Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and God's Judgment


One thing is easy to predict - after any great national disaster a self-appointed spokesman for God will declare that this is God's judgment.

Every single death is a direct consequence of sin.  Many sins have direct, specific consequences, but as soon as Adam sinned, death entered the world.  So you could say that the deaths caused by hurricane Sandy were caused by lying, stealing, lust, hate, etc., and you would be perfectly correct.

Aligning a specific catastrophe with a specific sin (or group thereof) is considerably harder, particularly because, in the Bible, the exact consequences of catastrophes were prophesied beforehand--a feat which none of these "self-appointed spokesmen" have been able to manage.  Plagues, famine, drought, conquest, pestilence--they were all explicitly prophesied prior to their occurrence.  To the best of my knowledge, the only Biblical catastrophe that wasn't prophesied ahead of time was the storm that nearly swamped Jonah's boat.

Finally, a temporal judgment is not what we should be afraid of.  While nothing to sneeze at, God's wrath in the form of a hurricane is far superior to God's wrath in the form of hell.  As St. Augustine argued, the suffering and death in this world should make us hate the sin that caused it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Yoel Natan said...

Oh yeah, it's all coincidence that all the big sin cities of the US have been pummelled by weather in the last several years, one after the other, with the exception of Vegas which suffered a man-made disaster, ironically because of greed (not at casinos, but at banks).

So Katrina takes out sin city #2 in the US, and Superstorm Sandy takes out Atlantic City, sin city #3, and floods the subways of the financial district in New York, just after Wall Street greed landed the US (and the world) in the Great Recession. Vegas is sin city #1, I think:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-storm-sandy-gambling-idUSBRE89T1VJ20121030

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/hurricane-sandy-york-city-endures-storms-wrath-17593209

Nevada had the most foreclosures of any state for 62 straight month until the Robo-signing law curtailed foreclosures, landing Nevada in 5th place in 2012:

http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2012/oct/10/foreclosure-rate-dips-nevada-remains-top-10/

Nevada led the country in foreclosures for 62 consecutive months until March. The state’s year-old “robo-signing” law, which forces banks to provide more paperwork before they foreclose on homes, has drastically slowed the pace of these public auctions.

3:00 AM  
Blogger Noumenon said...

No, these catastrophes really are directed at specific sinners, but it's all part of the plan.

1:25 AM  

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