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Tsunamis and Justice

March 11, 2011

Late last night (Eastern Time) an 8.9 earthquake caused a massive tsunami which flattened many places on the east coast of Japan, near the Honshu area. Since then there have been successive massive earthquakes (probably aftershocks) off the coast of Japan (a 7.1 closely following the 8.9, and then a 6.8 about an hour or two ago). The effects of that initial earthquake hit California all day in the form of high tides, which didn’t do too much damage except in certain places, like in the Santa Cruz harbor where many boats and such were tossed around, sunk, or turned free.

This morning I heard someone say, “Does God hate poor people?” (referring to the other natural disasters in Haiti, India, etc). Whenever terrible things like this happen, I feel like everyone is always thinking some variation of “If God is real, how could He let this happen?!”

Time to help finish my this blog post. What do you think? If God is real, how could He let this happen? Hundreds probably died, many are unaccounted for; men, women, and children.

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  1. Vickie permalink
    March 12, 2011 5:04 am

    I couldn’t help but wonder what purpose God had to strike such devastation on Japan, but then whatever He does, it is to glorify Himself. So, that is number one. And then there is the verse in ECCL 3:14 which says, “I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.” (NKJV) So, it is to make people fear Him. Obviously, we will never know other reasons, but I’ve been praying that God will use this to bring some to Himself. And I wonder when our beloved US will be struck w/ some great disaster. We are not better than Japan and in many ways may be worse, b/c the gospel has been so distributed throughout our land and we ignore it as a nation. But, God is good, even when things look bleak and like He is being harsh.

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