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September 29, 2005

Are hurricanes God's judgment?

From WorldNetDaily...

An Alabama state senator says the reason why the Gulf Coast is suffering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is because God is judging Americans in that region for sinful behavior.

"New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast have always been known for gambling, sin and wickedness," wrote Sen. Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo, in a column, according to the Birmingham News. "It is the kind of behavior that ultimately brings the judgment of God."

Erwin said he was awed, but not surprised after surveying the damage to hard-hit regions including Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss., and the fishing town of Bayou La Batre on the Alabama coast.

"Warnings year after year by godly evangelists and preachers went unheeded. So why were we surprised when finally the hand of judgment fell?" he wrote. "Sadly, innocents suffered along with the guilty. Sin always brings suffering to good people as well as the bad."

As I wrote earlier, it is irresponsible to call natural disasters, God's judgment.

Why would God punish hundreds of thousands of good people in order to get to those who revel in sin? Seems a bit sloppy, and by looking at the universe He created it's obvious that God is far from sloppy. It also ignores the fact that God could just as easily sent multiple bolts of lightening to take out those He felt needed punished. Why a hurricane that destroys the homes of good people as well as churches?

The calamity of hurricanes comes in several parts: The direct damage and the aftermath. I New Orleans we saw the direct damage escalated because of poor preparation due to incompetent and corrupt elected officials on the city and state level. In the aftermath, the same source created most of the problems, as well as a large section of the population that decided to take advantage of people by looting.

In my experience God brings about things like hurricanes or other trials and tribulation to do one or both of two things: expose sin and encourage righteousness. Judgment implies a punishment, but for the most part the bad came from the sin (of apathy when voting and electing corrupt or incompetent politicians; of greed in stealing others property; of sloth in demanding the government do what could easily have been done by individuals). So calling it judgment would be like saying the burglar who gets bitten by the guard dog was judged. No, he experienced the natural consequences of his wrong, he has yet to be judged.

New Orleans, and other communities to a somewhat lesser degree, are now experiencing the natural consequences of their sin—they will be judges, as individuals—later.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 29, 2005 07:10 AM

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Katrina was meant for Flordia state, she missed. Ofcourse it is God's judgement, ever heard the story Noah's Ark? Call me a fanatic, that is cool. I believe the bible has great truth to it.

Posted by: SherlockRWBShoes at October 2, 2005 12:24 PM

New Orleans has live sex-dog-horse shows on Borbon street. You can smoke reefer and smoke crack on the streets and the cops hold out their hands and look the other way.

This is not a surprise. I hate that it happened but I feel more sorry for the animals than I do for the scum that lives in that city.

Posted by: SherlockRWBShoes at October 2, 2005 12:26 PM

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