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What God's Word Says About...

Climate Change - Again

This is a letter written to a local newspaper in March 2019 concerning climate change. Several letters were sent to the commentary section of the newspaper expressing fear that mankind is causing global warming and climate change. The columnist responded that we are in a world - wide apocalyptic event due to decisions made by men and it is too late to convince greedy, evil, disgusting hoarders of wealth and power to change their ways in order to save the planet.

The letter addresses the fact that if Jesus Christ does not return in our lifetime, He is still actively upholding all things in this world by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). God has already destroyed the world once by a world-wide flood, and by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (Hebrews 3:6-7). We should not fear what mankind can do to this world, but "fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28). "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction" (Proverbs 1:7).

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It's good to know that we are getting some real discussion on what causes climate change. Remember, there has been climate change since the world-wide flood in Noah's day. After the flood God said, "I will establish My covenant with you [Noah]; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by water of the flood, neither shall there be again a flood to destroy the earth" (Genesis 9:11). This flood was world-wide. Before Noah there was a mist that rose from the earth to water the whole surface of the ground (Genesis 2:6). After the world-wide flood the climate changed. God said, "This is the sign of the covenant between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations." God set the rainbow in the cloud which mankind had never seen before the flood (Genesis 9:9- 17). Notice also, after the flood, God told Noah and his sons to "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill theeart h." Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you as I gave the green plant" (Genesis 9:1,3).

There is nothing that mankind can do with his own hands to change the climate. "He [God] seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work" (Job 37:7). Jesus said, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth: (Matt 28:18). When this world ends, it will end suddenly and unexpectedly. Jesus said, "just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of M an: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all" (Luke 17:26 -27). God will decide when this world will end: "And He [Jesus] is the radiance of His [God's] glory and the exact representation of His nature and upholds all things by the word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3). When the end of this world comes it will be by God's spoken word, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven

with a shout with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God" (1 Thess. 4:16). Mankind has no control over the destruction of this world. 11But  by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men" (2 Pet. 3:7).

The writer of Hebrews said, "You [God] have made him [manl<indl for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him [mankind] with glory and honor, and have appointed him [mankind] over the works of Your [God's] hands" (Heb. 2:6-7). Yes, mankind does make mistakes in our stewardship of this beautiful world that He created. But God has built safeguards to protect His world from the mistakes of men. An example of this was in April 2010 when BP Oil Company spilled massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 85 days. The world was distressed and thought that we had destroyed the entire Gulf. But God in His wisdom from the beginning created Alcanivorax microbes, a bacteria in the water that eats hydrocarbons like we humans eat a buffet. The effects of that huge oil spill was cleaned by these microbes in a short period of tim e.

Since sin was introduced into the world by Adam and Eve, God said to Adam, "Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life" (Genesis 3:17- 19). Sin separated men from God, but also, sin caused God's creation to be subject to futility. And that the creation itself is a slave to corruption. "For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth until now" (Romans 8:18-22). According to scripture, this world is deteriorating as explained by the Law of Thermodynamics.

In answer to your comment that it is too late to convince the greedy, evil, disgusting hoarders of wealth and power to change their ways, God expects all mankind to work and not lead an undisciplined life. The apostle Paul wrote, "nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship  we  kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you" and that "if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever" (2 Thess. 3:7-8; 1 Timothy 5:8).

In conclusion, Solomon wrote, "Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one's labor...during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God" (Eccl. 5:18-19).

 

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