Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, Volcanic Eruptions… Where is God when disaster strikes? Are these things signs that the end of the world is at hand?
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Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Yes, God does judge in the earth today. He remains a righteous judge, He does judge, and He can use natural disasters in judgment. When judgment happens, many people who are not directly involved, “the innocent,” get affected; we are peoples and nations, not just individuals, and things happen on a much wider scale than the one person involved. That being said, we need to be very careful with making pronouncements. If there is judgment, I would think that there would be prophetic warnings first, and those prophetic warnings would call on a people to repent from certain sins before judgment came. That way they would be able to connect the sin and the judgment. Without specific warnings, I would say clearly that natural disasters still remind us how fragile this world is, and how fragile we are, how sin-soaked this world is, and how ripe for judgment it is. Everything will ultimately be shaken so only God’s unshakeable kingdom will remain, and this does remind us that this world is not eternal in its present form. The King one day will return and all of us need to cry out for mercy, and extend mercy to those hurting, regardless of the specific nature and cause of this disaster.
Jeremiah Commentary by Dr. Brown: combines a detailed introduction, in-depth exegesis of the text, and serious spiritual reflection on the calling of a prophet and the burden of the Lord.
The Great Debate [DVD]: Dr. Brown debates Bart Ehrman on the Bible and the problem of suffering.
Does God Send Hurricanes? 9/1/08 LOF Radio Show with Dr. Brown