Monday, April 7, 2014

King Solomon on Causes of Disasters

 

We read or hear about terrible human casualties caused by natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, or travel mishaps. Every once in a while, a religious leader makes a statement that the reason for the disaster was that God willed the disaster to happen because of the sins of man.
Victims may lose faith in their God for allowing both evil acts and natural disasters to fall upon them even though they have always followed a path of righteous in their lives. The wise King Solomon believed that many causes or curses may be more related to man’s foolish choices.

For a definition listing of Anthropogenic,  as well as  opposing effects of natural hazards that cause natural disasters. see HERE.
I surmised in a novel a brief excerpt of what King Solomon may have explained, based on his proverbs, to the Queen of Sheba to consider about evil and disasters. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.
Excerpt
“Men make free choices that will affect their health or subject them to the risks of harm from nature, weather, or man-made disasters. For example, we have beliefs and strict rules of diet for purposes of sacrifice along with cleanliness to prevent sickness in our community. Someday, we may come to know more about the cause of sickness if we study the nature created by Yahweh.”
“If a man chooses to sail into a storm, he may bring harm upon himself by engaging in a greater risk of sinking rather than embarking in good weather.”
“If a man chooses to build his house on land known to shake, he risks harm by living in a house that may someday collapse on him.”
“Men start all wars and bring harm and suffering upon themselves because of war. The cause of war is the same as a pregnancy. A pregnancy will not occur if there is no intercourse same as a war will not occur if there is no discourse initiated between men.”
Bilqis smiled in recognition of my point of comparison.
“Bilqis, my belief is that whatever plans a man may make, he will not accomplish his plan without God ordering his steps. I choose to believe that Yahweh sent us The Goddess of Wisdom to help us make wise choices to help us prevent bringing harm upon ourselves and to aid us to create a better life in accordance to his plan. In other words, Yahweh has a reason for allowing every step man takes whether their step results in either a good or evil act.” A man plans his way, but Yahweh orders his step. (Proverb 16:9)
“To summarize what I have just stated of my beliefs to you is this. The reason why Yahweh allows evil to exist is a mystery. Yahweh has made a plan or reason for every happening on earth, whether it is good or evil, wind or weather, or his reasoning for allowing men to make wise or foolish choices.”
“Think of a good man being a wandering bird in flight. No undeserved curse will come to a wandering bird in flight unless there is a reason or cause for it to land.” As a sparrow on the wing and a swallow in flight, so is an unmerited curse, which does not alight. (Proverb 26:2)  
Source: As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka.
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