Here’s the article,
And from this Blog: http://www.blogesque.com/index.php?cat=6
From the African Methodist Episcopal Church:
“He allowed it to take place:” The Rev. Bernard Smith, Greene Chapel AME Church, Largo
When this happened, God was in heaven and Jesus was sitting at his right hand, watching. God did not cause this catastrophe. But he allowed it to take place.
You have to look at where it happened to understand. Most of the people who were killed were nonbelievers. That entire geographic area, in fact. Some would relate the event to ethnic cleansing.
God said people would perish for lack of knowledge. We serve a loving God. But all these people fell into temptation, and fell away from God. Even the movie stars and models who were trapped over there, they were not of God. So they were not spared.
In my mind, it was already predicted. In Revelations, Chapters 6 and 7, the Bible warns of the four winds that will attack from four corners, hurting the earth and the sea. This is an example of God unleashing those winds.
The safest way to look at this is to say, “God is being glorified from this disaster.” We come to God during our worst crises, when we have nowhere else to turn. So this is a way to choose. We’ve got to choose to come to God.