August 29, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Arriving

Looking out my window, I can tell that this is a bad one. The full force of the storm is not due to arrive here until this afternoon, but I'm already seeing fallen tree branches blowing down the street and trees bending in ways I haven't seen before. We have been told to plan on being without electricity for awhile, so I figured I'd try to post this before I lose power.

It is easy to see how our primitive ancestors believed that storms like this represented the wrath of god. Before meteorology, nobody understood what caused these storms. Their power is truly awesome to behold, and it makes sense that they would have been attributed to supernatural forces.

I was somewhat surprised by articles in our local paper containing quotes from several individuals referring to the "wrath of god," "will of god," and similar attributions. This shouldn't surprise me, but it does. I guess if I experience damage, it is the will of god. Therefore, victims of storm damage must have done something to displease god. Those who are spared must be "right with the lord."

I don't wish storm damage on anyone. I hope that we all - atheists and Christians alike - make it through this storm with minimal hardship. However, if that doesn't happen (and it probably won't), I certainly don't plan on condemning anyone. Rather, I hope I can find a way to be helpful.

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