Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Global Climate Control

If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I am not concerned about the popular idea called "global warming." As I have written in an earlier post, the idea lacks credibility when placed alongside the history of global temperature readings and the accompanying alarms. Whatever your perspective on the issue, you will have to admit that the following report goes against the popular opinion that the planet is warming at an uncontrollable rate.
The head of the United Nations' weather agency says that the current La Niña ocean cooling in the Pacific will cause global temperatures to be lower this year than in 2007, bucking a trend toward increased planetary warmth. Michel Jarraud told the BBC that La Niña's worldwide cooling effects are likely to continue into the northern summer, depressing temperatures globally by a fraction of a degree. Weather disruptions caused by La Niña over the past several months have included the coldest winter temperatures in memory across snowbound parts of China, and torrential rains in Australia as well as across parts of Africa. Climate experts at Britain's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research say the world can expect another record-warm year within the next five years or less, probably due to another episode of El Niño, the opposite phase from La Niña in the irregular cycle of ocean warming and cooling.

Earthweek by Steve Newman
I have no doubt that some of my friends would argue that global warming will make a return. And to that, I still reply, "I'm not worried." My attitude is partially based on the scientific and historical data mentioned earlier. However, the real reason for a lack of concern stems from my faith in the God who created this earth. Consider what he promised after the global flood.
“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

Genesis 8:22
Since God has promised to control the seasons, why should I be afraid that things will eventually spiral out of control? In addition, the Bible also states that the divine Son of God, Jesus, not only created everything but that he also holds it all together by his divine power (Col. 1:16-17). With him in control, why should I fear the occasional variation in temperature?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Most people aren’t burdened with misunderstandings of another culture’s Bronze Age mythology when approaching the issue of climate change.

Andy Rupert said...

Anonymous,

Sadly, what you have described so succinctly is true. Most people don't accept as valid the biblical account of creation, the geological effects of Noah's flood, and any other account of God's working in the lives of people.

I think it goes back to the rationalistic teaching of the 18th century (and probably even earlier). We as a society have learned to deny anything beyond our understanding and consequently have chosen to reject God and his authority over us.

But can we really celebrate the results? Think about the amount of hopelessness, violence, and suicides in modern society. While many won't admit it, life without God doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Just ask Kurt Cobain.

EggsnGrits said...

Odd that some people will dismiss the wisdom proven over millenia, but will hold to concepts that fit only the last twenty or thirty years. Stated another way, humans have proven to be inferior judges of the cause and affect in too many instances to count -- why would we believe that we have it nailed this time? Especially when what you've pointed out is very true: the known "natural" fluctuations are much greater than the miniscule rise over any man-measured period, so what's the big deal?

Andy, I've never looked at this situation from your point of view -- interesting. I hadn't thought about the promise of God about the Earth's condition. You know that I believe that God created this planet and all that's in it. I've always taken the position that whatever happens, it's a part of the plan, and that God provides as a part of that plan, so it's pointless to worry (Matt 6:25-ff). That certainly doesn't mean that we should do nothing (Luke 19:11-26), but it means that whatever we do, we need to rely on Him.