More About Hurricanes As God’s Punishment

It took a while for the “God’s punishment” interpretation of hurricanes to pop up. The religious media personalities like Franklin Graham took a pass on the punishment interpretation. But, now others cannot pass up the opportunity to say the hurricanes are punishment advancing the rights of gay people including gay marriage.

The link was written by a Catholic priest who disagreed with the punishment theory. He admits that back in the Old Testament God punished sinners by drowning them. But, he points to a passage that says God promised not to do that again. Instead, the priest says, the merciful God is suffering with those who are flooded.

If this priest is right, and God promised not to flood people again and is suffering with those harmed, where did the others get the idea God is metering out punishment. Well, from scripture, of course. There are those passages about a vengeful God and a God that will not be mocked. It is just as logical to conclude God is punishing humans for gays receiving rights as it is that God will no longer punish and is suffering along with those harmed. Perhaps there are even more interpretations one can glean from the Bible.

The priest is wrong in saying God promised not to flood people again. The god theory was made up by ancient wealthy goat herders.

Those who claim the floods are punishment are wrong too. It’s just hurricanes and has no religious meaning whatsoever.

5 Responses

  1. Jinx II

    We have no need for a god to destroy humankind, we are well on the way to doing it ourselves. The rapture is just candy for the deluded masses to misdirect them from our own annihilation instead of taking any responsibility or action to stop it.

  2. Luke N

    Mr. Lindgren I have to agree with you on this one. The Christian actor Kirk Cameron made some completely insensitive and self-righteous comments on You Tube, quoting Exodus and associating the approaching hurricane with God’s judgement as if he was an authority on Biblical interpretation. He did this mind you while he prepared to take his first class seat on the first flight out of the danger area, and offered no comfort or encouragement to those less enlightened and condemned souls who remained behind. Between Cameron’s blunder and Joel Osteen’ s fumble by locking the displaced out of his Church in Houston, it’s no wonder church attendance is declining. As a Christian this kind of stuff frustrates me to no end.

    1. Luke N 10:34 Thanks for your comment. My limited knowledge of meteorology comes from my training for a pilot’s license and watching TV. I’ve always liked the simple notion, “All weather is about the heating and cooling of air.” One can leave God out of weather if he wants to.

  3. entech

    I do wonder why so many of these self appointed messengers of God say so many things that contradict the word of God. Genesis which gives us the flood also gives us the covenantal promise that such mass destruction will never happen again.

    Genesis 8
    20Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.
    21The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
    22“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

    In the next chapter and a few verses along we find that the Rainbow flag is the sign of this covenant. While I may interpret this as accepting Gays, after all he said”:
    “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood”

    This does not mean that paedophile priest and homosexuals will escape punishment in the next life, it is that God has confessed and repented from his errors – having become just and benevolent he no longer punishes innocents by hurricane; because of the sins of others. It is his most ardent followers that seem most keen on extracting punishment, threatening punishment in his name even though he has promised it will not happen.

    1. entech 11:54 Interesting how an event like the hurricanes brings out both the best in humans, those who risk much to help others, and the worst, people of the faith who cheer on punishment for sins.

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