The Will of God and Natural Disasters


How should Christians understand the will of God as it relates to suffering and evil, or pandemics such as COVID-19? In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Ben Witherington cautions against reading God’s will in natural disasters. Rather, he reminds us that the only way we can discern God’s will is from God’s word, and that whenever we are faced with communal adversity we have an opportunity to live self-sacrificially instead of self-centered lives.

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Dr. Witherington joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in 1995. A prolific author, Dr. Witherington has written more than 40 books and six commentaries. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament and the Institute for Biblical Research. In his leisure time, Dr. Witherington appreciates both music and sports. It is hard to say which sound he prefers: the sophisticated sonance of jazz sensation Pat Metheny or the incessant tomahawk chant of the Atlanta Braves faithful. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he is a dedicated Tar Heels basketball and football fan. He and his wife, Ann, have two children.