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Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina as a
category 1 storm and lingered for more than a day. Sustained
winds varied from 90 to 60 miles per hour over a 24 hour period
in a coastal region along the North and South Carolina border.
The strength of the hurricane was not enough to cause a
monumental storm surge as is the typical problem of a coastal
storm. Instead the problem was the continual wind and rain that
caused falling trees and power lines close to the ocean and flash
floods inland.

At the time of this writing, 17 people are known to have died.
There will be more deaths as inland rivers rise.

[Editorís note: There was no threat to our location near
Charleston. The storm stayed to the north and diminished in
intensity faster than expected.]

We have mentioned that sin curses the earth and natural
disasters are one of the results of this curse of perpetual sin.
Thousands of years ago, Jesus Christ corrected a common
misperception of how this happens:

There were present at that season some that told him of
the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their
sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose
ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the
Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you,
Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or
those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and
slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men
that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye
repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

He alluded to the same misperception in his Sermon on the

Ö for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Think of it this way: When I sin, I may go on living and not
immediately see the damage I cause. Know with certainty,
however, that the damage will come.

Many Christians do not believe in the link between sin and the
curse on nature. Thatís because they reject most of Genesis as a
collection of fables. Sin, they believe, is only a difficulty when the
direct result is observable. This reasoning is at odds with the
Bible which repeatedly stresses that all sin is destructive. Recall
the words of Jesus: except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

The gospel is all about salvation from sin. It is the story of how
this earth will eventually be destroyed and replaced by a new
earth and a new sky free from the curse of sin. It is the story of
Jesus Christ and how he saves us.