English is my second language, you will find some misspellings here and there.
On 9/11, sadly many people worldwide thought that the awful events are somehow a "punishment" from God. Even Christian leaders in America blamed, abortion, gays, lesbians and secularism...etc for the attacks and said that God is "punishing" the United States!!
The same happened when 2004 Tsunami took place. And many other natural disasters including hurricane Katrina and Sandy.
In the Old Testament, there was many times when God used nature to punish the wicked nations.
Personally, I don't like thinking that any disaster is something God did. I simply don't know and don't really care because it is not my job to judge.
What is the Orthodox perspective on such issue ?
Also, am I contradicting myself when I don't like to think that God is punishing the world through disasters ? Because in the OT God did indeed punish many nations, and I do of course believe in the OT and all what is in it.