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Was the Earthquake in Italy an "Act of God"?

  An Earthquake in Italy April 6, 2009, killed close to 150 people, injured about 1500 and left many more homeless. The 6.3 quake struck while people slept and rocked the city of L'Aquila about 60 miles east of Rome. The Government has declared a state of emergency.

It is always sad to see people die in natural disasters. The closer to home it hits the more we tend to start asking questions and wondering why. Some will blame such events on God even calling them "acts of God." But is it accurate to call them that? What is God's role, if any, in natural disasters? What is He feeling when such things happen?

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The bigger picture is about God's character in general. What is He like? Does He always act with love towards mere mortals? Some see what could be called a dark side of God and this certainly affects their attitude towards Him.

For some answers to these larger questions - answers that are based solidly in God's word - request the free book Light on the Dark Side of God.

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Why would a loving God burn humans eternally for the sins of one short lifetime?

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How can a "killing" God tell humans "Thou shalt not kill" and yet to pattern their character after His own?

Why didn't God destroy human rebellion early-on, before it became full blown?

Do humans really have free will, with God planning to execute those whose choices He does not like?

How does "the wrath of God" apply to our generation?
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The author does a very good job, I believe, in explaining the apparent discrepancies that could be mentioned on this topic. M. M. Campbell uses the cross of Christ to measure theories about the character of God. This is extremely good information. We are told that to love God is the most important commandment:

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." (Mark 12:30)
We can only love God through an appreciation of His character and what He has done for us. God never looked better to me before I read this book and I just want others to be able to read it also and come to a better appreciation of His wonderful character.
 
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The Greek has multiple words for forgiveness? God forgives (charizomai) whether we ask or not. Receiving forgiveness (apheimi) is by our choice.
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