"Acts of God"

@estherlou (5017)
United States
January 1, 2012 11:45am CST
I was watching the CMT Insider show. It was showing some highlights of various country stars and some of the happenings of 2010. One was the clip showing that freak storm that blew in right before Sugarland was to perform at the Indiana state fair. They were just about to go on stage when the extremely high wind grabbed their stage, awnings, and hangings, and twisted it and toppled it all into the crowd of people waiting for the show to begin. 45 people were injured and 7 lost their lives in that terrible unforeseen happening. The clip mentioned several law suits were filed against Sugarland and the fair. In telling my husband about it, he said, “Well sure. There will always be lawsuits filed for “acts of God”. I immediately wondered why we always call floods, hurricanes and freak accidents “acts of God”? They would be better described as freaks of nature. “Acts of God” paints a mind picture of a vindictive, mischievous entity flicking a finger here or there causing global catastrophes for entertainment. That is certainly not the God I know and love. I think we should call things what they are–hurricanes, floods, or freak accidents of nature. I guess it is only natural to look for someone to blame and God is handy.
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@djbtol (5498)
• United States
2 Jan 12
To support those who use the term "acts of God", I will say that He does control all things, and could prevent these destructive acts of nature if He chose to. Of course, God chooses when He will intervene in the natural course of events and over rule the laws of nature. For many, many people though the expression is just a convenient way of blaming God for bad things that happen. Many people who will not even acknowledge God in their daily lives, are quick to blame Him. We must decide if He is God or not. The argument from those who speak more gently might be that the expression "acts of God" is used only to mean that it is something that man does not control. I guess there are multiple ways to understand the issue.
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@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
1 Jan 12
But God knows all things; he knows what will happen before it does, and he has control over all things. He also created all things, including natural catastrophes such as hurricanes and floods. So didn't he choose that these horrible things happen and that those people get hurt and killed? Also, reading the Bible, an act like this seems a bit mild for God, doesn't it?
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
1 Jan 12
Yes, He is all knowing and has control, but Satan has dominion over the earth for a time. The angry vengeful God is the God of the Old Testament. Our relationship with God changed with the coming of His Son Jesus Christ. Anyway, didn't mean to get all theological here...I just never have believed that God says on this day and year I'm sending a hurricane so that so and so can get hit. I believe he set the world in motion and then it is a 'cause and effect' that happens in life.
• Philippines
2 Jan 12
God is a God of judgment . That's why calamities and great pandemonium of danger is happening through out the whole world, because God had enough of the wickedness and unrighteousness of Men. But God also is a God of mercy, so he extends his patience towards us, he gives time so that we could go back to him.
• Mexico
2 Jan 12
well, im notthing at al into religion or gods relate but so far i know God is everywhere,God is the almighty, he allows everything to happen, in this case is he made everything, whatever that everything causes is his responsibility even if satan has done that because satan is one of his fallen angeles do im i right? in my opinion if he most get rid of satan once and for all and stop blaming someone, for me, its just like stupid game all the time he is suppose to be the powerful God and not been sitting around how satan enjoy doing things like these, or are we talking about the same god?