Major World Events and Disasters – A Biblical Perspective
The Bible provides some important safeguards to prevent us from either under-reacting or over-reacting to major tragedies and world events such as the recent massacre in Paris. First consider Matthew 16:3 where Jesus scolded the Pharisees and Sadducees for ignoring important trends: “You know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t read the signs of the times.” Later Jesus warns “Be on your guard . . . or that day will come on you unexpectedly like a trap” (Luke 21:34-35a).
Similarly, the Apostle Peter warned: “First, be aware of this: Scoffers will come in the last days to scoff, living according to their own desires, saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? Ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they have been since the beginning of creation’” (2 Peter 3:3-4).
On the other hand, Jesus recognized that there would be those who would over-react to specific world events – misinterpreting them as the fulfillment of specific prophecies. For instance, a well-known Christian leader insisted on blaming Hurricane Katrina on homosexual practices. In Matthew 24:6-8 Jesus gave us a caution…
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