This a response from a friend of mine in the USA about the dumb mindsets of the very famous doom and gloom prophets some hold in such high regard. When will the madness somemasqueradeas Christianity stop?
So, Hurricane Issac is making landfall right around the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. No doubt, some will take this as a clear sign of judgement from God. They will claim that the timing is impeccable, and clearly not a coincidence. They will say with surety that it is divine in origin, and is God warning the wicked United States, once more, to repent or be swept into the sea.
I wonder, though, why God chooses to judge only certain sectors of this “wicked nation”? Why is it only the states which are naturally positioned to be affected by hurricanes that receive the brunt of His judgement? I mean, are Florida and New Orleans more “wicked” than other states? Or how about California? Why does God only pick locations built over fault lines to display His judgement in? Certainly, God could conjure up an earthquake out of nothingness, if it was truly a sign of His judgement! And why does His judgement against us always seem to boil over during hurricane season? I mean, wouldn’t a massive storm out of season be a much greater sign?
So many coincidences, eh?
Perhaps our quickness to label things as being “God’s judgement” has more to do with our preconceived notions of God being an angry, Zeus like creature than it does with us having a true, scriptural revelation of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Could it be that we superimpose the image of our imagined, angry God over naturally occurring events, supposing them to be signs of His wrath and fury?
I think so.
After all, Jupiter’s “great red spot” is essentially a massive hurricane, taking place on an uninhabited, gas giant! Who exactly is God judging way out there on Jupiter?
I assume no one.
However, if such a massive storm were to take place on planet earth, the “doom and gloom prophets” would, no doubt, attribute it to God’s judgement upon man’s wickedness. Why? Because we are people with wild, primitive imaginations, attributing natural events to the fury of the gods, and, unfortunately, man’s collective psyche suffers because of our delusions. They either fear or abhor the God we serve, as we paint him in the most unflattering of lights, making him out to be nothing short of a vindictive, moral monster.
The God whom Christ revealed, however, is not some angry, pagan deity, who repays evil with evil! No, He is a God who forgives when no one is asking for it! He is a God who blesses while being cursed! He is a God who loves unconditionally, and lays down His very own life for men and women who will never once so much as utter a “thank you” in His direction!
The “god” of the modern doomsayer, and the God revealed in Christ, are two different Gods, and only one is real. If I were you, I’d stick with Jesus on this one!
Don’t confuse your eternal Father with destructive weather patterns, or activity along fault lines. He is love, not hate, destruction, or death. Yes, there is a day of judgement coming…but, good news, it’s not today!
By Jeff Turner