YouTube Christians on Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

My wife, who likes to poke fun of my atheism, also is not a fan of fundies and her and her friends were passing around this video below featuring a Christian girl who thought the Japan earthquake was a good thing. This deluded young lady says she was praying for Lent that God would open the eyes of atheists (which I guess includes heathenistic Japanese?) and therefore the natural forces at work were actually supernatural. It all was for the greater good. She even suggests further that we should expect more disasters for the sake of Christ.

I wonder a little bit about this video since the first part is a natural explanation that leads into what may be the dumbest Christian girl on the planet–is this girl for real? Is this a hoax? Well, it’s not too unfamiliar. As this video shows in the end, more prominent figures have made fools of themselves by saying essentially the same thing.  I’ve been told these arguments by Christians myself or heard sermons where natural disasters are somehow part of God’s plan to bring unbelievers to Christ. It’s a very disturbing viewpoint.

After watching this crazy Christian girl video, I decided to see what other Christian videos were being posted about the tragedy. Christians are quick to give to charity but it comes at a price–evangelizing. Justin Bieber’s song “Pray” got the treatment from a fan who put together a montage of scenes.  Per one comment: “The point of this video is to show everyone what’s going on in Japan and that we need to help them. Even praying creates miracles.” As if prayer did any damn good or created anything. The real concept here is to pray after the fact–for forgiveness because Japan has been punished for not turning to God. Most Christians are careful not to explicitly say this, but they’re often thinking it.

This next video is morally sick. It features a badly sung song drenched in syrupy sweetness called “God is in Control” while rotating pictures and videos of the Japan disaster. So what does that mean? The insinuation is if God is in control that either he caused the earthquake or he heartlessly watched the earthquake as people were drowned and crushed to death. The sick part is that this person posting the video actually thinks this video show’s God’s benevolence and love? The video does the opposite, it’s ironical. I kept thinking when I saw the scenes of disaster put to gospel music, “God is out of control.” We could continue this theme by showing scenes from the holocaust with the same song or 9/11 or any terrorist act or natural disaster. God is simply exploitative or apathetic towards human suffering for the sake of bringing mortals to bow before him. He is in control like a dictatorship with too much power. What a petty version of God.

And then we have a more polished hip-hop entry called “He is Still God” which is a reminder of what? That God was still there when the earthquake happened and numerous lives were taken? Or God’s love is still there because God waits for disasters to strike, then picks up the pieces. It’s interesting that Christians like to give God credit for the aftermath and not the actual disaster–because isn’t God the creator? You can’t say earthquakes were made by sinful humans, that’s ridiculous. But inevitably that will be the claim by many Christians. Sin should be defined by human behavior towards one another and yet sin is treated as some sort of biological disease that causes all of nature to go haywire. Thus an easy out for God, the supposedly perfect designer.

Lastly, since I’m running out of room. Here is an opinion video that has not gotten too many views but has some homespun wisdom on how to deal with Christians who think God is punishing Japan. Amazingly, the one comment he gets is a pacifistic Buddhist who is concerned that he means for people to take him seriously.

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    Matthew 24: 3-8

    As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

    Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

    Trends since 1986

    For example, between 1986 and 1996 (incl), a period of 11 years, there were “just” 15 earthquakes listed by USGS of magnitude 7.0 or greater. This is not markedly different (albeit a slight decrease) from previous(similar periods) of 20th century, where an average of about 18 might be expected.

    But between 1997 and 2007 (incl), a period of only 11 years, there were 99 earthquakes with magnitude 7.0 or greater : This is more than a six-fold increase on the previous similar period -and is a stark increase on any earlier decades in 20th century too.

    The trends in nature here, particularly from 1997 support the wider realisation of prophesy about the “End Times”, namely that an increase in earthquake activity is a pre-requisite for the “second coming of Jesus Christ” foretold in the bible. It does not indicate how close we are to this event, but suggests it is not too far away.

    About the “End Times”

    Speaking of the signs that will happen, leading to his return to judge the peoples of earth (at the end of the age), Jesus is quoted as saying ‘in various places there will be famines and earthquakes – these things are the beginning of birth pangs’ (ref: Matthew 24). Now, because birth pains begin small and then increase in intensity and frequency, this passage can
    be interpreted to mean that earthquakes (and famines – caused primarily through lack of rainfall in certain areas) will increase both in frequency and impact/strength prior to Jesus’ second coming. Although Jesus is clear that no one will know the day or the hour, and his return will indeed happen “when you do not expect”, he does give us broad pointers, one of these being natural events – like earthquakes.

  2. I am so sorry for this. Please everyone, forgive this young women for her naivete. Many servants of God weep for the suffering of the precious people of Japan, as well as Christchurch, New Zealand, Chile and other nations. God is NOT willing that ANY should perish. He is heartbroken to see ALL kinds of evil pervade his beloved planet earth. Many of us love ALL people and are devoted to them knowing that GOD has a wonderful plan for their lives. Do these ignorant Christians think that people will be drawn to CHRIST through fear-mongering, destruction and catastrophic disasters??? That is NOT what the GOSPEL is about!

    John 3:16 For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

  3. Hi

    For what purpose Jesus is here for…?

    Let’s see what Jesus he Himself have to say…?

    Luke 4:43 “I must preach the Kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”

    Jesus is here to preach the Kingdom of God.

    The End Times…!!! — (Matthew 24:14)–“And this gospel of the Kingdom ( NOT the Bible; NOT about Jesus ) will be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

    There is ONLY one true Gospel which Jesus has come to preach…i.e. the Gospel of the Kingdom of God…!!!

    What then is this gospel of the Kingdom about…?

    Jesus say in Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

    So, where is the Kingdom of God…? The Kingdom of God is within everyone of us, Muslim, Christians, Buddhists, Taoists, Atheists, etc… & all human beings.

    Luke 17:21-22 Christ said, “The kingdom of God comes not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.”

    So, how to seek the Kingdom of God within us…?

    One way is through Meditation…

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  5. Apparently so: See

    It was a dirty trick, alright. The problem is, if you think what she said was disgusting, then read your Bible. God kills people with natural disasters and takes the credit.

    We tend to turn God into our own image of modern morality (peace and love) and forget how effed up the Old Testament and even New Testament God was.

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