The Atheist’s Explanation for Earthquakes and Tsunamis



The Atheist’s Explanation
for Earthquakes and Tsunamis


It’s a frustrating time for atheists—they can’t blame God for tragedies, because they think there’s no evidence for God. Blaming Him would make as much sense as blaming Snow White for a snow storm.

But atheism would suggest that there is a good reason for Japan’s massive killer quake and the horrific tsunami that followed: it was nature making improvements. Everything is gradually getting better. People being crushed to death or drowned in a tsunami is just part of the work of nature.

Also, cancer, suffering, pain, and death are part of nature improving things through evolutionary change. It was evolution that improved nature when it gave the leap to the frog and the bark to the dog. It gave oxygen-enriched air to the lungs, wings to the bird, and brains to the nerd. It also gifted us with the four seasons, myriad colorful flowers, snow-capped mountains, cool running streams, music, love, and laughter. It all started with nothing, and over for you…making things better.

So if you have tragically lost loved ones through cancer, atheism says that you will just have to deal with it because it’s all working for the good of…well…nature. It’s like a beehive, or communism. If you have to be stung to death for the good of the hive, or shot to death for the good of the State, it doesn’t really matter because you are nothing more than a tiny, insignificant cog in a huge wheel. Richard Dawkins was right when he said, “Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but indifferent.”

If that view sounds hopeless and depressing, it is. Evolution has left you as a nobody among billions, on a dot of a planet among trillions, waiting around for the pains of life and ultimately death. You don’t know where you came from, you don’t know what you are doing here, and you don’t know what happens after death. But that doesn’t matter to an atheist. All that really matters is that you are free to enjoy yourself here and now by throwing yourself into fornication, adultery, pornography, or homosexuality. Anything goes, because there is no God and no Hell. Probably.

The Christian worldview is a little different. It says that when there are killer earthquakes, or tornados, or hurricanes that ravage humanity, it’s a confirmation that we live under the Genesis curse (see Genesis 1–3). When cancer kills hundreds of thousands each year, or when a loved one dies, it just confirms the truth that we live in a fallen creation.

It also confirms that God is not the smiling divine butler He’s made out to be. He is angry at humanity for all of its evil. Disease, pain, suffering, and death endorse the biblical account of both man’s sin and God’s holiness.

Despite our sinful rebellion, God is rich in mercy and will grant everlasting life to all who will repent and trust in the Savior. The cross of Jesus Christ is proof that the most vile of us has great worth in the sight of Almighty God. Jesus took the punishment for our sins, and rose from death to save us from Hell. He paid our fine so that we could leave the courtroom—such is the love of God.

So there you have it. You can choose to believe that nothing created everything, that you are a nobody waiting to die, and enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season and end up in Hell. Or you can obey the gospel and get right with God, find everlasting life, have a reason to live, and then enjoy “pleasures forevermore

–Ray Comfort




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