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Debunking the Myth: There is No Biblical Basis for Global Warming Alarmism Says Theologian
Newsbusters ^ | May 19, 2010 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 05/19/2010 9:41:08 AM PDT by Rufus2007

It's a popular argument used by many in the global warming alarmist activist community - that there's a Christian basis for combating the threat of so-called anthropogenic global warming. In 2008, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean admitted as much - that his party use this issue in particular to win over the Christian community.

And it is one that has been echoed by the media as well. From The Washington Post to CNN, the press has propagated the belief that Holy Scripture teaches that man has a responsibility to combat global warming. But that's not the case, according to Dr. Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. Beisner, speaking at the Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change on May 18 in Chicago, was asked if there was any Biblical basis that would lead evangelical Christians to assume they had a duty to join the anti-global warming bandwagon.

"I don't think they have any good Biblical basis at all," Beisner said. "What they do is they jump quickly from the Biblical teaching that we're supposed to be caring for the poor to ‘global warming is going to hurt the poor more than it hurts anybody else,' which by the way is true of every problem. You know, poverty makes you vulnerable, period. Wealth makes you less vulnerable, period. There's even a proverb in the book of Proverbs that says essentially that."

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Another wives' tale put to rest.
1 posted on 05/19/2010 9:41:09 AM PDT by Rufus2007
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To: Rufus2007

Only with a complicit “Orwellian” Pravda Media could we be told that there WAS NO RED MENACE in the 20th Century and that the global warming hysteria is grounded in science.


2 posted on 05/19/2010 9:43:27 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Rufus2007
"I don't think they have any good Biblical basis at all," Beisner said. "What they do is they jump quickly from the Biblical teaching that we're supposed to be caring for the poor to ‘global warming is going to hurt the poor more than it hurts anybody else,' which by the way is true of every problem. You know, poverty makes you vulnerable, period. Wealth makes you less vulnerable, period. There's even a proverb in the book of Proverbs that says essentially that."

Envy for your neighbor's property and Theft are BOTH against the 10 Commandments.

3 posted on 05/19/2010 9:44:32 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Rufus2007

If they cared about anything except income redistribution they would talk about the biblical principle of stewardship and the Earth.


4 posted on 05/19/2010 9:46:20 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Rufus2007
If the ice-caps melt due to Global Warming then the earth will be flooded. The following indicates that this could not happen.

Genesis 8-

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth.

I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth."

5 posted on 05/19/2010 9:52:02 AM PDT by BRITinUSA
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To: Rufus2007
If the ice-caps melt due to Global Warming then the earth will be flooded. The following indicates that this could not happen.

Genesis 8-

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth.

I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth."

6 posted on 05/19/2010 9:52:22 AM PDT by BRITinUSA
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To: Rufus2007

In intelligent minds, but intelligent religious people already know this and have either ignored it because they like getting the power that being a ‘reformer’ brings or they go around debunking it because it’s the right thing to do. The minds that matter, the ignorant and especially the poor, buy the charge without being able or interested in knowing why. Explaining it in theological terms might even be worse than in secular ones.

This is a no-win angle, IMHO (and I’m a faithful Catholic to whom theology is very important). The practical effect of getting the lies out there first is what matters here, not the truth.

Sadly enough.


7 posted on 05/19/2010 9:56:56 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (Ey, Paolo! uh-Clem just broke the Presideng...)
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To: Rufus2007

Yep, we all ought to be following Biblical principles such as abortion, dictatorial government expansion, worship of Mother Gaia and Father Sky. Those Biblical injunctions are a two-edged sword.


8 posted on 05/19/2010 9:57:50 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: Rufus2007
Gen 8:22 - "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

That's all I need to know.

9 posted on 05/19/2010 9:58:19 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: Hattie
That's all I need to know.

...and don't forget that in the end, it all burns up anyway.

10 posted on 05/19/2010 10:00:07 AM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: caseinpoint

Indeed, as much venom that the libs have thrown at the bible and now want to use it???

