In the 70s, my elementary school took a break from teaching necessary things like reading, writing, and arithmetic, to scare the britches off us kids about the coming ice age. Our biggest concern in life up to that point was what game would be played at recess. Now, it was how to escape the coming glaciers and make it to Mexico before we froze to death. While the cause of the coming disaster was not directly linked to human activity, there was certainly plenty of hints that it was related to modern society. And the solutions, less freedom, more regulation, and higher taxes, were not that much different than the ones claimed to be necessary to stop global warming, which paused over a decade ago.
I remember my Mother’s expression when I started asking about moving to Mexico. She was a Spirit-filled Believer, and a mature woman of God rarely moved by fear. She sat me down with the Bible and explained from God’s Word His plan for man and the Earth. Even at such a young age, I had peace in my heart. In my head though, I had a whole lot of anger for those who attempted to peddle such nonsense to children. Its bad enough we get this garbage daily through the media, schools, and politicians. When it comes from the religious, especially those who claim to know God and His Word, it is highly offensive.
Archbishop of Canterbury joins faith leaders calling for urgent action on climate change:
Since climate change and the global economy now affect us all, we have to develop a sense of the oneness of humanity.
Apparently, just about every denomination is getting in on the fun, some with a more generic “take care of the planet” response, while others read more like The Communist Manifesto. The latest missive from Rome falls somewhere between the two. Concern for the environment – clean water and air, preservation of species and habitat, and quality of life are all good things. NOBODY is against clean water. Those who are “looking for quick and easy profit” as the Pope puts it, very often are, in fact, truly interested in their preservation. Who is more likely to preserve and care for deer, a government bureaucrat on public property, or a hunter on his own land? Who takes better care of their home, people living on the backs of taxpayers in government housing, or someone who owns their own home?
Take a look at the United States, and the quality of the environment versus developing nations to our South, many of which have been dominated by Catholicism for centuries. What is the difference? There is far more freedom in the US. Prosperity always flows from freedom. Progress always flows from prosperity. A prosperous nation is far more capable of innovation that corrects environmental challenges, whether real or imagined.
Quoting another religious monarch, the Pope added this.
Patriarch Bartholomew has spoken in particular of the need for each of us to repent of the ways we have harmed the planet, for “inasmuch as we all generate small ecological damage”, we are called to acknowledge “our contribution, smaller or greater, to the disfigurement and destruction of creation”. He has repeatedly stated this firmly and persuasively, challenging us to acknowledge our sins against creation: “For human beings… to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins”. For “to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God”.
I promise you, I stand righteous before God, depending completely on His Grace. I reject the notion that everything that man does on this planet is a crime against nature (whatever that means), and certainly not a sin against God, who gave dominion of the Earth to man! (Psalm 115:15-16)
Nothing man can do will destroy the planet. A man of God should know this. Mankind could really mess things up with a nuclear war, but he still could not destroy it. This mindset comes from relying too much on the reasoning of man, and not nearly enough time with God’s Word. However, let’s look at it logically first. 70% of the Earth’s surface is ocean. If you set aside the uninhabited land (Antarctica), as well as the areas that are sparsely populated, if at all (deserts – 33% of Earth’s land surface, and tundras – 4.5 million sq. mi.), you are left with no more than 7% of the Earth’s surface that is even capable of supporting human life without extraordinary assistance. It has been suggested that 95% of world’s population is concentrated on just 10% of world’s land surface. That would mean man is concentrated on just under 6 million square miles, or just 3% of the Earth’s surface. Consider that fact carefully.
The atmosphere extends approximately 62 miles out from the surface all around the globe. If you are good at math, calculate the volume of the atmosphere for the entire planet. Now, with a straight face, try to imagine a mom taking her kids to school in her minivan as having some catastrophic effect on the planet. Multiply her activities billions of times over and its still laughable. Should we seek the cleanest and most efficient energy sources? Absolutely, but not at the expense of quality of life and prosperity.
Remembering all the facts above, in the order of impact on the global climate, human activities are inconsequential compared to the Sun, oceans, volcanic activity, Milankovitch cycles, solar radiation, and many others. And yet, we are constantly told that we are destroying the planet just by living. Every weather event, good or bad, is blamed on global warming, which in the minds of the elite is a direct result of human activity.
“In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level…”
We have heard and read breathless predictions of Florida underwater, and the looming destruction of coastal cities by rising oceans. And yet the same folks who make these predictions seem impervious to this threat, buying property right on the ocean. If I lived on the beach, I would be more concerned with government seizure of my property rather than it being swamped by the oceans.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth, While as yet He had not made the land or the fields or the first of the dust of the earth. When He prepared the heavens, I [Wisdom] was there; when He drew a circle upon the face of the deep and stretched out the firmament over it, When He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep, When He gave to the sea its limit and His decree that the waters should not transgress [across the boundaries set by] His command, when He appointed the foundations of the earth— Then I [Wisdom] was beside Him as a master and director of the work; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, Rejoicing in His inhabited earth and delighting in the sons of men. — Proverbs 8:25-31 (<AMP>)
Neither consumerism or burning fossil fuels will change what God has decreed. The oceans have their limit. And while storms may temporarily damage and destroy homes on the coast, those living near oceans should understand and prepare for the risk. God even has an “app” for that. (Psalm 23, Psalm 91, Matthew 7:24-27, Mark 4:35-41, Ephesians 6:10-18) He has given you His Wisdom, and the authority to overcome all the attacks of the enemy.
“Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?”
