Are earthquakes and tsunamis 'acts of God'?

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They are sometimes referred to that way—are they the results of God’s thoughtless impulse or even indifference toward man’s existence?

Though not everyone, many people would respond to those questions with an emphatic, “Of course not!” I would, too. Why do I feel so strongly that way? My answer is based on what I’ve learned about God—what God actually is like, how God treats His creation. The Bible contains chapters upon chapters, books upon books, that reveal God’s good and affectionate nature. As one reads the Bible through, it becomes clear that it is a wonderful record of countless loving acts and actions of God.

Instead of acting as some sort of distant, capricious deity, God actually takes pleasure in expressing goodness and joy in His beloved creation. Jesus said, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).

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