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The Bible and Global Warming

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Bible Scholar

Not being much of a Bible scholar, or anything even resembling a Bible scholar, I had to dig around on the Internet to find this. Still, I was curious if scripture had anything to say on the subject of global warming. Turns out it doesn’t. There are some general passages about droughts and fires and stewardship, but nothing directly on point. As is often the case, it’s up to us to use our God given brains to figure out what to do.

Some (of course) have found evidence for global warming being part of the apocalypse:

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

—Revelation 16:8-9

Seems a bit vague to me. I think Revelation was written for the purposes of providing apocalyptic and doomsday quotes. The world is going to end someday, I’m sure if anyone is around afterwards they will be able to point at the relevant passage in Revelation that “predicted” it.

A more liberal reading of the Bible in regards to global warming starts with Genesis:

God blessed them and said to them, “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.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

— Genesis 1:28-30

From this it seems clear that we have been given stewardship of the Earth. Moving right along we come to 1 Corinthians, Apostles of Christ:

So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

— 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

This means that stewards should do their job well. Which means that if humans are causing global warming, we are going against God’s will. Kind of contrived logic in ways, but certainly nothing radical in it. To paraphrase: Scriptures say the earth is ours, but we are expected to take good care of it. Or else!:

“The nations were angry; and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your saints and those who reverence your name,
both small and great—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.

— Revelation 11:18

Muahahaha! Booming voice from clouds, etc. OK, God probably doesn’t really say “Muahahaha!” That was poetic license.

Moving right along, now seems like a good time to toss out that despite my sometime irreverent relationship with God, I mean no one of any faith any offense. And if something I write ever does cause offense, I will certainly apologise. People may disagree on almost everything, but we are each free to seek our own path to the divine. Mine apparently involves a lot of humor.

(The above image of Henry Alford is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, and I’m pretty sure the copyright on it expired last century.)

Written by unitedcats

September 22, 2006 at 5:18 am

Posted in Global Warming

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  1. Great post, Doug–I appreciate the research you put into this.

    One thing that everyone seems to forget is that our sun gets brighter and hotter with each passing year. We could naturally face both wave heating and magnetic heating over a period of time. Naturally the earth will grow warmer as the sun goes through its cycle.

    Given the geological record, though,it is thought that the Earth has remained at a fairly constant temperature throughout its history, and in fact that the young Earth was somewhat warmer than it is today. The general consensus among scientists is that the young Earth’s atmosphere contained much larger quantities of greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide and/or ammonia) than are present today, which trapped enough heat to compensate for the lesser amount of solar energy reaching the planet. Now I guess my question would be, who was producing those greenhouse gasses millions of years ago when their wasn’t a Union Carbide and General Motors. :)

    I think that when one considers that more carbon dioxide is spewed into the atmosphere each year by volcanic activity than from years and years of the industrial revolution, it would seem that man has little effect on the earths overall environment–of course, not saying that he couldn’t:

    Is…

    2Peter 3:10 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.

    …talking nuclear holocaust?

    -j

    (I think God would appreciate your sense of humor, Doug:) )

    bereans

    September 25, 2006 at 6:50 pm

  2. I agree. The Scriptures do not speak of Global Warming. And I see your point about Apocalyptic hindsight giving the ability to prove obscure passages in Revelation. I agree. Why is it that the church seems so consumed with ‘figuring it out?’ Do we not value the life which Christ has given us. Do we not value the kingdom now? It is here. If we look for it. He said it was. My suggestion would be to look out the window to those in need of a demonstration of the Gospel rather than sitting inside with our rapture clothes on. Lets be about the Fathers business of redemption.

    Any thoughts??

    dallasbpeters

    February 2, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    • You are all wrong, the bible says a great deal about global warming. Soon I will publish my fingings. Its shows that God used global warming when creating the earth.

