Various reasons for Hurricane Katrina, and the destruction the storm brought have been widely publicized.
Among the reasons are:
(1) Its Gods judgment on the Gulf coast because of:
(a) Rampant homosexuality in New Orleans.
(b) Gambling casinos in Mississippi.
(2) Its Gods judgment on America because:
(a) The United States has allowed the Gaza withdrawal where people lost their homes, therefore God has judged America by destroying homes in the Gulf coast states.
(b) America has allowed legal abortion, which has resulted in millions of unborn babies being slaughtered.
(3) God is showing America that global warming is real and we are responsible for it.
(4) The hurricanes were prophesied in advance, therefore the natural disaster and subsequent catastrophes are judgment from God.
(5) These natural disasters are messages from the earth, letting humanity know of the earths pain.
(6) Variations of themes on the above and/or mix and match philosophies.
(7) Add your favorite theory here if you cant find it above.
These catastrophic events as stated in the aforementioned published book obviously include natural and man-made disasters.What do these major record-setting events have in common?
Nine of the ten costliest insurance events in U.S. history
Six of the seven costliest hurricanes in U.S. history
Three of the four largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history
Nine of the top ten natural disasters in U.S. history ranked by FEMA relief costs
The two largest terrorism events in U.S. history
All of these major catastrophes transpired on the very same day or within 24-hours of U.S. presidents Bush, Clinton and Bush applying pressure on Israel to trade her land for promises of peace and security, sponsoring major land for peace meetings, making major public statements pertaining to Israels covenant land and/or calling for a Palestinian state.
Are each one of these major record-setting events just a coincidence or awe-inspiring signs that God is actively involved in the affairs of Israel?
In this book, Bill Koenig provides undeniable facts and conclusive evidence showing that indeed the leaders of the United States and the world are on a collision course with God over Israels covenant land.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:9)
God made promises to Abraham in His covenant with him. In this case it is a promissory or unilateral covenant, or unconditional.
I will refer to Abram as Abraham, as his name was changed by God in Genesis 17:5 from Abram meaning high or exalted father to Abraham father of a multitude.
1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy fathers house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
In verse 1, Abraham was promised land, specifically Canaan, as shown to Abraham in Genesis 13:12-17.
12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.
14 And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
A similar promise is made to his offspring, Isaac, Abrahams only son by his wife Sara (Genesis 26:2-4) and Jacob (Genesis 28:13-15). Isaac was the father of Jacob and Esau.
In verse 2 God promises to make of Abraham a great nation. This is further explained in Genesis 13:16: And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. This promise is also given to Isaac (Genesis 26:4) and Jacob (Genesis 28:14).
In addition to the land of Caanan, Abraham is promised seed or descendants who will make a great nation.
God also promised Abraham that I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. In verse 3 God states a condition for being blessed by Abraham in that He will bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him. God also states that in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Personal, National And Global Promises
The covenant with Abraham, as we see from scripture, involves three aspects: land, specifically the land of Caanan; seed, or descendants that would become a great nation; and blessing in the sense of being blessed and being a blessing.
This can be understood as being a personal promise (the land of Caanan), a national promise (seed, or descendants who would become a great nation), and a global promise (all families of the earth shall be blessed).
This covenant is restated, or confirmed to Abraham in Genesis 15:1-21, 17:4-21, 22:15-18. It is also confirmed to Isaac in Genesis 26:3-5,24 and to Jacob in Genesis 28:13-15, 35:9-12.
Keep in mind that this is an unconditional, or promissory, or unilateral covenant which will be fulfilled by God and is not dependent upon what Abraham and/or his seed, or descendants, do or dont do.
God made it clear in Genesis 12:3 that He will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee ... This is a divine warning that many should consider in their relationships and conduct with Israel as it could result in being cursed by God. What the working dynamics are in carrying out such a curse, or curses, are really unknown to us today.ZECHARIAH, BOOK OFAn Old Testament prophetic book that portrays the coming glory of the MESSIAH. Many scholars describe Zechariah as the most Messianic of all the Old Testament books because it contains eight specific references to the Messiah in its brief 14 chapters.
Structure of the Book. The 14 chapters of Zechariah fall naturally into two major sections: (chapters 1-8), the prophets encouragement to the people to finish the work of rebuilding the Temple, and (chapters 9-14), Zechariahs picture of Israels glorious future and the coming of the Messiah.
