Global Warming: A Biblical Perspective

by Abby Kautt and Caleb Kautt

Former Vice President Al Gore began his campaign to “save mother earth” in the 1970s1, and has circled the globe spewing his fiery predictions of our “warming planet” for many decades.  Spouting all sorts of “research” and “statistics” of doom and gloom, he said the world was on the cusp of a global melt down due to the arrival of massive heat waves that posed a threat to man and animals alike. The seas were “warming up” causing climate change to reshape the environment.

However, behind all of the doomsday rhetoric is a worldview.  “Climate change”crusaders are driven by their beliefs about this world, and man kind.  With all of the hype surrounding the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico2, and the
continued debate regarding the rising sea levels, CO2 and earth’s “increasing” temperature, comes a significant question: How does a Christian worldview inform this debate?

First, we need to understand the worldview behind climate change.  In their view, this world is all there was, is, and ever will be.  To them, “saving mother earth” is of greater importance than outlawing abortion or euthanasia.
Because their foundation is built upon evolution and humanism, man is not God’s special creation, but just another animal.

Romans 1:22, 23 and 25 state that men will worship this world instead of God:

“Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things; who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is
blessed forever. Amen.3”

This is exactly what we see amongst those who hold to this ideology.  Following the worldview of climate changers to its ultimate end, we realize that many, if not all, who hold these ideologies, do not believe in Jehovah God, and therefore have no understanding of His second coming. It is God who controls what happens in space and time. One day He will return to judge this world in fire, and to take home all who believe in His name to a new heaven and new earth.

Now that we have answered the question regarding the worldview of climate changers, we can deal with how Christians should inform this debate.  Christians need to be ready to respond to issues such as climate change. If our worldview is
built upon the sure foundation of the Bible and Jesus Christ, we do have answers – informed by Scripture.

God gave mankind dominion over the Earth4.  We should not be careless with our planet, allowing hazardous materials (in excess) into our air, water, or ground.  Instead, we must have the proper perspective.  For if we lose sight of the fact that Jesus is Lord of all, and begin to believe that somehow man can be the “savior,” then we lose the core of our responsibility.

Therefore, Christians should be careful stewards of the resources God has allowed them to possess, and set an example of balance when it comes to the issue of climate change.  We should not be for excessively polluting this world and having a “who cares” attitude; neither should we be those who bow before “gaia5” in homage. We must be in the principled middle, as creatures of our Faithful Creator6.

In the end, “global warming” has been proved to be false as was revealed during climate-gate7 when information was leaked showing science-fixing by individuals working in this field (University of East Anglia, NASA, IPCC). Although warmer waters produce more8 CO2, that is simply a part of the natural cycle, and is not out of the ordinary.

Christians must not shrink back or hide from hard questions or tough issues.  Our worldview must be in tune with God’s word and guided by the principles contained therein.  The propaganda promoted by those who hold to climate change should not scare us.  God is in control.  He is the Creator, sustainer and judge.  This is truly, our Father’s world!
Footnotes:

1 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2007/oct/12/climatechange1 – Gore held his first congressional hearing on “climate change” in 1976 after his election to the House of Representatives.

2 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/26/AR2010042604308.html

3 In the first chapter of Romans Paul discusses the breakdown of society as men turn away from the Living God to follow after man made idols and lustful pleasures.

4 Gen. 1:28 – Theologians call this the “Dominion Mandate.”

5 http://www.pantheon.org/articles/g/gaia.html – “gaia” is also known as “mother earth” and was known as the goddess of the Earth in Greek mythology.

6 1 Peter 4:19

7 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405 2748704342404574576683216723794.html

8 http://www.skepticalscience.com/co2-lagstemperature.htm

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