Q: Are natural disasters sometimes an instrument of God’s judgment? I’ve wondered sometimes if God was trying to speak to us when these things happen. — J.H.N.
A: No, absolutely not. Cultures that existed before the advent of science may have believed this because they could not explain these events any other way. However, over the last two hundred years we have developed the knowledge and tools that allow us to understand the natural mechanisms by which earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, etc. form. No one needs to resort to a belief in a supernatural deity to explain these in the 21st century.
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