As we come to the end of this mini-series on the world of Genesis and natural disasters, we ask the question (again): So why do natural disasters occur on earth? Well, the most interesting and sensible answer I have heard to this question was given on a television programme ‘Tsunami – Where was God?’ in […]

Can natural disasters ever be considered a result of the Fall? I am not quite certain where the idea came from – possibly my early education at the hands of the nuns in catechism – or later as a ‘born again’ at college? But somewhere along the line I came to the conclusion that earthquakes, […]

‘Is it fair to subject humans to temptation if they are judged on the decisions they make?’ ‘…until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.’ Daniel 7v22 In this series, we have considered a range of issues related to the exercise of freewill. […]

Wouldn’t the world be happier if everyone was programmed to respond to God’s loving advances and not commit evil? Think of a world where freewill has been removed. A world in which humans do not act in response to anger, lust, revenge, selfish desire, greed etc. Sounds great but is this a loving world? After […]

‘Why does God give people freewill if he knows they will misuse it and do evil things in the world?’ One explanation of how evil comes to exist independently of God and the world is advanced by Augustine of Hippo who, before converting to Christianity in the fourth century, lived a thoroughly immoral and decadent […]

‘What does the mainstream church believe about natural disasters today?’   In a previous post, I outlined how the Lisbon Earthquake of 1795 rocked the Church’s understanding about God. The rise of enlightenment across Europe with its appeal to a more rational understanding of the Divine, resulted in German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher attempting to reconcile […]