warming or what?

Warming or what?There is no shortage of scientific arguments for and against human-caused global warming. I thought perhaps it would be smart to step back and take a look at what God has to say about it all – after all, he did create the globe.

Below is the conclusion of an article titled  Global Warming: Why Evangelicals Should Not Be Alarmed, by Calvin Beisner. The full article can be found here

“In short, all of these scientific developments–and many more–provide good reason at least to question, if not to reject outright, the popular claim that human action is driving catastrophic climate change. Bible readers should find these developments unsurprising. In at least three ways, Scripture has prepared us for them. First, in Genesis 8:21-22, God promised Himself never to allow the cycles that sustain human (and other) life on Earth to cease so long as the Earth remains. Second, in Psalm 104:6-9 we read that God “set a boundary” that the sea could not pass over. Third, fears of CAGW [Catastrophic Anthropogenic (i.e. human-caused) Global Warming] suppose a fragile biosphere and land/ocean/atmosphere system that is inconsistent with these verses and with the Bible’s teaching that a wise Creator designed the Earth to be a resilient, self-regulating system suitable for human habitation.”  

After reading the full article quoted above, and watching Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth on the same day, I was overflowing with scientific data, inferences, results, and hypothesis on the Global Warming debate. Here also are the Bible verses referenced above:

The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.  “As long as the earth endures,       seedtime and harvest,       cold and heat,       summer and winter,       day and night       will never cease.”Genesis 8:21-22   

You covered it with the deep as with a garment;the waters stood above the mountains.   But at your rebuke the waters fled,at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;  they flowed over the mountains,they went down into the valleys,to the place you assigned for them.  You set a boundary they cannot cross;never again will they cover the earth. Psalm 104:6-9  

Some things are fact: God created our world, and gave it to us to use the plants and animals for food, but also so that we could look after the world. God also controls the world. He sustains it and all life is given through Him. After Noah, He made the promise above. We can be sure that, until Jesus returns, “seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease”. To say our actions are sending us down a path where there will be no seedtime and no harvest, i.e. a world covered with water, is incorrect. The quote below, from the Cornwall Alliance website  somewhat sums up the idea:

“It does not seem likely to me that God would set up the world to work in such a way that human beings would eventually destroy the earth by doing such ordinary and morally good and necessary things as breathing, building a fire to cook or keep warm, burning fuel to travel, or using energy for a refrigerator to preserve food.”  

I somewhat agree with this quote, but it does not factor in the effect of our sin. God does not promise our world will completely continue on in its present state. Sin has been and continues to tear at our world, dragging it further into decay. The Fall of Man is the root of this decay and sin, and our individual sins can add pain and destruction to the Earth. Although God controls the Earth, we still affect it. Although God has instituted times and seasons that will never vary, humans can have an effect on them.For example, God tells us seedtime and harvest will never cease, but human action surely has an impact on the quality of this harvest. Greed and selfishness means only certain people and nations benefit fully from this God-instituted event of harvest. The world will eventually be destroyed, and this is because of human actions – because of our inherent sinful state, God will destroy the world, but only God. Humans cannot. But every sin adds to the decay of the world. In our world, humans cause decay, but only God can cause ultimate destruction. Our burning of fossils fuels may not herald the end of the world, but it does add to decay. Some of this burning may be justified. We need electricity to get through 21st century life in this country. Electricity is a blessing from God. But not all uses of this blessing is as “morally good” as the above quote seems to suggest. People are greedy, wasteful, and selfish with electricity. This is sin. In summary:

  • God created, sustains, and controls the Earth.
  • God promised to continue sustaining the Earth until Jesus’ return
  • We, as Humans, have no power over God to stop Him sustaining
  • Therefore, humans cannot destroy the world, in terms of it coming to an end. We can however ‘destroy’ it, in terms of adding sin and decay to it.
  • We need to be wise and unwasteful of our resources such as fossil fuels so that we can maintain a high quality of life, and try to keep the creation in the best condition besides our inescapable sin

I believe we need to be ‘environmentally friendly’, and try to reduce our ‘ecologically footprint’ as much as possible, but living in fear of our world heating so much, destroying all life, if definitely unnecessary.  

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