And as is usually the case when human beings become moralistic, the other side is demonised (see John 8:1-5 for a typical example). Read George Monbiot pretty well passim if you're not sure what I mean.
I would have thought it is pretty obvious that human beings cannot go on increasing in number the way they are, and using up space and resources the way they have been, indefinitely. However, not having studied the particular subject of global warming, I'm quite content to listen to experts.
But that's where the trouble, and the squabbling, seems to start, and instead of plain facts we get emotion and controversey - which would be a great shame if global warming is happening and could be ameliorated if only we got on with doing something about it.
As a Christian, I see two relevant strands in the Bible. One is the mandate to rule the earth as God's image-bearers (Genesis 1:28). That means turning it into an Eden, not a wasteland. The other is the description of climactic disaster and chaos in Revelation 8:7-12. That suggests we won't succeed in carrying out the mandate - which means if global warming is happening on the scale some argue, it would at least be consistent with a biblical viewpoint.
Anyway, I was interested to find Evangelicals Now running with a story about a Christian 'climate change scepticism' sceptic, John Cook, who is a solar physicist. You can find a scary bit of his website here.
Just remember what Jesus said, though:
There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. ... When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. (Lk 21:25-26, 28)Either way, heaven on earth will never happen this side of Jesus' return. So there's always something to look forward to.
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