Sharon Stone recently suggested that the earthquakes in China might be karmic payback for the crap China's been pulling in Tibet. And when she did, people lost their minds. People have been calling for boycotts, claiming she's an idiot, claiming she's evil, claiming she's insensitive, and basically suggesting in various degrees how wrong she is. But is she wrong?
â€œIâ€™m, you know, not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans, because I donâ€™t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And so, I have been very concerned about how to think and what to do about that because I donâ€™t like â€¦ that. And then Iâ€™ve been, this, you know, concerned about, oh, how should we deal with the Olympics, because theyâ€™re not being nice to the Dali Lama who is a good friend of mine. And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that karma? When youâ€™re not nice that the bad things happen to you?â€
I know a lot of people are ridiculing Sharon Stone for this, but any of them who do and then claim to be a member of one of the Abrahamic religions that considers Moses a prophet and believes in the biblical story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt is a dyed in the wool hypocrite.
Come on. Did some grain merchant in Alexandria really deserve to have his firstborn son die because Pharoah wouldn't let the Hebrews go?
We totally accept God decimating a generation of Egyptian males because of bad policy decisions by the king, yet we pooh-pooh the idea that the earthquake was a punishment from God (or some supernatural power) for China's treatment of Tibet and its people. The parents of all the children who died in all those school collapses had no control over the central government's actions or policies in Tibet, but neither did the Alexandrian grain merchant have influence over Pharoah's actions or policies regarding the Hebrews. He still lost his son, didn't he? Why should all these Chinese parents be any different?
Can it only be a punishment from God if it's predicted by a guy in a robe who looks like Charlton Heston? We obviously believe that the citizens of a nation share the guilt for the acts and policies of its leadership and deserve to bear the brunt of God's wrath. If not, we would reject the book of Exodus. Wouldn't we? Are the plagues upon Egypt now something we can conveniently ignore? Do we really get to pick and choose which parts of the Bible we want to believe? How do we justify a faith in scripture if we only believe the parts we like?
I'm not saying she's right, but that she *could* be right. Although there have been people predicting a punishment from God upon China, no one predicted this particular one. So whether it's God or chance is still up in the air. But for those who would claim it's God, if you believe in the Bible, then you have to admit there is precedent for it.