Climate Series No. 2 – Origins

Before we get too far in the discussion on climate it is good to understand two key factors.

First, the origin of the earth and its inhabitants, and second, the implications of these origins.

So first, the origin of the earth and its inhabitants.

Right at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 1, it says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” That’s the beginning of the universe and this world.

God spoke everything into existence, as the rest of Genesis 1 indicates, and then he crafted the first man out of the dust of the ground:

“The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 And that’s our beginning.

From there God went on to form a woman. And from these two, in this original and first marriage, all the peoples of the earth came. Look what this New Testament passage further confirms and expands upon:

Acts 17: 24-28 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”

Second, let’s look at the implications of these origins.

If God is the Creator, we are simply the created ones, his creatures. He is in control, we are not. We are however, stewards of what he has made for us.

Psalm 24 says, “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.”

He is not a God who is far off but one who takes care of things including control of the climate. As quoted above in Acts 17:

“he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”

For in him we live and move and have our being.”

God is in control of everything; he provides for all, and it is in him we live and move and have our being. Weather patterns, weather systems, and climate are all by his design and are all very much in his control. It is all part of his plan of provision for all. All the food and drink we consume come because God provides rain and sun at some point — all under his care and control.

This understanding of the origin of the universe and the world we live in, becomes foundational as we discuss climate at any level.

Alternatively we might believe a skewed message that “the climate is out of control!” and it’s entirely in our hands to do something about it… as if we ultimately can.

And sometimes, I’m afraid, this alternative position is what we see prevalent all around us because we’ve abandoned belief in God.

It’s time to challenge the alternative and return to historical truth found in God and his Word.

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