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Explore the Role of God in Natural Disasters

In the aftermath of major tragedies, it is not unusual for even the most faithful to ask, "Where is God? Why is this happening to us? How could God allow such a thing to happen?" The 2013 natural disasters that hit the Philippines — first an earthquake and then what might be the most devastating typhoon to ever make landfall — certainly raise troubling theological questions for victims, survivors and others around the world. Although the Bible records disasters and the challenges they raise, as well as the spiritual explorations and answers people of faith have discovered, personal stories from natural disasters are wrenching, and in the modern age are easily shared around the world, creating a sense of immediacy and urgency unparalleled in history.

To help religion news reporters make sense of God's role in natural disasters, ReligionLink, a sister site of Religion Newswriters Association, a membership organization that promotes and supports quality news reporting, has posted a page with context, background, links to recent articles and links to faith community responses, along with suggestions on avenues to explore. Also read our feature article, "Help for Faith Communities after a Natural Disaster or Tragedy." For Worship Service ideas, see "Worship Resources in Times of Natural Disaster," on the website of The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, a resource for supporting and renewing Christian worship. Also see the personal reflection of Eric D. Barreto in the aftermath of the tornado that hit Oklahoma, raising deep questions about God and the world God has crafted, titled, "Majesty and Tragedy in Oklahoma." 

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