Disasters Caused By God???

Even broaching the topic is to open a big whopping can of theological worms, but Neil Cavuto did it on his show recently in an interview with Irwin Lutzer. Poor Lutzer. I think he did a fine job of trying to state his case, but those outside the faith, or with little theological understanding really have a difficult time with this topic at all, because they lack a proper perspective of our sinfulness, God’s holiness, and His ownership of all things. Watch the video.

Did you see the problem he was having? Cavuto wasn’t buying any of it, as most have trouble with this idea that God is sovereign over all things, including the weather, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, etc.

Several points: First of all, God is sovereign over all creation. Psalm 24:1-2 The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. 2 For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters.

He is sovereign over all the earth, including the weather. Psalm 135:6-7 6 Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places. 7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.

The point is that He is in control of all these factors and uses them for His glory.

Second point: Mankind is fallen. We are all sinners and because of this, we are all under His wrath and judgment.

Romans 3:9-18

9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
10 As it is written:

“ There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”[b]
13 “ Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;[c]

“ The poison of asps is under their lips”;[d]
14 “ Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”[e]
15 “ Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.”[f]
18 “ There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[g]

Because of our sinful hearts, all mankind is under His wrath and judgment. Simply by the fact that we die, shows this to be true, for death is a judgment of God on mankind. Some men simply die of old age, some die of natural disasters. God can use both primary and secondary causes in bringing about this judgment. In the case of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, I would say that this is a secondary cause. God is using it for His eternal purpose, but I would not say that those who die in those cause are any more sinful than those of us who survived. We all deserved that death, but for His reasons, He chose to let us survive through the natural disaster.

Sometimes He is the primary cause of the death of a sinner. For instance, take Ananias and Saphira in Acts. They lied to the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit struck them dead for doing so. That is a case of God being the primary cause. Their sin was so wicked, that He struck them dead. He has every right to do so.

But please don’t jump to conclusions. We have been dealing with God’s Holiness here. There is also His love as well, for while all men are under His wrath, He does choose to save some of them. Those who are in Jesus Christ, while we still die, even in natural disasters, we do not die eternally because we are in Christ. Remember Paul’s wonderful words to the Philippians. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For[a] I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.

Paul knew the moment that he died, he would be with Christ. This is true for all believers in Jesus Christ. Those who are in Christ by faith, are immediately with Him in paradise. The suffering of this life is done. No more earthquakes, no more tornadoes, no more deadly bee stings, or car accidents. All these things are passed and the Christian has eternal bliss with Christ.

I think this is what Lutzer was laboring to convey, although he didn’t have the time. The disasters of this week are not only God’s judgment on mankind, but also a warning to us. Luke 13:4-5 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

If we are so foolish as to think we are not in need of saving by Christ, then we will perish like those who died under the tower in Siloam, or the earthquake in China. Therefore we should repent and believe in Jesus Christ. He is the sustainer of all things. Paul tells us in Colossians 1, that all things are held together by Him and for Him. My faith is in HIM. Is yours?