Wrath of God and Natural Disasters|Wise Library 1985

By Margaret W. Lavigne 


God “has made everything for its own purpose.” (Proverbs 16:4). Significantly, “do not gloat over their calamity in the day of their disaster.” (Obadiah 1:13). [1]


People question “God’s existence” and atheists do not believe in Final Judgment and God’s wrath. Fatalism is not a biblical concept. Human being is given with free will. There’s nothing to do with fate if anyone commit wickedness, such as extramarital affair. In Christian tradition, the 7 “deadly sins” refer to pride, jealousy, anger, dejection, avarice, gluttony and lust. It’s worth mentioning that the 7 deadly sins are heavily linked and chained.


In the Bible, natural disasters manifest God’s anger. In Christianity, the advent of natural disasters results from the misconduct of human beings. God is righteous and God is wrathful over wickedness. God is merciful, but there are unforgivable sins. Natural disaster shows God’s anger over unforgivable sins and manifests God’s immense power, which allows the survivors to repent their faults. In the Bible, natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods are demonstration and testament of God’s punishment. God is angry because the Earth is filled with violence, unforgivable sins and vicious selfish desires.

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Bible Verses on Natural Disasters


Deuteronomy 29:21

“ Then the LORD will single him out for adversity from all the tribes of Israel


1 Chronicles 21:15:

God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it; but as he was about to destroy it, the LORD saw and was sorry over the calamity, and said to the destroying angel, “It is enough; now relax your hand.”


Isaiah 45:7

“The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these.”


Luke 21:11

“There will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” [2]


Matthew 24:21

“There will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.”


Jeremiah 44:2

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘You yourselves have seen all the calamity that I have brought on Jerusalem and all the cities of Judah; and behold, this day they are in ruins and no one lives in them.” [3]


Matthew 24:6-8

“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars…for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end…But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”


Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Daniel 12:1

There will be a time of distress … everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.”

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Forgivable Sins  & Unforgivable Sins

Romans 3:23 says that people who sinned are those who fell short of the glory of God. “God did not spare angels when they sinned” (2 Peter 2:4). The righteous God executes retributive justice. Those who commit forgivable sins will take “disciplinary consequences” from God. And those who commit unforgivable sins are doomed to bear God’s punishment. For those who commit unforgivable sins, God punishes them for the sake of justice.


Jesus mentions the unforgivable sin in the gospel of Mark. Jesus addressed the topic in Mark 3:20-30 by stating “all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” (Mark 3:28-29).


The unforgivable sin isn’t committed by thoughtless random thoughts. Unforgivable sins are deliberate malicious sins.


The wicked will take “eternal punishment” and the righteous will secure “eternal life” (Matthew 46). Every deed has a consequence. We must bear the consequences for what we’ve done. No one can escape God’s judgment.

Bible Verses on Anger


Usually, people get angry as they their self-value is being devalued or being deceived. A good heart can’t see the bad intentions. Don’t blame yourself for choosing to believe the goodness in people. Guard goodwill inside your heart. Do not let anyone take away it from you. The world might not do us justice, but God will. The Bible says, “Vengeance is mine” (Biblical quotation, Deuteronomy 32:35. Romans 12:19). We do not own the authority to punish anyone who commits wickedness but God. God knows everything. God witnesses everything. The all-knowing God is given the authority to make judgments and do the justice. Thus, “don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (EPHESIASNS 4:26-27). The Bible says, “Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good…. Trust in him, and he will act.” (Psalm 37:1-40)



There are people do not treat us respectfully or friendly as we hope. Here’s my way. I try not to focus on their hostile statements or wonder their intention, because it does me no good.


Rationality is the best tool to deal with problem-solving. As to problem-solving scenarios, I will try to remove my emotions consciously by pretending myself a robot. I demand myself to focus on the solutions and facts rather than people’s intentions or onions. And it works well. Time is too precious. I don’t want to waste a minute contemplating on people’s antagonistic remarks or intentions but have my full attention working on anything valuable, contractive, and productive.



[1] The Bible makes it clear that “Do not enter the gate of My people in the day of their disaster…And do not loot their wealth in the day of their disaster.” (Obadiah 1:13).


[2] Genesis 6:17: Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.


[3] Isaiah 29:2: I will bring distress to Ariel, and she will be a city of lamenting and mourning


Nature Disaster and God’s wrath 

According to the Hebrew Bible, not all suffering caused by God. Suffering can be caused by other human beings, by Satan, or by God.


In the Bible, natural disasters have a strong connection with God’s anger. In Christianity, the advent of natural disasters results from the misconduct of human beings. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, flooding in South Asia and Africa, coupled with a massive earthquake in Mexico. We have seen widespread devastation. God is righteous and God is wrathful over wickedness. Natural disaster shows God’s anger over unforgivable sins and manifests God’s immense power, which allows the survivors to repent their faults. In the Bible, it records that natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods are God’s punishment. The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh tells the story of a catastrophic flood. The gods bring rain down to end the “uproar” of humankind. But the god of the waters, Enki, warns the righteous man, Utnapishtim, about the impending disaster.


God is angry because the Earth is filled with violence, unforgivable sins and wicked selfish desires. In 2000 B.C., the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh mentions about a catastrophic flood. Utnapishtim saves himself and his family. Noah is a “blameless” human being, and God tells him to build an ark beforehand. So, Noah survives as other people perish in a deluge.


#Apathy is a universal sin

Countless people are being indifferent to other’s sufferings or lose passion for life. There are “forgivable sins” and “7 deadly sins.”The universal problem in that most people commit 7 deadly sins in daily lives. 


God does not authorize us to judge anyone, including ourselves (Roman 14:4,12).

According to the Bible, what we have done during our life journey will be judged by God in the Judgment Day (2 Corinthians 5:10). “[A]bout that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven” nor Jesus, but only God (Matthew 24:36). “Everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken” (Matthew 12:36). “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked” and it’s the timing “to judge every deed” of every individual (Ecclesiastes 3:17).In Revelation 20:11–15, it says everyone will be judged “according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”


“Judge nothing before the appointed time” and God will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart” (1 Corinthians 4:5).


“Love each other deadly, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4: 7-8). “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other” (James 5:16). “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Ephesians 4:31-32). Satan approaches us when he senses negative emotions or negative thoughts.


“[Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24)

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