Speaking of Italy’s recent earthquakes, Italian Catholic priest “Giovanni Cavalcoli told a radio audience that the two earthquakes were a punishment for sins, ‘such as civil unions,’ which were officially recognized in Italy beginning in May. The priest’s remarks drew a sharp rebuke from the Vatican. Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the deputy Secretary of State, said that Father Cavalcoli’s ‘offensive statements’ reflected an image of a ‘capricious and vengeful God.’ The Vatican official remarked: ‘That is a pagan vision, not a Christian one.’ Undaunted, Father Cavalcoli said that Vatican officials should ‘go over their catechism’” (Catholic World News, November 7, 2016).
Certainly God is not capricious like the gods of other religions, such as Greek and Roman paganism. However, the God of the Bible—who will not be “mocked”—states, “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). While the recent earthquakes in Italy may or may not be God’s direct punishment, the time is coming when God will punish mankind for their sins and outright rejection of Him. Prophecies in the book of Revelation reveal that God will bring massive earthquakes on the entire earth in order to literally “shake” mankind into recognizing that He alone is the true God (Revelation 6:12-17; 16:17-21). God is loving and merciful, but He is also a jealous God (Ezekiel 39:25-29) who wants mankind to learn important lessons. For more insight into the true nature of our great God, be sure to read or listen to The Real God: Proofs and Promises.