God’s Promises and Climate Change Lies – Part 1
January 26, 2023 Blogs by: Tim Jennings, M.D.

If you approach life from a biblical worldview, then you understand that there are two antagonistic forces at war on planet Earth—God’s kingdom of truth, love, and freedom versus Satan’s kingdom of lies, selfishness, and coercion.

These two systems originate from two different living beings: our infinite God of love, who is the source of all truth, love, righteousness, purity, holiness, virtue, goodness, and life itself, and Satan, who is the originator of lies, selfishness, evil, pain, suffering, disease, deformity, corruption, and death.

God’s agencies of light battle against Satan’s agents of darkness; truth and love war against lies and selfishness. And this battle enters into every phase of our existence.

The Bible is a revelation from God of reality—God’s original intention for humanity, the problem of sin, God’s intervention to remedy sin, and the methods and character of God contrasted against the methods and character of Satan.

God is constantly seeking to lead us out of the darkness of misunderstanding, confusion, and error and into the light of truth. But throughout human history, Satan has been persistently and effectively introducing lies, false narratives, which are intended to replace the truth and entrap hearts and minds in fear and selfishness.

In Eden, God warned that breaking trust with Him and violating the laws He built life to operate upon would result in ruin and death. Satan advanced an alternative narrative—that God lied, that sin does not result in death, and that God was not giving the warning to protect humans from self-inflicted injury and death but rather to prevent them from becoming more powerful and godlike so that God could hoard power and control for Himself. Sadly, Adam and Eve believed the false narrative and humanity became corrupted by sin.

Cain also accepted a false narrative and rejected God’s directions, substituting his own works in place of God’s provision. In doing so, he was unavoidably corrupted; his rejection of truth and God’s instructions led to uncontrolled jealousy of his brother Abel, whom he eventually murdered.

 

Planetary Catastrophe

The Bible tells us that in the time of Noah, God sent a message of impending climate disaster: The world would be destroyed by a worldwide flood in 120 years (Genesis 6:3). Noah faithfully preached that message, warning Earth’s inhabitants of the coming climate disaster and offering them the only means of escape—getting on the ark he was building (2 Peter 2:5).

But the ungodly, following Satan’s leading, rejected God’s warning and presented an alternative narrative. You can imagine these deniers of God mocking Noah as an extremist, an alarmist, a crazy person. They would point to the “science” that proved rain had never occurred, that the waters of the seas and rivers had never left their shores. They would claim that it was scientifically impossible for a flood to happen. They would counter God’s revelation with scientific measurements from nature, claiming that there were no such things as floods.

What happened? Jesus shed light on this, saying:

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:37–39 NIV84, emphasis mine).

Despite Noah’s preaching of the impending flood for 120 years, the people didn’t know, they didn’t understand, they didn’t recognize what was about to happen. Why? Because they accepted the false narrative and rejected the message of truth coming from God.

If you lived back in Noah’s day, with your current belief in God and the Bible, who would you have believed: Noah or the media and scientific experts of the day?

Jesus said something similar would happen in our day: As His second coming approaches, people will be unaware of and will be unprepared for His return. Why? Because they, like the wicked antediluvians, will reject the message of God and, instead, choose to believe the false narrative that comes from Satan.

And one of Satan’s false narratives deluding the world today is a direct denial, rejection, and replacement of a promise given to humanity by God in the aftermath of the Flood:

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease (Genesis 8:22 NIV 84).

God’s promise is that our climate and seasons will continue stably until the second coming of Christ—that is, “as long as the earth endures.”

But the lie of Satan, the false narrative of this corrupt world, is that of “climate change,” climate disaster, the ending of human life through the destruction of the climate.

And just like the antediluvians, we must decide which view we believe: the godless, the evolutionists, the pundits of this world, the same people who foisted COVID mandates upon the world, restricted our liberties, and injured our children—or our Creator?

 

Lies that Divide

What is the impact on people who believe the climate change falsehood? Does that message inspire people with hope, reduce fear, bring people together in love, and result in greater freedom and liberty—or does that anti-biblical message incite fear, stir conflict, inspire restrictions of liberty, and lead to coercion and control?

Understand this clearly:

  • We are not facing a global climate disaster—we are facing a global spiritual disaster.
  • We are not facing man-made global warming—we are facing man-made global coldness of heart; Jesus said, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12 NIV84).

Satan blinds people to reality by getting them to focus on something emotional as a distraction to what is really happening:

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV84).

Satan’s end-time push is active and aggressive and turns the mind away from God, away from the Bible, away from the hope of a new heaven and new earth, to a future in which we supposedly destroy ourselves through overpopulation and climate disaster. Thus, we must save ourselves through activities that actually harm the people—the many various solutions proposed by the so-called “green” movement. Their proposed solutions are anti-human, anti-science, and anti-liberty, and they are pro-elite, designed to help the ruling class dominate and control others. The green movement of climate change propogandists is a movement of the godless bent on destroying the image of God in people and the liberty of conscience.

And it is all based on a false narrative. (More on this in part 2 of this series.)

The purpose and goal of the climate change proponents is to increase chaos, disorder, confusion, uncertainty, and fear so that people, longing for security and safety, will accept a totalitarian ruler who uses force to restore order.

But as Christians, we fight against this deception with the divine weapons given to us by God (2 Corinthians 10:3–5). Our weapons are truth, presented in love, while leaving others free:

  • We do not use coercion.
  • We do not use propaganda.
  • We do not restrict liberties.
  • We do not mandate others do what we say.
  • We do not collude with nor support philosophies and systems based in godlessness.
  • We discern the difference between the godless green movement that leads people away from Jesus and away from fulfilling our responsibility to be good stewards of Earth and have dominion over it; instead, we actively seek to develop Earth to make it ever more human-friendly in ways that are not destructive and abusive.
  • We value people more than the planet and realize that no matter how well we manage the Earth as God’s stewards, this planet is going to be destroyed and replaced with a new one when Jesus comes—praise God!

So when you hear the climate change fear purveyors, remember God’s promise that the seasons will not change “as long as the Earth endures,” reject their lies, and cling to the truth as it is in Jesus.

In our next blog, we will examine some of the science that documents the lie that increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is causing the earth to become less habitable, less green, and is destroying life—the exact opposite of what is true.

 

 

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Tim Jennings, M.D. Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, and an international speaker. He served as president of the Southern and Tennessee Psychiatric Associations and is president and founder of Come and Reason Ministries. Dr. Jennings has authored many books, including The God-Shaped Brain, The God-Shaped Heart, and The Aging Brain. In 2022, Dr. Jennings became Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lynchburg, Virginia.