I have been thinking about all the natural disasters we have experienced lately. Since the tsunami, which was one of the biggest disasters in our lifetime, I think we have all been a little more sensitive to what nature can do. It has bothered me quite a bit to hear people speak about the disasters as “Acts of God.” I am sorry but I think that way of thinking is both irrational and it actually hurts religion.
Growing up I experienced a couple of earthquakes. Neither of the quakes were devastating, but I got to feel what the power of nature is all about. Also, I remember two big natural disasters the volcano eruption in Armero and the earthquake in Popayan. While I am not a “survivor” of either of those, I don’t think God was trying to “clean” either of those cities like some have suggested the New Orleans disaster was all about.
I really hope that those fundamentalist people get their act together because the only thing they are doing is breeding hate. I am starting to dislike them more and more because they are spreading poison. Natural disasters have been happening since the beginning of time, and they are not stopping now, nor are they a sign of the end of time. As a Christian I believe that the message of God and Jesus is one of love, not one of; ‘lets exclude as many people as we can out of “salvation”‘. I am ashamed of people that profess that kind of hate, and then act like Islam is a hateful religion.
My heart goes out to all the people that have perished in our latest world natural disaster, the quake in the Pakistan and India border.