Global warming is a contested topic in our society today. The discussion about this issue is found among the people of all sectors. Even the religious class is not exempted from it. People of faith, especially Christians, strengthen their position in their sacred book – the Bible. Christians explained the term our society now refers to as Global Warming. It has been broadly explained in the Bible for a long time (without the use of the actual term itself). You may read more on that here.
Christians’ hinted the matters arising as “Global Warming” (or Climate Change) must happen to support their belief. Christians regard them as signs of the end time.
To have enough understanding of the topic of global warming in a Christian context, we must scratch beyond the surface and dig deeper into the root of all matters.
Let’s Learn Some Rudiment Of Global Warming From The Bible
In Genesis 3:1–7, the first man and woman (Adam and Eve) disobeyed God’s express command; they chose to believe Satan’s deceptions. The incident became the root of all evils that the planet earth must suffer its consequences. Adam and Eve’s actions created ripple effects, and some of them are seeing as irregular behavior of the solar system, vis-a-vis the climate variances.
Adam and Eve had been given hegemony over the world, but when they yielded to Satan, they also passed their control to him. The Bible refers to him as the “god” or “prince” of this universe (2 Corinthians 4:4).
The sin of Adam and Eve severs human beings (the creation) from their Creator.
In Romans 6:23, it is stated that the consequence of sin is death. This has been mostly regarded as the termination of human life, but this “death” also relates to all living beings and the planet that host them. In short, the earth suffers alongside its occupants!
A Distorted Earth
There is no specific mention of Global Warming or Climate Change in the Bible, but the sacred book describes that the fall-out in Eden’s garden has created a dividing line between the creation and the Creator.
Since humanity rejected its Creator’s command, our planet’s structure could not properly hold anymore; hence the price we face today!
On the horizon, we see the realization of some of the several critically essential prophecies in the Bible that we now claim to be the implication of Global Warming.
Substantial evidence has surfaced that shows the earth is indeed rising in temperature. Research and records have shown the rise in average temperatures in the 20th century. (National Research Council (NRC), 2006. Surface Temperature Reconstructions For the Last 2,000 Years. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/page3.php ).
Regardless of any position that you may take, whether in support or against Global Warming’s theory, it is safe to state that science has yet to ascertain the primary cause of the temperature rise.
Of course, most scientists argue that global warming stems from human activity, industrial waste, and carbon compounds emitted from vehicles. However, others claim the standard cooling and warming that takes place on the earth’s surface is the cause. Whichever side someone takes, the fact remains that the Bible has foretold the events that we now refer to as global warming as a sign of the end time.
The Bible describes an increase of wars, pestilences, famines, and earthquakes as signs that precede the return of Christ to earth. This is a desperate prediction that causes alarm.
The Rescue From The Avenger
Romans 8:21 informs us that “the entire creation [world] has been moaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the modern time.” This suffering is the result of sin and separation from God. And it’s from this suffering and death that God redeemed us by paying the death penalty for us through His Son.
This extraordinary act is an interpretation of the character of God and shows that even though we have rejected Him and wholly ruined the spectacular earth He created, He’s still doing everything possible to recover us to everlasting life with Him.
Be as it may, the essence of climate change pales to nothingness in comparison to the significance of Christ’s coming and the creation of a happy and sustainable society that’s in absolute harmony with its Creator.
The next time you cross paths with another study material explaining that climate change is hastening beyond all expectations and that the influences are coming faster than expected, remember that the Bible predicted these things some two thousand years ago. And remember, those terrible byproducts of climate change are also indicators that the coming of Jesus is very near.