There are strong admonitions to be good stewards and I agree, but, the last thing I need to hear is a sermon from these people!


11 posted on 05/19/2010 10:06:43 AM PDT by PORD (People...Of Right Do!)
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To: BRITinUSA
I think the Theologian has his head up his arse.... Of course it is there. Many times and in many ways.

One of the easiest ways to see it is in Matthew 13 and the tares in the wheat parable during end times. The weeds will be burned.

Giving a prayerful blessing to an evil person is like piling hot coals on top of their head.....

When the pure presence of the Divine Spirit is upon us, the same thing will happen to evil that happened to the eunuch who touched the ark of the covenant in the OT. Impurity cannot exist in the presence of purity. It gets burned.

This is the same reason why Polycarp and Justin Martyr were not burned by the fires when they were being persecuted. The presence of the Holy Spirit protects one from the fire.

There are many instances....

12 posted on 05/19/2010 10:19:49 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: meowmeow

7And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

8And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.

9And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.


13 posted on 05/19/2010 10:30:53 AM PDT by Rodm
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To: Rufus2007

This should be obvious: the Bible is not a science textbook.


14 posted on 05/19/2010 10:41:55 AM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: Rufus2007

Christians who fall for this malarky have some serious soul-searching to do.


15 posted on 05/19/2010 10:53:24 AM PDT by vpintheak (Love of God, Family and Country has made me an extremist.)
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To: vpintheak

2 Peter 3: 10-13


16 posted on 05/19/2010 11:22:24 AM PDT by wayne_b24 (every day in the Light is a good day ... John 8:12 & 14:6; Psalm 119:105; Joshua 24:15)
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To: wayne_b24

Amen to that!


17 posted on 05/19/2010 12:12:06 PM PDT by vpintheak (Love of God, Family and Country has made me an extremist.)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

“”This should be obvious: the Bible is not a science textbook.””

But it is. The pathway to knowing and experiencing God is both scientific and logical. You just have to have a level of knowledge and understanding sufficient to understand it.


18 posted on 05/19/2010 12:28:35 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: vpintheak

Christians who fall for this malarky have some serious soul-searching to do.

There is much more to understand than just the superficial words. And... “Soul Searching” is exactly what most Chrisitans are doing! It’s an important part of the growth process.


19 posted on 05/19/2010 12:31:08 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

That’s true. I personally find it hard to believe that people who call themselves Christians, as I do, can believe that the world is spinning out of control, the world “needs” OUR help to stop climate change. (Whatever that is).
While a Christian must respect Gods creation, don’t trash it, be respectful, all that; it is fool-hardy and completely wrong to believe that our Almighty God is not in control.
I personally believe the climate is changing, I also believe that it is normal, and again, God is in control. Nothing to get exited about.


20 posted on 05/19/2010 12:44:08 PM PDT by vpintheak (Love of God, Family and Country has made me an extremist.)
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To: vpintheak

“”I personally believe the climate is changing, I also believe that it is normal, and again, God is in control. Nothing to get exited about.””

I agree!!


21 posted on 05/19/2010 12:50:57 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

Really? Where is the periodic table contained? Maxwell’s equations explained? The laws of thermodynamics detailed?

The Bible is a philosophical book that may assist in understanding of how science and man can work together, but as far as an actual, referential science book? When you can show the above questions I’ll agree...


22 posted on 05/19/2010 12:54:05 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: Rufus2007

Here are a few Scriptures to look at while we watch the pure paganism of liberals unfold...
Praise God for HIS mercy to HIS people!

Proverbs 8:22-31
22”The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23”From everlasting I was established,
From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.
24”When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no springs abounding with water.
25”Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills I was brought forth;
26While He had not yet made the earth and the fields,
Nor the first dust of the world.
27”When He established the heavens, I was there,
When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
28When He made firm the skies above,
When the springs of the deep became fixed,
29When He set for the sea its boundary
So that the water would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth;
30Then I was beside Him, as a master workman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
31Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
And having my delight in the sons of men.

