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Does God Hate Haiti?

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This article by Al Mohler puts everything into godly perspective. Read this excerpt then click for the rest:

In truth, it is hard not to describe the earthquake as a disaster of biblical proportions. It certainly looks as if the wrath of God has fallen upon the Caribbean nation. Add to this the fact that Haiti is well known for its history of religious syncretism — mixing elements of various faiths, including occult practices. The nation is known for voodoo, sorcery, and a Catholic tradition that has been greatly influenced by the occult.

Does God hate Haiti? That is the conclusion reached by many, who point to the earthquake as a sign of God’s direct and observable judgment. Click to read the rest of the article.

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  1. thank u for posting dr. mohler’s article. i am sooo saddened by this terrible event. but, what saddens me more is that some Christians do not see the love, grace, mercy & redeemtion of God toward the haitians but only His wrath.

    the bible makes it clear in the Book of Romans…22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

    dr mohler states in his article the following: “The Bible clearly claims the sovereign rule of God over all his creation, all of the time. We have no right to claim that God was surprised by the earthquake in Haiti, or to allow that God could not have prevented it from happening.”

    and again the best conclustion for us to heed is again stated by dr. mohler…
    “Everything about the tragedy in Haiti points to our need for redemption. This tragedy may lead to a new openness to the Gospel among the Haitian people. That will be to the glory of God. In the meantime, Christ’s people must do everything we can to alleviate the suffering, bind up the wounded, and comfort the grieving. If Christ’s people are called to do this, how can we say that God hates Haiti?”

    great stuff steve…thanks for posting!

  2. They’re called tectonic plates. They cause earthquakes.

  3. I don’t know, since God made Satan knowing this would happen, it’s not hard to think that this is all God’s plan.

  4. Did God judge Haiti? or, why did He allow it to happen? These should not be the questions we ask seeing all this.

    The right questions are, why doesn’t God judge us? or, why does he continue to let us go on living in rebellion to His Word?

  5. Amen to what Val said !

  6. ExPatMatt:

    But it is God who made the tectonic plates, faultlines and all. And it is God who causes them to move, how far and when He so commands for purposes only He knows – ultimately, for His glory whether we like it or not.

  7. Paul,

    Do you then feel that we should give up trying to understand how the plates move, since it’s by His whim and “for purposes only He knows”?

  8. Paul,

    You’re quite free to hold on to that superstition if you like; it is just that though, a superstitious belief.

    We know what tectonic plates are, we know how they move and we know the effects they have when they move over/against/under each other.

    Now, you can ascribe these forces of nature to God or demons or Gaia if you like, but it’s based on nothing more than your own personal beliefs and opinions. So trying to claim that it means anything specific is just your own fallible, human interpretation of things.

    “And it is God who causes them to move, how far and when He so commands for purposes only He knows – ultimately, for His glory whether we like it or not.”

    Your version of God seems very much like a kid with a magnifying glass, doesn’t He? Lovely.

    Cheers,

  9. Hi Nohm,

    By no means at all!! The more we know, the better we can appreciate how everything works; better understand the complexities of creation; and for those of us who are of faith, a deeper appreciation of God’s power and purpose in all things. I can never get enough information about the wonders of the world and we, believers and non, should never stop doing all we can to discover and learn more.

  10. Hi ExPatMatt,

    “Superstitious belief”? Going by the definition of “superstition”, I believe the word better defines you. Your religion of atheism is, as Webster’s Dictionary puts it, “a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary”. Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome, chapter 1:18-20, speaks clearly about that. Truth trumps superstition, though I well understand that we can end up going in circles ad nauseum on that one.

    I would much rather believe that there is purpose in all things, even difficult things, than not. It gives life meaning. It tells me, as well, that I have a purpose for being here. Otherwise, what’s there to live for?

    Lastly, I don’t have a version of God. God has revealed Himself by His Son and by His word, the Bible, and my faith is in Him. It’s His own version of Himself and all that He is with/to/ and for His own creation. God claims complete sovereignty over all things whether we believe it or not, understand it or not, like it or not.

