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Can You Tell Me Why Disasters?

Posted by happypizza on May 20, 2008

Happypizza: My deepest and sincerest prayers and condolences go out to all those who lost loved ones and/or suffered harm, injury or any kind of loss during the recent cyclone in Myanmar and/or earthquake in China.

Why Disasters? Why Does God Allow Disasters? Natural Disasters? Earthquake Cyclone

I’ve been following the news of the two recent natural (or as some say “unnatural”) disasters in both Burma and China, which tragically resulted in the loss of an untold thousands of lives. It is so sad and sobering to watch as the full scope of the desolation unfolds before our eyes.

It’s real to me as I’ve been to Burma and have friends in both China and Burma—who thankfully are safe.

I will not get into the politics of the disaster, especially considering the one in Burma where the horror of the disaster is compounded by the political situation, but I do want to write about the perceived “God factor” of these events or “acts of God” as natural disasters are often referred too. Especially the question: How could and why does God allow these things to happen?

It seems that natural disasters naturally cause many to lose hope and faith in God and I don’t want to judge why, having never personally experience a disaster and/or lost loved ones tragically and unexpectedly. However, when I hear the news of some major calamity I find it can strangely enough, strengthens my faith and hope in God!

You might wonder how I find a natural disaster to be faith-building? Well, first off it’s helpful to start with a belief in a God or Creating force of Love and a belief in an afterlife of love. This life is definitely (and I want to emphasize this point) definitely not the end!!! The more we hear from people who have died and come back, claiming to have had a Near Death Experiences, the more we learn of the true beauty and scope of love and life after this earthly existence. No pain, no fear, and overwhelming unconditional love and light, especially if one tried to live in love here in this life.

I believe that death for the loving is not something to dread and fear. This physical life/existence is not the final story and we can look forward to an eternal life/existence beyond this life! So I feel no matter how tragic the circumstances are in our current physical reality, those who who have passed on to the next are in a better place. In the loving hands of their Creator and what better place can you be then that? I know my thoughts are simplistic and a huge disaster is a lot more complicated then any one person can fully understand. Each persons life, experiences and circumstance are also different. There is often great horror, pain and difficulties faced by the ones left behind and this is something I don’t fully understand or have an explanation for.  But when I hear about a huge amount of people suddenly losing there lives in a natural calamity, I often wonder if they’re better off. Especially in cases where the people lived in extreme poverty, difficult conditions and pain. Maybe it was the Creator’s mercy?

For a compilation on comfort read here:

“God’s Promises of Comfort and Deliverance”

One addition–not long after I watched a report of both the disasters on the international news, I came across and listened to a old song titled “Can You Tell Me Why Disasters” written and sung by “Zac Lightman”. Below are the lyrics. I think the song’s message is as hauntingly applicable for today as it was when it was written over 20 years ago.

Here are the lyrics:

Can You Tell Me Why Disasters?

Why do the innocent seem to fall for no reason?
They say the good die young,
While the guilty go along
You must believe in Love
to truly understand.

It is the same question down through the ages,
If God is love how could he let this be?
How could he allow the poor to suffer
and then let the guilty go free?

Although death is not a curse for the loving,
it’s a gateway from suffering and pain.
It’s the mercy of God to end their sorrow
and a chance to start over again

Can you tell me why, why, why disasters?
Why do the innocent seem to fall for no reason?
They say the good die young
while the guilty go along
You must believe in Love
to truly understand

Lyrics by Zac Waxman

Please continue to keep the victims of these disasters in your prayers. Pray that help, relief and supplies will get to those who need it desperately and that those who survived will be taken care of and comforted. Please also pray for the commendable and laudable efforts of all those involved in the relief and rehabilitation work–for their strength, courage, skill, and protection while they are helping those who were affected.

9 Responses to “Can You Tell Me Why Disasters?”

  1. dj said

    For those unblievers, how can they have a new start
    if they were already dead and did not have chances
    to accept Jesus Christ?

  2. queer said

    queer says : I absolutely agree with this !

