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Natural disasters - a sign of the end times ?

By T.K. Randall
April 4, 2011 · Comment icon 52 comments

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A new poll has found that 44% of Americans believe natural disasters could be a sign of the end of days.
"There's just something about the randomness of the universe that is too unsettling," says sociologist Scott Schieman. "We like explanations for why things happen… many times people weave in these divine narratives."
A new poll finds that 56 percent of Americans agree or mostly agree that God is in control of all Earthly events. Forty-four percent think that natural disasters are or could be a sign from the Almighty.


Source: Live Science | Comments (52)




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Comment icon #43 Posted by Beckys_Mom 13 years ago
God's Hand? 44% of Americans See Natural Disasters as Sign of End Times http://www.livescien...asters-god.html Natural disasters have been going on from the word go...long before man could ever measure them.. and we are still here They happen all the time, so why on earth would so many Americans think - the end is near? that is just stupidity !
Comment icon #44 Posted by Darkwind 13 years ago
Yep, that's agnosticism. Actually, agnostic theist. Agnostic theism is the philosophical view that encompasses both theism and agnosticism. An agnostic theist believes the proposition at least one deity exists is true, but per agnosticism also believes that this proposition is unknown or inherently unknowable. The agnostic theist may also or alternatively be agnostic regarding the properties of the god(s) they believe in.[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnostic_theism The joys of being an eclectic Pagan.
Comment icon #45 Posted by ~TheBigK~ 13 years ago
~TheBigK~ you must not be from america if you thought that was a lot more than what should be more americans than any other country believe in a god. believe it or not we're a stupid country Nope, I'm right next to you in Wisconsin. And I guess maybe I should know better because of that, but sometimes I make the mistake of assuming we're getting smarter.
Comment icon #46 Posted by brainiac 13 years ago
When I say poor it doesn't mean you are poor in terms of wealth and knowledge, what I mean poor in spirit these people whatever is there status in life rich, intelligent and really poor the ones who seek god and believes without god they are nothing are far more better. Civilizations? Why? What happen now to the Roman Empire? Where are they now? There are nations here that are really poor, their place are desert no trees no flowers, the people are not really that intelligent but they pray 5 times a day and so they are blessed people from great nations come to serve them and they become rich be... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by Realm 13 years ago
All of these are just natural disasters. Believe me, when God gets angry, you'll know it.
Comment icon #48 Posted by KRS_One 13 years ago
All of these are just natural disasters. Believe me, when God gets angry, you'll know it. How so? We haven't seen anything out of the ordinary in the last 6-7,000 years. Will there be cards? Notices?
Comment icon #49 Posted by libstaK 13 years ago
It's pointless to debate any point with you since you demur preemptively. What a convenient excuse. Sorry you feel that way, I just wanted to avoid a debate on God being flawed, convenient yes cos I could go for days on all the ways God is not flawed, I leave this one in play though. Man is very good at creating God in his own image. I just don't want to play in that Labyrinth.
Comment icon #50 Posted by Sundew 13 years ago
Jesus said that prior to His return, there would be signs: Earthquakes in many places, plagues, wars (and rumors thereof), people's love growing cold, religious deception, etc. It is true that these things have gone on since mankind began, but Jesus also said there would be birth-pains, that it would be like a woman about to deliver a child. For those who don't know the pains come in waves, they start small, then they both get more severe and closer together leading up to delivery (in this case Christ's return). For earthquakes, data should be available, there have been larger ones in the past... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by stevefork 13 years ago
When I say poor it doesn't mean you are poor in terms of wealth and knowledge, what I mean poor in spirit these people whatever is there status in life rich, intelligent and really poor the ones who seek god and believes without god they are nothing are far more better. Civilizations? Why? What happen now to the Roman Empire? Where are they now? There are nations here that are really poor, their place are desert no trees no flowers, the people are not really that intelligent but they pray 5 times a day and so they are blessed people from great nations come to serve them and they become rich be... [More]
Comment icon #52 Posted by purplepsyche 13 years ago
If recent disasters are actually the case of "God acting against Humans," isn't it logical to devote time and resources towards defending ourselves from "God," seeing as how this entity is clearly harboring genocidal intent? Well said. Sort of does away with anything even remotely related to any religions claim their Deity is omni-benevolent, no? I think it's all just a matter of pareidolia. People see what they need to see so as to fear what keeps them humble. Then again, to hear tell it the array known as HAARP and probably some other contraption out there on land or orbiting, can stimulate ... [More]


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