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Climate Change in the Bible?

Originally posted on July 5, 2017

Head in the Sand

There is a regrettably large movement within Christianity that fails to see our changing climate. The group wants to stick their heads in the sand, and pretend the world is the way it always has been. In one sense, they are right. The world has always been this way. However, if they were taught the entirety of the Bible (or took the time to read it and research topics themselves) they would realize that climate change is IN the Bible.

This group believes that science and the Bible cannot coexist. In their minds, it appears that science is contradictory to the Bible and should be pushed aside completely and discarded. The blame lies on them, sure, but it also lies on all the pastors who haven’t taught the whole council of God.

While the Bible should 100% be elevated above all, believing that science is anti-God is simply wrong. While many scientists themselves are indeed anti-God, the scientific process itself isn’t anti-God. In fact, this site is dedicated to helping to change that mindset.

If that group would only read their Bibles they would see that climate change is true, albeit not for the reason scientists are claiming. Where ‘climate deniers’ are right is that there is nothing we can do to change it in the grand scheme of world history. Climate change is in the Bible, warming and cooling like a spinning top. Eventually, it comes to a head and the world will seem to fall over.

Not Just Christians, though…

In that same vein, climate scientists like to claim that climate change is 100% proven to be man made. To them, there is no other possible reason for the climate to be changing so quickly. They fail to realize that other scientific branches, such as archaeology and geology, have proven that the climate has changed many times in the past without the help of mankind. Sometimes, those changed occurred quickly.

Changes Have Happened Quickly

One example of the climate changing incredibly quickly came between the years 1815-1817 when Mount Tambora erupted. This eruption pushed millions of pounds of gases, ash, and volcanic emissions into the atmosphere.

The emissions from the Mt. Tambora eruption may have also joined the emissions from about 3-4 other very large eruptions that occurred within a few short years, such as Mt St Helens (1800), Galunggung in Java (1822), and a mysterious eruption around 1808.

A large cloud of traveling gasses and ash would have formed from these eruptions, making its way around the world, and dropping global temperatures by about 1 degree Fahrenheit.

Mount Tembora caldera
Image from: EMS Solutions

People in New England and Western Europe could not adequately prepare for the ‘year of no summer’ in 1816. Societies in some higher elevations had to endure winter temperatures through spring, summer, fall, and winter again. Warm clothing and firewood stocks weren’t up to par that year, leading many people and animals to freeze. Agricultural groups starved to death since they couldn’t raise a good harvest.

This entire story happened very rapidly in the grand scheme of things, and had nothing to do with mankind.

What Does the Record Say?

We know of multiple global climate changes that have occurred in the past, thanks to geology and various historical records. On the other hand, the industrial age that has been blamed for this current cycle is only a few hundred years old, if that. Even then, the first handful of years wouldn’t have seen a mass increase in greenhouse gas release to the scale needed for global climate change since the technology was too new.

The technology simply wasn’t widespread enough to do anything more than local pollution.

Additionally, the last few decades have seen a dramatic decline in global pollution from most industrialized nations. The US and Western Europe were once the biggest polluters in the world, but have become some of the least polluting of the industrialized nations.

Pre-Mankind Climate Change

How do we explain climate changes prior to mankind? If science is to be believed and mankind really is *only* hundreds of thousands of years old while the Earth is billions, what caused the major swings in climate?

Scientists argue over whether it was animal farts, dust in the atmosphere from a meteor strike, or volcanic eruptions that caused global changes and killed off entire species. There is no true consensus, because no one actually knows. Everything we hear is all hypothetical with various levels of evidence.

Truth is, there really is no other explanation for recorded climate change than it being a natural occurrence. Of course, nature can be influenced by the inhabitants of the world, but the alarmism of the climate lobby sets an almost counterfeit and insincere tone.

It Just Doesn’t Match Up

Science has been presented hypocritically to those who are looking at climate change with an objective lens. On one hand, the climate science field says that a one degree increase in global temperatures will kill most living things on the planet. On the other hand, natural sciences, such as geology and archaeology, say that when the world was one degree warmer, vegetation and animal life flourished.

The different scientific fields of study all fail to come to a consensus about climate change based on evidence, but you would guess all scientists are in agreement. How? Where do their loyalties lie? Are they looking objectively at the data, or are they falling into an inference ladder/confirmation bubble?

Biblical Example of Climate Change

If we want to get technical, the Bible says that man IS to blame for climate change. In the book of Genesis we see climate change spelled out in the opening chapters; all the way back in the garden of Eden with the original sin of mankind. After disobeying God, He cursed the world because of the sin Adam and Eve had committed.

The original sin of Adam and Eve caused the fertile ground to give way to thorns and other uncomfortable things that made life miserable in comparison to the perfect environment found in the Garden of Eden, including a degrading climate.

How do we match up the Biblical record with the earthquakes, hail, floods, fires, extinctions, widespread climate changes, and numerous other negative consequences we see today? If there is no way to tie the stories in the Bible to what we see today, Christianity is nothing more than a collection of stories after all.

Noah’s Ark

The story of Noah’s Ark is the first time that rain in mentioned in the Bible:

Genesis &:11-12:

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. “
Noah's Ark in the flood
Noahs Ark

Most people pick up on the torrential rain, but they miss out of the other clearly stated causes of the flood and the implications that they have.

