A Return To Babel
A Return to Babel
After the water of the Genesis flood subsided, God told Noah to, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” Within a few hundred years, mankind was building a city and tower in defiance of God’s command, rather than trusting in His sovereign control over the planet. Today, “save the planet” movements such as the global warming thriller, “An Inconvenient Truth” or Earth Day celebrations, hearken back to the early, post-flood days of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel through their “self-preservation” philosophies.
Movements such as these should not be supported by Christians. Green earth movements are self-serving ploys that seek to circumvent the will of God, instill fear into the mainstream population that we are killing our planet and their underlying philosophy of worshipping the creation rather than its creator. As harmless as the “green” movement may look, it is does not trust God as the sovereign Creator nor does it tie planet preserving initiatives back to sound Biblical principles.
Starting in 1958 at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, Charles Keeling (a young researcher hired by Roger Revelle) began measuring carbon dioxide levels from the atmosphere. The chart (Figure 1) noted three interesting features:
1. The trend is carbon dioxide concentration shows an increase with time.
2. Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere has increased by about 20 percent between 1958 and 2006.
3. There is a strong annual oscillation in the concentration of about 7 ppm.
Without thoroughly considering all of the ramifications of this information, “most climatologists were so convinced by the data in Figure 1 and the results of a simple radiation model that they insisted that man-caused global warming had to be occurring.” This is much of the problem today in the “save-the-planet” campaigns, get just enough information to kindle emotional fires and fill the masses with half information cries of the “sky is falling.” As noted above, Charles Keeling was the man who did the carbon dioxide measuring, but he was doing this on behalf of oceanographer, Roger Revelle. Roger taught that, “Industrialization after World War II would introduce large quantities of carbon dioxide and particulates into the atmosphere.” One of Roger Revelle’s students was Al Gore, who put together the highly acclaimed movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Mr. Gore’s movie was based largely upon the influence of Roger Revelle who generated and promoted the information found in Figure 1. This information did not consider the “many feedbacks and subsystems that are not considered in the basic radiation model.” The end result is a global warming phenomenon sweeping the world based upon incomplete findings and a rejection of other influencing factors. The scientific community is “so convinced that man-made global warming is occurring that they have closed their eyes to any evidence to the contrary.” Ultimately, the global warming model is simply not credible and it should be held at arm’s length.
Global warming was dealt a significant blow to its credibility in 2009 when Climate gate surfaced. Climate gate was the successful attempt by computer hackers to access privately exchanged emails from the Climate Research Unit in England. Once these emails were made public, it was discovered that there was a conspiracy against the anti-global warming scientists. It was reported that they were, “brazenly discussing the destruction and hiding of data that did not support global warming claims.” As Christians, we may have wonderful intentions about being good stewards of our planet, but to buy in to global warming rhetoric is dangerous considering the poor research that exists and the internal fighting that occurs when scientists disagree.
Another dangerous movement is Earth Day. Earth Day is “the annual U.S. celebration of the environment and a time for Americans to assess the work still needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet.” This may seem all well and good, but upon further inspection, Earth Day celebrations include, “New Age crystals for people to ‘channel’ through, and material can be found on how to worship ‘Mother Earth.’” Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, believed, “The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind." Here is another example of a movement that on the surface looks basic and wholesome, however, when the layers are removed, the heart of the belief system is worship of “Mother Earth.” The most important issue facing mankind is not the fate of the planet, but eternal destination of our souls.
Christians should not be so foolish as to accept these “save-the-planet” movements as being benign. At the heart of these movements is the same self-preservation mentality that existed in Nimrod and the people of Babel. They knew of God’s past judgment of the world by water and they were determined to not let it happen again. Today, humanity is aware of a coming judgment and they are hoping to stem the tide against God’s mighty hand. Christian men, women and children should be respectful of the world, the dominion mandate of Genesis 1 is clear: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Humanity’s charge is clear; rule the planet, but do not worship it..
New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA : The Lockman Foundation, 1995, S. Ge 9:1
New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA : The Lockman Foundation, 1995, S. Genesis 10:8-9
Larry Vardiman, 2010. Climategate: Begging the Question. Acts & Facts. 39 (5): 12-13.
John Lott, Why You Should Be Hot and Bothered About ‘Climate-gate’ November 24, 2009, http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/11/24/john-lott-climate-change-emails-copenhagen/ Accessed May 14, 2010
Timothy Brown, What is Earth Day? April 16, 2008, http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2007/April/20070420114325jtnworb0.9966699.html Accessed May 14, 2010
Ken Ham, Earth Day-A Creationist Perspective, April 22, 2010, http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2010/04/22/earth-day-creationist-perspective Accessed May 14, 2010
Earth Day 2006, http://usparks.about.com/library/weekly/aa042203.htm Accessed May 14, 2010
New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA : The Lockman Foundation, 1995, S. Ge 1:28