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"Examining the Relationship Between Catastrophic Weather and Evil in Today's World"

"Examining the Relationship Between Catastrophic Weather and Evil in Today's World"
"Examining the Relationship Between Catastrophic Weather and Evil in Today's World"

"Examining the Relationship Between Catastrophic Weather and Evil in Today's World"

God created the entire universe and the laws that govern it. (Genesis 1:1) Natural disasters are a result of God's laws at work. Hurricanes, typhoons, and tornados are the results of weather patterns colliding, while earthquakes are the result of the earth’s techtonic plates shifting.

Within this dynamic system humans live and often live in the wrong place ( a flood plain for example). Humans sin and explotation are factors in people dying from weather.

Can we blame all natural disasters on evil?

In Luke 13:4-5 concerning the fall of the Tower of Siloam, Jesus addresses four assumptions that people often make about disaster:

1) Suffering is proportional to sinfulness.

2) Tragedy is a sure sign of God’s judgment.

3) Bad things happen only to bad people.

4) We have the right to make such judgments.

The Prince of This World

Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out." John 12:31

After the Fall Satan took control of our world as limited by God.

On occasion the Bible shows us that God allows Satan to use "weather" to discipline humans.

In Job we also see that with God's permission Satan has limited control over weather (Job 1:16)

The videos below and article discuss our ongoing worldwide disasters. Perry Stone Beleives that many disasters today are Demonic. Is this a possibility?

Listen to what each video has to say.

Demonic Weather is Manifesting Perry Stone

Video from Perry Stone

Does Satan Have the Power to Control the Weather?

The increasing number of natural disasters and terrible storms have many people wondering, who controls the weather, God or Satan? Some point to the descriptions of Satan as the “prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2 and the “god of this world” in 2 Corinthians 4:4 as evidence for Satan having control over weather. An examination of Scripture reveals that whatever influence Satan and his demon angels have over the weather is restricted by God’s ultimate sovereignty. The Devil, our "adversary," must be taken seriously; we should acknowledge his existence and his limited power over the secular world. At the same time, Satan, a defeated fallen angel, is super-human but not divine, having only the power that God ultimately allows (2 Thessalonians 2:6-11).

If Satan could impact the weather, it would only be by God’s permission, and restrained, as in the case of Job. Satan was allowed by God to torment Job in order to test him, and this included “the fire of God” (probably lightning) which "fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants" (Job 1:16). This was followed by a "mighty wind" (possibly a tornado) that destroyed his eldest son’s home and killed Job’s children (verses 18-19). So if the fire from heaven and the tornado were somehow caused by Satan, they were still under the ultimate control of God for His purposes.

It is God, not Satan, who controls the weather (Exodus 9:29; Psalm 135:6-7; Jeremiah 10:13).

God controls the skies and the rain (Psalm 77:16-19).

God controls the wind (Mark 4:35-41; Jeremiah 51:16).

God upholds and sustains the universe (Hebrews 1:3).

God has power over the clouds (Job 37:11-12, 16).

God has power over lightning (Psalm 18:14).

God has power over all nature (Job 26).

God is in control of all things, including the weather. Through His providence, God provides for and protects His children, but He also permits Satan, demons, and mankind to exercise their limited will to commit acts of sin, evil, and wickedness. These same beings are fully responsible for any and all man-made disasters and tragedies they cause. We know that God has ordained whatsoever comes to pass (Ephesians 1:11; Romans 11:36), and therefore His invisible hand is in our pain, even though He cannot sin or be the perpetrator of evil (James 1:13-17).

There can be no meaningless suffering for the believer, whether the suffering is caused by mankind or by a natural event. We may not always know why evil acts or natural disasters happen, but we can be assured that in all our trials and tribulations God is working all things together for His glory and for our everlasting good (Romans 8:18-28)." from the article: Does Satan Have the Power to Control the Weather?

What is the difference between 'moral evil' and 'natural evil'? | John Lennox

 Mar 19, 2022

"For full forum click here:    • Where is God in global suffering? Rel...  " from video introduction

Christopher Southgate - If God Exists, Why Natural Evil?

Video from Closer to Truth

"When earthquakes and tsunamis kill and maim, when children suffer painful illnesses and die young, where is the God who is supposedly all-powerful and all-good? When humans suffer severely, if the horrors are not caused by other human beings, it is called 'natural evil'. For the theist, is natural evil more difficult to justify than moral evil?

Chris Southgate is a trained research biochemist and a Senior Lecturer of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, where he also works as a Research Fellow in Theology. His main fields of study are the science-religion debate, ecotheology and environmental ethics.

Closer to Truth presents the world’s greatest thinkers exploring humanity’s deepest questions. Discover fundamental issues of existence. Engage new and diverse ways of thinking. Appreciate intense debates. Share your own opinions. Seek your own answers." from video introduction

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