A recent poll conducted after the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Japan has found that nearly 40 percent of Americans believe natural disasters are a sign of God.
Fox News quoted the poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Survey as showing that 16 percent of Americans agree that natural disasters are a sign from God, while 22 percent mostly agree.
Although 51 percent disagreed that natural disasters are a sign from the Almighty, 56 percent believe God is in control of everything that happens in the world.
The poll also found 59 percent of white Evangelicals saying that they believed natural disasters are a sign from God.
Dr. Robert P. Jones, Chief Executive Officer of PRRI, said that the poll examined the age-old philosophical dilemma that "if God is good, why is there so much disaster, tragedy and pain in the world?"
"On the one hand, people are confirming straightforward theological affirmations of a personal God that's in control. But many won't draw a straight line between what's happening on the ground and that God," he added.