Do you ever have a sense that we live in very confused times? Do you see an agenda being pushed that will affect not just you, but the whole world? Is this planet in eminent danger of climate change (global warming) caused by man?
Are CO2 emissions that we are responsible for to blame for a total worldwide catastrophe causing the glaciers to melt, rising ocean levels and destructive flooding that will kill millions? Do you feel like you are going to explode as you hear the constant refrains of man-induced carbon dioxide levels, global warming, carbon footprints, and taxes going up as a result? Are you concerned about government policies that will needlessly put costly controls on every citizen in the country?
Is Christ in the center of this, or do you observe a godless agenda being pushed forth that worships the creation rather than the Creator? Do you fear that this agenda will be adopted and feel helpless to stop it? Are we, as believers, just going to lie down and do nothing about it, or do we move forward with the power of Christ, exposing the myth of global warming and the godless agenda that perpetuates it?
I have addressed this issue a couple of times in the past, but feel that due to the direction our government is currently headed, it needs to be revisited once more because it has tremendous implications for every one of us. With polls showing that an amazing 80% of Americans believe in this alleged “crisis,” it is especially timely to address it again. With the myth that global warming is produced by man’s carbon dioxide emissions being advanced by powerful forces, many different environmental policies are being considered that will have a devastating economic impact on our country—especially during these difficult financial times—that will affect everyone’s pocketbook and personal life. An example of this is the “Cap and Trade” bill that Congress is presently debating which, if passed, will be approved by the president—with horrific consequences.
The force behind this movement is an irrational reverence for nature held by environmental extremists. Many of these misguided souls feel that it is a moral imperative to act, because they have been brainwashed by misinformation conveyed by the mass media, by many in the scientific community, and even in our public schools. For these nature worshippers, “saving the planet” has become a spiritual quest, as exemplified by former Vice President Al Gore’s book, Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. Throughout this publication Gore reiterates the message that man is separated from his environment and that until this “wall of separation” is crossed, man will not be spiritually fulfilled.
Gore leads the Global Warming Movement with a religious fervor that has accumulated great momentum. Like a truck barreling down a mountain road without any brakes, this godless agenda threatens to do much damage. Of course, the idea of worshipping the creation rather the Creator has been around almost since the beginning of time. Nature worship in one form or another has been common throughout human history, but it has never had the potentially devastating consequences for our society that it does today. Apart from its economic and cultural impacts, Romans 1 warns very clearly that those who worship the creation rather than the Creator will be turned over to sinful depravity and foolish thinking.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1:24-25 (NIV)
Man’s Actual Position
Environmental hysteria puts our planet in danger by encouraging people to turn not to God for help but to ourselves. It is grounded in evolutionary thinking, which historically has taken God out of the equation and gives nature (and man) all the power. Thus, it blames mankind as the real villains who, by their greed, will ruin the planet with CO2 emissions. We who confess Christ are aware of sin and understand the greed factor; however, knowing the dictates of Scripture should also provide us with a greater sense of perspective and balance. We understand that God created man to responsibly rule over the Earth as the Bible states.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! —Psalm 8:6-9 (NIV)
Man has been given the right to have dominion because he was created in God’s image. Genesis 1:27-28 enjoins the words “created” and “image” three times to emphasize this point. However, man is also commanded to care for the earth as a precious gift that his Creator has generously given him. To destroy this gift through pollution and by putting harmful chemicals into the air is certainly a violation of God’s command, and we have a responsibility to minimize this kind of damage to our world. Nonetheless, the proper hierarchal order in life is God-Man-Earth, not the reverse! Those who have lost sight of God walk in darkness and have no true sense of balance. By eliminating the Almighty from the equation, they put earth first and have become crazed with passionate, illogical urgency—always a dangerous condition. But contrary to what Al Gore proclaims, rather than being separated from the environment, mankind is unfulfilled and imperiled by being separated from God.
Man’s Climate Impact Is Insignificant
I believe that our home—planet Earth—is the only place in the universe graced with life, and that our Creator made it with great resilience. When one considers all the conditions that must be met to maintain life, including weather, the logical conclusion is that this planet occupies a uniquely privileged place in the cosmos. The fact that 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water helps keep our atmosphere stabilized, and is the source of rain and water vapor that creates a protective layer over the earth that keeps the heat in. This vapor canopy acts like a blanket, making the lower atmosphere warmer and the upper atmosphere cooler. It contains other gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in much smaller quantities, but water predominates making up 70–90% of its composition. And the CO2 it does possess is overwhelmingly produced by natural forces with only 3% derived from man-made sources. This reality alone shows that man’s contribution to global warming is insignificant.
