Do you think God has a message after the typhoon Sendong in the Philippines?

Morose Christmas not Merry Christmas - Sendong hit the Philippine provinces.
@averygirl72 (16620)
Philippines
December 19, 2011 9:34pm CST
I was shocked with the news last night that about 500 people died with typhoon Sendong in Mindanao and Visayas region. I must admit, year 2011 is the year where typhoons are very active in the Philippines. Before the year end, it still lash its fury killing hundreds of people before Christmas. I reflected on my life and become thankful of whatever I have. I forgot to complain to God that I don't have this and that for Christmas. Do you think God has a message or what happened is just what they call the effect of "climate change" or probably illegal logging on mountains that is why landslides and such happen?
13 responses
@SIMPLYD (81477)
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
I think it's the effect of those illegal logging and climate change at the same time. In addition, God is giving us a message. Perhaps God is warning us to give importance to being good specially for the coming Christmas , not wanting more and more in life and focus on what foods to prepare for Christmas. And i must say, i did realize that too. So, i think , i must not buy a new cellphone anymore, to commiserate with those people in CDO and Iligan.
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
I personally that it's the illegal logging problem that led to the landslides on the mountains.I was surprise myself that they experience the flooding since the area isn't flood prone. but it's gotta be the climate change that did the storm.
@SIMPLYD (81477)
• Philippines
21 Dec 11
Yes, Letran, i believe so too.
@Metatronik (5911)
• Pasay, Philippines
22 Dec 11
The first thing I could think of what happened in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan City was about illegal logging but I don't think those people who have done it have learned that kind of lesson. I hope they will be having conscience about it. But then it has also message to ALL OF US! which indeed I think not all people have learned this ever since. We don't have self discipline in terms of nature or environment. That could be one of the most important factor that we should always keep in mind. The small candy wrap that is being trashed anywhere can be one of the biggest reasons why this typhoon happened. I mean imagine the population here in the Philippines and the number of people who does not have discipline in terms of cleanliness. In every disasters or calamities it always have the lesson but here we go again after we forgot what happened we are doing things that might affect our health and worst case it might be the reason why some of our fellowmen will die. Giving prayers, donations and emotional care is not enough to help those victims or other people but again TAKING CARE OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE! is one of the important factors that we must do to lessen the victims of calamities. Aside from that WE MUST BE READY! for the next typhoon such as having boats and other things for survival. At least when the typhoon PEDRING happened here in Manila we were almost ready and there were less victims. People in Marikina were ready too. Being ALERT is another lesson too.
@averygirl72 (16620)
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
I agree, it is all about disaster preparedness. Typhoons nowadays are a lot different many years ago. Plus the fact that many have abuse the environment. The volume of rainwater now is far different than before. So we need to expect that water level will rise up unexpectedly.
@ChoukseyMK (1052)
• India
21 Dec 11
i believe that God never kills his sons and daughters. this might have done by devil.
@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
Or this could be the cause of man itself. If it is indeed illegal logging, then the loggers are to blame.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
21 Dec 11
It is plain and simple. It is Mother Nature's wrath.. I believe in God but it is easier and a lot more logical to explain that it is Mother Nature's fury this time. Why? On the news they have seen very big logs from trees! That means logging illegal or not is extensive in that area. Therefore people must learn how to respect nature, be more eco friendly..change our ways when it comes to nature or else it will happen and occur more. It is sad but really people does not respect earth anymore. I was watching 2012 in NatGeo, an episode they tried to explain if 2012 will really be the end like what the Mayans believed.. it was long and very interesting.. in the end if ever it will end.. it will still be Mother Nature's way.. pollution is excessive, global warming worsening.. and the cause of it is people's disrespect of Mother Nature.
@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
Hi Jaz! I think Mother Nature and God is related. God made the earth and everything in it. As for Nature's wrath: wasn't it in the Old Testament that God flooded the earth to cleanse out the evil? Although he promised he'd never destroy the earth that way again. I haven't watched that documentary in NatGeo though. I refuse to believe about 2012, or probably just too scared. 2012 is just a few weeks away!
