Did the Creator God create the tsunami?
By Dave Havir
BIG SANDY, Texas--On Dec. 26 an undersea earthquake in the Indian Ocean generated a tsunami that caused much death and devastation in Southeast Asia. Estimates of the victims may reach 200,000.
Tsunamis are ocean waves produced by earthquakes or underwater landslides.
The word tsunami is Japanese and means "harbor wave." Tsunamis are often incorrectly identified as tidal waves. A tsunami is actually a series of waves that can travel at speeds averaging 450 miles per hour in the open ocean.
Many people ask: How involved was God in this tragedy?
My response: Like most people reading this newspaper, I believe that God is the sovereign Father in the universe. That means I believe He is ultimately responsible for everything that occurs.
For the record, I believe that God micromanaged disasters like the Noachian Flood, the killing of the firstborn in Egypt and other events. But did He micromanage this disaster?
For the sake of discussion let's frame the question a little differently: Did God initiate this environmental tragedy, or did He merely watch it unfold right before His eyes and allow it to occur?
As we consider some of the unbelievable facts about this event, let's give some thought to our opinion about how involved God was.
Did God directly do something to the earth (like blowing His breath or snapping His fingers) to initiate the earthquake at that exact spot? Or did He watch the fault lines He created years ago come apart in that part of the world during an acceptable timetable to Him?
Did God specifically cause the precise amount of movement under the water to create the precise amount of waves to hit His precise targets? Did God blow on the water to intensify its damage to certain areas?
What is your opinion?
Well, what do you think?
Someone could say: Our church leader dogmatically told us how God was involved.
My response: What's new about that? There are thousands of false prophets running around, giving their opinions as facts from God (Jeremiah 23:16-21).
Someone could ask: Are you calling my religious leader a false prophet?
My response: When your religious ruler claims to speak for God as he gives his prophecy opinions, yes.
Do not be afraid of religious rulers. Discover their opinion if you so desire, but remember it is only their opinion.
Did God create this specific tsunami? I am not asking you what the false prophets are saying. What do you think?
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