Many believers think natural disaster is a result of God’s judgment. This is not surprising since many Christian believers also believe in karma, a Buddhist idea that attributes one’s current situation to a past action. It seems logical at first blush, but a closer look reveals inconsistencies.
For instance, if widespread flooding and wind damage were a result of divine judgment, then why weren’t all the buildings owned by sects who have heretical teachings (i.e. Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses) destroyed? Why are faithful believers suffering the same as unbelievers? The idea that natural disasters are a result of divine judgment doesn’t hold to logic, because even if this was God’s method of judgment He would surely operate in a much deeper level of efficiency than to just throw disaster up in the air and let it fall where it may. Even in the Old Testament, when Yahweh pronounced judgment of the false gods of Egypt, there was a separation made between the people of Israel in the land of Goshen and the general population of the Egyptians. (Exodus 9:6)
We must abandon the idea that hurricanes and other natural disasters in our generation are a result of judgment and look deeper.
When God created the heavens and the earth, he made a garden and put a man there to keep it. (Gen 1:16) Man was given dominion over the earth. God sought fellowship with this man and his wife, and would come to commune with them regularly. The man and his wife were tempted to disobey the one thing God had commanded, and that was to not eat of one tree in particular, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve did in fact eat from that tree, and in doing so, handed over their dominion to another being, Lucifer, who had been cast down from heaven. This is where the earth stands today, and all of humanity with it.
The evil and suffering that we observe in the earth is not judgment. That day lies in the future and will completely dwarf any calamity or catastrophe we have seen thus far. (begin in Rev. 6) The evil we experience is not what God wants for mankind, but a direct result of Man’s disobedience from the very beginning. Death, disease, abuse, slavery, disaster, and all other terrible things in the world are not God’s will. This is the result of man handing over his dominion to the ruler of darkness way back in the garden of Eden thousands of years ago. (Gen 3)
It is now our joy to take it back. Our responsibility as humanity is to humble our hearts before our Maker and allow His grace and power to transform our lives from the inside out. It is the time to take up the name of Jesus and go forth and do exploits. We can trust God’s goodness and His ability to be strong in the midst of our weakness. When we accept Jesus’ sacrifice and become born again children of God, we pick up where Adam left off. We can once again commune with Yahweh in the cool of the day and know Him personally. He longs to father us and lead us in a path of freedom and power that is foreign to the world around us, but that the world longs to see and know for them selves. It is a life of peace and hope that changes everything!
In Luke 13, Jesus referenced Pilate’s murder of certain Galileans and the death of 18 people who were crushed by a tower. He asked if they thought these folks who were killed were especially evil or deserving of such a death. Jesus said “No, but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3, 5)
Only those who refuse to accept God’s goodness are condemned.(John 3:17-18) This condemnation is not manifested in loss of property or even loss of life, but an eternity separated from the love of the Father. Jesus came to make a way for mankind to return to the loving intimacy God once had with Adam. Jesus took the penalty of our sin so that we can be restored to this relationship with God. Now what are we going to do with it?