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“Why? Why did God do this?”

That question is often heard from victims of natural disasters, and is frequently echoed across televsion and radio.

“Why God did you do this,” they ask.

Notice the assumption? It is God! God is assumed to be the cause of death and destruction. Even Insurance companies refer to natural disasters as an “Act of God.”

But is it true? Are natural disasters really an act of God, or is there another side of the story not being told?

The Bible reveals God as our creator, our Savior, our Healer, our Protector, our Redeemer. Why then do so many think of God as our destroyer? How can God be all good things, and then act just the opposite? The answer is He cannot! We can, but God cannot.

God’s nature, His being, is incapable of destruction, sin and evil. Let me state that another way: It’s not that God chooses not to commit sin and evil acts, but rather He cannot. He and He alone is Holy.

God is all that is good, all that is Holy, all that is righteous. Whatever God may do, it is all for the His most beloved creation: Man!

Destruction, misery, disease, suffering and death are not of God, they are all of Satan. God works to counteract the works of Satan.

In John 9 we read:

As He went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, ” but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

Some people take from this verse that evil is not always the culprit of misery and destruction. If so, they should ask themselves: If not Satan, if not God, who or what?

In answering the question for the reason of the man’s blindness, Jesus reveals God’s nature: To restore what evil destroys. The works of God are all things good, all things pure and holy.

The Curse:

Romans 8:18-24 reveals the whole of creation became subject to evil and its effects as the result of man sinning (See Genesis 3:11-19).

The whole world is a planet in rebellion. Every time we feel pain from a thistle, suffer from disease, or witness disaster’s like the Christmas tsunami of 2004 that killed over 200,000 people, the world is reminding us: “You started it, it’s your fault!”

Sin and evil is the source, the reason for natural disasters and death in the world, not God.

So the next time time you hear someone blame God for misery and death, stand up for what you know and believe. Tell them, “No, God didn’t do this, Satan did. Satan is the father of lies and the source of all human suffering.”

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