So much pain and suffering. What's the point?
God and the poor
The largest difference between a country like Haiti and the US is obviously the standard of living. Haiti is poor and the US is relatively rich. This is what Jesus says about the rich: 'It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.' Also, the Bible states in various places that God is close to the poor.
Based on the above, if Americans were to perish in the same number as the number of Haitians perishing due to this, then, a great many less Americans that Haitians would enter Heaven.
The role of the rich
'With a great gift comes great responsibility' not only applies to Spider-man alone (for those of you who saw the first movie). The rich have the responsibility to aid the neighbor.
God's providence for the rich
Incidentally, aiding the poor is highly praised in the Bible. It is an act of mercy, and it blots out sins. For when the rich detach themselves from their goods to give to someone in need, their soul is purified. This way, God's saving grace can enter freely and abundantly.
After having aided their neighbor to the best of their ability, if Americans were to perish in the same number as the number of Haitians, then, a great many more Americans would enter Heaven than before.
The relatively close space in time between the 6.5 Earthquake in the Pacific and the 7.0 that hugged North America to the other side is no coincidence. It would appear that the earth beneath our great nation is itching to quake vigorously as well. Simply check the natural disaster readiness page for your state. Many will find that nearby fault lines are overdue for major activity!
Calling America home: a plan of mercy
So in light of recent quakes, if a great number of Americans were to suddenly meet their demise, they would have at least been given a hint to amend their lives "now." And they would also have had a chance to be purified.
The relevance of this to our times
These are just a few of the people who believed that these are the times Jesus has chosen for a dramatic come-back: St. Padre Pio, St. Theresa, Sr. Lucia of Fatima, St. Malachy. And that is without counting the many alive today who believe the same. And if that is true, then we can expect catastrophes- or opportunities for purification- of apocalyptic proportions.
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