God’s Promises and Climate Change Lies – Part 2
Last week we contrasted the promise of God in Genesis 8:22—
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease (NIV84).
—with the false narrative advanced by the godless climate change fear-mongers. In today’s blog, we will document that the exact opposite is happening on Earth, that rather than increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) causing climate disaster, it is causing a greener, more habitable planet for human thriving.
There are two antagonistic worldviews at war today: the biblical one and the godless one. The godless worldview proposes that there is no God, there is no intelligent design, there is no purpose for humanity, that nature and its laws are supreme, that human beings are merely the most evolved animal in the evolutionary chain, and that our building, developing, and subduing the planet is corrupt, destructive, and ultimately against nature.
One of the most frequent claims the godless make to advance their narrative is that the increasing CO2 in the atmosphere from human use of fossil fuels is causing the climate to change in such a way that it will destroy habitable lands, cause oceans to rise, and make the planet a wasteland. But, in fact, the exact opposite is true.
The Paradise Before the Flood
From a biblical worldview, we understand that when God created the earth, it was a planet teeming with life; there were no polar extremes, no ice caps, no deserts, no extremely high mountains covered in snow, low oxygen, and devoid of life. The entire planet, as God created it, was a garden paradise in which plant and animal life thrived everywhere. The entire globe was rich in living organisms built of carbon and water.
Prior to the Flood, an incalculable amount of carbon was housed in the bodies of both plants and animals, and it was cycled back and forth through the constant exchange of materials, both nutritional and via oxygen/CO2 exchange.
During the Flood, the vast majority of plant and animal life was buried deep in the ground, creating our coal and oil fields. The waters of the deep springs (Genesis 7:11) burst forth, and the water in the plant and animal life was returned to the planet’s water table; this created the oceans and resulted in the formation of the vast frozen polar water (ice) reserves. In other words, a vast amount of carbon was sequestered into oil and coal burial grounds and a vast amount of water was sequestered in the ice fields.
After the Flood, the climate experienced drastic and cataclysmic change. Carbon levels in the atmosphere decreased, and deserts formed because there wasn’t enough water and CO2 in the atmosphere to sustain plant life at the level it could prior to the Flood.
Today’s Real Climate Change
However, as humans have been burning the fossil fuels from coal and oil deposits, we have been returning that missing carbon, the building block for life, back into the ecosystem. As a result, plants have quickly adapted by utilizing this increasing carbon to grow and expand, which is reducing the amount of desert areas (arid, uninhabitable places) in the world.
This is happening for several reasons: First, carbon is necessary for all life, so the increasing carbon is enabling more living organisms to arise and grow. Second, plants breathe CO2 (in fact CO2 generators are sold to help greenhouses improve plant growth); as CO2 levels rise, they are able to breathe in CO2 more easily, without opening their systems (pores, etc.) as wide and, therefore, they are able to retain water and not dehydrate and die. This allows for plants to reclaim arid/desert lands, making the planet greener. This is a combined effect of returning both sequestered carbon and sequestered water into the ecosystem, where it is utilized by plant life to grow and improve the habitability of the planet.
In other words, as we burn fossil fuels, increasing available carbon, the slight increase in temperature is resulting in the reduction of ice reserves, which are also being utilized by the plants to grow and reclaim desert lands—again making the planet greener (Grunzweig, et al., 2003).
Since 1981, deserts on the planet have reduced in number and size, showing that the Earth is indeed becoming ever greener (http://www.co2science.org/subject/d/summaries/desertification.php). Since we have increased CO2 in the atmosphere, we have a greener world, a more habitable planet, exactly the opposite of the godless worldview.
The increase in habitable land has also led to the increase of animal populations. As the carbon increases, plants grow, more water is needed, which is supplied when some of the stored water in polar ice melts; this water enters the atmosphere and is used by the increasing plant life such that the Earth becomes GREENER and more friendly to life. The oceans do not rise, because the water is being used by the increasing plant and animal life.
It is the exact opposite of what the climate change propogandists are saying! Remember, these are godless activists who deny the Bible, the Flood, and Creation, and who believe humans are an evil that is destroying the planet. We must stop believing this false CO2 climate disaster narrative and stand firmly on God’s Word!