The fact that Earth has experienced some warming in recent years (many believe that it has leveled off and that the globe may now be actually cooling!) could simply represent a temporary climate trend. Climate forecasting is all about trends with lines going up and down on weather charts and fluctuations are always expected. As you may recall, the 1970s were full of warnings about another impending Ice Age due to a period of “global cooling” from the 1940s to the 1970s. One thousand years ago during the Medieval Warming Period (1000-1200 A.D.), the average temperatures were higher than the present. And the 14th century is known as the beginning of the “Little Ice Age,” from which the Earth has been gradually emerging since the 1700s. So, in addition to mankind’s tiny carbon “footprint,” the doomsday argument of global warming also falls short in the light of historic weather patterns.
Roy Spencer, a meteorologist from the University of Alabama and former Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA, states, “Based upon experiences with weather forecasting and watching the weather, we view the climate system as being self-regulating.” He speaks out against manmade climate change in his book entitled, Climate Confusion (2008), and tells us to beware of doomsayers; “That the earth’s climate system is proudly the mostly complex physical system we know of should, by itself, humble the climate scientists.” Those who do possess a little humility understand that God created a resilient earth. Certainly man is to care for it, but ultimately God is in charge. He did not create our planet to be a desolate wasteland, but to be inhabited. He is the Lord of the Earth and wisely put its self-regulating forces in place.
For this is what the LORD says—He who created the heavens, He is God; He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—He says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:18 (NIV)
The Power Brokers
If the drumbeat of “manmade climate change” leads to laws regulating CO2 emissions, it will cost our nation dearly. Stephen Schneider, a climatologist from Stanford University, advocates for this type of action by asking emotion-laden questions, such as: “Do we love our children more than we love our grandchildren ...[leaving] them a legacy of biotic impoverishment, species extinction, higher sea levels, fires, droughts, heat waves…Is this worth the risk? It will take trillions of dollars of investment to fix it.”
This kind of baseless fear mongering strives to create urgency and promote climate change policies that will require huge financial sacrifices. This is where the rubber meets the road. There is an enormous amount of behind-the-scenes brokering going on worldwide to “fix” this mythical problem, with wealthy nations like ours expected to finance the effort to “save the planet.”
Along with Al Gore and the U.S. environmental community, one the most powerful advocates of global warming, the Allianz Group, which started in Berlin, Germany in 1890, presently has 155,000 employees worldwide and serves 75 million customers in about 70 countries.
It exemplifies the evolutionary mind-set, stressing the need for change with statements like this: “In a world like this, life on Earth would probably have never emerged from the sea.” Of course, there is absolutely no proof that life evolved from the sea. However, when a company’s clients include the United Nations Global Compact, the U.N. Environmental Program/Financial Initiative and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, with total revenue of 92.5 billion Euros (approximately $130 billion US dollars) and the world’s largest third-party assets of 703 billion Euros (approximately $990 billion US dollars), as recorded in their 2008 financials, it can say whatever it wants. So, not only is there a secret agenda, but a tremendous amount of financial backing behind this effort.
A great deal of the misinformation being used to sell the public on the supposed doomsday effect of global warming is little more than “junk science.” Fallacies about man-made climate change saturate the popular media, which in large part has no room for a Creator or Savior, and are arrogantly promoted with one-sided arguments. First, they falsely blame mankind for the problem and then proclaim that man can resolve it and save the world. Such falsehoods are even finding their way into our public school curricula and national science standards, and we have a responsibility to our culture and our children to point out that “[this] emperor has no clothes.”
Fortunately, there is a great resource available now to help us do just that. I am excited to share with you a new DVD I just previewed entitled, Global Warming: Emerging Science and Understanding, produced by Sovereignty International and Environmental Perspective. In November of 2008, we offered a similar global warming resource produced by the same company. However, the content has been totally revamped. It is hosted by Kristie Pelletier, presented in layman’s terms and makes the case against man-made global warming in three dynamic lessons that everyone should hear. It is coordinated with lesson plans on the Internet so that it can be presented in high school and middle school classrooms. It is also a great resource for church groups, Bible studies, a gathering of friends and for your family. This DVD will equip everyone who views it with the ammunition they need to refute the false arguments of the global warming alarmists. As Christians, we are called to speak out boldly for the truth, and I believe that we all need to be informed and to help stop this godless agenda.
In His service,
Executive Director and Founder
Creation Studies Institute