    “I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.” (Isaiah 45:6-7)

    Praying for you.

  11. Paul,

    I find these two quotes of yours very interesting;

    “Truth trumps superstition”

    and then, shortly after;

    “I would much rather believe that there is purpose in all things,”

    That sounds an awful lot like your beliefs are based on what you would prefer to be true, rather than what is demonstrably true, doesn’t it?

    You also said;

    “Your religion of atheism is, as Webster’s Dictionary puts it, “a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary”.

    Of course, Websters doesn’t say that for ‘atheism’, does it? It says it for ‘superstition’ – why you seemed to imply otherwise I don’t know.

    You also missed off the first definition of superstition, here it is;

    “1 a : a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation b : an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition”

    The boot seems to fit you there, doesn’t it?

    For completeness, the Webster’s definition of atheism is actually as follows;

    “1 archaic : ungodliness, wickedness
    2 a : a disbelief in the existence of deity b : the doctrine that there is no deity”

    No superstition (or even religion) involved, so you really failed hard on that one, didn’t you? In the future, be careful when you quotemine the dictionary, eh?

  12. What does Jesus have to say about this very situation?

    Luke 13:1-5

    13:1 Repent or Perish

    There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.2 And Jesus answered and said to them,

    “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
    NKJV

  13. ExPatMatt:

    Thanks for your, I’m not quite sure what, sound advice? Your spinning this thing around is making me dizzy. Gotta lie down.

    “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God, For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’ ”
    (1 Cor 1:18-19)

    Still praying for you. If God could change MY heart, he can change yours – even when you try to resist Him. He’s that powerful.

  14. “spinning this around”? Dude, you were wrong and you contradicted yourself. I pointed it out. Man-up.

  15. ExPatMatt,

    Believe what you will. I only “man-up” when I know I am wrong. And, I confess to you, I “man-up” often. Not here though.

    We can go whirling in circles in this kind of discussion over and over and over until Jesus comes back which is partly why I usually stay away from these kind of threads. Frankly, I don’t why I got on this one. Must be that nagging compassion that I have for those who are lost, as I once was.

    And let me make it clear here: I do not claim to be a better man than you, sir. At this point, better off in the longrun, but not a better man.

    What’s ultimately important here? Who wins an argument? No. It’s death. Yours. You just got struck by a car. You’ve got 2 minutes to live and you know it. Something tells me you won’t be feeling too smug in your predicament. Even the thought that you MAY be wrong about God will eat away at you as your final seconds tick away.

    I can only offer you the same truth you have heard a million times over and love to refute, the Gospel. You need to repent and put your faith in Christ for your salvation. If not, you can try and take up your argument with God on Judgement Day, but I can promise you, you won’t have much to say.

    Actually, you won’t be able to say a word as you will stand before Him with your mouth shut under total conviction and in agreement with His impending just and eternal punishment for your sins, in hell.

    Mercy is attainable here while you still live and breathe. Should you die in your sins, mercy will be non-texistent the second you die. That could be today. And that should concern you.

    You are in dire need of redemption, friend, God’s free gift offered to you that you may know the immeasureable depth of God’s love for you demonstrated through Christ by His life, sacrificial death and resurrection. Salvation is your greatest need. Winning arguments is not.

    Swallow your pride, man. Humble yourself. “Man-up” to God! Playing verbal ping-pong with me holds no redeeming value. It is God’s Word that is true. I’m just the messenger.

    “And everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Joel 2:32)

    You have heard the gospel. You are without excuse. You are in God’s hands. That is not superstition.

    It will continue to be my privilege to pray for you.

    I gotta move on.

  16. Does God Hate Haiti?

    What a clever question… but only a great title for an article. The writer uses the 4 word question to insight people to read the article.

    If he would have wrote Why God loves Haiti? Would you read it… Probably not, people would immediately associate it with some kind of typical religious fluff.

    But insert the word HATE… oh yeah, baby! that’s stirs a nerve… read every word.

    LOL…

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