The Bible says, "But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions...In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure." (Gen. 15:14,16) These words were spoken to Abram (later to be Abraham) as God predicted Israel's captivity and the punishment of the Amorites when their sin would reach its limits.
When reading the Bible there is no getting around the fact that at some point God says enough (with sin) and brings judgment upon a nation and it's people. Even the casual reader of the bible if they start with Genesis will of course encounter the well known story of the flood! Speaking of story of biblical per portions! If you go to the New Testament you have the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5).
The full theology and understanding of God's judgments is for perhaps another post. Yet with that said there is something that we need to take into consideration. The reason we know exactly that God brought judgment upon the nations (and the world in the case of the flood) is because we read about it after it happened and so God's word says it was so! The latter is the key point we have confirmation from God himself!
The reality is that Pat Robertson's comments were wrong in my opinion perhaps not so much because of his theology/ideology (though honestly I don't know the full of extent of it, therefore in NO way do I approve his comments) but in his TIMING. Even now and more so when his comment(s) were made it should have been all about PRAYING AND GETTING HELP for the people of Haiti! Secondly unless Pat Robertson had some confirmed message from God there is no present validity to what he said. Only the future will tell and possibly not even on this side of heaven.
Let's make something clear though about God and understand something He clearly confirms we should do and about how He feels. Listen (or read:-) to what He says, "Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!" (Ezekiel 18:19,20 italics mine)
Are you listening Pat...
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