      Mar McKean

      October 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      • You could have conveyed the same meaning politely,and I would have been happy to plug your book. Does your publicist know this is your strategy for promoting yourself? —Doug

        Doug

        October 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

  3. I agree with you Bereans
    The scriptures say that the Earth will pass and that’s exactly what will happen, anything that tries to stop that from happening is not only a waste of time but also disapproving God’s work and attempting to fight it. The prophecy stands….. You can go green but just maybe for your garden to look good or a greener environment. But introducing sanctions on flights, taxing and anything to combat global warming is a mere waste of time. I have been a GO GREEN farnatic for a while and you can’t believe what happened this morning – AN ABOUTURN and am on the other side now. Let the earth burn we got Heaven unless you not headed that way.

    Mence

    April 24, 2007 at 9:01 am

    • I thing we sould take note that we are stewards and this implies to look after the world we have been given.We need to maintain the balance, what we are doing is wrecking our planet! Wake up!
      Almost all O2 is being produced by plants and algae if we keep decimating it is that not What God means that He will destroy those who destroy the Earth.

      Louis

      March 22, 2010 at 2:15 am

  4. Wow, so that’s why the Religious right is against doing anything about global warming, Earth overheating is God’s will and all the good Christians are going to heaven while the rest of us burn? Wow. I don’t know if I am going to heaven or not, but I do know that people who think they are…probably aren’t. Our judgement is in God’s hands, wouldn’t presuming we knew his answer to our fate be in violation of some of the first three commandments?

    unitedcats

    April 24, 2007 at 9:13 am

  5. The path to heaven is very simple, acknowledging Christ as risen from the dead as our Lord and Savior for eternity. For those that don’t make it, he simply says, “I don’t know you.” on that fatefull day.

    Global warming is an attempt by some very dirty people to gain control and profit from government control of our lives, it is a political stunt, meant for “job security” for Al Gore, etc..

    Climates change, in many ways, over the centuries. But rest assured, God is in control.

    rg

    July 8, 2007 at 9:41 pm

  6. Mence, you should consider going green again. What you said in the end is exactly the problem with the so-called Christians today. They have the attitude that nothing matters because God makes everything allright in the end. Problem is this… would you want to spend an eternity with people who don’t care about anything in the present, like taking care of this beautiful planet. People who say “let it happen” can justify anything including lying, war and global warming as long as it’s fits their personal beliefs and agenda. They probably wouldn’t be much fun in the next life either!

    rm

    September 7, 2007 at 1:15 pm

  7. What about Revelation 16:20 – “Every island fled, and mountains disappeared.”

    Or, Isaiah 24:5-6 – “The earth mourns and fades, the world languishes and fades; both heaven and earth languish. The earth is polluted because of its inhabitants, who have transgressed laws, violated statutes, broken the ancient covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants pay for their guilt; Therefore they who dwell on earth are scorched, and a few men are left.”

    Mary Miller

    September 25, 2007 at 6:22 pm

  8. “The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

    Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.”

    Excellent point, thanks. —Doug

    unitedcats

    September 25, 2007 at 9:50 pm

  9. The fourth trumpet blast proclaimed that the ‘sun, moon, and stars’ in Christendom’s heavens are really sources of darkness, not light. (Revelation 8:12) The fourth bowl of God’s anger now shows that the world’s “sun” would get unbearably hot. Those looked to as sunlike leaders would “scorch” mankind. This would be granted to the symbolic sun. In other words, God would allow this as part of his fiery judgment on mankind.

    Examples of scorching can be found immediately post world war one, when the rulers of this world formed the League of Nations in an effort to solve the problem of world security, but this failed. So other experimental types of rulership were tried, such as Fascism and Nazism. Communism continued to expand. Rather than improve mankind’s lot, the sunlike rulers in these systems began to ‘scorch mankind with great heat.’ Local wars in Spain, Ethiopia, and Manchuria led up to the second world war. Modern history records that Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin as dictators became responsible directly and indirectly for the deaths of tens of millions, including many of their own nationals. More recently, international or civil conflicts have “scorched” the people of countries such as Vietnam, Kampuchea, Iran, Lebanon, and Ireland, as well as countries in Latin America and Africa. Add to this the ongoing struggle between the superpowers, whose horrendous nuclear weapons are capable of incinerating all mankind. In these last days, humanity has surely been exposed to a scorching “sun,” its unrighteous rulers. The pouring out of the fourth bowl of God’s anger has pinpointed these historic facts, and God’s people have proclaimed them throughout the earth.

