Some preachers have come out recently attempting to explain the purpose of Hurricane Katrina as God's judgment upon the sin of New Orleans. Citing the lewdness of the French Quarter, the annual Mardis Gras celebration and gambling casinos lining the beaches of the Gulf Coast. These preachers claim that Hurricane Katrina is a message of God's judgment and wrath. What about the churches and Christians living in the same area? Are they being punished simply due to their close proximity to sinful areas? What about the thousands of poor people that lost everything? I think we need to use a little more wisdom than that.
You can't just explain it all away by placing the blame on God's judgment of sin in these areas. It's funny when we have a question about why something happened such as a huge disaster that the religious nuts give us such as sweeping explanation without one ounce of proof of their prophetic claims. I suppose this is an easy correlation to make but I do not believe that Hurricanes Katrina or Rita or any future hurricane is a direct hurricane of God's judgment.
Instead of these preachers trying to come up with their special angle on God's involvement, it really shouldn't be a surprise that the weather is getting worse. It is not due to global warming but it is a sign of the end times. Jesus tells us in each account about the signs of the last days:
Matthew 24:7 -- For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mark 13:8 -- For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
Luke 21:11 -- And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
I think this is a more accurate reason for the increase in disasters in today's world. Unlike some preachers and so-called prophets, I'm not asking you to "sow a seed" into my ministry or selling you any CDs for this information. It's right there in your Bible.
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You are right, Milton. It seems like some of us are addicted to claiming God's judgement in disasters. I understand the temptation believers go through to tell 'what'and 'when' it is God's judgement. It reminds us of Job and his friends. Many think that they are 'standing' because of their diligence in seeking God. The answer Jesus gave about the Galilieans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices (Luke 13:1-5), is the ultimate
answer to all the calamities we have on this side of life. The most important warning we should get is that we should allow Christ settle our account with God for us. Otherwise, there are people who live right now but are 'worse sinners' than those who died and there are people who died but were doing 'far much better' in seeking God than some of us who are still living.
Thanks for sharing such hidden yet open secrets of the things of God.