. And this tragedy can be a symbolic warning of how much we can suffer if we build our lives in selfishness, instead of finding out how to please God and love all people.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/14/10

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A point of reference:

De 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. [see also 2Ki 14:6]

Robertson has a long row to hoe if he believes his own diatribe over the truth. Even if he does not believe it, I imagine a rather difficult job lay ahead of him, personally.

I will, however, commend his organization's efforts to help the victims--which brings me pause, however, to consider how much would be contributed if there weren't a tad trimmed from any taxes due.

"Render therefore unto Caesar..." seems lost when translated into that 501(c)(3) status...
---BruceB on 1/14/10

"It is earths natural response. God looks out for his children, & some apparently lived there so he's not destroying them."

So those that did die or were ignored were not protected by 'god'?

Couldn't 'god' have just done away with the bad ones and leave things intact so that the good ones he protected had a place to live?
---atheist on 1/14/10


If 'god' exists, and works in mysterious ways, and has something to do with me being here, then I would ask has he done this for me to learn from you, you from me, or both?

But again, that does seem to be a roundabout way of getting from here to there? And why the mystery?
---atheist on 1/14/10

no i beleive that a loveing god would not allow this to happen. may be satin has somethig to do with it.
---lloyd_johnson on 1/14/10

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Jesus already has some trencant words applying to this situation.

Read Luke 13:1-5.
---Cluny on 1/14/10

Athiest...God works in mysterious ways. Look at you, an athiest in a Christian Blog site.
---JIM on 1/14/10

Some people who claim to be christian are just Idol worshipers. Because their god is always idol, he does nothing, he is just picture on the wall or a thought in their minds. He only does what they allow him to do. He does not have a mind of his own, or ever do anything in the world at all. It is mother nature that causes all the trouble or circumstances beyond or control. They believe in science and medicine above their god. Their god can only heal with the help of a doctor.because he is so weak. He never corrects or any body or brings judgment because he sits on his throne with love in his heart and air in his head because he needs them to tell him what a god should do are should not do.
---exzucuh on 1/14/10

I do not think he did. It is earths natural response. God looks out for his children, & some apparently lived there so he's not destroying them. the destruction of wickedness will come later when he rebuilds a new earth & new heavens.
---candice on 1/14/10

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I live in a world in which at least half the people around me claim to believe in 'god'.

What is so strange about asking what hand their 'god' had in such an event as the Haitian earthquake? Why would I be so incurious as to not wonder if there was any consistency or reason attached to these beliefs? And if there is one true 'god' whould not you all have a clear understanding of what he does and does not do?

If you cannot find that consistency then by what lights do you see your way to tell other people how to live their lives, their afterlife, or their 'salvation'?
---atheist on 1/14/10


If you limit such events to the short period of recorded or known history, there may be a case for an increase in frequency.

But from a deep time perspective, I don't think so. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes have been going on far longer that there have been people with means to record or accurately document the extent of such events.

As you might guess, I do not attribute such things to 'god'. But I am curious as to the many ways some, of all faiths for that matter, may claim to see his 'hand' in them.
---atheist on 1/14/10

Robertson, in the last few years, has managed to put his foot in his mouth every time he opens it.

I tend to ignore him.
---NurseRobert on 1/14/10

Yes!! The earthquake in Haiti was caused by God. The earthquake was caused either by God's directive will or God's will permissive will!!

Nothing happens nor can happen outside of God's directive or permissive will.

Also please consider this, you sign yourself as an atheist and the definition of an atheist is,"a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings." Yet your question mentions God and by so doing you expose yourself as a "false" atheist.
---mima on 1/14/10

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good point tom2. GREAT POINT.

athiest likes to taunt us and we take the bite and argue our points back and forth.


How can a human being know, even one who is close to Him, KNOW if God caused something to happen? We don't know is the answer everyone should be giving.

Jesus said in Matthew Ch 24 - when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and fammines, this is just the beginning of birth pangs. He didn't say who caused these to happen. It could be satan.
---Donna on 1/14/10

Robertson, who lacks wisdom, ironically has his organization up and running in Haiti.
Though its true that sins of the father's are passed on through generations, he showed a lack of spiritual wisdom and great hubris is denoting which disasters are a direct result of his claims. Who is he to know what God purposes and what he allows. Churches filled with believers lie amid the debris.

When Nero covered early Christians with wax and lit them afire for Rome with glee, would Robertson blame the fate on earlier sins or pacts? What are the sins of southern churches devastated by tornadoes every spring?

Worse, the harm committed to the Christian witness by such inopportune statements is devastating.
---larry on 1/14/10

This is the first I heard of this terrible earthquake, it was too late for yesterday's newpapers, and I had not watched the TV. Already, firefighters from my home town Bristol are out there helping.

A ... Some Christians will say yes this is part of God's plan for the end of the world, others will say it is his punishment, but I think there will be a higher proportion of contributors here saying that, than among Christians generally.

There's no doubt thse natural catastrophies are getting more frequent, it's not just they are more reported, but I'm not prepared to blame God frot he inreasing instability of the structure of the planet
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/14/10

Why would a loving God deliberately want to cause that human suffering.

The whole notion of the question represents thinking of the ancient world. Every bad event was caused by something some one or some group did. Whether it be a catastrophic event, some one being sick or disabled or some one dieing in an accident.

We live on a an active changing planet some locations are more prone to catastrophic events then others. If "we" chose to live live in active seismic areas periodically you are going to have events.

And just because something bad happens does not mean God is not trying to test you, that is just nature.

So don't blame god when natural thing happen, just trust in him that is all we can really do.
---Friendly_Blogger on 1/14/10

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Hello Atheist,
I am no theologian, and truly do not understand all of the ways of God. What I believe is that once sin entered the world, through Adam and Eve in the garden, all sorts of calamities, illness, and other ugliness has come upon the earth. As to God causing it, I believe it would be more accurate to say God allowed it.
---Trish9863 on 1/14/10

ROBERTSON: [S]omething happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. Napoleon the Third. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, We will serve you if you get us free from the prince. True story. And so the devil said, OK, its a deal. They kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free.

But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. Its cut down the middle, on the one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island.
---atheist on 1/14/10

might I ask why someone who doesn,t believe in God,asks if he did anything?
---tom2 on 1/14/10

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