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Disasters seem like those of Old Testament

Do the horrible, devastating natural disasters of our times have resemblances to the plagues of the Old Testament scriptures?

Recall the recent fury of the winds, the giant hurricanes, Superstorm Sandy, the destructive magnitude of tornadoes, the churning anger of the high seas, the flood waters, the hellish wildfires of consumption, and finally, the tears, sufferings, heartaches and deaths.

As described above, nature went frantically mad and wild. Yes, permitted by God, with similarities to the nasty plagues of the Old Testament. Did the plagues have a purpose? What about nature’s disasters of our time?

The Lord answered Moses: “You shall tell Pharaoh all that I command you … yet I will know of Pharaoh’s obstinate heart despite the many signs and wonders that I will work in the land of Egypt, ... he will not listen. The Egyptians may learn that I am the Lord, the Lord of all, as I stretch out my hand against Egypt and lead the Israelites out of Egypt in their very midst” (Exodus 7:2-6).

Pharaoh momentarily would relent. But suddenly Pharaoh would be stiff-necked again. Therefore, the Ten Plagues (Exodus, Chapters 8-11), Aaron’s staff turned into a snake, water into blood, frogs all over, gnats swarm and pester man and beast, hail storms, pestilence, total darkness.

Are there any reasons that enable a man-made court to change God’s law? God, in his omnipotence, is far superior to the man-made Supreme Court or any court made up of humankind.

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