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March 16, 2011

Explaining Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Japan faces a tragedy of epic proportions. We all agree on that. But how to explain it? That we don’t agree on…

Listen to the audio commentary here.

The scenes from Japan are so heartbreaking. And it’s only natural to ask “Why?” Unfortunately, a handful of Christians seem to revel in disasters like this- arrogantly claiming to know it as God’s judgment, and even believing to know why.

This is foolish. But Christians aren’t the only ones who do this…  Listen close, and you’ll hear voices from every worldview offering explanations. Last year, New Age celebrity Deepak Chopra claimed to start an earthquake in Southern California by meditating.  And just Friday, rapper 50 cent offered thoughtless, and heartless, jokes by twitter about Japan- behavior consistent with his narcissistic “get rich or die trying” worldview.

So, how should Christians understand all of this? First, something is desperately wrong with this world, and many are deeply suffering. So, we should care.  Second, we all need God’s mercy. So, let’s ask for it.

A Prayer for Japan
John Piper | March 12, 2011 | Desiring God

Rapper 50 Cent under for for earthquake tweets
Ann Oldenburg | USA Today | March 14, 2011

Chopra Blames Own Meditation for Baja Quake
Katie Drummond | AOL News | April 05, 2010


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  • March 23, 2011 // 08:13 am //  # 
    Ted Sands's avatar Ted Sands

    Good points, John.

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