Holy Global Climate Change Batman!

March 10, 2008 at 7:14 am (God thoughts, Politics thoughts)

Today’s Foxnews.com headlines had a very religious and a very environmental tilt to them.

First there was this headline Recycle or Repent which describes the Catholic church’s updating the list of mortal sins, adding such things as “ruining the environment” and “carrying out morally debatable scientific experiments” to the list of Mortal Sins.

My favorite line from that article quotes Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican body which oversees confessions and plenary indulgences…

He said that priests must take account of “new sins which have appeared on the horizon of humanity as a corollary of the unstoppable process of globalization.” Whereas sin in the past was thought of as being an individual matter, it now has “social resonance.”

I kind of like this idea off adding to the “7 deadly sins” because it should give a nice framework for a sequel to “Se7en“. How cool will it be to see Brad Pitt working his way through a dark apartment with his little flashlight when all of a sudden the body of a persistent non-recycler is found surrounded by half empty water bottles and cans.

While it wasn’t shocking at all to see the Catholic church going this direction, I mean it’s easy for them to make up new “scriptures”, that’s their job. But the headline below that one was truly shocking…

Southern Baptists Issue Call To Fight Climate Change

huh? The most right-wing fundamentalist group of all large denominations is now on board the Al Gore express?

Evidently the Southern Baptist leaders issued a statement saying among other things that the church has a ” biblical duty to stop global warming”.

Here is the actual statement, I haven’t yet read through it entirely but I can’t wait to see what part of the Bible this “biblical duty” comes from.

My favorite part of this article is a quote from a 25 year old son of a former SB president talking about a “theology class” he was in…

Even so, Jonathan Merritt, a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, began rallying denominational leaders to take a different approach. Merritt, 25, son of former convention president James Merritt, said a theology class had inspired him.

His professor had compared destroying God’s creation to “tearing a page out of the Bible.”

“That struck me. It broke me,” the younger Merritt said in an interview, “and that was the impetus that began a life change, a shift of perspective for me.”

Oh my, I am terrified to hear what else they might be learning in “Theology” class.

While my truest hope is that “theology classes” would in fact prompt people to “life change” and “shifting of perspective” I am disgusted to think that it’s towards the idea that we can “fight” God’s sovereign control over such things as weather. And really when we get to the heart of the issue that’s what it is.

It’s a modern day tower of Babel-esque like effort to “make a name for themselves”.

It’s a Nebuchadnezzar like desire to ask, “Is this not the great climate I have built by my my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”

It’s a Herodian lust to hear the masses say, “This is the ‘declaration of environmental climate change’ of a god, not a man.”

And in fact they feel, like the Catholic church feels, that they have the authority to give these statements the weight of scripture (as evidenced by the tearing the page out of the Bible reference).

I think a more appropriate scripture concerning the global climate change hysteria is this…

I Timothy 6:3 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

That’s right, this call to “fight” global warming all comes from a lust for more money. It’s people wandering away from the simple truth of the scripture that we are to build our faith upon. As Paul instructed Timothy I give this charge to all who will receive it…

11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses

and

20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.

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7 Comments

  1. danielbalc said,

    Re: “Morally debatable scientific experiments” being called “sin”.

    How does this make sense? is it debatable or not?

  2. itsasecret2u said,

    Go hug a tree, Daniel. You’ll feel better.

    🙂

  3. Echo_ohcE said,

    Well, that we shouldn’t destroy the planet probably isn’t a debatable point.

    But what acts actually constitute destroying the planet is way, way open to debate.

    So for example, if you’ve got a couple hundred nuclear bombs, and you use them to destroy the planet, you’re a sinner. Or if you’re Darth Vader and you’ve got the Death Star’s big gun pointed at earth and you press the trigger, wow, I don’t want to be you on Judgment Day.

    But if you fail to recycle, you have not violated the law of God.

    God, not the church, is the one who gets to say what God’s law is. That’s why we call it God’s law, because he’s the one who gave it.

