Originally posted by karoly aczel
As most of you would have seen Queensland and significantly , its capital and larger cities (Brisbane Toowomba and Ipswich) have been severely flooded. The death toll stands at 18 , with many others missing and feared dead.
Out of the last three months if you could've taken that 1 week sunshine at anytime, you would've done it right when it came.
O ...[text shortened]... prayers answered for the rain to subside just when we were bracing for the absolute worst.
Well if one were to look back at the history of God and his dealings with man and when he did use the natural elements of the earth to punish them for ungodly actions and used such events as the flood or even somewhat un-natural things such as the sulfer & fire that fell from the sky that he used to destroy Sodom & Gomorrah, he always gave a warning and sometimes that warning was given decades in advance to the humans invloved in that impending doom.
He did this to always allow ones to correct their course of action.
So with the consistancy that God showed in the Bible with his warnings, the things that happen to us all now would not be an act of God.
From a Watchtower magazine:
"A close scrutiny of catastrophes that some call “acts of God” reveals that, in fact, many are man-made. Others, of course, result from natural forces such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
Although the Bible foretells many man-made and natural calamities as part of the identifying marks of these “last days,” nowhere does it present instructions that guarantee immunity from them at this time. (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Matthew 24:3-12) Why not? Because such things are not acts of God. However, God’s Word does explain why good and bad people alike suffer from them.
When the first humans disobeyed God’s plainly stated instructions, they invited disaster. “You will positively die,” God had warned. (Genesis 2:17) The apostle Paul shows how far-reaching were the effects of their actions by saying: “Through one man . . . death spread to all men.”—Romans 5:12.
But more was involved. The first couple’s disobedience meant rejecting God’s guidance and care. No longer did they want God to be Ruler over them and their home, planet Earth. By forfeiting God’s oversight, they also lost his protection from disasters.
What does all of this mean for us? It means that “time and unforeseen occurrence” befall all of us. It means that we cannot know what will occur that might make us victims of the unexpected. As fish caught in a net or birds taken in a trap, so, too, “the sons of men themselves are being ensnared at a calamitous time,” as, for example, “when [death] falls upon them suddenly.”—Ecclesiastes 9:11, 12.
So while law courts may consider natural catastrophes to be “acts of God” in a legal sense, in actuality they are definitely not God’s acts."
Just a side point is that we are now living in a time that God has given us warning signs about!!!!!!!!!!