Environmentalism – A New False Religion
“We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”
I was a junior in high school the first time I heard of the phenomenon known as “global warming.” We studied it to some degree in our science classes and I was under the impression that it was something that was of relatively little consequence, but something that none the less deserved to be studied. Now, I’ve been taught from the time I was little that the world wasn’t our “trashcan,” and that we were to be good stewards of what God had provide us for our sustenance. I have always considered myself to be a conservationist; meaning if I use something from nature I put something back. (cut down a tree; plant a tree) However over the years I’ve discovered that this phenomenon that I once considered to be of little consequence has morphed into something that is having a devastating effect not only to the daily existence of people of the world over but is also carrying out a spiritual holocaust against the faithful of the world.
The more I read about and study the theory global warming I am becoming ever more concerned that this so called phenomenon is nothing more than a new form of idolatry; the most disconcerting aspect of which is the fact that it’s finding acceptance not just among the politicians but faithful Christians as well. Michael Crichton the famed author of such books as Jurassic Park and creator of the smash television drama E.R. wrote extensively on this idea, though not from a distinctly Christian viewpoint. In 2003 he gave a speech before the Commonwealth Club entitled “Environmentalism as Religion,” in which he made the following observation;
“you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs… There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment.”
Even Crichton who was not a Christian can see how the environmentalists are pushing a new religion on the world. Now don’t hear what I’m not saying. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be good stewards of God’s creation. What I am saying is that as humans we don’t control creation, God does! (Psalm 89:11) For man to think that he can “control” what happens in nature he is either showing ignorance of the truth or the outright rejection thereof.
It’s an undeniable fact that we live in a world that detests the truth. This aversion to the truth has been around since the dawn of creation. Sin came into the world with one question… “Did God really say?” (Genesis 3:1) That question played on mans desire for divine knowledge, a knowledge that to him equaled POWER! In the beginning man wanted to be like God, and that desire is still with us today, only it’s morphed from a desire to be like God, to a desire to be God!
For several years now those who openly reject the truth of God have embraced a theology of environmentalism; one that places the creation over the creator. The embracing of this theology has happened at a frenzied pace, which the explanation of is quite simple. Environmentalism is a faith devoid of morality. True faith by its very nature is framed by morality based on truth, and there is only one truth that exists in our universe, that being the truth of God. By removing God from the equation, these envoirmentalistic theologians have created a faith will allow for the justification for anything that the warped and depraved mind of man can conceive. (Judges 17:6)
As was true with those in ages past who openly rejected the truth of God, those who today serve as de-facto theologians and high priests of this new faith, press a concentrated effort to draw in people of true faith and convince them to exchange the truth of God for a lie. (Romans 1:25) These theologians have cloaked their false doctrines in concepts that have just enough truth in them to make them believable. They present the idea that you can be an environmentalist and a Christian at the same time; that the Christian has a duty to protect the world. On the face of it this idea seems understandable if not wholly acceptable. The only problem with this concept is that true environmentalism places care for the environment as the primary responsibility of man, and thus centers it as the primary object of worship, (Isaiah 44:16-17) as to where scripture tells us that our primary responsibility is to serve God and our fellow man.
These eco- theologians are constantly running their propaganda machine presenting the world with the idea that the theory of global warming, climate change, or whatever title they choose to give it this week, is settled science. They are basing their decisions on speculation, not evidence. These theologians are pressing their views with more PR than scientific data. Consider this… The IPCC, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded the evidence for man-made climate change was “unequivocal.” These theologians at the U.N. made sure that they used the term “unequivocal,” so that there would be little questioning of their scientific findings. However when closely examined their system of scientific study and research has failed miserably in its attempts to validate the existence of man-made climate change.
The fact that the evidence for climate change is virtually non-existent doesn’t seem to bother these theologians in the slightest. When the evidence doesn’t support their theses they either ignore the evidence or skew the results of their research to provide a false validation of their beliefs. For years scientists and laymen alike have questioned the validity of these scientific “facts,” only to have their honest questions rejected as being pointless and without merit. These theologians will go to any lengths to preserve their power and the large sums of money which follows suit. Evidence of this fact was revealed recently when a number of emails passed between recognized climate change experts revealed an open manipulation of test results done in an effort substantiate the validity of “man-made” climate change. So what happens to those people of faith, or others who may not even believe in God, who question the validity of this theory? They are labeled heretics, flat earthers, idiots, morons, and a host of other adjectives launched in a childish tantrum designed to discredit and silence honest decent. Many times those who honestly raise questions are the recipients of vile ad homonym attacks simply for daring to question the “experts.” This reaction to the truth is nothing new, when a person can’t contend with the truth; typically their first reaction is to attack. (Acts 4:2-3)
The world as created by God goes through cooling and warming cycles. Some decades are cooler, and some are warmer. Back in the 1970’s these eco-theologians were telling the world to prepare for the next “Ice Age,” a prophecy that interestingly never came to pass. Now the warning is that the ice caps are going to melt and flood the world. To this my primary thought is this… as the global temperatures start to cool (as they are currently doing) I await with bated breath on what lies these theologians are going to come up with next.
No matter how hard these theologians try the false religion of environmentalism they are trying to force on the world will never replace God’s ownership and control of the earth. God is sovereign and powerful… man is not. Lest we forget, history has validated this fact time and again!
Though written from a standpoint of all seriousness… I couldn’t help but throw in some comic relief at the end…