A Biblical Perspective on Global Warming

Although the Bible clashes with some scientific theories, I think many would be surprised at how many times the Bible agrees with science.

Scientists say before the Big Bang there was nothing, or they do not know what existed. That makes sense; if the Big bang was the beginning of everything, then before everything existed there must have been nothing. The Bible says God called “into being that which does not exist,” Romans 4:17. Christians believe the universe was created by God ex nihilo. Ex nihilo is a Latin phrase meaning “from nothing.”

According to physicists the Big Bang was a tremendous release of energy that resulted in the creation of the universe. One of the byproducts of expended energy is light. The Big Bang sounds similar to the Creation narrative where God said, “Let there be light; and there was light,” Genesis 1:3.

Scientists said the Big Bang happened 13.7 billion years ago, but recently changed that to 13.81 billion years ago. That means their first theory was wrong and they did not know how old the universe was then. But even the new figure is an estimate based on a host of factors remaining constant for the last 13.81 billion years. Since it is reasonably possible things have not remained constant, including scientists’ theories, I am inclined to believe they do not really know when it began. I am sure God knows when He created the universe, but He’s not saying, just that He was there to make it happen.

Theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss of Arizona State University says all of the matter in the universe came into existence within three minutes after the Big Bang. That’s fast. It makes you wonder why the Bible says it took God six days. But God was busy doing other things besides making matter, like creating every living thing.

Scientists say the earth is getting warmer. It is a fact that global temperatures are hotter than they were just a few hundred years ago during the Little Ice Age, which according to NASA occurred from about 1550 to 1850 AD. The planet is warmer presumably because of industrial emissions and automobile exhaust, etcetera. But the temperatures today are barely warmer than they were during the Medieval Warm Period from 950 to 1250 AD. A thousand years ago the planet was as warm as it is now without factories and cars. It may be an inconvenient truth that we have nothing to do with global warming.

I do not know if mankind can destroy itself, but I do not believe that is how things will end. Science and the Bible agree that the universe as we know it will come to an end. Scientists don’t know when, and again God is not saying, but He has told us “the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat,” 2 Peter 3:12. It looks like global warming is going to get us after all.


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