Rather than send a prophet we will scorn on our blogs, God this time emerges as His own voice. On the 11th March 2.46pm an earthquake in minutes leaves tens of thousands suddenly dead – in Japan leaving behind a trail of unimaginable destruction, fear and terror. Rob Bell says the victims are in heaven.
Last fortnight was somewhat unusual and unforgettable in many regards as events unfolded. A very optimistic verdict is declared to the pleasure of the populist vote that God will not commit any to the eternal damnation of a fiery inferno we call Hell. Rob Bell suggests, in his latest book promo, that God is too benevolent to destroy people like Gandhi and your good great grandmother who did not have a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. They do not deserve such a heinous punishment for such minor glitch given their other noble qualities. Bell lays his cards on universalism as he confidently strays farther from biblical Christianity. Universalism, in its broadest terms, preaches that all go to heaven and that there is no hell. A few are outraged - many relieved readers will be hoping this to be true as they anxiously wait to devour the “better news” in the gospel according to Bell in “Love wins”- sure to be a best-seller.
9th March, in a perhaps unconnected development - Forbes announces its list of the world’s richest on the planet ... parading on its top ten a few celebrated agnostics, atheists, Hinduists, and some not so committed church goers...the richest African is a Muslim. There are no sober reformed Calvinist Presbyterians or the more fervent Pentecostal “born-again” happy-clappy bunch leading this list. This may suggest they are not of as much economic relevance...and their “more demanding” Holy God has perhaps little influence on money matters on this earth or prefers to be a neutral observer watching. For the pragmatic post-modern thinker, these events as well as others perhaps raise questions on the relevance of God and the infallibility and sufficiency of Biblical truths...
Matthew 10 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Haggai 2  The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.
The question of ownership of all resources and power to act without accountability to any, and questions surrounding God’s anger and judgment all beg for answers. God finally speaks.
Psalm 29The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.  He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.  The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.  The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.
The Bible predicts many future great earthquakes as part of signs of the end, but also records several past earthquakes notably on Mt Sinai with Moses as he is given the Law; the death and resurrection of Christ witnessed separate great earthquakes; Paul and Silas are released from imprisonment as a great earthquake shook the prison. We do not see earthquakes attributed to the evil one in the Bible – rather they seem to be a divine signature or exclamation to boldly proclaim God's divine power beyond the realm of comprehension subsuming all other powers also reminding that all power belongs completely to Him. Power that also backs up His word - none of which is permitted to fall to the ground. Earthquakes can remind us not to dispute or debate His revealed word ... much like interrogating a 50 metre high Tsunami.
Psalm 18 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
Job 9 Then Job answered and said,  I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?  If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.  He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?  Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.  Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
Hundreds of billions of dollars, life savings and treasures of generations instantly vanished under the waters and fires still yet to abate ...
Luke 12 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Psalm 112 ... Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.  His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.  Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
God says those who deny His existence have no excuse to do so. He declares that all power in all forms - spiritual, economic, political and physical belongs to Him ... who does as He pleases. Read post Stephen Hawking may be a great physicist - but has no clue on God.
If a disastrous melt-down of earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors happens then perhaps Rob Bell and those who say or wish there is no hell...may observe a glimpse - in the tragic scenario of unstoppable release of death and destruction accompanying burning refineries, chemical plants and buildings – but still only a minor rehearsal of a far worse future unending inferno. Obama may play golf as Japan burns, others will feel curiously detached or send help and sympathise as is always the right thing to do...but please do remember the reaction of the Lord Jesus Christ when people passed (appropriate or inappropriate) comments on tragedy impacting others...
Luke 13 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
.... except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish ... all races, billionaires, politicians, great, small et al. We pray to be granted mercy to receive this grace to return ...looking up to God again. Amen
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