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Did God Cause Haiti Earthquake?

Recently on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson made the comment that implied that the reason a devastating earthquake struck Haiti is because the Haitian people swore a pact with Satan in return for them getting out from under French rule.  This statement has led many to believe that because of that pact with Satan, God sent the earthquake.

This writer believes that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but no one other than a prophet of God can tell us for sure that this earthquake was caused by God.  To Pat’s credit, I never heard him proclaim that he is a prophet of God.  Therefore we really can’t say for sure that God caused this disaster in Haiti.  But what we do know from Scripture is that God justly caused earthquakes in the past and will justly cause them in the future.

When Christ Jesus died on the cross, there was an earthquake and the graves of many of the saints were opened and they arose and appeared to many in the city, Matthew 27:50-54. There was a great earthquake when Christ Jesus rose bodily from the tomb, Matthew 28:2.  Christ Jesus himself foretold that there would be many earthquakes in different places Matthew 24:7.  In addition, Christ Jesus tells us through the apostle John in the Book of Revelation that there is coming a powerful earthquake that will be so great, it will exceed any earthquake in the history of the world, Revelation 16:18.

We cannot say for sure whether this quake was from God or not.  It could have been just plate tectonic activity.  But what we learn from scripture is that many times, earthquakes are a sign that God is working.  This writer believes that if God destroys cities and countries because of pacts with Satan, then there should probably be no cities standing today, because at one time or another, all cities and nations have made some kind of a pact with Satan.  But because of His mercy and compassion, He holds back His just anger and judgment.  The question is, “how much longer will God restrain His wrath?”

We need to take this event as a warning to all nations to turn back to the God who created this world.  This earth is His and He will not allow it to be totally corrupted.  But God always gives us hope and a chance to turn to Him.  He tells us “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

In the meantime, we should do all we can to contribute to the relief effort in Haiti.  But we should make sure that we only contribute to those organizations that have been around for a long time and have years of experience dealing with catastrophes such as this.

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