I heard a clip on the radio and looked it up on youtube to see if I could share it with you all. Sure enough, I found it. I think it’s interesting because everything I’ve read about the history of weather says that cooling periods are much more dangerous than warming. This clip seems to concur with that notion.
I also agree that we (humans) give ourselves too much power in thinking that we could cause or change the earth’s weather patterns.
I believe that God commands the winds and waves. He brings the rain and seasons of drought.
I’m wondering if anyone out there thinks it possible to sin against the earth. I know that all sins are primarily against God, so, in one sense, no. But, we are able to do wrong to our neighbor, our children, etc. If someone abuses his children, I don’t think it’s wrong to say he sinned against them.
So, my question is, can we sin against the earth? Can we do wrong to the earth?
My answer is no. I don’t think we can sin against an object that is not a moral being. I do think we can be a poor steward of something God has given us and that could be sin. But, this is quite subjective in regard to the earth.
If God gives me a tree, is it better stewardship to let it grow where planted and give shade to everyone around it or to cut it down and use to make a fire to give warmth to people. Well, one contributes to carbon emissions, one doesn’t as much (even planted trees give off some carbon emissions).
This leads to the question, is the earth better off without human influence? If it is, that would seem strange since God created the earth and called it good, then created people and called them very good. And I would also argue that this is a very strange question. To ask if the earth is better off without people??? What a weird and almost worshipful take on the earth that it gets priority over the pinnacle of creation, the people.
But this is the opinion of many global-warming activists. I’ve heard it said more times than I can count, “We need to minimize human effects on the environment.” How strange. As though people don’t really belong here.
I’m definitely skeptical about the research behind global warming. But much more important than that, I’m concerned about how to view the earth biblically. I’m very concerned that those promoting global warming are promoting a religion with the Earth at the center of it.
I want to be careful to show that I do want to be a good steward of the earth. But I don’t want to give people the idea that I think God is too small to handle whatever is happening with the earth. Even more so, I think he is causing it! (whatever “it” might be) And I also want unbelievers to know that God created people. We are not an enemy of the earth. We were meant to live here.
And, when it’s all said and done, people are the most important thing. They will know we are Christians by our love (not for the earth), but for one another.