Other promises for the future in this section of the book include the restoration of the nation of Israel (chap. 10) and Jerusalems deliverance from her enemies (chap. 12), as well as her purification as the holy city (chap. 13). Like the Book of Revelation, Zechariah closes on the theme of the universal reign of God. All nations will come to worship Him as He extends His rule throughout the world (chap. 14).
2 Corinthians 1:20: For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
God promised it and it will happen whether you believe it or not. Just because we attempt to impose certain conditions upon Godspeaking out what He can do and what He cant dodoesnt mean those statements are valid. And just because we attempt to impose certain time limits upon Godgiving Him a certain length of time to do somethingdoesnt mean those statements are valid, either.
Today it looks like there may be some land given away by Israel. And so what? Tomorrow they will get it back. Because God promised it, didnt He?
If God were seeking to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem in this present time, then many of the nations on earth and prospering today, would have long since been destroyed by God!
I discuss in this article the transparency of these logical fallacies.Inductive fallacies include:
Hasty Generalization: the sample is too small to support the conclusion
Unrepresentative Sample: the sample is unrepresentative of the sample as a whole
Fallacy of Exclusion: evidence which would change the outcome of an inductive argument is excluded from consideration
Causal fallacies include:
Insignificant: one thing is held to cause another, and it does, but it is insignificant compared to other causes of the effect
Complex Cause: the cause identified is only a part of the entire cause of the effect
Missing the Point fallacies include:
Irrelevant Conclusion: an argument in defense of one conclusion instead proves a different conclusion
Fallacies of explanation include:
Non-support: Evidence for the phenomenon being explained is biased
Untestability: The theory which explains cannot be tested
Fallacies of definition includes:
Too Narrow: The definition does not include all the items which should be included
Fallacies of Explanation include:
Limited Depth: The theory which explains does not appeal to underlying causes
(Fallacies listed are Excerpted from Stephens Guide to the Logical Fallacies by Stephen Downes)
|Avalanches||Bubonic plague||Chemical pollution||Cholera epidemics||Coal mine disasters
||Nuclear plant disasters
||Yellow fever epidemics
A Fox News story dated Thursday, December 30, 2004 reports:
Worst weather disasters internationally in the 20th century from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:Fast Facts: Worlds Worst Disasters
Some of the worlds deadliest natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions since the start of the last century:
- Dec. 28, 1908 A magnitude-7.2 earthquake kills 123,000 people in the Messina-Reggio Calabria area of eastern Sicily and southernmost Italy.
- Jan. 13, 1915 An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 leaves 29,980 dead in Avezzano, Italy.
- Dec. 16, 1920 Gansu, China is hit with an earthquake reaching magnitude 8.6 that kills 200,000 people.
- Sept. 1, 1923 An temblor of 8.3 magnitude in Japan destroys one-third of Tokyo and most of Yokohama. More than 140,000 are killed.
- May 22, 1927 An earthquake reaching 7.9 magnitude hits near Xining, China and kills approximately 200,000.
- Dec. 25, 1932 Approximately 70,000 people are killed after an earthquake reaching 7.6 magnitude hits the Gansu region in China.
- May 30, 1935 A magnitude 7.5 temblor strikes Quetta, Pakistan, killing more than 30,000 people.
- Jan. 24, 1939 An earthquake of 8.3 magnitude in Chile kills roughly 28,000 people.
- Dec. 27, 1939 More than 32,000 die in the Erzincan province in eastern Turkey during a 7.9-magnitude quake.
- Oct. 5, 1948 An earthquake of 7.3 magnitude in Turkmenistan kills over 110,000 people.
- Aug. 15, 1950 Up to 30,000 are estimated to have been killed in an earthquake of 8.6 magnitude in Assam, India.
- May 31, 1970 An earthquake reaching a magnitude of 7.9 in Peru leaves over 60,000 dead.
- Nov. 13, 1970 A cyclone in the Ganges Delta of Bangladesh kills at least 300,000 people.
- Feb. 4, 1976 A series of earthquakes reaching a magnitude of 7.5 in Guatemala leave over 23,000 dead.
- July 28, 1976 The worst earthquake to hit China in 20th century with an estimated magnitude at between 7.8 and 8.2 leaves more than 240,000 dead in Tangshan.
- Sept. 16, 1978 An earthquake of 7.7 magnitude in Tabas, Iran kills 25,000 people.
- Nov. 14-16, 1985 Volcanic eruption of Nevada del Ruiz near Bogota, Colombia, kills approximately 25,000 people.
