What should be our view point about the Global Warming issue?


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I’ve had individuals in the past ask me about what our opinion and viewpoint is as Christians about the ongoing Global Warming debate.  What would you suggest as an answer?
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Thanks for your question.   It just fact that most Christians including myself, aren’t scientists and we haven’t studied these kind of subjects in full to give a balanced scientific answer, so I would neither agree or disagree. Whether the world is experiencing a Global Warming still isn’t quite a fact yet, although signs are present, however I always quite like these kind of conversations with individuals who don’t necessarily believe in Jesus because it always gives us the opportunity to inject a little God into a person’s life.  Whether it’s something we agree with or not isn’t really the question, so why not put forward an opinion based on the scriptures and of the facts of the world today, to get a little conversation going.
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Now before I go on, this is just my own personal opinion from the scriptures and from past teaching but it’s one which I think is a really good theory to create a little friendly debate among your friends. Firstly, there’s no doubt that the world has been a far more polluted world since the dawn of the industrial age and I doubt very much it’s ever going to get any better, we are damaging this world and there’s no question about it.  Here in Scotland, our government is trying to lead the way with renewable energies which is good but when you look at the bigger picture, with emerging nations building coal and gas power-stations every day, I doubt we’ll make much of an impact on the over all damage being done.
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Looking at the bigger picture though, could it be that the world’s climate is actually not warming up because of our pollutions, rather the climates are still recovering from Noah’s flood, the greatest and most catastrophic environmental disaster so far in the worlds history? Now there’s a question.  As we see today, the world is extremely hot around the equator and becomes colder and colder the further North or South you travel on the planet. From what the scriptures tell us, the world had a very different, far milder over all climate in the Adam and Eve age however, God describes the world’s climate as being very different after the great flood, stating that the world would be hot and cold. So this catastrophe had a tremendous affect on the world as we know it today.
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The great flood not only puts forward an opinion about Global Warming but explains other subjects such as the worlds supply of oil and gas, the presence of land based glaciers, the splitting of the continents, the events leading up to the extinction of dinosaurs, fossils the list just goes on and on.  I don’t think we or scientists will ever fully comprehend what kind of an affect a global wide flood had on the world and it’s climate, but it does put forward a good case and theory for the Global Warming issue.
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Like I said, this is just a personal opinion and because most of us Christians aren’t scientists, I wouldn’t get too involved in a big debate over the issue however, it does present a really interesting, alternative theory based upon what we know to be fact from the scriptures, to talk to others about Jesus.  At the end of the day, this should be our motive in these type of conversations and if it is, the Spirit of God might just surprise us as to the result of our words.  God bless and I hope this helps.
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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.