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The Bible and Climate Change – Buster Wilson

Does the Bible have anything to say about the weather? One of the biggest debates about global warming today (other than, “Does it exist?”) is whether or not it is caused by humans. Can you really blame climate change and wacky weather patterns on mankind?

Buster Wilson from American Family Radio answers “Yes,” but it is not what you think. Buster blames the weather problems in our world, not on current human activity, but on prior human sin and the fall of man. He quotes Paul from the book of Romans in this regard:

“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope, that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” (Romans 8:19-22)

Says Buster, “That’s the Bible answer to what’s happening with the crazy weather, earthquakes, tsunamis, et al. It’s the creation crying out for God the Father to set all things right.”

Whatever your views on global warming and climate change, Buster makes a great theological point here. When we talk about problems in the created order, we must not forget to take into account the fall of man. You can read the whole article at Buster’s blog here.

News and Notes – 5/4/2007

Free Comic Book Day. Saturday, May 5, is the sixth annual Free Comic Book Day. Check the Free Comic Book Day website for participating stores and available titles.

Dodging peanuts. Pastors on the western frontier used to have a rough time of it. According to a history report prepared as part of a community development study in Washington state, “It was not uncommon for people from other denominations to attend different churches, throw peanuts at the ministers and boo them. The Wild West must have been trying at times for Men of the Gospel.”

Global warming on Mars. Scientists from NASA report that the planet Mars has experienced rapid global warming over the past three decades and is in danger of losing its southern ice cap. However, due to the lack of human activity on Mars, scientists are looking elsewhere for an explanation. Strong winds are stirring up giant dust storms, trapping the heat and raising the planet’s temperature.

News and Notes – 4/27/2007

Bible helps. A Cincinnatti man charged with credit card fraud was released on bond after reciting scripture in the courtroom. When the man’s attorney described his client as a church-goer, the judge asked the defendant to recite the 23rd Psalm. The man promptly recited all six verses, and the judge released him on a $10,000 appearance bond.

The Green Commandments. How many lightbulbs does it take to change a Christian? That is the title of a new booklet published by the Church of England aimed at encouraging Christians to become more environmentally conscious. Among the lifestyle changes suggested in the booklet are: carpooling to church on Sundays, vacationing locally, and using a toaster instead of a grill.

Finishing college in one year. 19-year old Nicole Matisse is on track to graduate from the University of Michigan this summer with a bachelor’s degree of psychology after only one year of studies. She entered the university last fall as a junior after passing eight advanced placement courses and completing eight community college classes. She took 19 credits in the fall semester and 27 credits this semester. She plans to start law school in the fall.

News and Notes – 4/24/2007

Vanishing bees. In the United States tens of billions of bees have gone missing (more than a quarter of the country’s bee population), and scientists don’t know why. Although conspiracy theorists are blaming everything from cell phones to Osama Bin Laden, scientists are exploring more likely suspects such as a virus, a fungus or a pesticide.

Strait Track. Russia wants to build a railway link under the Bering Strait between Siberia and Alaska. The 63-mile (102-kilometer) tunnel would be the longest in the world, twice as long as the Channel Tunnel connecting France to the United Kingdom. If completed, you could conceivably ride from New York to London by train, three-quarters of the way around the world. The plans for the tunnel include a high-speed train line, oil and gas pipelines, and a fiber-optic cable network.

News and Notes – 3/8/2007

Climate change or diet change? PETA has written an open letter to Al Gore urging him to become a vegetarian in order to reduce global warming. PETA claims that because “animals raised for food generate more greenhouse gases than all cars and trucks combined . . . switching to a vegan diet is more effective in countering global warming than switching from a standard American car to a Prius.” I don’t have a problem if Al Gore eats meat. I just think he should purchase carbon offsets each time he orders a burger.

Shades of Japanese horror movies! Fisherman captures a 990-lb, 33-foot long colossal squid off the coast of New Zealand. “It really didn’t put up much of a fight,” said one of the observers. “Its tentacles were moving back and forth, but that’s about it. It certainly wasn’t grabbing crew members and pulling them back into the sea.”

Whoops! Apparently the U.S. Mint left out the (fairly important) words “In God We Trust” on an unknown number of new George Washington dollar coins. “The first one sold for $600 before everyone knew how common they actually were,” coin expert Ron Guth said. “They’re going for around $40 to $60 on eBay now, and they’ll probably settle in the $50 range.”