This passage is sure to be overlooked as the left attempts to claim a religious endorsement of their global warming agenda. Abortion is a terrible symptom of our fallen world, but it is just one of many that reveals the spiritual darkness that comes from the absence of Light in the heart of the people. It is strong evidence that denominations are spending far too much time on religious matters, and worldly issues like global warming, and not nearly enough time preaching the Word. It is God’s Truth that changes hearts. The way to greatly reduce abortion, and all types of evil, is to preach the Word. Get people spiritually reborn and set them free from the bondage of sin and spiritual death. If the desire is good fruit, heal the root. (Luke 6:43-45)
Please don’t take this post as an attack on the Pope, or Catholicism. They just happen to be the most recent folks to very publicly make their views known. All religions, including the leadership of many Protestant denominations, are equally guilty. Its so much easier to ignore God and turn to man to solve problems, even the nonexistent ones. Religion has always been about replacing God with man. Instead of looking to the Creator for Wisdom, religion turns to politicians and scientists, who just a few years back claimed we were heading towards an ice age. Instead of looking to God as their source, religion turns to government. Instead of preaching God’s Word, explaining The Blessing and His many promises of abundance, religion preaches envy and equality of misery through social justice. Instead of teaching people to enjoy the freedom Believers have in Christ, religion preaches bondage and socialism as the path to happiness. Like Israel rejected God and wanted a king, religion does not want Jesus as the Head of the Body, they would prefer religious monarchs to tell the people what to believe. Instead of the Holy Spirit’s guidance, religion prefers to be at the mercy of foolish men.
Our Creator is Good. He has provided everything we need, and blessed us with the ability to be a Blessing to the world. God created the Earth to be inhabited. He prepared it to be a home for His children. (Genesis 1:1-31, Isaiah 45:18)
BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great! You are clothed with honor and majesty— [You are the One] Who covers Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain or a tent, Who lays the beams of the upper room of His abode in the waters [above the firmament], Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind, Who makes winds His messengers, flames of fire His ministers. You laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be moved forever. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled; at the voice of Your thunder they hastened away. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place which You appointed for them. You have set a boundary [for the waters] which they may not pass over, that they turn not again to deluge the earth. He sends forth springs into the valleys; their waters run among the mountains. They give drink to every [wild] beast of the field; the wild asses quench their thirst there. Beside them the birds of the heavens have their nests; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from His upper rooms; the earth is satisfied and abounds with the fruit of His works. He causes vegetation to grow for the cattle, and all that the earth produces for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food out of the earth— And wine that gladdens the heart of man, to make his face shine more than oil, and bread to support, refresh, and strengthen man’s heart. The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly and are filled with sap, the cedars of Lebanon which He has planted, Where the birds make their nests; as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the conies and badgers. [The Lord] appointed the moon for the seasons; the sun knows [the exact time of] its setting. You [O Lord] make darkness and it becomes night, in which creeps forth every wild beast of the forest. The young lions roar after their prey and seek their food from God. When the sun arises, they withdraw themselves and lie down in their dens. Man goes forth to his work and remains at his task until evening. O Lord, how many and varied are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all; the earth is full of Your riches and Your creatures. — Psalm 104:1-24 (<AMP>)
If there is any lack in the world, it is not caused by God. The Earth is full of His Goodness. Poverty is the direct result of lack of freedom, government corruption, man’s injustice to man, and spiritual darkness. As long as people look to others as their source, they have tied God’s hands. While religion does some good, more often than not they make people more dependent, teaching them how to beg, instead of how to believe. God rewards those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) He encourages folks to work instead of steal, so they have something to give. (Ephesians 4:28, 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12) God’s economy works by sowing and reaping, giving and receiving, not by begging or stealing. Giving should be done freely, not by government mandate or religious compulsion. Give the way God wants, and He multiplies the resources and provides abundance, so even more can be sown. (Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 10:22, Proverbs 19:17, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:5-12, Philippians 4:14-19) A global wealth redistribution scheme, in a futile attempt to stop global warming, simply makes everyone equally poor, except those in power.
And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him. In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. We love Him, because He first loved us. — 1 John 4:16-19 (<AMP>)
It should be noted that whenever the left wants to push their agenda, they always find a crisis – real or imagined. At the root is fear. Note also that the spirit of strife and division are also present. For a Believer, the fact that fear is central to pushing their agenda should immediately identify the enemy as the ultimate source – for there is no fear in Love. I especially find it disconcerting that men and denominations, who claim to believe in God, think Him incapable of creating a sustainable earth, and/or anticipating any foolish things we might do to it before Jesus returns. Let’s give God a wee bit of credit here. He knows the beginning from the end. The last thing we need is panic, making foolish and unnecessary changes, fighting a problem we can’t solve – nor need to, and creating even bigger challenges for the next generation of socialists to solve with even more damaging solutions.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
— Winston Churchill
Let’s play make believe that the climate is growing warmer and man was somehow responsible. Are we really ready to cede our freedom to some spiritually dead bureaucrat? Because once the genie is out of the bottle, there will be no putting it back. Every human activity will be subject to review by some unelected czar. Where one lives, what one lives in, the type of transportation they use, and even food choices, will be subject to government regulation, all in the name of possibly reducing the temperature by one degree. And what happens when the blue beret wearing overlords at the un start micromanaging other things in the name of fairness, or global equality? Whether tyranny comes by revolution, or religion, its still tyranny.
Only a spiritually dead man would think mankind capable of altering the GLOBAL climate. And even if you could prove that man was even in the slightest way impacting it globally, how would higher taxes, more government, less freedom, and more wealth distribution possibly fix it? Its socialism repackaged as the Green movement, and now the new gospel of the religious.
If the religious leaders, and the rest of the globalist flakes and nuts at the un can come up with a dimmer switch for the Sun, maybe then we can talk. Anything short of that is a fool’s errand.
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. — 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 (<KJV>)
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. — 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 (<KJV>)
May God Bless You And Give You His Wisdom.
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My posts on global warming at harrisonshome
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