Given the large loss of life due to the Goplin Missouri tornadoes recently I got to thinking about why we call tornadoes and other such events an act of God? Isn’t it really just an occurrence in nature? Did God really conger up these weather events to kill so many people in that city? Many search throughout the Bible for the answers to these types of questions and they seem to come up with an amazing variety of answers depending on which segments of the Bible they choose to use.
I tend to believe that events in nature are just that; events in nature. I would certainly not take that power away from God but at the same time I would ask why he would need to kill people in that way? Being a scientist of sorts I can understand the factual reasons for weather events. I understand that when weather fronts collide they produce powerful updrafts that become tornadoes.
I am just not one to believe that God finds it necessary to kill people for whatever reasons in natural disasters anymore than he finds it necessary to kill people by making them slip in the tub. So, to conclude this story yes tornadoes are an act of God in as much as God set down the original laws of nature that sometimes combine to make it happen.
Some believe that absolutely everything that happens in the universe is directed by the hands of God and is his will. They go on to say that we can’t possibly understand the reasons for instance why God makes a drunk driver to kill an innocent person but they say he does it for a purpose. The God that I pray to and adore is a God of agape love; who has an immense love for each and every one of us. He grieves for every life lost in Goplin this last week. It was not his will that it happen but yes he set the law of nature in place that came together to create the event.
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I, too, believe that the Creator God set laws in motion that govern this universe and He works within those laws at this time. However, the scriptures also tell us that this is Satan’s world at this time and he roams around trying to devour us like a roaring lion. God is allowing him to do this at this time in history. I think God does intervene but it seems He does that rarely. This life seems to be a character building time. So, this life will be full of trouble and more so as we grow older, but hopefully we are growing more loving, patient, kind, and all the fruits of the spirit are becoming who we are.