I was astonished to see how many people claimed the earthquake was because God was mad at the Japanese for Pearl Harbor. I would like to point out a couple things here real quick:
1. God is not the United States' personal smiting machine. He did not smite the Japanese for Pearl Harbor. He doesn't care about American politics, and no loving God would kill a whole bunch of innocent people just because Americans said so. Furthermore, arguing that this is karma, and telling people to not bother praying for the Japanese is a little far removed from the whole love thy neighbour thing, isn't it?
2. Boobs, lust, homosexuality, the Haitian slave revolt, Obama and/or abortion have nothing to do with earthquakes. Earthquakes are caused by this little thing called plate tectonics. It's not a theory anymore, it's proven. If I don't wear a bra, the world won't end.
3. Earthquakes don't distinguish between religions, sexual orientation, gender, or skin colour. Therefore, they are not sent by one particular God to get back at one particular group of people. That would mean that the earthquake would selectively shake the ground under certain homes and people, but not others. As we know, this doesn't happen. Earthquakes hit everyone. Therefore, God did not send them to smite anyone.
4. The idea of us knowing what God thinks and does and his motivations behind things is blasphemous regardless of your faith. God is supposed to be omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Meaning, he's smarter than us. We can't understand why God does the things he does. To do that, we'd have to have the same level of intelligence that he does. And we don't. That would be like your dog trying to explain nuclear physics. Not gonna happen.
So if we could maybe stop with the whole "GOD IS SMITING YOU!" and act like rational adults, that would be great. Thanks!