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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Global Warming

This past week I have commenced reading through the Old Testament again. The last couple of mornings I have been reading about the Great Flood of Noah's day.

I came across a verse this morning that caused me to reflect.

Genesis 8:22 - While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

I was thinking about this verse in the context of all of the warnings we hear about global warming. The interesting thing is that I have lived long enough to remember when the concern was global cooling???? From one extreme to the other in less than 43 years.

I am all for reasonable legislation to protect the environment. I don't know anyone who wants to drink contaminated water or breathe contaminated air. We should take all reasonable measures to protect our natural resources. Having said that I do believe there is a segment (small but vocal) of society who are radical in their thinking in this area. If they had their way industrial production would come to a halt and life as we know it would cease to exist. Really, I don't think these people even think through the logical consequences of their activism.

I also believe that there are those who use the environment agenda to create fear, and in creating fear they create the necessity for more intrusive government intervention. They tend to be the same people who see government as the answer to everything.

It is good to know the Bible. God has promised that while the earth remaineth, seedtime, harvest, summer, winter will not cease. If He said it would not cease then it will not. People allow their lives to be filled with anxiety over things that are unnecessary. Sure there may be periods of time when it is slightly warmer than at other time, or slightly colder. There may even be times when it is considerable colder or warmer than the average. What I don't believe is that we have to make a crisis out of it.

There will be global warming one day but it will be the result of the judgment of God, not because of man's abuse of the environment.

2 Peter 3:9-14 - The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

The universe did not begin with a big bang but it is going to end with one!!
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