Psalm 104:5-9
5He established the earth upon its foundations,
So that it will not totter forever and ever.
6You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
7At Your rebuke they fled,
At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
8The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them.
9You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they will not return to cover the earth.

Job 38:4-11
4”Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
5Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
6”On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8”Or who enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
9When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
10And I placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
11And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop’?

Jeremiah 5:20-31
20”Declare this in the house of Jacob
And proclaim it in Judah, saying,
21’Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people,
Who have eyes but do not see;
Who have ears but do not hear.
22’Do you not fear Me?’ declares the LORD
‘Do you not tremble in My presence?
For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it.
Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.
23’But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart;
They have turned aside and departed.
24’They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear the LORD our God,
Who gives rain in its season,
Both the autumn rain and the spring rain,
Who keeps for us
The appointed weeks of the harvest.”
25’Your iniquities have turned these away,
And your sins have withheld good from you.
26’For wicked men are found among My people,
They watch like fowlers lying in wait;
They set a trap,
They catch men.
27’Like a cage full of birds,
So their houses are full of deceit;
Therefore they have become great and rich.
28’They are fat, they are sleek,
They also excel in deeds of wickedness;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the orphan, that they may prosper;
And they do not defend the rights of the poor.
29’Shall I not punish these people?’ declares the LORD,
‘On a nation such as this
Shall I not avenge Myself?’
30”An appalling and horrible thing
Has happened in the land:
31The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule on their own authority;
And My people love it so!
But what will you do at the end of it?

Amos 4:13
13For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind
And declares to man what are His thoughts,
He who makes dawn into darkness
And treads on the high places of the earth,
The LORD God of hosts is His name.


23 posted on 05/19/2010 12:58:49 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

“”Really? Where is the periodic table contained? Maxwell’s equations explained? The laws of thermodynamics detailed?””

The Bible teaches so much more than that. In fact, those laws are just a small part of the knowledge that avails to one if they can tap into the Divine Library available to those who follow the teachings and grow. Your intellectual understanding is just a small part of the process. It’s so much more than that.


24 posted on 05/19/2010 1:03:47 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired
The Bible teaches so much more than that. In fact, those laws are just a small part of the knowledge that avails to one if they can tap into the Divine Library available to those who follow the teachings and grow. Your intellectual understanding is just a small part of the process. It’s so much more than that.

I don't deny any of that, but the fact remains: it's not a science textbook, any more than it is a "Learning French 101" textbook.

25 posted on 05/19/2010 1:50:48 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

I would love to personally invite you to a workshop on the science in/of the Bible..... Once you see it, you would understand what I mean. The Bible has the clues/keys which when used allows for expansion of consciousness that in turn allows you to tap into the exact knowledge you say is not in the Bible. It’s all there in the collective consciousness.


26 posted on 05/19/2010 2:54:59 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

Just send chapter and verse that references the Noble gases, or the coupling of the E and M fields. That should suffice...


27 posted on 05/19/2010 3:26:04 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: Rufus2007; Defendingliberty; WL-law; Normandy; TenthAmendmentChampion; FrPR; enough_idiocy; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

28 posted on 05/20/2010 7:03:26 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (America should take a mulligan on the 2008 presidential election.)
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To: Rufus2007

Actually, there is quite a bit of evidence of global warming.

If we take a literal interpretation of Genesis Ch 2, it would take an Ice Age event to place Eden and its Garden at the juncture of four rivers, two of which really don’t exist, less there be an Ice Age event, the best position for Eden is north of Cyprus, and west of Syria.

The story of Noah is better explained using the Missoula Glacier Lake model.

The Dead sea was much deeper 2000 years ago.

The older models of the Fertile Crescent were in the Mediterranean Sea unlike today versions.

We are overlooking what might have been.

Most Sincerely,

Paul Pierett


29 posted on 05/20/2010 10:13:50 PM PDT by Paul Pierett (Paul Pierett)
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