Saturday, February 27, 2010

Global Warming and God’s Word

by Bruce Mills
As I have watched the weather reports this year—storm after storm dumping record amounts of snow in the eastern US, unprecedented long periods of cold weather in Florida, unusually warm weather in the northwest—I understand how many people are led to question the validity of the global warming claims.  But the truth is that a single extra long and cold winter does not prove that global warming is a myth anymore than an excessively hot summer proves its validity.  Climate patterns are established over lengthy periods of time, not by a single year’s weather. 
However, I admit that I find the science behind the claims of man’s impact on the world’s climate to be highly questionable at best and completely bogus at worst.  The recent revelations that the Nobel Prize winning organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), went to great length to manipulate the data, to marginalize opposing viewpoints, and to mask the truth about the lack of global warming over the past fifteen years by destroying the records, has intensified the criticism of the claims of the climate change scientists.
But the primary reason why I do not worry about global warming and its alleged impact on our future environment is because God has clearly stated in Scripture that nothing will alter His created climate until He chooses to alter it.  Genesis 8:22 says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”  Clearly, God intends to sustain this earth and its climate until He destroys it all at the end of the age (2 Peter 3:12).
Believers need to understand that the great reformational statement, Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), is essential to our faith when we are faced with the so-called “scientific evidence” that contradicts what God has said.  We must never allow man’s wisdom to be given greater credence than God’s wisdom.  He has revealed His truth in His Word, and for Christians, God’s Word must be given the supremacy in every conflict with man’s scientific claims.  This is particularly true with such issues as evolution and global warming.
So when your unsaved friends (and even some of your saved friends) buy into the world’s philosophy and alleged “scientific proof” that climate change is in the process of destroying our world, don’t buy it!  Remember: God has clearly said that He will sustain the environment just as it is until the day that He chooses to destroy the earth.  So trust Him and His Word more than you trust man and his science!

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