@mikno1 (27)
20 Dec 11
Everything happens for a reason.
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
21 Dec 11
Every time I watch news it is so sad and heartbreaking to see the fatalities of typhoon it is close to a thousand. I know the feeling to lose your love one because we lost our father last year it is so painful until now we still feel the pain. In the spirit of Christmas many are going to help the victims of flash flood in Mindanao and Visayas.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
I am a believer that there is a God therefore I believe that there is a message to every catastrophe. All things, good and bad, is a manifestation of God's greatness. Some people will not probably think this way. They will think otherwise that God is a cruel god for letting such tragedies happen and forgetting what each and everyone did that contributed to these disasters. Human beings have the tendency to always throw the blame (even to God) and fail to assess their contribution. It is much easier to blame that is why.
@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
Your post reminded me of "A Walk To Remember". Jamie said, "I don't need a reason to be angry with God." And she was dying of leukemia. Somehow some things happen even if we can't comprehend it. That doesn't mean we should blame God for it.
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
Definitely God has a message and if only God will appear and talk to them and would tell to stop their illegal cutting of trees and mining. Look at the remains of floods you can see trunks of trees spreads anywhere, the color of mud is a sign of vast illegal mining rains wash away muds and it flows down in the residential areas. Horrible isn't it, people are to blame because they are too abusive of our mother earth. Even before, study showed by University of the Philippines that things would happened but local authorities never focused in this findings and possibilities. So its too late now it pays for what they have done. What we can do now is to pray for the souls who have lost to gain strength and hope to move on for the families who survived from that catastrophic events. Let's joined force to take care our mother earth this is a global problem.
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
500 hundreds fatalities is increasing not to mention the unidentified and lost ones. please pray for the lost lives.
@lafavorito (2966)
• Philippines
12 Jan 12
Yes, the disaster brought by typhoon Sendong is actually human's fault. If only illegal logging and mining is not rampant along the mountainous regions of the country then there would still be trees that will absorb the rainfall. The message is always sent but the politicians are not listening because the close their eyes to the illegal operations because they receive monetary gain, even in the expense of nature and human lives. As long as those who has the power to change the political system of the country continuously ignore these signs then more people will suffer.
• Philippines
23 Dec 11
after finding it out on t.v last saturday, suddenly I felt this devastating feeling since it's my hometown (CDO). I was born and grew there until I flew here in Manila last 2009. It's just too heart-wrenching to watch those harrowing scenes. In consideration that CDO and Iligan is not a usual typhoon-stricken area I'm sure it wasn't only that God has an important message for all of us but this is also a call to be more responsible with our natural resources, that we should all stop those activities which could cultivate hazard to our environment. I hope that this will serve as a good lesson to be learned from and a reminder that we all each have to do our part in protecting and caring for our mother earth. Let's not all put our blame to the government.
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
I do believe that there is really a message! There is a reason why it happened. Sometimes it's a way of saying that We should take good care of our environment. This phenomena would happen again and again if we wont take good care of our mother earth.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
The message we must get from the recent catastrophe that our country experienced is to not abuse the use of nature. God has been good to us because we have given an abundant natural resources. Some people doesn't just know how to take care of our surroundings. We have to wake up now or else it will be regrets.
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
Hello Averygirl, Simple, be prepared all the time. unfortunately, they were very stubborn that they deliberately ignored the warnings coming from the Local Government Units, which caused more deaths among those people.if they had evacuated just like as they were instructed to, there would have been less casualties. Another thing is Climate, some weather storms attacks now or passes places where storms doesn't go.lessons learned, they should listen when there's a warning.
@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
I think God has been sending that same message to the world long before typhoon Sendong and only few humans are doing anything to help prevent or lessen any future disasters by tending to the possible causes. Well said, Averygirl. We should all be thankful of what we have now.