First, ‘all the springs of the deep burst forth’ implies that not only was there massive subterranean water deposits that burst through the ground, but that there was tectonic activity for the first time in the Bible! If the Bible is to be believed and water burst out of the ground around the world, the bedrock holding that water back had to have been ruptured.

The story of Noah’s Ark appears to also contain the first implied earthquakes!

Any tectonic shift that would cause major flooding from below would have been massive. They would have occurred alongside the obvious worldwide flooding, global cloud cover, torrential rain, and probable global cooling due to the increased water presence.

Talk about massive global climate change, and it occurred in only 40 days!

Pre Flood Implications

If we really examine the flood account critically, we see that the environment before the flood had never experienced rain. How did the planet thrive without rain? Most Christians who have studied the account believe that there was a moisture canopy of some sort that existed high above the world. The authors of Genesis 1:6-8 makes this idea clear, with the mention of dividing waters below from the waters in the firmament.

Having a water canopy of some sort around the entirety of the world would imply a global terrarium type environment. The atmosphere would be heavier, the sun’s rays would have been far less damaging, and the planet would have been a giant green house with a uniform, tropical temperature around the world from the north to south pole!

Additionally, such a greenhouse environment would cause water from the ground to vaporize in the morning, leading to a thick mist that would wrap the environment in water vapor, and vegetation would have sufficient water without the need for rain!

This concept falls in line with Genesis 2:6, “And there went up a mist from the Earth and watered the whole ground.”

Post Flood Implications

As fascinating as the pre-flood world must have been, the global climate change we see in the Bible stemming from the flood would be nothing but catastrophic.

The loss of any water canopy would mean the greenhouse effect the world had enjoyed disappeared. Without the greenhouse effect caused by such a canopy, massive heat transfers from Earth to space would have happened. I imagine Noah and his family were freezing after getting off of their boat!

That much water couldn’t have simply disappeared, though. With no water canopy and fractured tectonic plates, where could the water have disappeared to? Large oceans would have formed. With the environment colder, the poles would have started to freeze large amounts of water in the form of glaciers, some of which we still see today.

Map of glacier deposits during last ice age
Image from Modern Geology

The entire hydrological cycle would have undergone massive shifts. Earth, a planet maintained in a greenhouse environment, quickly moved into what we see today with rain, hail, snow, and ice.

This story would be the greatest case of climate change so far in the history of the world!

After the flood, the Bible is filled with smaller floods, large scale droughts, famines, and climate uncertainty.

Various judgments occur on a smaller scale, including entire regions being left uninhabitable, are spoken about throughout the rest of the text.

Future Climate Change

The Bible has more in store, though. The books of Revelation, Daniel, and Hosea talk about massive global climate change that accompanies the last period of life on this planet before it is restored to what it was always meant to be.

Everything the climate lobby tells us is a symptom of climate change is there:

  • Enormous hail stones,
  • Large scale fires,
  • Earthquakes,
  • Massive population collapses of land and sea creatures,
  • Deaths of millions/billions of people,
  • Rivers and lakes drying up,
  • The sun burning hotter than usual.
  • Climate induced warfare

Everything they have told you about climate change. It. Is. All. There. Climate change is in the bible.

All those warnings you hear from Al Gore today are there, written thousands of years ago for all to see. Many are blind to this idea, however. Most people don’t want to acknowledge it or can’t see it because of their hatred for the Bible. Other people hate science so much, that they are blinded to the idea of climate change.

Is it possible that mans over protection of some habitats and failure to remove dead brush could lead to the mass fires in Revelation? Sure.

Is it possible that the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident will lead to one third of all sea life dying off? Sure.

How much climate change is really man’s fault through our actions on the planet, though? Mankind may have some sort of effect in the lead up to these events. Ultimately, God will pull the strings for when things happen. His plan, written in the Bible, brings everything together at the same time. It culminates with his return and restoration of the planet to what it was before Adam and Eve sinned.

If not for God, why haven’t we been destroyed through our terrible stewardship of this planet? We have removed entire forested regions, caused the extinction of many species, and polluted our way to prosperity. Our disastrous wildlife management methods, terrible conservation failures, and destructive tendencies have been going on for thousands of years.

Forerunners

We already see the effects of some of the Tribulation period curses in our news feeds today. Mass die off’s and extinctions occur almost daily. We see new volcano’s waking up everywhere. Earthquakes are happening where they shouldn’t. The evidence is piling up: Climate change is in the Bible, and the Bible is coming to life before our eyes.

Our planet is being primed for an explosive finish, and it is only a matter of time. Scientists and Christians alike agree on that idea.

If the world we see is showing precursors to that time, and that evidence is getting stronger each day, how long can it really be? How long until people scream for a world government to save them from the changing climate, rampant diseases, or economic and military strife? How long until people are lined up and asked their beliefs, going free if they pledge allegiance to the world but dying for their faith if they won’t?

Don’t Believe Me.

I see climate change in the Bible. It is clear to me, but as always, search the scriptures to see if what I am saying is true. Take that one step further and compare it to the nightly news. If I am wrong, let me know. Otherwise, it might be a good idea to read up on your Bible and make any adjustments in your life that you need to.