- Dec. 7, 1988 A 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Armenia kills nearly 25,000.
- June 21, 1990 An earthquake of 7.7 magnitude in northwest Iran destroys cities and villages in Caspian Sea area and kills at least 50,000 people.
- Sept. 30, 1993 As many as 10,000 are killed from an earthquake of 6.0 magnitude that struck the state of Maharashtra in India.
- Aug. 17, 1999 More than 17,000 are killed as a magnitude-7.4 quake hits western Turkey.
- Dec. 26, 2003 More than 26,000 killed after an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude strikes the ancient historic city of Bam in southeast Iran.
- Dec. 26, 2004 A 9.0 earthquake off the western coast of Indonesias Sumatra island launches tsunami waves that slam shorelines in Asia and Africa, killing more than 117,000 people.
- Drought and famine in China in 1907, toll estimated at 24 million. Millions dead in other drought-related famines in 1928-30, 1936 and 1941-42.
- Drought in the Ukraine and Volga region of the Soviet Union in 1921-22, deaths estimated at 250,000 to 5 million.
- Yangtze River flood, China, 1931, 3.7 million killed due to flooding and subsequent disease and starvation.
- Great Smog of London in 1952, 4,000 deaths linked to the smog, that many others to related causes.
- Great Iran flood in 1954, with more than 10,000 dead.
- Typhoon Vera in Japan in 1958, with 5,000 dead.
- Violent winter storms along the coasts of northern Europe, including the Netherlands and United Kingdom, in 1965, with 2,000 lives lost.
- Indian drought of 1965-67, estimates of dead at 1.5 million. In 1900, drought in India blamed for 250,000 to 3 million deaths.
- Bangladesh cyclone in 1970, with 300,000 to 500,000 dead in wind and storm surge.
- Flooding in Vietnam in 1971, with 100,000 killed.
- Iran blizzard of 1972, with about 4,000 people dead.
- Sahel drought in Africa in 1972-75, with estimates of dead at 600,000.
- Bangladesh cyclone in 1991, with 138,000 killed.
- Typhoon Thelma in 1991 in the Philippines, with 6,000 fatalities.
- Hurricane Mitch in Central America in 1998, with an estimated 11,000 dead, the regions greatest hurricane loss since 1780.
|1||Unnamed (FL Keys)||1935||5|
|2||Camille (MS, SE LA, VA)||1969||5|
|3||Andrew (SE FL, SE LA)||1992||5|
|4||Unnamed (FL Keys, S TX)||1919||4|
|5||Unnamed (Lake Okeechobee FL)||1928||4|
|6||Donna (FL, Eastern U.S.)||1960||4|
|7||Unnamed (Galveston TX)||1900||4|
|7||Unnamed (Grand Isle LA)||1909||4|
|7||Unnamed (New Orleans LA)||1915||4|
|7||Carla (N & Cent. TX)||1961||4|
|12||Unnamed (Miami FL, MS, AL, Pensacola FL)||1926||4|
|13||Hazel (SC, NC)||1954||4|
|14||Unnamed (SE FL, SE LA, MS)||1947||4|
|15||Unnamed (N TX)||1932||4|
|16||Gloria (Eastern U.S.)||1985||3|
|16||Opal (NW FL, AL)||1995||3|
|18||Audrey (SW LA, N TX)||1957||4|
|18||Unnamed (Galveston TX)||1915||4|
|18||Celia (S TX)||1970||3|
|18||Allen (S TX)||1980||3|
|22||Unnamed (New England)||1938||3|
|22||Frederic (AL, MS)||1979||3|
|24||Unnamed (NE U.S.)||1944||3|
|24||Unnamed (SC, NC)||1906||3|
|26||Betsy (SE FL, SE LA)||1965||3|
|26||Unnamed (SE FL, NW FL)||1929||3|
|26||Unnamed (SE FL)||1933||3|
|26||Unnamed (S TX)||1916||3|
|26||Unnamed (MS, AL)||1916||3|
|31||Unnamed (S TX)||1933||3|
|33||Beulah (S TX)||1967||3|
|33||Hilda (Central LA)||1964||3|
|33||Unnamed (Central TX)||1942||3|
|37||Unnamed (SE FL)||1945||3|
|37||Bret (S TX)||1999||3|
|39||Unnamed (Tampa Bay FL)||1921||3|
|39||Carmen (Central LA)||1974||3|
|41||Edna (New England)||1954||3|
|41||Unnamed (SE FL)||1949||3|
|44||Eloise (NW FL)||1975||3|
|44||King (SE FL)||1950||3|
|44||Unnamed (Central LA)||1926||3|
|44||Unnamed (SW LA)||1918||3|
|44||Unnamed (SW FL)||1910||3|
|49||Unnamed (FL Keys)||1909||3|
|51||Easy (NW FL)||1950||3|
|51||Unnamed (N TX)||1941||3|
|51||Unnamed (NW FL)||1917||3|
|51||Unnamed (N TX)||1909||3|
|51||Unnamed (MS, AL)||1906||3|
|56||Elena (MS, AL, NW FL)||1985||3|
|57||Carol (NE U.S.)||1954||3|
|60||Alicia (N TX)||1983||3|
|60||Connie (NC, VA)||1955||3|
