Global Warming: From a Biblical Perspective

Global Warming: From a Biblical Perspective

I had been wondering, for months now, as to why are certain Christians ridiculing the efforts of our world’s leaders to find a solution to Global Warming by cutting back on carbon emissions. It had always bothered me because if there ever was a better way to do business without adversely affecting the earth then we should aspire to reach that level. The adverse effects of coal power stations are there for all to see, and the situation should not be left to continue for a foreseeable future. I don’t need an environmentalist to tell me that we need to keep our forests, before I can realize just how important our forests are. Whenever I pass Mittal Steel’s operations, the smell of chemicals always remind me that we need to move on to more environmentally friendly operations. But reality is all this has to be done within an acceptable economic model.

But why are certain Christians still hell-bent on denying Global Warming even though the consequences of Global Warming are something the bible has being preaching for 19 centuries. The Seven Trumpets of the Apocalypse are specifically indicating that what looks like Global Warming will definitely happen. Let’s look at some of the consequences of Global Warning and compare them to the bible:

  • Dry weather due to high temperatures will lead to wildlife fires. The bible says ‘a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up’ (Revelations 8:7).
  • Severe heat waves will contribute to deaths. The bible says “the sun was given power to scorch people with fire” (Revelations 16:8).
  • According to NDRC.org, scientists at the U.S. Center for Atmospheric Research predict that if the current rate of global warming continues, the Arctic could be ice-free in the summer by 2040.At the current rate of retreat, all of the glaciers in Glacier National Park will be gone by 2070. The bible says “Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found” (Revelations 16:20).

 

It is clear that Global Warming is biblical and will happen, for those who doubt its authenticity. But more and more Christians are laughing off all efforts that were put in Copenhagen. They look at the world leaders trying to find consensus on how to deal with Global Warming, and they wonder why they are wasting their time with things they can’t change when they can do something worthwhile. Of course it doesn’t help that Europe and North America are experiencing their lowest temperatures in decades, which brings to doubt the authenticity of the statistics used to push Global Warming agenda. I don’t know how United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) explain this chilly weather, but it must be a tough job convincing people that they are responsible for Global Warming when they have the biggest snow they have ever seen to deal with.

That’s the problem out there, just who are responsible for Global Warming and its consequences? Aren’t the same people who are responsible for Global Warming also responsible for the snow that has made it impossible for sports to be played? (I like my sports, so I’m upset with the snow). United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) answers by saying “it is extremely likely [>95% chance] that humans have exerted a substantial warming influence on climate” and that this “estimate is likely to be at least five times greater than that due to solar irradiance changes.” IPCC went a step further by declaring that a consensus by 2,000 scientists had determined that global warming was caused by human activity. I don’t know what IPCC’s response to the cold weather is, but I doubt they will credit people with it. If you don’t credit people with this extreme cold weather that hasn’t been seen in decades, do you then credit it to solar irradiance changes? Then shouldn’t we credit solar irradiance changes with Global Warming?

This is where certain Christians have a problem with Global Warming as preached by IPCC. And before this morning (11th Jan 2010) I never agreed with those Christians. (Before you blow your top off and accuse Christians of being anti-science bigots, remember that the bible agrees that something similar to the consequences of Global Warming will definitely happen so there’s no running away from that). IPCC says Global Warming is a result of human activity through Carbon dioxide (CO2), and consequences thereof could be avoided if humankind reduces its carbon emissions. They are saying reduced carbon emissions would result in low temperatures over a period of time, and as a result Global Warming will be no more. This looks like an easy way out, except a huge amount of investment has to be poured on this program if it will succeed. No wonder Copenhagen talks hit a snag.

The bible, on the other hand, gives a completely different explanation for Global Warming. The bible describes Global Warming as caused by humankind’s rebellion against God, and it says if humankind fails to repent from its sins then God’s wrath will be aroused and He will punish the unrepentant world with all kinds of consequences as mentioned. In a prophetic manner, the bible describes all the things that would happen in those days, in what is referred to as the Seven Trumpets of the Apocalypse. In a sequence:

  1. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
  2. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
  3. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
  4. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.

 

After these first four trumpets, God (through an eagle) gives a warning to people that unless they repent then more is coming. He says: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!” (Revelations 8:13). Yet people still didn’t repent, which left God with no option.

5. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

Still God gave people an opportunity to repent, yet they refused.

6. And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.

After this 6th trumpet, the bible explains clearly why all this things happened to the world. It states clearly that these consequences of Global Warming are not a result of carbon emissions, but because of sins committed by inhabitants of the earth. It says: “The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (Revelations 9:20-21). Because there was no repentance, God continued with the judgments as we see in the 7th trumpet.

7. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

The bible is clear that consequences of Global Warming would be caused by God’s wrath towards sinners, and the only way to avoid these horrible consequences would be to repent from sins. But of course that is not what IPCC says. By crediting carbon emissions with Global Warming, IPCC has found a way to sidestep the real cause of Global Warming. No wonder my Christian friends feel irked by this mention of Global Warming, and I do too, well since that morning.

But why would IPCC deceive humankind on the real causes of Global Warming?

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