posted on Jul, 26 2014 @ 07:24 AM
The lightening strikes I heard this morning got me to thinking about the difference between an act of God and natural disasters. The laws have a
definition of an act of God related to natural disasters and the Bible claims most any tragic event, man made or otherwise, can be an act of God. So
what is an act of God then?
I get pretty riled up when people like Pat Robertson claim that natural disasters, like Katrina, are an act of God for the sins of the people.
Granted, sinful acts are committed in big cities, but sinful behavior can and does happen anywhere, just like acts of Godliness. So why would God wipe
out the good with the bad during a so-called act of God?
Natural events like storms, earthquakes, etc., have happened on earth long before humanity arrived on the scene. Once man started to manipulate his
environment, he has sometimes set himself up for an accident, and so brings disaster upon himself. An example would be a poorly constructed dam that
bursts and wipes outs some towns and kills a bunch of people. This would be man's fault in such a case with a cause and effect that is obvious.
God, as an all powerful and omnipotent being, could wipe out a people with any scenario, man made, natural, or even super natural, but how are we to
tell the difference? Personally, I think that the Old Testament acts of God are mostly a reaction to disasters that comes from fear and guilt, not
from the hand of God. Granted, some things seem like an act of God because the chances of an event happening a certain way are astronomical, but the
earth is a naturally a violent place and disasters are common place here.
No one can be completely safe from disaster or these so-called acts of God. So is it luck, fate or ultimately our fault? Natural disasters are
certainly a hell on earth, but did we do it to ourselves by angering God, or by simple human error, like building a city in a bad spot, or is it just
I feel that humans are two narrow minded and short sighted to be able to determine the difference between an act of God or a natural disaster, so
unless God some how makes it perfectly clear that he is pissed off at us, a disaster is an unbiased event that catches people off guard. Then again,
if you believe in an active God, then all events, good or bad, come from God no matter what. I tend toward a "watch maker" type of God that put the
universe into motion and lets it run by itself unless he must intervene for some reason, but I don't see any reason why God would do so. God just
gives us the rope, then we decide to put it around our neck or not in many cases.
So, any perspective on this ATS?