Climate Change and the Bible
Genesis 8:21-22: And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
When I was a boy, Summers were brighter and warmer than they are today. In Winter, we always had snowfalls, that made the place look pretty on Christmas Day, but the snow did not last long enough to cause damage. Before we knew it, the snowdrops and daffodils were announcing Spring.
Of course, it wasn’t really like that. Our memories sometimes play tricks on us, regarding the climate, but over the last 130 years or so, scientists have systematically measured different facets of the weather, and recorded them. It has become popular to note that the world’s average temperature, however that may be measured, is getting warmer. Or is it colder? Or is it just changing? No, it’s getting warmer.
Given that modern records began, as the world was emerging from the so-called Little Ice Age, it is undeniable that the average global temperature has increased during that time. Whether or not Global Warming occurs is not really the issue. The issue is two-fold: 1. Is the amount of warming really serious and 2. Has this warming been caused by human activity.
To answer just the first of these for now: the concern is that our climate will be catastrophically, and irreversibly changed, from the traditional seasons that we enjoy. However, in Genesis 8:22, God tells us: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” While not denying human responsibility to look after the creation, in which God has placed us, we need to trust God’s word, rather than that of people.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You that You control even the weather. When You were on Earth, it was remarked that “even the wind and waves obey Him”. We worship the great, the only true God. Amen.
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