TSUNAMI - WHO IS TO BLAME?

(02/21/2005)

Dear Editor,

Since the Tsunami tragedy there has been renewed interest in the age-old question of God and Human Suffering. "Why do bad things happen to good people?" "How could God let this happen?" "God cannot be let off the hook for this one." "How can religious people explain something like this?"

What many seem to forget is that the earth we live on today is not the earth God created. There is still much beauty and order and most of the laws of physics that uphold and sustain our universe still work properly and are dependable, but when man sinned and was driven out of the garden, this earth came under a curse. "Cursed is the ground for thy sake..." In addition to that curse, God went on to say, "Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee..." (Genesis 3:17-18). Thorns also.....in addition to the curse. What was involved in that curse? What changes did that bring to our earth? Who was to blame for it?

Later when man became so wicked that the earth was corrupt and filled with violence, God said to Noah, "I will destroy them with the earth." (Genesis 6:11-13).

How was the earth destroyed? It wasn't annihilated. What happened to it? What changes in the earth did that bring about? After Noah, his family, and all those animals were on the ark, "all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened." (Genesis 7:11). How were all the fountains of the great deep broken up? What did that do to the earth's crust? Later, how did God cause all those waters to abate? Could that be when He raised the earth's crust to form the mountains and the great depths in the oceans? How would that affect the earth's crust? Again, who is to blame for all this?

In his letter to the church in Rome, the Apostle Paul writes about the curse that was placed upon the earth because of sin, and about the time when the creation "shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." (Romans 8:21-22). The earth, as we know it, is in the bondage of corruption. The whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain. What does that mean? What does that involve? Once more...who is responsible?

Can we really blame God for the shape the world is in today? It seems to be human nature to want to "pass the buck" ... to wash our hands of any responsibility for our actions. Perhaps we all need a sign like the one former President Truman had on his desk: "The buck stops here." Certainly this doesn't answer all our questions in regard to the problem of Human Suffering, but perhaps it gives us some food for thought.

Gene H Miller
HC 84 Box 80
Shock WV 26638-9502