|60||Unnamed (SW FL, NE FL)||1944||3|
|60||Unnamed (Central LA)||1934||3|
|64||Unnamed (SW FL, NE FL)||1948||3|
|65||Unnamed (NW FL)||1936||3|
The following is excerpted from information by the National Hurricane Center:
Galveston Hurricane, 1900A 20-foot storm surge swept over Galveston Island and killed an estimated 8,000 people, the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Tristate tornado of 1925Killed 695 in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Great Okeechobee flood and hurricane in 1928Killed 1,836. Dust Bowl of the 1930sWhen drought swept the Great Plains and plunged thousands into poverty as farmers abandoned their land to seek better lives elsewhere. Florida Keys HurricaneAlso known as the Labor Day Hurricane, killed more than 400 in 1935. New England hurricane in 1938With 600 fatalities and millions in damage from New York to Boston. Storm of the Century, 1950Brought snow and hurricane-force winds to 22 states and claimed 383 lives. Hurricane Camille in 1969Claimed 256 lives. Tornado outbreak in 1974When 148 tornadoes swept through the country from the Great Lakes to Alabama and Mississippi and killed 315 people. New England blizzard of 1978Paralyzed New England for a week. El Nino episodes of 1982-83 and 1997-98Caused storms that battered the West Coast and set rainfall records in the Southeast. Great Midwest Flood of 1993The costliest flood in U.S. history, claimed 48 lives and caused $18 billion in damage. Hurricane Andrew in 1992Caused 23 deaths and $25 billion in damage in Florida and Louisiana. Winter superstorm of 1993Battered the eastern seaboard and claimed 79 lives. Oklahoma-Kansas tornado outbreak in 1999With 42 dead.
|Decade||Total Storms||Major Storms, Category 3, 4 and 5|
|Hurricane Category||Major Category|
|1||2||3||4||5||All||3,4 and 5|
|Average Per Decade|
These catastrophic events listed are only from 1900 to almost now (from 1851 in the U.S. Hurricane Strikes by Decade table). There are simply too many events of cataclysmic significance to post here. (There is a partial list of web sites containing listings of catastrophic events at the end of this article).
Its a new era of hurricanes
Experts: String of intense storms is part of normal cycle
By Ann ONeill, CNN
Friday, September 23, 2005; Posted: 3:52 p.m. EDT (19:52 GMT)
Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, told a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday that were in a period of heightened hurricane activity that could last another decade or two.
The increased activity since 1995 is due to natural fluctuations (and) cycles of hurricane activity driven by the Atlantic Ocean itself along with the atmosphere above it and not enhanced substantially by global warming, he testified.
Return to normal
From 1970 to 1995, there werent that many hurricanes, and the ones we had were nice, well-mannered, housebroken hurricanes that stayed out to sea and didnt make a mess, said Hugh Willoughby, a hurricane researcher at Florida International University in Miami.
The only thing I can say, he added, is this run of good luck we had is ending.
This year you can just say nature is averaging out its climatology, said Colorado State Universitys famed hurricane predictor, William Gray.
Katrina and Rita are what Gray calls Bahama busters, storms that form off the Bahamas rather than near the coast of Africa. They explode after feeding on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The past century saw 18 Bahama busters, Gray said.
Even Katrinas and Ritas back-to-back pounding of the Gulf Coast has a precedent. In 1915, Gray said, New Orleans and Houston areas were hit by Category 4 storms six weeks apart.
You cant blame that on global warming, he observed.
Gray first sounded the alarm in 1995, noting that the surface waters in the north Atlantic Ocean had warmed slightly. 1995 saw 11 hurricanes and eight tropical storms, the highest tally since 1933.
By 1997, Grays annual forecasts warned of a new era of hurricanes.
