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Is Jesus/God still using weather to kill and destroy communities?
The Bible says that God is the same today, yesterday and forever. Is God still killing people and causing havoc with weather; to show his displeasure at the peoples sin and or the toleration of sin by Christians?
I did a little research on what the Catholic Church teaches on this, and my response is based on my interpretation of church teaching.
It is true that God is the same today yesterday and forever, but he does not have a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with people. Any good parent tailors their discipline tactics to the specific child in question. Time out for one, taking away tv time for another, based on what they feel is most appropriate.
Humans were given free will and from the moment Adam and Eve committed the first sins, humans have been living the consequences. Like a person who wrecks their car because they were speeding in the rain, their are consequences to our sins. Likewise, natural disasters and crazy weather may occur as a result/ of human choice throughout the ages. God uses these consequences to help us to grow, to attempt to convince us to change our hearts and to bring us closer to him.
Some christian religions do in fact teach that God uses still Weather and natural disasters to show his displeasure of sin of humans-Christian or non-christian. I believe that catholic church would say that it is presumptuous to claim to know the mind of God.
I hope this post helps, although I suspect that you weren't really asking that question to find an honest answer. :-) That's okay. The question is the first step. Keep on asking them. God doesn't ask us to to follow him blindly. There are legitimate answers to your questions and if you really look for them, you will find them.
God is ALWAYS powerful and will always be God, but after Jesus came to earth, experienced what it was to be human, and died for our sins, earthly punishment stopped. Sure, cause and effect still happens, but that is completely in our own control. Still, the only harm a community can do that would cause bad weather would be serious environmental damage.
Jesus Himself never used weather to destroy communities, by the way.
Haiti's troubles, China's earthquake, Iceland's volcanic eruption... hurricanes and tornadoes...none of these have anything to do with people not being "Godly" enough.
Jesus calls to us gently.
As far as God is concerned, we will answer for our actions on Judgment Day.
I'm not Catholic. I'm Protestant -- but it is Biblical study that brings me to my conclusions and not only the doctrines of the church. Some Protestants may say otherwise.
Be love be peace be free. This is the eternal foundation for human beings life to be built on so that when the rain and storms come upon a human being life then that person will not be destroyed by it but will continue to remain strong and firm no matter what might happen in that person's life on the earth. The roots of your life must be established: Being love being peace being free for this is who every human being is to the core of their being. So let the winds blow and the storms come and you will see what kind of foundation that you built your life upon while living on the earth which is a school of learning for human beings to see if they lived up to the standard of living life on the earth with Being love being peace being free. LOVE PEACE FREE. This is who you are and every human being on the planet called Earth.
The important thing to remember is that humanity is at odds with God and, due to the choices made by human beings, they have created for themselves a world which is painful to live in.
"Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory for the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over to the sinful desires of their hearts..." Romans 1:22-24a
God has immeasurable patience by human standards, but there still comes a point where He decides that enough is enough. The fact is that God is just and cannot tolerate sin, and He does punish it, but not indiscriminately. But if we see sinful attitudes and lifestyles being promoted and little being done about them, we can understand that God does, at times, give us what we want - and if that happens to be slavery to sinful desires, we can expect that consequences that accompany that.
"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time." - Romans 8:22
Natural disasters can certainly be seen as a part of this groaning, and elsewhere that groaning is explained as being in anticipation of the adoption of the children of God - all humanity. We can infer that creation itself is in a fallen state due to the corruption which humanity invited upon the world. The violence of creations towards humanity is a symptom of that and, while certainly a tool at the Lord's disposal, it is still a consequence of our decisions which He has allowed us to make.
That is, of course, until Christ returns and reclaims Humans, Heaven and Earth as his own once again.
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