“As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything” (Ecclesiastes 11:5). We have already established that our Creator made everything you see and don’t see in creation. The curses discussed in previously are still in effect, “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Romans 8:22). God is in control of it all. “And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority’” (Acts 1:7). And the Father gave that authority to His Son. “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth’” (Matthew 28:18). Authority means power. Power to control all nature – in heaven and earth.
The only commands God gave man regarding the earth was to be fruitful and multiply (fill the earth), subdue it and have dominion over every living thing (Genesis 1:28). “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand” (Genesis 9:2). Mankind is to tend and keep or bring into bondage the earth while ruling over all animal life that moves. It is called stewardship (specifically, the management, oversight, and administration of another’s property). However, God maintains ownership of it all – including each breath you take. “Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it” (Isaiah 42:5).
As of 2016, the topic “climate change” in Wikipedia had the following quote: “Certain human activities have also been identified as significant causes of recent climate change, often referred to as global warming.” After reading this and follow-up blogs, you will find this quote to be absurd on its face. Humans, who are a part of creation, can cause the climate to change? Wow! I had no idea we had the authority and power of God, the Creator, to control the temperature outside, prevent storms, earthquakes and seas from rising.
This line of thought can lead to paganism, specifically the worshipping of creation (more on this later). If human activity of today can cause “climate change” (the first car with combustion engine was made in 1886), then one can conclude “climate change” did not exist from the time of Adam and Eve till 1885. That is a recorded span of about 5900 years! The only means of travel was by foot or animal prior to the early 1800s when modern bicycles were used. There were no cars, airplanes, factories, etc. supposedly polluting the air. Did “climate change” exist since the beginning of time? And if so, what human activity could have caused it? Let’s dig deeper.
We don’t have to read far in the Genesis account to see how God controls everything He created. “So the Lord said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them’” (Genesis 6:7). Did God make a mistake? No. Man, having free will, continuously disobeyed God. “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:5-6). The curse of sin (“wickedness”) brought sadness to God, for “He was grieved in His heart.” “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8). If God made a mistake, He would have wiped out all of humanity.
“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Genesis 6:11-12). Something had to be done by God to restore some order. A wicked, violent, corrupt earth would eventually consume Noah and his family. Satan was completely happy with this state of affairs because his goal was to prevent the Seed (Jesus) of the woman (Mary) from ever being born (Genesis 3:15). “And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die” (Genesis 6:17). Causing imminent death for every living thing on dry land is power. Only the ark was the way of escape. God saved Noah and his household (eight people) and the male and female of every living thing (Genesis 7:1–3). “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made” (Genesis 7:4). God controls the rain and water levels.
“He who builds His layers in the sky, and has founded His strata in the earth; Who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the face of the earth— The Lord is His name” (Amos 9:6). Go back and review the six days of creation discussed in previous blog post when God separated the waters with a firmament, producing layers in the sky and water on the face of the earth (Genesis 1:6-8). “When He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth” (Proverbs 8:29). On the third day of creation dry land appeared and God set borders for the seas, a command mankind has no effect on. “He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth” (Psalm 135:7). Water vapor is continuously generated by evaporation and removed by condensation. It is lighter than air and triggers convection currents that can lead to clouds.
“I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud” (Genesis 9:13-14). Never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth (Genesis 9:11). God controls the whole process to replenish the earth (vapor, clouds and rain). “The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season” (Deuteronomy 28:12).
“For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength” (Job 37:6). “By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen” (Job 37:10). God controls when rain turns to snow, how heavy the rain falls, and where, when and how much of the water freezes. Mankind has no power regarding this natural yearly occurrence. It’s called summer and winter. “You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter” (Psalm 74:17). “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). “And He changes the times and the seasons” (Daniel 2:21).
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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.