Does God Judge the Earth Through Natural Disasters?
This is Part 4 of a blog series based on Barry Bennett’s book, Did God Do This to Me? It gives straightforward, biblical answers to many important and frequently-asked questions about God and His Word.
The tragedies that happen in the earth are a result of sin and the work of the enemy, who comes to steal, kill and destroy (Jn. 10:10).
Earthquakes, famines, hurricanes and other disasters are not the work of God, but rather the results of sin and its effects on a planet that is “groaning and travailing in pain” under the “bondage of corruption” (Rom. 8:21-22).
The planet has been subjected to corruption. At the flood in the days of Noah, the planet was shaken to its core as the depths were broken up and the continents divided. Tremendous change took place that left the earth unstable and dramatically different from its original state. Now there are earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, floods and fires that bring death and destruction to millions.
These are not the will of God; He does not send them.
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. —1 Timothy 2:4
It would make no sense for God to send us into all the world to preach the gospel to all men while He is destroying them through tragedies and disasters. Our gospel is good news, and God’s mercy and grace have given us this time in which He’s not imputing our sins unto us (2 Cor. 5:19). He has reconciled Himself to us and pleads with us through the gospel to be reconciled to Him! (2 Cor. 5:20)
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. —2 Peter 3:9
Jesus made it clear that God is not judging the earth:
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. —John 5:22
And Jesus revealed how judgment would come:
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day…. —John 12:48
We will be judged by the Word of God in the “last day” (Rom. 2:5).
Therefore, natural disasters are not God’s judgment for sin. They are simply a part of fallen nature.