    And Scripture makes it very clear what God’s law is. He gave it to us in 10 easily understood commandments. And for those of us too dimwitted to comprehend 10 commandments, he gave us 2: love God with all your heart, etc, and your neighbor as yourself.

    Destroying the planet, if indeed we ARE destroying the planet, can certainly fall into the category of pleasing ourselves at the expense of our neighbor, if our great-great grandchildren are also our neighbors (and they are).

    But given the fact that there is no clear, undeniable evidence that links human behavior to a destruction of some kind to the environment, therefore, the Pope is adding to God’s law.

    The reason why he’s adding to God’s law and not simply expounding it is simple. First, if there is any climate change going on (and this past winter seems to contradict such a claim), it may be simply a natural cycle. Second, if it is not a natural cycle, it may be caused by something we don’t understand.

    The science involved in climate change and global warming and all that is fishy at best. Scientists who fail to tow the line quickly find themselves black listed and cut out of the community. There is a lot of pressure to tow the line. New ideas are not listened to objectively.

    Well, it just goes to prove that the Apostle Paul was more right back then than we give him credit for. He said that men had worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator.

    Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun.

    And now the creation worshipers have gotten the Pope to tow the line, declaring it a sin to harm the creation. Love your neighbor as yourself has been replaced with “love the creation as yourself.” Animals have become people, trees are said to have a right to life, and the planet is referred to as our mother.

    Meanwhile, children are ripped apart in the wombs of mothers who see them as an inconvenience, and everyone’s afraid to call it wrong, because it’s telling a woman what to do with her body.

    We are becoming more and more everyday a society that worships womanhood, or motherhood more specifically. The mother earth is sacred, and mothers have a right to kill their children. The divine right of kings has been replaced with the divine right of the earth and soccer moms.

    E

  4. danielbalc said,

    Local San Diego weatherman, John Coleman is bringing the debate to court by suing Al Gore for fraud. Woo hoo. This could be very interesting or it could turn out to be nothing. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,337710,00.html

    We shall see.

  5. Echo_ohcE said,

  6. danielbalc said,

    Mgr Girotti said genetic modification, carrying out experiments on humans, polluting the environment, causing social injustice, causing poverty, becoming obscenely wealthy and taking drugs were all mortal sins.

    See any that perhaps the catholic church might be guilty of?

  7. danielbalc said,

    WOW! I saw this commercial on TV last night and immediately thought it was link worthy to this post. In it two “Reverends”, Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson are sitting on a couch in front of some body of water talking about how even thought their politics differ they can both agree on one thing….

    Taking care of our planet. In fact Pat Robertson goes so far as to call it our “fragile” planet.

    http://www.wecansolveit.org/page/s/unlikelyalliance!

    The funny thing is that for a moment I actually thought the one thing they would agree on was that salvation was through Jesus Christ. hahaha ok maybe not but still the point is that religion and politics as well as religion and environmentalism don’t work.

    On a more positive note Time had a recent cover story and newsweek a recent article which both expressed something I have been very adamant about.

    Ethanol is BAD. It’s bad for the economy and bad for the environment and in general bad for the planet.
    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1725975,00.html
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/130628

    The irony of it is that about a month ago there was a back cover ad on one of the two which showed a corn kernel and said “60 miles per kernel”. within weeks the magazine has a scathing article about the irrationality involved in the overall production of ethanol and how the negatives far outweigh the positives.

    It’s really not that difficult to figure out. Which is a better source of energy for our vehicles; Something we would eat or something we would have no other use for at all? hmmmm

    And one more tremendous link regarding how much damage is being done to the California coast because we aren’t drilling for oil.

    http://www.soscalifornia.org/

    Evidently “oil seeps” leak out about 86,000 barrels annually along the CA coast, mostly in Santa Barbara. That’s just what is leaking out of the oil reserve we are unwilling to tap due to environmental concerns.

    We’re so stupid.

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