Answers in Genesis: Sin Caused Japan’s Earthquake

It is your Curmudgeon’s duty to keep you informed of the latest thinking from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the creationist Australian entrepreneur who also brought you the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.

We found e a timely article at the AIG website: Massive Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. We know you’re curious about their view of things, so here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

News stations worldwide are reeling at the devastation in Japan due to a massive earthquake — unequaled in the country’s recorded history — and the huge tsunami it produced …

We know all that. Let’s read on:

In the face of such destruction, suffering, and death, many people question how a good and loving God could allow such evil to happen.

Good question. For AIG’s inspiring answer, we continue:

However, this is just another painful reminder of how the curse of sin has affected our world. For biblical answers to this topic, please see the following resources: [links to AIG articles omitted].

But AIG doesn’t stop there. Besides explaining the cause of the disaster, they are also taking steps to help. They tell us:

Please join us in praying for the victims of this disaster, as well as the families of those affected by it. Also, take this opportunity to share with others the reason for death and suffering, and the answer to the problem of sin — salvation through Jesus Christ.

After that — for which the people of Japan will be forever grateful — they have an update with new figures on the number of victims. Then, as an afterthought, they say this:

Please remember the many thousands who are suffering during this very difficult time, and consider whether God would have you donate to help the relief effort.

They link to this: World Vision: Japan Quake and Tsunami Relief. Curious, we took a look at their information page. In answer to the question: “What is World Vision? What do you do?” they say:

Relationships are the starting point and the end goal of World Vision’s work. Through relationships with community leaders, World Vision’s staff members help communities set goals that families can achieve by working together. Our goal is that all people will experience life in all its fullness and we seek to demonstrate God’s love through our work.

But at their Japan quake relief page they also say:

World Vision plans to distribute relief supplies to meet the daily needs of quake and tsunami survivors. We will also focus our efforts on responding to the emotional needs of children, who are the most impacted after such a traumatic event.

If you’re favorably impressed by AIG’s approach to things, consider donating to World Vision. Maybe, besides relationships, some good will come of it.

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17 responses to “Answers in Genesis: Sin Caused Japan’s Earthquake

  1. Looks like it’s time for another boobquake! I can lend my support to that sort of an endeavour.

  2. Zack Kopplin

    You absolutely need to do a post on how much the ark park costs, and how much labor is going into it, when supposedly Noah was able to build the ark by himself.

  3. If AiG wants to find the curse of sin in the world, they need look no further than their own writing. They are beneath any standard of human decency.

    If a tornado destroys the creation museum tomorrow, that would be a far better demonstration of the consequences of sin in the world. That it hasn’t happened yet is more evidence that there is no god.

  4. Why would I want to donate to an organization that’s going to bring 10,000 Bibles to tsunami victims, then tell them it was their fault and this little book will make it all better?

    Sigh…

  5. Zack Kopplin says:

    You absolutely need to do a post on how much the ark park costs, and how much labor is going into it, when supposedly Noah was able to build the ark by himself.

    We’ve posted a few times on the Ark park, for example: Noah’s Ark Park: Hambo Seeks More State Money. It hasn’t been in the news lately, but when it pops up, we’ll be there.

  6. Ham’s efforts and $1.25 will get you a Coke at the local drink machine. I suppose that I ought to be sorry about my failure to believe in creationism having caused tectonic plates to slip. One would imagine that an Intelligent Designer would focus consequences on the individual sinner.

  7. This is from the World Vision web site on their tsunami relief effort:

    In the event that donations exceed what is needed for Japan Quake and Tsunami Relief. World Vision will redirect funds to similar activities to help children and families in need.

    W. T. F?!?! Have they looked at any of the images or video coming out of Japan right now? Tell you what, folks. Take my advice and put your money where you know it will do some good. Try the Red Cross, Save the Children, or Doctors Without Borders. (My personal preference was Red Cross, whose web site makes donating infinitely easy.)

  8. “In the face of such destruction, suffering, and death, many people question how a good and loving God could allow such evil to happen.”

    Really? Earthquakes are evil? Don’t they know by now god is a pr*ck.

  9. I cannot see any mention of the Christchurch quake over there. It was an event of much smaller magnitude, of course, but notable for the damage to, and destruction of, a number of old and historic churches.

  10. AiG is really nothing more than a roadside scam run by a lowlife carny from Australia and a couple of otherwise unemployable, but useful, fools with Ph.D.s.

    Their pronouncements on the tragedy in Japan are beneath contempt.

  11. “Please join us in praying for the victims of this disaster, as well as the families of those affected by it. Also, take this opportunity to share with others the reason for death and suffering, and the answer to the problem of sin — salvation through Jesus Christ.”

    How wonderful! This is like the “pray away the gay” a la Sarah Palin of plate tectonics! If we all pray really hard that the Japanese people stop their sinful ways, Jesus Christ will make sure there are no more mega-thrust earthquakes and resultant tsunamis in their local subduction zone!!! Come on people, we can DO this together!!!

  12. It’s really sad that people truly believe things like the AiG people. The universe is clearly based on rules, and if there is a designer, he/she/it would logically obey the same rules. No logical system I can imagine would punish people who are without guilt for the sins of others. In college I once heard a theologian try to blame a Typhoon that hit India on the sins of Christians in America… yeah… he got a lot of converts with that logic.

  13. TJW says:

    It’s really sad that people truly believe things like the AiG people.

    You think they believe it? Maybe some do, but most just follow an old and successful business model: Tell it simple, tell it stupid. Tell ’em what they want and they’ll give us their money.

  14. “You think they believe it? Maybe some do, but most just follow an old and successful business model: Tell it simple, tell it stupid. Tell ‘em what they want and they’ll give us their money.”

    Don’t forget that valuable lesson from Herr Doktor Goebbels “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

  15. The Curmudgeon Says:

    “You think they believe it? Maybe some do, but most just follow an old and successful business model: Tell it simple, tell it stupid. Tell ‘em what they want and they’ll give us their money.”

    Unfortunately, yes, many believe it. My father in law writes creationist literature and is a Christian pastor. He is an honorable man, but remarkably unwilling to accept that much of what he believes and writes is untrue. I guess not all of them (creationists) are evil at heart, some are just deluded. However, sadly as you say, many creationists have made a business of fleecing the true believers.

  16. Gabriel Hanna

    @SC: Maybe some do, but most just follow an old and successful business model:

    I prefer an older and more successful one:

    something
    ????
    profit

    People have been making money from the fools investing in that one for hundreds of years.

  17. Too many porn star in Japan, and increase every year!!