Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 26 February 2015


By Jim Jordal

The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein                                                                                                       Psalm 24:1 KJV

 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.                                                       Psalm 89:11 KJV

According to 97 percent of climate scientists and most political liberals, global warming is an indisputable fact. Conversely, many political conservatives and questionable pseudo-scientists view it as a red herring being used to destroy capitalism and foist a communist-style dictatorship upon the land. So which is it? Is it one or the other, or something else?

To Christians the simple fact that the earth belongs to God ought to provide a beginning point for argument. If the earth belongs to God, then he must have a design for it, just as he does for people.  And if he has plans, what do they entail and where are they found?

Most of the Bible describes God’s plan for the earth and its inhabitants. The earth exists for human use and pleasure, not our destructive misuse. Genesis 2:15 proclaims God’s plan that we should “tend and keep” the earth, countering and balancing the earlier greatly misinterpreted statement (Gen. 1:26-28) that we should “dominate” and “subdue” the earth and its creatures.

As for the people of earth, they are created for God’s pleasure and use. We are offered the promise of a virtual heaven on earth, but only to the extent that we implement his plans for universal justice, truth, mercy, and love toward each other and toward the earth.

So why is global warming so serious? Simply put, global warming (climate change) is the unavoidable outcome of world political, social, and economic systems ignoring the word and will of God. We can’t blame God for it; it is the result of our sinful behavior toward his planet and his people.

Global warming is the direct consequence of a world gone mad with pride, greed, lies, and dangerously misshapen philosophies about the purpose of economic systems and their activities.

According to biblical Jubilee principles, economic systems exist to fairly and justly produce and transfer goods and services to those needing them. In order to fulfil their purpose, economic systems must follow ethical principles recognizing God’s ownership of the earth, the need for periodic rest by human and earthly productive systems, equitable distribution of the world’s wealth, protection of debtors, abolition of usury, and a prohibition of all forms of exploitation and oppression. The result of implementing these principles would be continued health for the earth and its peoples, and the healing of whatever ills human intransigence has brought upon the earth.

To those still ignoring and discounting the presence of global warming as a threat to continued life as we know it upon earth; God only says “just wait!” Global warming is not merely a temporary cyclical phenomenon of nature. It is a game-changer of epic proportions that will---unless checked very soon--- pass its “tipping point” beyond which there is no recovery short of the miraculous.   

The role of global warming under God’s plan is to provide a worldwide crisis (among many others) that will force us to simply do what 2 Chronicles 7:14 offers as a way out: “If my people, which are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Global warming deniers are becoming trapped by their own faulty logic. If they accept the cataclysmic consequences of global climate change and recognize the seriousness of the situation, they may reach the conclusion that the small, unobtrusive government and free market productive system they favor will be powerless to mount enough change to seriously reduce the problem

Yes, folks, it’s serious. But God is not going to destroy the earth and its people: he’s going to use this threat and others to turn us back to God as his earthly kingdom draws near.