Why Disasters?


You’ve probably wondered why, if there’s an omnipotent God, especially a God who is all love, why does He let disasters happen?

That’s a good question, one that I asked years ago after a really bad earthquake hit Los Angeles—one that brought down both buildings and bridges. Because I believed in—not only God, but a loving God, I couldn't understand how this could have happened, I began to pray and meditate to find out why the world seemed to be falling apart and that people were dying indiscriminately due to natural disasters. Why, I wondered, are there more earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons and tornadoes than there used to be? And why does God allow them?


In those days I meditated both morning and night. So, while in prayerful meditation I asked, why?  Suddenly, from where I sat in the woods in Cave Junction, OR, I suddenly found myself above Los Angeles in such a way that I overlooked the entire area, including the city and the mountains beyond it. In the vision I saw very large areas of blackness emanating from the city, mixed with very tiny patches of white light. 


As happens in visions, I intuitively knew that where the "dark" was, God wasn't, and that the darkness represented the absence of the Divine; only in those very small patches of light was there a Divine presence. 

How can God—omnipresent—not be there?  To understand that you have to be familiar with the first chapter of the Book of Genesis (Click here for brief quote) where God gave dominion of the planet to mankind.  Because the world no longer belongs to the Divine—He’s like a distant landlord—God’s essence is only present in those who are Spirit-led.  Without those few who Spirit-led individuals, God is not here.  If God is not present, the world is on auto-pilot and at the mercy of those who only care for themselves, which is usually those who main aim is money and power.  Therefore, the white patches in the darkness represented where those who are Spirit-led are.  The darkness represented areas where there was no Divine presence—no one there represented the Godly nature.  

Because of this vision I now understand that the Spirit of the Divine is only operationally present where God’s people are. 

Who are God's people?  Those who kind, loving and caring.  Those are the ones who trying to serve God by caring for others; for wanting others to have as much or more than they have; by helping out where needed. What is sad is that the dark patches greatly exceeded the areas of light. 


In other words, God's presence has all but vanished.

    So, what does this have to do with earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons and tornadoes? 


God’s loving presence is like glue that binds our planet—and indeed—the universe together. Because this is our world and we are free will individuals who have been given dominion over it, God doesn’t interfere. He’s only actively present wherever God-knowing people are; through them He works wonders.  If you are seeking God, He is in you and you radiate and emanate God.  In addition, you represent Him. If He is not in you, you do not. Through you and others God holds the planet, the weather and everything under control. Without the Divine in us, everything falls apart.

Sound like a fairy tale?


It isn’t.

The very first Christians called themselves, "The Way."  In today’s society fewer and fewer people are followers of The Way.  There are more and more who are perverting spiritual truth and twisting it to their own advantage.  This means God is being driven out and His presence is loosening. As a direct result there are more and more natural disasters of every type all over the world that will just continue to get worse.


Those first man to know God was called Adam in the Bible, comes from the word adamas, meaning the earth. Adam meant, from the earth.  Those early people were holy and given dominion of the earth—they were the caretakers of the planet. But even they succumbed to self-centered desires and threw it all away.  It’s no wonder that we, who don’t walk as close as the first people, have a hard time and stray so far. 


Free will has its flaws indeed.


Do you want to save the earth so it’s a good (and safe) place for your children to grow up and go to school with out fear? Seek God through prayer and mediation and then take Him into the world with you wherever you go. Tjat's done by offering your life and all have to God--not the church--God. 


You know what's odd about doing that?  You suddenly feel free.

When you do this, you find yourself wanting to share your discovery with the world. 


Jesus told His followers—who were flawed people just like you and I,


"You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a basket, but on the lamp stand so that it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” No one is perfect—not even His followers, but they were Spirit-led.


When you belong to God the light you shine is not yours—it’s the residing Spirit of God within you. 


Only when the world turns to God will peace reign—and I mean peace in our heart and peace on our world. That’s why Jesus told His apostles, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 


Everything Jesus commanded does nothing more than make the world a better place! 


Genesis 1 (NRS):

26. Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."

27. So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28. God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." 29. God said, "See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.

31. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (NRS Genesis 1) (Back)