PAT ROBERTSON: Joe, the day after this thing took place, I just opened my Bible to the Gospel of Luke, and its the 17th chapter. And Jesus said, as the days of Noah was, so will be the day of the coming of the son of man. People were marrying, giving in marriage, having parties and banquets, and then, all of a sudden, a flood came and washed them all away.
Same thing was true with Sodom and Gomorrah. They were building. They were planting. It was business as usual, until Lot left Sodom, and all of a sudden, fire came and consumed them all. It was sudden. It was dramatic. And when the lord comes back, thats the way its going to be. So I think perhaps this is a warning for people of how transitory our life is.
The devil, who is quite adept at choosing his words, never actually says that the people killed by the tsunami were evil... but he clearly is hoping that you will be left with that impression.
Not wanting to be confronted (I assume), the devil promptly ran away, but he left one of his minions to spread his word;
JENNIFER GIROUX, DIRECTOR, WOMEN INFLUENCING THE NATION:
And historically speaking, in the time of Sodom and Gomorrah, when Moses led the Jews away from slavery, theres always been times where God has allowed natural disasters and plagues in order to further his will. So this is not to blame God. God has given us free will to love him, but the flip side of that is the free will to sin against him.
And who knows. As part of this discussion, who knows if all of the heinous things that went on over there in Thailand could have opened the door to what happened. And I know this is a very, very delicate subject here, because its not to say the poor people, the good people that died and suffered over there along with those that were not so good do not deserve that any more than you or I do.
But the fact of the matter is, eight of 11 of those countries hit over there were listed among the top 50 that persecute Christians around the world.
But the Lord was not alone in this battle;
RABBI SHMULEY BOTEACH, AUTHOR, FACE YOUR FEAR:
Is this as good as it gets, Joe, that the only message from modern religion in the face of such a cataclysm and catastrophe is fear tactics, that if you dont shape up and repent, man, its going to get worse. Now theres molten rock thats going to pour into the seas and finish you off completely. Fear tactics?
Sums it up rater nicely I think. The devil doesn't want you to love God, he wants you to fear God...
...and send him money. Lots and lots of money.