July 1, 2012

God and Weather: Weather Caused by God?

 DC Storms 6-29-12

  CO Fires 6-26-12

While not all natural disasters are the result of Divine Providence, there is a clear scriptural backing for Acts of God used by God to bring about punishment via the weather. 

NO:   Not all storms are God's doing:  In Luke 13: 2-5  God and Weather
Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
 We all live in a fallen world and bad things do happen to good people.  No one deserves God's grace based on our works, we've all sinned.  This is the basis for this passage in Luke and the punishment sin demands can fall on anyone anytime, whether by a falling building or by a lightening strike

YES:  Storms though can though be the cause of God's doing:  In Genesis 6: 7.
So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them. ”
Most obviously, God destroyed humanity with a flood because of their wickedness.  Another famous passage in the Old Testament is found in Numbers 16
28 Then Moses said, “This is how you will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and suffer the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt. ”
31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions.
God can use weather to get our attention preciously because he made it.  That's not to say he won't use other subtle means such as a word from a Pastor or that he won't get our attention in less dramatic ways, but he DOES use the weather at times to send a message.  The key is discerning when that event is from God.

Other commentary is available from ChristianAnswers.

Some have concluded that suffering occurs because it is beyond God's control. This is incorrect. God has indeed established certain laws and principles that govern nature, but he remains sovereign over these laws. Psalm 148:8 declares that storms “do his bidding.” Concerning Jonah, it was the Lord who "sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea" (Jonah 1:4 KJV). Old Testament writers did not hesitate to attribute the forces of nature to God: "thy waterspouts … thy waves … thy billows" (Psalm 42:7 KJV). Today, God's creation is too often depersonalized. He is in control, and has His reasons for all kinds of weather, both fair and stormy.

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