I don’t believe God causes tornadoes, or floods, or hurricanes, or earthquakes any more than I believe that He spares some people and not others from being hurt by them. We shouldn’t thank Him or blame Him. Nature can destroy property and injure living things and it’s nobody’s fault, not even God’s. Unfortunately, some people will be victims and some people won’t. I believe the people who weren’t victims were simply spared – not blessed.
When disaster strikes, and lives and property are lost, we are inundated with stories of destruction, devastation and survival. Dealing with the losses elicits a myriad of feelings and emotions. Immediately after a tornado strikes or a hurricane or a flood occurs, there is always someone being interviewed while standing in front of a roofless building, or a pile of rubble, or a bare foundation — perhaps even holding a pet. They’ve lost their home, a car or two, and most of their personal possessions. And, as the statistics of property loss and death toll are being counted, invariably the victim will either “thank God” or “count [his] blessings.”
I am not trying to start a religious debate here. I’m only expressing my opinion about caring, concern and compassion for others. When someone in a situation or condition similar to my own was damaged or injured and I wasn’t, they simply weren’t as lucky as I was. They deserve better than having me say I was blessed; that only assumes that I was blessed and they weren’t and begs the question: “why weren’t they”?
Even if you believe in karma, which I do, that doesn’t explain everything that happens either. I believe if you do bad things, you will sooner or later experience bad results. But, I don’t believe if you offend someone or hurt their feelings your house will be blown away.
Furthermore, the next time you are spared in a disaster, I don’t think you should “thank your lucky stars.”