Last week I was watching TV and was mildly amused to hear Adam Hills, in his comedy show “The Last Leg” (episode 4 with Jack Dee), declare ‘it’s as if God is saying “What else do I have to do people?”‘ He was referring to a week in which a series of extraordinary events were manifested, including lightning hitting the Vatican twice in the same week that the Pope resigned, an end of the world prophecy and a meteor hitting Russia.
Then, just this morning on the radio I heard a commentator say that all of the wild weather in Australia recently is making people sit back and wonder if there is some reason for it all. Of course he was referring to climate change from global warming, rather than a sign from a deity, but the two similar comments, coming to my attention so swiftly one after another, made me think.
Adam Hills is not a Christian, and in fact opposes some Christian views strongly, and the climate change commentator is also not a Christian, but isn’t it interesting that these two observations from vastly different spheres, both arise from a curiosity over events which are gaining world-wide attention. People are asking questions, “What on earth is going on?” They are taking notice of the changes and trying to find answers.
But are these world-impacting events arising from a “mythical” mysterious supernatural God, or can they be simply explained by science and rational reason?
According to the Bible, God is trying to tell us something.
Jesus says:“When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” Matthew 16:2-3
Again Jesus says in Matthew 24:“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains … Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Matthew 24:4-33
Christians are familiar with these verses and are probably already interpreting such events as a sign that the return of Christ is drawing nearer, but what is so interesting to me is that even non-believers, who mock the idea of a supernatural God have noticed that something is going on.
This reminds me of the verse from Roman 1:20:For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
If people were without excuse for not recognising and turning to God merely from the evidence of the created world, how much more damning will it be for them when, in response to unusual world-wide events, they acknowledge that “Maybe God is trying to tell us something”, yet still fail to respond to that warning?