    ELEVENT

    December 5, 2007 at 11:35 pm

  10. the bible clearly tells us that God used global warming when he created the earth. (Gen.1:6)I can explain it in such a way that even the pope can’t deny it. If you want more please contact me.

    JoAnn McKean

    July 7, 2008 at 10:15 am

  11. sorry I was busy, yes I can explain all conditions happening now using the bible, and nature (which is science) but need to help in bringing this to the public. I’m the Einstein on global warming and the bible no kidding! I’ve studied both the bible & nature all my life. As I stated before in Gen. 1:6 it talks about the waters covering the earth and the waters surrounding the earth, and God used something to cause these two bodies of water to move. heat is the only way to move the waters in the way that it describes.

    JoAnn McKean

    July 7, 2008 at 10:37 am

  12. Because it seems there is no such thing as “Global warming” per say mentioned in the Bible, there is no reason for me to participate in earth hour this weekend & turn off lights for 1 hour. I believe in the Bible but not all these scientific made up escuses for mans problems!!! The Bible is the pre written events of our lives & will happen regardless of whether I run round looking like an idiot in a panic. Afterall we are in the “End Times” anyway ref. Revelation 13:14-18

    Julie O'Mahoney

    March 27, 2009 at 12:25 am

  13. I think you have all overlooked this.

    The Bible predicts a runaway greenhouse effect.

    http://redskynews.com/banners/UB6.pdf

    Redsky

    July 3, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    • The bible predicts anything you’d like it to predict.

      Marty Kay Zee

      December 12, 2009 at 7:26 pm

      • I don’t like The Bible predicting a runaway greenhouse effect, yet it still does.

        Redsky

        August 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm

  14. You are entitled to believe in the tooth fairy or the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster,if you like, but please keep your biblical clap-trap out of the reality of policy making.

    Remember, reality does have a well-known liberal bias.

    Marty Kay Zee

    December 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    • I thought concepts like the tooth fairy and the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster were reserved for evolutionists who believe such fairy tales for example, a frog can turn into a prince.

      These are not rational concepts when you consider that evolution is biologically impossible hence Richard Dawkins is now considering the prospect of life on this planet being designed by an alien race who evolved in a Darwinian manner of course because we couldn’t. LOL

      Yep, great stuff, and the cow jumped over the moon, the goose laid a golden egg and we all lived hapilly ever after…

      Redsky

      August 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm

  15. when you buy a car, even if you know that that car is gonna cough and fall apart at one point in time, that doesn’t mean you won’t oil, clean and maintain the car. everything has an end, True!!! but because we know that the world would come to an end and everything else, that still doesn’t mean we should spoil the little good left here. i wanna enjoy the earth’s beauty before the rapture. that’s by doing my part in keeping it clean. afterall, we have been given stewardship over the earth. let’s not end up like the guy that buried his talents because he was just plain lazy and then be thrown out.

