We are safely hunkering down so far with Wonderful Family & Friends including, of course, 3 cats and 1 doggie:) here in Southwest Florida! It’s been an adventure thus far; thankfully. (We will see later on as things unfold here. We are also, as of this writing, under a Tornado Watch and Tropical Storm Winds/Rain here in Charlotte County.) My prayers and thoughts of safety and preservation of life go out to Everyone: Be Safe & Stay Calm & Make Sound/Wise Decisions: Pray!… every day, eh?;)
This is a brief post to address the negative/ill-informed (aka lacking evidence) thoughts circulating about hurricanes being some sort of deserved punishment…
In their rush to blame God, some point to Bible accounts where God brought destruction by natural elements. (Genesis 7:17-22; 18:20; 19:24, 25; Numbers 16:31-35) An examination of these Bible accounts shows, however, that in each case, there are three major distinguishing factors. First, there was warning beforehand. Second, unlike today’s natural disasters, which kill good and bad people alike, destruction from God was selective. Only the incorrigibly wicked or those who refused to listen to warnings were destroyed. Third, God made a way for innocent people to escape.—Genesis 7:1, 23; 19:15-17; Numbers 16:23-27.
In the countless disasters that have wreaked havoc on the lives of millions of people today, there is no evidence that God was behind them. [excerpted Is God Punishing Us? w 2011)
9/10/17 @ 12:23 p.m.
Peace & Stay Safe Readers:)