Some Thoughts on Climate Change
If you’ve ever taken an astronomy class, you will understand how awesome our universe is. It is estimated that the start of the universe, or what scientists generally call the “big bang”, happened between 12 and 14 billion years ago. Scientists estimate that our home solar system is around 4.6 billion years old. Moving closer, our home planet is around 4.5 billion years old, and man made his appearance on earth about 200,000 years ago—very recent in the scheme of things.
To keep things in perspective, dinosaurs roamed the earth between 252 and 66 million years ago, way before human beings took over. The 186-million-year span of the dinosaurs takes into account the varying subspecies. These are a few statistics to get things started.
So how close are we to extinction like our forerunners the dinosaurs? Nobody knows, but you can be pretty sure that it isn’t 12 years away. After all, let’s have a little faith in the One who created the whole universe in the first place.
With one thought, God created the big bang. He is in complete control of things, so unless He has plans to annihilate the human race, which remember, He came close to one time, I think we can be sure the earth will be here for another decade or two. Annihilation by nuclear war? Well, looking at the world stage, that is a possibility, but that’s another subject and doesn’t have anything to do with climate change.
So are human beings causing climate change or is the earth just doing what the earth does—going through the phases it has gone through since its initial cooling down phase over 4.5 billion years ago? I tend to believe the later. Growing up the 70s we were told we were headed for an ice age by the year 2000. Now we’re being told we will be extinct in 12 years from global warming.
Now, I’m not a scientist. But I do believe in God, and I do believe we are to be good stewards of the earth. We need to recycle. We need to stop destroying the rain forests. We need to stop the bush meat industry. We need to stop the slaughter of elephants and the poaching of rhinos. The meat industry could use more regulations. Animals should be treated humanely. We have one home planet, a gift from God, and we should take good care of it. That is a fact.
But I’m hearing some bizarre responses to the climate change crisis we are supposedly experiencing. One of the most frightening I’ve heard is population control. The United Nations is an advocate of population control, and that is a dangerous place to be. Population control always means abortion and euthanasia, and it is usually tied to eugenics. We have no right to end the lives of others so our lives might be made better.
Yet, I’m hearing people say it. I just heard it the other day—abortion should be in place for population control. This thinking created the one-child law (now two-child law) in China. That is forced abortion—the forced killing of the next generations. Who are we to decide who lives and who dies?
So now it is clear that part of the climate change movement is a way to control the masses—another way to bring socialism or communism to all of us.
I’m willing to take my chance and trust that the Creator of heaven and earth (and our immortal souls) will take care of things. I will not trust a global community who will tell us how many children we should have, what car we should drive, how many hamburgers we should eat, and who is too sick to waste our resources.
I am concerned with our spiritual health and where we will spend eternity.
Yes, the earth is warming. Certain species are endangered and are threatened with extinction. Should we do what we can to “save the planet”? Of course, but if what we do goes against the laws of God, we had better think of an alternative plan. If we can’t stand the heat here, well, there is another place to consider . . . “do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.” ~Matthew 10:28