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Finding Meaning in Tragedy

Scripture tells us that God can be trusted to take good care of those who put their faith in him. But the Bible makes no bones about the fact that it takes faith, because the actual path of human life, even for the faithful, as we know so well, is regularly filled with trouble, trial and pain.

Woman reading Bible in hospital bed

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J. Michael Feazell
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Hurting for the Hurting in Japan

Horror was the first emotion that went through my mind when I saw pictures of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This was quickly followed by a deep heartache for all the families affected. Some family members will never be found.

As I read the news and thought sadly about what the families were going through, I received an e-mail stating that this earthquake and tsunami were proof we were at the end time.

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Mateship: Imago Aussie?

A few years ago a book was published about Australia, called The Lucky Country. Although the term found its way into our self-talk, we haven’t been feeling so lucky lately. Earlier this year, in just one month:

Flash floods inundated an area the size of France and Germany combined. Lives were lost, homes and crops destroyed.

Cyclone Yasi ploughed across the Barrier Reef and the Queensland coast, leaving devastation in its wake

Raging bushfires took out homes and property on the edge of Perth.

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Kerry Gubb
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Blessing in Disguise

Late last year, Australia experienced the worst floods in our history, followed by cyclones, while other parts of the country have had devastating bushfires. Property has been destroyed, homes ruined, lives have been lost. We have witnessed surges of water hurling cars as if they were toys, washing some houses away, wrecking others, uprooting trees, destroying roads, railway lines and bridges. It has been tragic, sad, and heartbreaking.

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John McLean
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Where Was God?

If God loves people, why does he wipe them out? We can’t help but ask that after a disaster such as the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan. What kind of God would kill so many thousands of people and ruin the lives of millions of others in a single stroke?

Man and boy walking in the rubble in Japan

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Acts of God

Joseph Tkach

Acts of God

Officials say it is a “disaster of biblical proportions.” That implies that the Bible is primarily about catastrophes, but it's not.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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As we record this program in early 2011, large parts of the Northeastern Australian state of Queensland are inundated with major flooding. Flood water has covered an area the size of France and Germany combined. Officials and relief workers, struggling to cope, say it is a “disaster of biblical proportions.” That is the way we often describe major natural disasters. Insurance companies call them “acts of God.”

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Disaster in New Orleans!

In America’s worst natural disaster, nearly a million people were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Tens of thousands were stranded without power, without food, without drinkable water, without sanitation, without medical services, without police.

One tragedy piled on top of another to make them all worse. If only the city had been built in a better place. If only the people had built better levees. If only they had evacuated before the hurricane hit. If only the government had acted quicker to bring food and water, and to transport the refugees. If only…

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Is God Mad at Haiti?

Joseph Tkach

Is God Mad at Haiti?

Some people use tragedy as an opportunity to condemn the victims. They say that God used earthquakes to punish Haiti for its sins.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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See our articles on Haiti: Will my homeland live again? Haiti - help and hope, and Where was God?

The devastating earthquakes in Haiti have evoked a massive outpouring of support from around the world. In the face of tragedy, many hearts have opened, pouring out the love of God toward those in need. But there are others who use tragedy as an opportunity to condemn the victims.

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