============================================================ Fundamentally Right: God and the Tsunami

Sunday, January 09, 2005

God and the Tsunami

Many questions have been asked regarding the recent horrific Asian tsunami that took so many lives December 26th. The latest body count is estimated to be somewhere around 160,000 and expected to rise even higher. The devastation is truly incomprehensible; it’s more than the human mind can grasp.

It wasn’t long after the earthquake and the series of killer waves ended that the finger pointing began. Most of it absolute nonsense… America was somehow responsible because of the “global warming” we caused with our SUV’s. Israel and the United States have been testing nuclear devises and managed to create the earthquake that caused the waves that brought the death. The most absurd explanation/accusation that I read came from the Muslim world. When Christians celebrate Christmas, Easter or New Years with all the parties and whatever else we do, it angers Allah. So, Allah causes earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods and tidal waves to punish us.

You have to wonder why Allah punished the Hindus, Buddhists and the followers of Islam for the Christian's celebrations. Many Christians were lost in Asia because of the December tsunami to be sure, but not in near the numbers of the non-Christians. Hmmm? It’s the same old blame America first game and it’s ridiculous on its face.

So, what happened? The living God, the only God, the God of the Jews and Christians is proclaimed as a loving God. He is. So how can He permit things such as this to happen?

As most readers will understand, the Christians worship a Trinity. That is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus the Christ) and the Holy Spirit, all three comprising the one God. Our God acts in unison, with one voice, if Jesus said it, it comes from the Father. That’s more theology that I want to get into at this point.

What happen December 26th in Asia was simply a sign from God. It’s the fulfilling of prophecy, not a lack of love. You see, we are in the “End Times.” No man can tell you exactly when the end will come but God said to look for the signs of the end.

The following scripture text is from the Book of Luke, the New International Version translation. By clicking on the link on the lower right that says "Bible" you can look it up yourself.

Luke 21:7 "Teacher," they asked, (speaking to Jesus) "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"

Luke 21:8 He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, `I am he,' and, `The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."
Luke 21:10 Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
This is the way the American Standard Version of the Bible translates Luke 21:11;

Luke 21:11 and there shall be great earthquakes, and in divers places famines and pestilences; and there shall be terrors and great signs from heaven.
Notice that word “terrors,” think “terrorist,” I don’t think that’s too big of a stretch.

But still we wonder why so many innocent children’s lives were taken during that tsunami. Why those people? Why there? Why now?

The Bible tells us no one is exempt in Matthew chapter 5 verses 43-45

Matthew 5:43 "You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
The sun and the rain have no favorites, we can all get caught by them both.

Who can understand God? We can question, though I doubt we would understand the answer. It’s God’s timing; He’s preparing for Christ’s return. God’s sending an alert to the world. The end is coming, prepare yourselves. Salvation is available, you can be prepared. Just click the word “Salvation,” you will never regret it.

God has been giving mankind the “heads-up” for a very long time. You see, God is a very loving Father. His desire is that none be lost so He gives warnings. Because of the earthquake and tsunami, many will seek answers and help. God has their answer; He is their help.

The Father sent His Son Jesus Christ to be sacrificed for the sins of all. No one ever needs to be lost, but a freedom giving, freedom-loving Father gives us all a choice. Accept His love and all that goes with it and be free or reject His love and remain in chains and be lost. God has given each one a choice. If you don’t decide, you have made your decision.

I don’t want to sound cold concerning those that were lost and those that are left. It breaks my heart to think of the helpless, the homeless and those that feel hopeless. We can offer our prayers, send our gifts and grieve with them. We can not reasonably place blame for the tragedy on anyone; it’s simply a sign of the times.


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