He put forth the theory that many climatologists, including Mayfield and Willoughby, now embracethat hurricanes are driven by cycles of rising water temperature and salinity that affect the speed of currents in the Atlantic. Warm currents drive hurricanes
The technical name for the engine driving the hurricane cycles is the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, or AMO for short. It can cause droughts in the West and hatch hurricanes in the East.
This cycle has been repeating back to the Ice Age, Willoughby said. Its related to changes in the ocean currents that move heat northward. If its fast, we get a lot of hurricanes.
Studies show the AMO was cooland the currents slowerfrom 1900 to 1925, warm from 1926 to 1969, cool from 1970 to 1994 and warm since 1995.
And so, to a generation of Americans with little experience with hurricanes, it seems like these monsters are coming out of nowhere.
Gray and Willoughby are among the skeptics who doubt global warming can be blamed for the trend of the past few years. They are joined by the hurricane trackers at the National Hurricane Center.
Were just entering a busy time here, said Chris Lauer, a meteorologist at the center.
You see a few decades of slower activity, followed by a few decades of higher oscillation, he said. Our position is the recent increase in hurricane activity is not caused by global warming.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, suggested earlier this month that more than nature and coincidence might be driving the storms.
More study needed
In the Septembers issue of the journal Science, Peter Webster and Judith Curry documented a 60 percent global jump in major hurricanes with winds of 131 mph or more and a 1-degree increase in the tropical ocean surface temperature.
But Webster warned on Georgia Techs Web site that more study was needed before blaming global warming.
We need a longer data record of hurricane statistics, he said, and we need to understand more about the role hurricanes play in regulating the heat balance and circulation in the atmosphere and oceans.
Willoughby said he is keeping an open mind about the role of global warming but believes it wont be a factor for at least another 100 years.
The answer I give everybody, because it has all been so politicized, is I dont know, he said.
Gray was more direct. There are all these medicine men out there who want to capitalize on general ignorance on this subject, he said.
With all the problems in the world, we shouldnt be dealing with this.
Willoughby believes the debate over hurricanes and global warming is healthy. Its good for the science, he said.
Editorial Reviews of Acts of God:Incredibly, the ten most costly catastrophes in U.S. history have all been natural disastersseven of them hurricanesand all have occurred since 1989, a period, ironically, that Congress has dubbed the Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. Why this tremendous plague on our houses? While some claim that nature is the problem, in fact, as environmental historian Ted Steinberg explains, historically speaking, much of the death and destruction has been well within the realm of human control. Surveying more than a century of losses from weather and seismic extremes, Steinberg exposes the fallacy of seeing such calamities as simply random events.
Acts of God explores the unnatural history of natural calamity, the decisions of business leaders and government officials that have paved the way for the greater losses of life and property, especially among those least able to withstand such blowsAmericas poor, elderly, and minorities. Seeing nature or God as the primary culprit, Steinberg argues, has helped to paper over the fact that, in truth, some Americans are better protected from the violence of nature than their counterparts lower down the socio-economic ladder. How else can we explain that the hardest hit areas have been mobile home parks and other low-income neighborhoods?
Beginning with the 1886 Charleston and 1906 San Francisco earthquakes, and continuing to the present, Steinberg spotlights the defective approach to natural hazards taken by real estate interests, the media, and policymakers. By understating the extent of storm damage in news reports and offering quick repairs and cosmetic solutions to damaged property, fundamental flaws in the status quo go unremedied, class divisions are maintained, and unsafe practices continue unquestioned. Even today, with our increased scientific knowledge, he shows that reckless building continues unabated in seismically active areas and flood-prone coastal plains, often at taxpayer expense.
Sure to provoke discussion, Acts of God is a call to action that must be heard before the next disaster hits.
