What part of the Bible talks about earthquakes? Divine punishment or natural phenomenon? science and faith

Guadalajara, Jalisco.- Few experiences generate among humanity intellectual work like natural disasterssince the beginning of time, the people seek to explain the phenomena they experience with the cognitive tools of his time and religion or the supernatural has been a recurrent branch to explain why earthquakes, tsunamis or floods happen.

Thus, specialists and historians have collected philosophical discussions that through the centuries earthquakes generated, above all after the 1700s when science was already a field of knowledge separate from religion. Earthquakes: divine punishment or natural phenomenon?.

Imagine living in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 1, 1755. It’s Saturday, Day of the Dead, and an earthquake with a Tsunami kills thousands of people, leaving only the town’s Protestant church standing. What would you think? Is it similar to asking why tremble in september Mexico and specifically on the 19th?

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At that time the Theodicy of Leibniz. Who reaffirmed that the earthquake was more a test of faith and that this land was the best, because God created humanity here. While Voltaire He refuted this argument, considering that if God was so good, he could not do so much harm to innocent people.

Serve this as a sign that believing scientists and those who question faith more, have been fierce to answer the reason for natural disasters. And one important part of this discussion is Christianitywhich, in a general way, has attributed the phenomena of this type as divine punishments or instruments of destruction for “a new earth”.

Therefore, in the Judeo-Christian Bible, whether Protestant or Catholic, you can find several passages that their scholars have related to movements of the earth’s crust of which, according to the religious Luciano González, in his paper “The Bible, tectonic plates, volcanism and prophetic earthquakes” gives a sample of these.

  • Numbers 16 31-34: Selective tremor. He killed Coré, Datán and Abiram, who had taken up arms against Moisés, who revolted after the time they had been in the desert, leaving the riches that Egypt represented to them.
  • 1 Samuel 14-15: The tremor felt when Saul’s son Jonathan and his armor bearer carried out the first massacre against the Philistines.
  • 1 Kings 19:11 The earthquake that allowed the prophet Elijah to leave for Horeb after Jezebel had sworn to kill him, as Ahab killed all the prophets.
  • Matthew 27:51 The crucifixion of Christ. The moment of the death of Jesus Christ.
  • Matthew 28:2 The resurrection of Christ. The earthquake that was felt when an angel of God came down to roll back the stone from the tomb of Jesus Christ.
  • Luke 21: 11 The prophecy of Jesus Christ before the persecutions of his apostles
  • Acts 16:26 The earthquake that allowed Paul and Silas to escape from prison in Philippi for having expelled a spirit of divination in a woman and her owners used her to earn money.
  • Exodus 19 10-24 In the meeting of Moses with God on Mount Sinai
  • Revelation 6 12 The earthquake that will happen in the end times when the sixth seal is opened.

As can be seen through one of the most important religions of humanity, discussions between natural phenomena are caused by divine issues or earth effectswill continue, in any case, we close this article with the phrase of the student of tectonic plates and faithful believer in creationism, Luciano González:

“For me it is very impressive how God is going to use the same forces that have modeled the relief that he has created for the final stage.” What do you think? Divine punishment or natural phenomenon?

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What part of the Bible talks about earthquakes? Divine punishment or natural phenomenon? science and faith