Not only is climate change a lie originating from those who reject the Bible, but without Scripture to guide them, advocates are proposing solutions to supposedly “save the planet” that both oppose God’s direction and purpose for human beings and are harmful to human thriving.
God directed humans to “be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28 NIV84).
God’s purpose for human beings, who are created in His image, is for them to multiply by joining together in holy marriages of one man and one woman and having children—to procreate little people in our image—and raise them to love God and others, teaching them how God’s kingdom works and preparing them to lead and have dominion over the earth.
Having dominion means we are to develop the planet and make it ever more human-friendly, to rule over it in a godly way. We are not to destroy, exploit, or abuse, but we are to develop the planet for the purpose of increasing the human population with people who love God and each other.
But Satan’s narrative is the opposite—it is that humans are a disease, a cancer, a virus, and we are the problem that is destroying the planet and, therefore, humans need to be culled, limited, cut back. While we as Christians are to care for the planet, we ultimately do recognize that this planet is going to be destroyed and replaced by a new earth, the home of the righteous; thus, we value the people more than the planet. But the godless, under Satan’s direction, elevate the planet to a form of nature worship, valuing the planet more than the people. This is a fact to which they openly admit.
In his book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Alex Epstein writes:
Many leading environmental thinkers, including those who predict fossil fuel catastrophe, hold as their standard of value what they call “pristine” nature or wilderness—nature unaltered by man. For example, in a Los Angeles Times review of The End of Nature, McKibben’s influential book of twenty-five years ago predicting catastrophic climate change, David M. Graber, research biologist for the National Park Service, wrote this summary of McKibben’s message:
McKibben is a biocentrist, and so am I. We are not interested in the utility of a particular species or free-flowing river, or ecosystem, to mankind. They have intrinsic value, more value—to me—than another human body, or a billion of them. Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity [fertility/fruitfulness], are not as important as a wild and healthy planet. I know social scientists who remind me that people are part of nature, but it isn’t true. Somewhere along the line—at about a billion [sic] years ago, maybe half that—we quit the contract and became a cancer. We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the Earth. It is cosmically unlikely that the developed world will choose to end its orgy of fossil-energy consumption, and the Third World its suicidal consumption of landscape. Until such time as Homo sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.
In his book, McKibben wrote that our goal should be a “humbler world,” one where we have less impact on our environment and “Human happiness would be of secondary importance.” What is of primary importance? Minimizing our impact on our environment. McKibben explains: “Though not in our time, and not in the time of our children, or their children, if we now, today, limited our numbers and our desires and our ambitions, perhaps nature could someday resume its independent working.” This implies that there should be fewer people, with fewer desires, and fewer ambitions. This is the exact opposite of holding human life as one’s standard of value. It is holding human nonimpact as one’s standard of value, without regard for human life and happiness.
There is a real difference between the biblical worldview and the godless worldview. The current worldwide green movement is a godless, anti-Christian, anti-biblical, and false narrative that is part of Satan’s end-time deception to trick good people into participating in their own destruction—and as everything else that Satan manufactures, it is based on lies and misdirection.
The Bible foretells that prior to Christ’s return, there will be various climate problems—but they are not a result of humanity’s development of the planet. They come from humanity’s rejection of God. As billions around the globe harden their hearts into godlessness, God respects their choice and withdraws His protective and sustaining power. Satan gains more freedom to act, and he actively causes all kinds of environmental and climate catastrophes—earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, and more. The Bible describes it this way:
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God” (Revelation 7:1–3 NIV84).
Notice—the angels harm by letting loose the satanic agencies that they had been restraining. As the world becomes more godless, as hearts harden and love grows cold, God’s presence will be withdrawn and satanic agencies will cause more and more various natural disasters. These events will be touted as evidence of Satan’s false climate change narrative.
So when you see various natural disasters occurring, don’t buy into the false narrative that human activity is causing climate change; instead, remember God’s promise that “as long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” and recognize that the disasters are evidence of God withdrawing His protective power, which leads to an increase in demonic activity.
This will all be confirmed by the methods used by the so-called “climate saviors” to bring salvation to the world—coercion, threats, fear-mongering, restricted travel, loss of liberties, etc. You will know them by their fruits!
God’s people use His methods of truth, love, freedom in exercising godly dominion to care for His creation—to make the planet more human friendly so that the gospel can spread, so that we can minister God’s love to others, so the people can thrive.