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The Bible And Global Warming

Posted by Job on November 6, 2007

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I can certainly understand why neo-pagans like Al Gore believe, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, man-made, catastrophic global warming is the gravest threat to the planet.

What I can’t understand is why people who claim to believe in the Bible as the inerrant, inspired Word of God do so.

Even more difficult to comprehend is why some evangelical Christians are caught up in the notion that government and international action are the proper methods to fight this phantom threat.

First of all, in Genesis 8:22, we’re told of a promise by God never to use global floodwaters again as a means of destroying life on Earth. In that promise, the Bible explicitly states: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

In other words, no more cataclysmic floods – the result Al Gore promises in the near future as a consequence of global warming. Just as importantly, there is another promise there that cold and heat shall not cease.

What does that mean?

It means God controls the world’s temperature, not man. God controls the climate, not man. God controls the earth’s “eco-system,” not man. God controls our environment, not man.

It is so presumptuous and haughty of believers and non-believers alike to think man is in control of the destiny of the planet God created for us.

If it were so, would he not have warned us? With all of the prophecies in the Bible, should we not expect to be told that such matters are actually in our hands? Why would we be told exactly the opposite throughout scripture?

It’s not that the Bible tells us there are no consequences for our actions on the planet. In fact, it quite explicitly does. But it is not the production of carbon dioxide that God finds offensive. It is the commission of sin. Nowhere in the Bible does God ever suggest that producing CO2 is sinful.

Keep in mind, it is not a pollutant. It is a naturally occurring gas – just like oxygen. God created CO2, not man. And nature’s God still produces a lot more of it than does man.

In Isaiah 49, in a passage evangelicals believe represent the words of Jesus Himself, there is another promise – that those who follow Him would never perish from the heat of the sun.

“They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them,” it says in Isaiah 49:10.

If cataclysmic global warming represented a real threat to believers, would God have made such a promise through Isaiah?

That is not to say heat will never be used as a means of judgment. In fact, it will be according to the Bible.

We are told in Revelation 16:9: “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.”

What this means is that scorching heat will be used as a judgment against non-believers, and, most importantly, that God and God alone has the power over such calamities.

Yes, there will come a time when the Earth is destroyed – and intense heat will be the mechanism God employs. But we are not talking about a rise of a few degrees over centuries. We’re talking about heat so severe it melts the very elements that comprise the Earth.

That comes in a day that sounds very much like the time in which we live. It is described in 2 Peter 3:

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Are today’s evangelicals who agree with the worldly that the greatest threat to mankind is represented in catastrophic, man-made global warming without spot and blameless?

It is sheer folly and ego for man to believe he controls the destiny of God’s creation. But it is even more disgraceful when those who claim to believe His Word preach a false gospel of global warming that directly contradicts the entire body of scripture.

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3 Responses to “The Bible And Global Warming”

  1. Sventas Zaltys said

    Ah yes, I sense your nostalgia for the Dark Ages when religion reigned over science. It’s too bad that blind believers like you have to wreck the beautiful world that the rest of us want to enjoy!

    You are correct is writing that God created CO2. However, by the same logic, God also created Arsenic, Mercury, Lead, Radon Gas, and other carcinogens. By your arguments, that means we should not have to worry about these substances being dumped into our ecosystem either, right? Great! Then, let’s deregulate coal-fired electricity plants and allow them to dump all those mentioned pollutants into nature.

    Maybe you are forgetting that God designated man as a STEWARD over the earth? By dumping huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, I argue that mankind is guilty of GLUTTONY, a voracious appetite for natural resources to the detriment of the needy.

    Do you think Jesus would approve of that?

    Dennis

  2. Sventas Zaltys/Dennis:

    I did not create that article, I merely reposted it from WorldNetDaily. That was the purpose for the hyperlink at its beginning. I myself have not taken a position on the global warming debate, but rather provide views on both sides. I do agree, however, that major corporations destroying our environment out of their lust for money and power is a sin that Christians ought to condemn. Instead, many conservative Christians actually promote the lust for money and power of the corporatists as being virtuous rather than sinful. God will remember such people for that, and hold them account for disobeying what the Bible says about greed and exploitation on judgment day. Some Christians who call all of this “earth worship” … well they have a point because a lot of these folks ARE new age earth worshipers, but they also ignore that God DID impose the Sabbath and jubilee laws on Old Testament Israel so that the land could rest. I am not an environmentalist but I am a biblical Christian, and the actions of these corporations do not line up with the Bible.

  3. The eco-system will be a “sticking point” for the world at large when it comes to christians. We are to honor G_d by being stewards of the earth. Especially those of us who believe that he actually created it! I have lived among “tree hugging”, goddess worshipping, earth bound pagans. My husband and I spent a year learning from them how to take care of the earth! Go figure. Before we agreed to live in their community, we told them about our faith, what we believed, what we would not be a part of as far as their cerimonies, and we learned alot about them. The L_rd opened the door for us to minister to them spiritually, which they were receptive to, and actually welcomed us with open arms. They never tried to press their occult ideas on our children, but instead taught us a great deal about how to actually take care of the earth. We lived in a house they provided for us, and shared meals with them. (classic commune style.) They were professors, doctors, investment bankers, web designers, builders and gardeners. They were a mishmash of religion that spanned the from Buddism and Eastern Mystic practices, to Quakers, “born again believers” (or so they say), and a witch. There was also one that was into American Indian practices. There were bi-sexuals and homosexuals and lesbians. What we learned about all this stuff in the year that we were with them, is that in regular neighbor hoods you never really get to know your neighbors! Who are our neighbors? My husband and I began to ask ourselves, recalling the many neighborhoods that we have lived in over the years. What we learned about, was people, and in this case, the constant ache within their souls for the only one that could satisfy their soul…The L_rd G_d. They were willing to worship anything that moved! It was an experience that deepened my own relationship with G_d, because it allowed me to express his heart for them. We did have our moments with them, don’t get me wrong. They were a people afraid of everything, and unable to make decisions about the smallest details. They had no moral compass, and they were always taken back by our own clarity and sense of purpose. We left the community just about six months ago, and they are still calling us and desiring the love that we brought them. We knew that we needed to go to this “spiritual dark” place for a time, but we came out of the experience more blessed then when we started. They taught us how to have courage to begin to live according to our natual surroundings, and we taught them how to open up and accept love from an unlikely source.

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