Why Does God Allow Earthquakes?
Some days ago, Dome sent me this message:
I’d like if you can explain me one thing that bothers me. I do not know if you are aware of the Equador earthquakes. I’m a bit scared about it because at anytime an earthquake may happen. Why does God allow earthquakes?
And here you have my answer, hope it helps.
For such a long time I’ve been thinking about the natural disasters in the world and why God allows them.
We know that God allowed evil to enter into the world to respect our freedom.
It could be easy for God to make everyone good, but then we wouldnt be free beings. We’d be comparable to robots programmed to be good. And a robot is not able to love. And God “longs” for our love!
God allowed evil in the world because the cause of evil is freedom, and freedom is something so holy good that God, even suffering the effects of evil in the world, allowed evil to avoid uslosing our freedom.
OK, but then, Why does he allow evil in nature like the natural disasters such as the earthquakes which your country is suffering by? It has nothing to do with freedom! Well, it seems it does.
When our first parents Adam and Eve rebelled against God and disobeyed him, evil entered the world, and that evil did not affect just men and women, it even affected andpolluted the creation.
The nature which God created for us was good, but someway this nature was infected by that evil and is now able to infringe suffering to the people who lives inside it. It was not part of the first plan of God for humanity.
Jesus, with his miracles, showed us his power, his dominion, over the creation. Nature obeyed him submissively and did not wound his disciples in the Galilee sea. Jesus calmed down the storm which may have drowned his apostles.
That was clearly understood by Paul who explained it in his letter to Romans:
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” (Romans 8:22)
The creation suffers and longs for the return of our Lord Jesus to restore it to the natural state of goodness God created it for.
Therefore, those earthquakes who scare you show how convulse nature is and how, as it happens with people as well, is subjected to evil.
And all of this I needed so many words to tell you, Paul better explained to the Christians in Rome:
“For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” (Romans 8:19-21)
The answer to your fears is the prayer of the disciples in the boat: “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25) “Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” (Matthew 8:26).
Jesus is the Lord of nature. Ask him to subject the “waves of the earth” which are the earthquakes, and he will give you calm and free you from any fear in order for you to live, trusting him like a child, in the peace and joy of his love.