It was heartbreaking when on a visit to Alaska, I saw the extent of the retreat of the massive glaciers. I am a firm believer in taking care of our planet, and in the conservation of resources. I drive an electric car and I have solar on my roof (which in the last 3 years has prevented over 50,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, or viewed another way, has been the equivalent of planting over 1200 trees to absorb CO2). Not many environmentalists can say they do this much. Yet environmental activists insist that such things are of minor significance and we must pass sweeping worldwide legislation and taxation to do much more.
But the question arises, how can weak, frail mankind fix such an enormous problem? Historically the earth has vacillated between Ice Ages, floods, droughts, and intense heat. The ocean levels have varied by many meters. The Polar ice caps have grown and then retreated… and all this has occurred in past times without human intervention. It was neither caused by, nor alleviated by human behaviors.
And another pertinent question is… How do we know that we are not currently approaching an Ice age (as some respected secular scientists suggest), and perhaps the very most important, lifesaving, socially conscious thing we could possibly do at this time is to foster the creation of carbon dioxide to minimize the severity of the coming glaciation? (See my prior post on The Science of Predicting the Future) The answer. We don’t.
Many secular scientist say we are indeed now overdue for an Ice Age. “Sometime around now, scientists say, the Earth should be changing from a long interglacial period that has lasted the past 10,000 years and shifting back towards conditions that will ultimately lead to another ice age – unless some other forces stop or slow it.” (1)
The point is, we do not know what happened 10,000 years ago. And we do not know what will happen five or 10 years in the future. Only God knows.
As a scientist this is quite an uncomfortable realization. Many secular, atheistic, humanistic scientists prefer to think we are in control of our destiny and we must protect our fragile planet from the ravages of human “infestation”. But Scripture (which has been around a lot longer than modern science, and is more dependable and trustworthy than some aspects of modern science) tells us otherwise. As a student of scripture, I can point to hundreds of accurate Bible prophecies which have already been fulfilled.(2) We know when these prophecies were written, and we know the times (later in history) when they were fulfilled. Global warming scientists can make no such claim.
On the other hand, recent SCIENTIFIC studies by accomplished geologists at the ICR* have shown that the Ice Age(s) are much more readily explained by the repercussions of a global flood as described in the Bible, than by current prevailing secular hypotheses.(3) SCIENTIFIC analysis of geographical formations also show that the location and sequencing of earth’s great fossil fields are more compatible with a great flood than with prior “old age earth” hypotheses. (see blog on The Data in the Strata)
Geologists and astronomers have debated for decades about what caused the Ice Ages. There have been many theories, each one superseding the one prior.(4) But none of those theories can explain how such vast amounts of water vapor were in the atmosphere at the same time the planet was rapidly cooling. Normally in a cold atmosphere there is very little water vapor, so cycles of cooling alone cannot explain the Ice Age(s). Only the Biblical flood model, with rapidly shifting tectonic plates and the associated underwater volcanic activity, can explain the subsequent massive precipitation required in an Ice Age occurring some years after he flood. (5)
So, if we are concerned with global warming, or cooling, or flooding, or melting ice caps, what are we to do? As a scientist, and a Christian, I absolutely believe that such things are under the complete and total control of God the Creator of the Universe. In fact, it seems almost silly to believe there is an Omnipotent, Loving God who created everything in the universe for our benefit, and yet worry that we might destroy everything because we drive too many automobiles. Just stop and think for a second. All it would take is one large volcanic blast to offset the warming from hundreds of years of man’s carbon emissions. If God wants the Earth to dry up and wither due to man’s sin, it will occur, and no amount of environmental activism will prevent it. If God does NOT want Global warming to occur, then no matter how much carbon dioxide man creates, natural processes will offset and balance it.
After all, wasn’t Jesus the first person to tell us, in essence, “Don’t worry, be happy?”. (6)
(See my prior posts on Hoaxed, The Data in the Strata, and Real Science.)
*ICR – Institute for Creation Research. A small but distinguished group of scientists which have formed to look at science, and scientific studies, from a Biblical worldview.
The earth dries up and withers,
the world languishes and withers;
the heavens languish together with the earth.
The earth lies polluted
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth dwindled,
and few people are left. Isaiah 24:4-6 NRSV