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Lodi pastors weigh in: How can a loving God allow suffering in Haiti, other disasters?

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Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:00 am

If God is so powerful and loving, why did he allow the devastation caused by the Haiti earthquake?

Religious leaders are often asked why God allows tragedy to occur, whether it be a natural disaster, a criminal act, or your loved one suffering from cancer.

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  • posted at 3:50 pm on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.


    Who said he was a loving god?

  • posted at 2:41 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.


    IMO...God has nothing to do at all with the daily events on Earth. They just happen...there is no "divine intervention". You can Pray till you're out of breath...LOL and things are going to happen according to the laws of nature and statistical probability. However...the God that I worship (I'm an independent- do not worship at any of the big-name franchises, despite their big advertising budgets and promises) will indeed be there in the afterlife to pass judgment on all souls....God has definitely laid down the ground rules for living in this life...did you follow them??

  • posted at 11:08 am on Tue, Jan 26, 2010.


    More Christians denying their heritage, and their "holy" book.They are quick to condemn people like Pat Robertson who clearly stated it was the will of god to punish the people of Haiti. However their history, and their book make those statements hypocritical.

  • posted at 4:01 am on Mon, Jan 25, 2010.


    "Left Behind" is a scare tactic and should not be recommended to read.

  • posted at 6:43 am on Sun, Jan 24, 2010.


    belle102553 - I would resist the temptation to put too much stock in entertaining books like the "Left Behind" series. Although they're well-researched and well-written by two well-meaning Christians, they are nothing more than human prognostications. As Christians the Bible is our guide and upon It we should rely along with constant conversations with God asking Him to reveal what His Word actually means.Still, the Bible makes it clear that we are not supposed to know the when's and how's as it relates to the end times. It is how we live our lives "now" that are most important. The people of Haiti need our prayers and support as they dig themselves out of this horrible earthquake. As God-loving Christians it is up to us to do whatever we can to help alleviate their suffering.

  • posted at 4:47 am on Sun, Jan 24, 2010.


    I think people need to wake up and see what this world is coming too! If your not a christian I sugguest reading the book of Revelations. I've been reading a series of books on "LEFT BEHIND" It is a good series and it explains to what will happen here on earth after God raptures the Christians and all the children to heaven. You will not want to be Left Behind. The earthquack in Haiti is nothing to what will come.

  • posted at 2:58 pm on Sat, Jan 23, 2010.


    OH my G**! When are you going to grow up and accept Science? Leave it to a preacher to use this to fill the offering plate. More money for him!! Money Money Money!

  • posted at 4:18 am on Sat, Jan 23, 2010.


    Could an all powerful God keep us from disaster, pain, and hardship? I suppose; but that would be heaven and not earth. As the the story goes man was cast from heaven so that he could experience the pain that manifests from sin (or earth). In other words,,, God allows for suffering so that we can ind our way back home.

  • posted at 2:30 am on Sat, Jan 23, 2010.


    I don't believe that God looked down and said "hey, the people over there need to suffer more" and sent an Earthquake. But the Earthquake did happen in accordance to the natural laws established by God.Any Earthquake is the result of the movement of the Earth's crust. This results in volcanic activity and has led to land creation, fertile soil and climate change (the Himalayan mountains resulting the same forces that devastated Haiti feeds water to nearly a quarter of the human population). And yes, those forces do cause destruction as well.In terms of Haiti, specifically, I hope that the devastation can lead to a positive change in the country. A more stable, tolerant government would be good.



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