Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 10 years ago

And your religious explanation for the earthquake in Haiti is ...?

Only one rule for this answer -- no saying "God works in mysterious ways."

21 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Best Answer

    Why does God allow earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, typhoons, cyclones, mudslides, and other natural disasters? Tragedies such as the 2004 tsunami in Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2008 cyclone in Myanmar, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti cause many people to question God’s goodness. It is distressing that natural disasters are often termed “acts of God” while no “credit” is given to God for years, decades, or even centuries of peaceful weather. God created the whole universe and the laws of nature (Genesis 1:1). Most natural disasters are a result of these laws at work. Hurricanes, typhoons, and tornados are the results of divergent weather patterns colliding. Earthquakes are the result of the earth’s plate structure shifting. A tsunami is caused by an underwater earthquake.

    The Bible proclaims that Jesus Christ holds all of nature together (Colossians 1:16-17). Could God prevent natural disasters? Absolutely! Does God sometimes influence the weather? Yes, as we see in Deuteronomy 11:17 and James 5:17. Numbers 16:30-34 shows us that God sometimes causes natural disasters as a judgment against sin. The book of Revelation describes many events which could definitely be described as natural disasters (Revelation chapters 6, 8, and 16). Is every natural disaster a punishment from God? Absolutely not.

    In much the same way that God allows evil people to commit evil acts, God allows the earth to reflect the consequences sin has had on creation. Romans 8:19-21 tells us, “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” The fall of humanity into sin had effects on everything, including the world we inhabit. Everything in creation is subject to “frustration” and “decay.” Sin is the ultimate cause of natural disasters just as it is the cause of death, disease, and suffering.

    We can understand why natural disasters occur. What we do not understand is why God allows them to occur. Why did God allow the tsunami to kill over 225,000 people in Asia? Why did God allow Hurricane Katrina to destroy the homes of thousands of people? For one thing, such events shake our confidence in this life and force us to think about eternity. Churches are usually filled after disasters as people realize how tenuous their lives really are and how life can be taken away in an instant. What we do know is this: God is good! Many amazing miracles occurred during the course of natural disasters that prevented even greater loss of life. Natural disasters cause millions of people to reevaluate their priorities in life. Hundreds of millions of dollars in aid is sent to help the people who are suffering. Christian ministries have the opportunity to help, minister, counsel, pray, and lead people to saving faith in Christ! God can, and does, bring great good out of terrible tragedies (Romans 8:28).

    Source(s): The Lightning Strikes
  • Simple
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    The Bible has already foretold that earthquakes would happen. It shows that our world is a temporal world and a better world is coming . The earth is groaning since the fall of Adam. At the fall of Adam when Adam sinned, sin entered into the world and instability occurs. Fault lines in the tectonic plates occurred because of sin and the Flood in Genesis (bible).

    It is a warning to mankind to repent before it is too late. Heaven and hell are real. Hell is just beneath the tectonic plates, where magma is at the core of the earth.

  • carl
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Biblically, God only invokes destruction on people because he is either punishing them for sins (Sodom, Gomorrah, Israelites) or because he is testing them (Jobe). In most cases God allows a third party agent to inflict the damage. With Jobe it was Satan. With the Israelites it was the Greeks. With Sodom and Gomorrah it was more direct. These all happened to teach them and us a lesson. If we go against God ultimately he will discipline us like a Father corrects his child. He does this to bring us back to him and allows the punishment just as a Father would to bring the son back from error for his own good. "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it" (Heb 12:11).

    I've lived with chronic paid for 5 years now. Does it make me question God's existence? No, in fact I am much closer to God because of it. I trust in him.

    In the case of Haiti we can not speculate on what God's plan is at present. But it may be a sign of what Jesus said in Mathew 24 (see below). But ultimately we can be assured that God has Haiti's best interest at heart in the long run. Perhaps in 50 years we will be able to look back and say wow something really good came out of that disaster. But right now it is too soon to say anything other than only God knows. But we see God's compassion in the millions of Christians who have reached out to help those Haitians in need.

    From a natural point of view, in the case of an earthquake we know scientifically that it is more likely to happen in certain places. If you built your house on a cliff knowing that at anytime the cliff can shear off should you be surprised when it does? Perhaps they will need to rebuild now with future earthquakes in mind.

    "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place. All these are the beginning of the labor pains." (Mt 24:7-8)

  • Fuzzy
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    It had nothing to do with religion or with God in the direct sense. Why should it have?

    Why don't you blame the pastafarians and their god!

    We do live in the time where we are told that the signs of the end shall be manifestly seen. These signs of the end are all terrible. Still, the Bible claims nowhere that God makes these happen - they are simply predicted. These are earthquakes, war, famine, pestilence, the growing cold of people's love toward one another, the increase in crime.

    So you are going to have to ask many similar questions soon. It is going to grow a lot worse. You have seen nothing yet.

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  • 10 years ago

    basically muslims have been taught for years that this was expected, we were told in the quran of all these earth quakes and poverty would occur alot more, you must be thinking but why would god want to do this? right? well basically, we all on earth are god's creation, he tests us to see whether or not we people would carry out our duties to help out those who are in need such as the haitians!

    so the question is on us.are we going to help or not? obviously you're now going to think why put people through pain? How can god make these little children cry?

    simply either way it's a test for both the affected's test as well as ours.

    the Haitians' test is for god to see who they turn to for help, each second of patience the bare they're getting rewarded for, and each second their waiting for us we're getting sins for not caring for them, just one quesiton i'd like to ask, if god didn't give test what on earth is the use of life? how do we earn paradise?

    please open your eyes to the signs, think logically how did god write about this in the quran 1400 years ago? things like the earthquakes we see today has been foretold thousands of years ago!

    just help them, give charity, and there will be nothing for us to see, if we fulfil our duties, there's no pain to see on TV !

  • 10 years ago

    why dont you ask for a religious explaination for every rockslide,flood and avalanche?earthquakes happen all the time.why are you asking about haiti in particular?we have been told from the beginning that this life would be hard.we are just supposed to deal with it.

  • Andy W
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    The forces of nature have become uncontrolled as a result of man's rebellion against God Who alone can control the forces of nature.

    We may take great pride in saying we know what causes earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes etc. but unless we can control them that knowledge is of little use.

  • Joe G
    Lv 4
    10 years ago

    The Earth Groans With Sorrow?

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    My religious explanation is that earthquakes happen - and have happened before on Hispaniola - and will almost certainly happen again there. Religiously speaking, earthquakes happen, and they often happen in the same general location that they previously happened.


  • dd
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Creation, Sustaining and destruction r part of play of God within itself.

    Whatever is created or sustains has to destroy one day, sooner or later.

    In ignorance creation, sustaining and destruction seems to be happening.

    Whoever rise above it, only knows that its all an illusion and ignorance of self. Such jerks intend to bring forth this knowledge.

    It may seem harsh, however that is how it is.

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