In 2006, Al Gore starred in a documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth”. In it, he asserted that there is a strong scientific consensus that the earth is warming mainly due to human activity. His argument was that as more humans populate the earth, more carbon dioxide is created in the atmosphere, resulting in higher temperatures around the world. The documentary used sensational footage to create a sense of doom that gave people justification to regulate human activity on Earth. Global warming activists have used this theory to restrict human innovation, placing the environment as a higher priority than people’s needs.
There are many scientific theories surrounding global warming, and scientists around the world are far from reaching a consensus on the issue. The Answers Research Journal published an article in 2010 that proves this point. It’s titled “A Proposed Bible-Science Perspective on Global Warming” and reveals that many researchers disagree with the theory on global warming (https://answersresearchjournal.org/bible-science-global-warming/).
The issues related to global warming are more complex than what is often presented in the media. Instead of reducing the problem to sensational images of polar bears floating on icebergs, the discerning reader must study the science behind many problems, including glaciers, carbon dioxide, climate, and temperature. The Christian reader must also look to the scriptures to make a decision on this matter.
As Christians, we are called to exercise discernment in the matters presented to us (1 John 4: 1). We are called to look at the word of God to understand how to live a godly life here on earth (2 Tim. 3: 16-17). Many Christians are unaware that there are passages in the scriptures that deal with the theories presented by global warming. I will only focus on two main passages.
The first problem the Bible addresses is that unlike global warming activism, humans have priority over the environment. In Genesis chapter 1, God creates man and woman in his own image and gives them this command: “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds. living being that moves on earth. Humans are thus commanded by God to rule over the world he created. The environment is no more important than human life. Instead, human life takes the highest priority, and the rest of God’s creation comes second.
The second problem addressed by the Bible is the destruction of the earth. Global warming activists predict massive flooding and dramatic disruption of the atmosphere. However, the Bible makes it clear that God already brought a worldwide flood that destroyed the earth with water, as described in Genesis chapters 6-7. God destroyed the earth because of the unprecedented level of wickedness that existed on the planet.
After destroying the earth, God restored human life through Noah and his family and promised Noah that he would never destroy the earth with water again (Genesis 9: 11-17). God gave the rainbow as a sign that “there will never be a flood again to destroy the earth.” (Genesis 9:11). God further promised in Genesis 8: 21-22: “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. I will never slaughter every living creature like I did again. As long as the earth remains, the sowing and the harvest, the cold and the heat, the summer and the winter, the day and the night, will not cease.
The last sentence is particularly relevant to the theory of global warming. The word of God declares that the atmosphere of the earth will continue to function according to the purpose of God until “the earth remains”. 2 Peter 3:10 says, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief, and then the heavens will pass by with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be scorched and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. This means that God has already established a time when the earth will be destroyed, not by water but by fire at the time of Christ’s return, and then the earth will be made again (Revelation 21: 1).
We do not have to fear the doomsday predictions of global warming activists because the Bible already tells us that God will determine the end of the earth, not human activity. Instead, we must listen to the word of God and ask ourselves, “Are we ready for the return of Christ?”
Pastor Tim Dinkins is the teaching pastor at Grace Baptist Church Lemoore. You can contact him at [email protected]