  3. happypizza said

    Hi Dj, that’s a very good question! Some verses from the bible which come to mind that might answer your question are:

    The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)
    For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, By whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison[Spirit World, Purgatory, Hell] (1 Pet 3:19)

    If God is a God of love, if God is “not willing that any should perish and that all should come to repentance to him” and according to the Bible when Jesus died–before he was resurrected–he “went and preached to the spirits in prison”. Then it seems that those who didn’t get a fair chance in this life to receive and believe will get a chance in the next.
    There is also a passage that says:

    “And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:47,48 )

    So I believe that God (who is merciful, just and righteous) will deal fairly and lovingly with those who never heard or knew about God’s free gift of love and salvation through Jesus when they pass from this life to the next. They will probably be given a second chance to start over.
    Though, I think in general, it is God’s plan that everyone on Earth should have an opportunity know about and receive Jesus free gift of eternal life. It says in God’s Word:

    This is good, and pleases God our Saviour. Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Who gave himself as a ransom for all men… (1Timothy.2:3-6)
    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in [Or through] Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans.6:23)
    “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31)
    That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”…… For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”(Romans.10:9,10,11,13)

    So to all those reading this: if you haven’t heard about God’s free gift of love and salvation for you, don’t gamble with a possible second chance, find out today!–Your chance is now! Click this link below—it might save your life:

    Read this it might save your life

  4. Shyster said

    I am a Christian.

    I am afraid I have to disagree with you. How do you explain the sufferings of those who have lost their properties, limbs or loved ones?

    I’d rather stick to the mundane explanation i.e. Satan did it all and God had to bear it because of the sin committed by Adam. However the love which is shown by complete strangers and cannot be found from animals bears witness to the fact that we are children of God (per Dr Collins Francis).

  5. happypizza said

    Hey Shyster, I’m not sure what you are disagreeing with? Was it the comment above about universal reconciliation and salvation, the post on disasters or something else?

    Regarding the question of how do I explain or why sin and suffering? Wow, that’s one of those tough questions mankind has been asking through the ages. heh

    I personally agree with you that it does seem that Satan (aka: the devil, Lucifer, prince of the air,etc) is largely responsible for a lot of the havoc, death, destruction, pain, disasters and suffering in the world we live in. I don’t believe that the mundane explanation of “Satan did it all and God had to bear it because of the sin committed by Adam” is a full explanation. Of course to those reading, I’m obviously coming from a spiritual and faith centered perspective.

    If Satan is responsible for all of man’s suffering, yet God created all things (including Satan) and God is ultimately in control of everything–then it is God who allowed/allows Satan to bring suffering to humanity for some higher reason. I don’t believe God is just sitting there bearing with it while Satan makes us all suffer because of the sins of man or the sins of Adam.

    Regarding God allowing Satan to cause suffering consider the story in the book of Job from the Bible where Satan actually asked permission from God to torment Job-who was a good and God-fearing man (blameless and upright). Satan is obviously not the guy in charge.

    Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
    And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
    Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
    So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?
    “Have You not made a hedge[spiritual protection] around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
    “But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
    And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. (Job.1:6-12 )

    I believe that Satan/Lucifer does cause a lot of the sin and suffering in the world and has been given this power since the “fall of man”(separation from God). But we must remind ourselves and have faith that no matter what happens–God is ultimately in control.

    While we may not exactly understand all the reasons why we or others suffer, God’s Word does say that “all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28 ) and also promises that God “will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, and with the temptation[difficulty] will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1Cor 10:13 )

    Whatever God allows Satan to bring our way–not to mention we can’t blame everything on Satan, as humans we do have free will and choice and a lot of the pain and suffering in the world today is our own doing or due to a lack of love for others–I believe God’s love eventually wins over it all and all things work together for good in the end–both in this life and in the next. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, Nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38, 39 )

    So how do I explain suffering?…..well, I kinda agree with what someone once said:

    “God ALWAYS has a purpose and a plan in suffering, even though we can’t always see it right away! Sometimes, “His ways are past finding out” (Romans 11:33), and we just have to TRUST God, knowing that whatever He does, He does it in LOVE, and that if we don’t understand NOW, we will LATER! Suffering and affliction drive us closer to the Lord!
    God’s Word promises us, all the suffering for those who love God will come to an end, and He “shall wipe away every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things are passed away”!–(Revelation 21:4)
    Until that perfect day, we will have to endure some suffering, but our compensation, our reward waiting for us in Heaven, far outweighs the temporary pain and suffering we may experience down here. As the Apostle Paul said, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”–(Romans 8:18 )

    Click here:
    Why Sin and Suffering?

  6. Uncommon said

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Uncommon!!!

  7. WISCOMP said

    Dear Petrus,
    We are writing on behalf of our organization WISCOMP. We are a non profit organization and would like to use the collage on this page for one of our publications. Can you tell us where you got this picture from?

    The WISCOMP Team

  8. happypizza said

    To WISCOMP Team,

    Regarding the collage I’m sure I can help you out. Please write me at my email (happypizza AT gmail Dot com) or look in my “About Me” page for my email contact.


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