The book, Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disasters in America by Theodore Steinberg was written in the year 2000. The news coming out about the handling of the catastrophes created by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita substantiate the allegations made by the author.Steinberg has an unabashedly political agenda in this work, but that does not interfere with him making a powerful point concerning the economics of disaster preparation and recovery. He examines how many of Americas worst natural disasters were made more devastating through economic decision making. Most of the time these decisions protect the wealthy and commercial interests while leaving the poor and minorities vulnerable. He shows how newspapers and even scientific publications after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake played up the fire to convince businesses interested in moving into the area that it wasnt earthquake prone. He points to how dikes that were constructed to protect towns like Hannibal, Missouri, were made more cost effective by being placed where they could prevent damage to landmarks, while leaving the poor and black sections of the town to the mercy of flood waters. This is an insightful work that raises serious questions about who really directs our philosophy of disaster preparedness. Eric Robbins
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accelerated population growth
environmental degradation accompanied by increasing urbanization
urban sprawl in hazard-prone areas
loss of community memory about catastrophic events because of increased mobility
aging and obsolete infrastructure
greater reliance on aging and obsolete infrastructure
increasing over-reliance on obsolete technology
Maybe, just maybe, natural disasters really have no moral significance. And maybe, just maybe, we need to take a broader overview and get ourselves out of the Old Testament, and orientate ourselves to the New Testament ... the New Testament teachings of Jesus Christ. If we did we would discover that is exactly what Jesus Christ told us to do. Try it ... just read through the New Testament lettering in red ink, i.e., the spoken words of Jesus Christ. And those words before and after those sections which explain under what circumstances He said them.
The fall of Adam and Eve caused effects on this earth that explain why there continue to be catastrophic events. This is recorded for us to know and understand in Genesis:
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Paul, the apostle, reminds us of this fact in Romans:
Romans 8:20-22 (NIV):
20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
The results of the same sin of rebellion against God in Genesis is reflected in this earth that we live upon in its bondage to decay. That sin causes us human beings to get sick, have good and bad days, grow old and eventually die. It also causes natural catastrophic events to happen in this earth that we live upon. That was not Gods original destiny for the human race before Adam and Eve fell.
Excerpted from Nelsons Illustrated Bible Dictionary:
So what is the cause for all of these catastrophic events in the earth? It is our very own sin nature, isnt it?Adam and Eve did not sin simply as private persons, but as the representatives of all members of the human race. Their sin is the sin of all; and all persons receive from them a corrupt nature. It is this nature that stands behind all personal violations of the Lords commandments. For this reason, the fall of Adam is the fall of the human race. The apostle Paul thought of Christ as the second Adam who would rebuild the old, sinful Adam through His plan of redemption and salvation. As in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive (1 Cor. 15:22).
The Gallilaens were not killed because they were worse sinners than others. The tower of Siloam didnt kill people because they were worse sinners than others. God makes the sun to rise on the evil people who sin and on the good people who dont sin and sends his rain on the just who dont sin and also on the unjust who do sin. A man was not born blind because he or his parents sinned.
Proverbs 21:3: To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
Isaiah 9:6-7: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Jeremiah 23:5: Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Judgment and justice are the habitation, i.e., foundational to the establishment, or support, of Gods throne, from which our King, Jesus, will execute judgment and justice. Execute is asah meaning to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application. Vines Expository Dictionary defines it as to create, do, make.
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brothers eye.
Paul the apostle, emphasized the same thing, saying that you are storing up Gods wrath for yourself against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God:
1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
John 10:10-11: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
What makes you judgmental gloom and doomers think that God wants to kill these people off because their sin is more obvious to you, and to others, that your very own sins?
Repeating the excerpt from Nelsons Illustrated Bible Dictionary:
We are all born into this world as sinners. Sin in your life is just as bad as the sin in their life. Did you think there is a qualitative difference between your sin and somebody elses sin? Or a quantitative difference? Did you think that God grades on the curve and that your sin is more acceptable to God than those that you want God to judge and punish?Adam and Eve did not sin simply as private persons, but as the representatives of all members of the human race. Their sin is the sin of all; and all persons receive from them a corrupt nature. It is this nature that stands behind all personal violations of the Lords commandments. For this reason, the fall of Adam is the fall of the human race. The apostle Paul thought of Christ as the second Adam who would rebuild the old, sinful Adam through His plan of redemption and salvation. As in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive (1 Cor. 15:22).
John 3:17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Acts 2:21: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 5:18: Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
1 Timothy 2:4: Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Titus 2:11: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
2 Peter 3:9: 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.
Quit thinking and living Old Testament, saints. And focus on Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!
Selah! ... pause and calmly think of that ...
In the Greek anti means both against and in place of. When we humans begin to judge based upon our limited understanding of God and the Bible and boldly proclaim, according to our subjective human wisdom (which James tells us is earthly, sensual and demonic ... and prone not to recognize logical fallacies), that God is judging we are actually coming against Gods sovereign and infinite wisdom and replacing it with our earthly, sensual and demonic wisdom. In so doing, we are making ourselves to be a god, in place of the true and living God of the Bible.
Would it be fair to identify such human judging as being anti-Christ?
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