The Christian View
3) Rob Bell's recent attack on the existence of a place of torment (hell) has caused a lot of outrage in the Christian community. Too many Christian leaders today seem to center on the "God of love" aspect to God, completely avoiding the "God of justice" side. (I will be writing a post on this in the near future.) The simple fact is that there is a hell, and it isn't a pretty picture for those who refuse to obey the God of the Bible. A while back, I wrote a post on this very subject in response to a comment I had received by someone who, like Bell, claimed that there is no hell; you can read my thoughts, based entirely on Scripture, here. (This article is actually two parts; I linked to part two-- I suggest you read part one before reading on, though it is possible to get my point by simply reading part two.)
4) Lastly, with the recent catastrophy in Japan, many are asking "Why did God allow this to happen?" Here is my take on why bad things happen to good people. I would also like to add that Jesus said that in the last days -- among the catastrophies to occur -- earthquakes would increase (Mattew 24:7), and "the sea and the waves roaring, men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth..." (Luke 21:25-26). Though not everything that Jesus predicted has happened yet, things are escalating at an alarming rate! So while we may not understand exactly why bad things are happening, we can be sure that God is in control -- He can use this situation (and any other) to bring people to Himself. In the end, whoever endures shall be saved; whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved -- and that's all that matters.