"When scientists wonder whether global warming was responsible for the devastation in Japan, something is wrong," says Zac Alstin, arguing that "they are operating from a set of principles that can be classified as religious – and not in a good way" — Was the tsunami the revenge of Gaia?
"Because the Japanese people shun God in terms of their faith and follow idol worship, atheism, and materialism, it makes me wonder if this was not God’s warning to them," says South Korea's Rev. David Yonggi Cho — Megachurch pastor calls quake ‘God’s warning’ to Japan. Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Moon-soo said, "I thank God and our ancestors for keeping the Korean Peninsula so safe."
"As a Christian community, we are ready with prayer and solidarity," says Bishop Marcellino Taiji Tani of Saitama of this "sad event [that] reminds us that life is in the hands of God and that life is a gift from God" — Japanese Prelate: Our Lives Are in God's Hands.
"I would like to renew my spiritual nearness to the dear people of that country, who are dealing with the effects of these calamities with dignity and courage" — Pontiff "Deeply Shaken" by Japan Quake. "I encourage those who with praiseworthy readiness are preparing to bring help. We remain united in prayer. The Lord is near!"
UPDATE: Lest we be tempted to condemn the above-mentioned Pastor Cho, "a follower of Buddhism and Shinto" has weighed in — Tokyo mayor: Tsunami was “divine punishment”. "The identity of the Japanese people is selfishness. The Japanese people must take advantage of this tsunami as means of washing away their selfish greed. I really do think this is divine punishment."
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