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Acts of God
The term is commonly used in the insurance industry and in news reports about natural disasters. It even appears in governmental policies and procedures. In this context, anything that is beyond human control and wreaks destruction through the forces of nature, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or floods, may thus be characterized as "an act of God."
Although many may accept the term as simply a convenient means of designating certain types of disasters for the purposes of insurance or legal claims, there's little question that others see such havoc as quite literally God's hand at work, punishing His wayward children. For example, in the wake of the terrible floods in the midwestern United States, a media poll found that 18 percent of Americans believed the destruction was a form of divine retribution, or "God's judgment on the people of the United States for their sinful ways." USA Today (July 23–25, 1993), citing this poll, quoted one of the individuals surveyed, who felt there were parallels between the recent floods and Bible stories. She concluded, "When the people became godless and corrupt, their land and civilization were destroyed."
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