    amsa

    February 16, 2010 at 1:43 am

  16. At the end of the day, the Bible was written at a time when none of us were around. For all we know, they could have been completely made up. There is more evidence for science than there is religion and most “evidence” given for biblical stories result in one’s “faith”. Christians say that their faith is their evidence and therefore do not need scientific proof. A very, very poor argument in my opinion. The thing with evolution is that it really does hold more sense than the story in the bible does. There are many things that put me off believing the bible but one thing that I really don’t understand is why different denominations cannot come to one consensus about these things. They can’t agree on anything! For example: The Creation. The more fundamental Christians believe in the total literal truth of the bible and every word of it, whereas Methodist and Anglican churches believe in both the scientific theory of the Big Bang and the creation story saying that God now caused the Big Bang! Also, the Catholic church has switches opinions over centuries but recently The Pope said, “…new findings lead us to toward the recognition of evolution as an hypothesis.” Seriously, if Christianity was so amazing, churches would believe in their faith fully. All of them. On the other hand, scientists have almost came to an agreement on the origin on the world and any new evidence is quickly modified. So, coming back to Global Warming. If the world really was burning down and we were all screaming, etc, etc.. I guarantee we wouldn’t be calling God for help, because our beloved “God” has caused this upon us all. Innocent or guilty. What kind of “God” does that? I don’t want to cause offence, but I’m simply stating that if he really did create this fantastic world we live in, would he really put it in the hands of a human being?! I know I certainly wouldn’t! Any fool knows it’s not gonna last for long. I seriously do believe that we’re just answering our own prayers.

    Leah

    June 10, 2011 at 10:24 am

    • I was an agnostic when I wrote the above, and am a free-thinker now. One can find passages in the Bible (or other holy works) that can be construed to justify anything. This post was just an exercise in argument . Thanks for commenting. —Doug

      unitedcats

      June 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      • Yeah I wouldn’t say I’m an atheist but I would certainly go towards the realistic angle of things that the religious angle of things. I consider the Bible as a good guide to life with great messages that we should all try and live by but the literal truth is a little fiction to me. I’m 15 and I’m studying this in school and I’ve got an exam on Tuesday about it and I’m overly opinionated. Haha! Anyway, I found your post extremely helpful! Thanks. (:

        Leah

        June 12, 2011 at 6:14 am

  17. Opinion after opinions, that’s good and debate is always good; however, when someones suggest that there is not a God, the Bible calls that person a fool. Unfortunately, Christianity has become a religion and it is not suppose to be that. Jesus came to bring fallen man back to God, it should be about relationship. Get to know who God is through His Son, Jesus and I believe that as you walk with God, He will reveals a great deal of your questions. I didn’t say all because none of us are able to understand all things, but you will experience peace in your life that surpasses your understanding. As someone has said, you will understand it better by and by/ Peace

    Johnny R. Stewart

    November 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

  18. You are right that it is annoying that Christians can’t all agree…annoying because the bible is clear in what it says…they just need to read it. The church is full of people, people are fallible, yes even Christians. That’s why we are Christians because we have realised we are fallible often on a daily basis. God however is not. In the world we live in we are moving swiftly against a relationship with a creator because the world tells us we are beautiful, we can be perfect, we don’t need God. The bible still is an amazingly written book with many authors providing a stream of inspired words that reflect Gods will and love for mankind. It is written by men who mostly did not know each other and yet their accounts agree. It is written by men who were prepared to desert Jesus after his death rather than be caught only to all testify to his risen body and willingly die horrible deaths all but one because they had witnessed their risen Lors…them and hundreds of others. Josephus, a Jewish historian and Tacitusva Roman historian, all enemies of Jesus write of his miracles and his effect on people and his crucifixion. The bible is stunningly accurate and many who have studied it seriously to disprove it have become Christians. The bible does say the cross is foolishness to those who don’t believe and that the world has believed the lie including evolution since God says creation sings out that it had a designer. I could go on but you must have ears to hear otherwise the bible indeed will make little sense to you…that’s not a warning from me but God.
    Global warming as consequence of mans efforts has little scientific efficiencies supporting it, there is however much money to be made from it and political gain to be had. The fluctuations of the earths climate are documented. Whenever we feel that man has more control over the earth than God we neglect the fine tuning of hundreds of processes that keep us merrily spinning every day…thats not us, it’s out of our hands but in Gods…the odds are all in his favour.
    Sorry for the long post
    Sally Anne

    Sally

    January 2, 2013 at 8:22 am


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