A biblical basis for acting against climate change and its effects
A world view is defined as a person’s conception of the world or a philosophy of life. The Christian world view can be abridged down to this: God made the world and all that is in it, God created man and woman, man and woman sinned and fell from the Grace of God, God chose to redeem the world by sending his son Jesus to be a sacrifice and atonement for our sins, now Christians live in a world being redeemed by Christ’s people, and those people now wait for the complete fulfillment of love in the world. There are many ways to interpret the scripture and read the bible, but it is wrong to cherry-pick or intentionally misinterpret just to prove a point or to make personal gain.
This biblical basis for climate change is not to prove anything, but to show that God cares about his creation and has called Christians to be actively engaged in the problems of the world. This website’s purpose is to not show that climate change is real (which it is), but to show that its solutions are worth acting on. Here is a biblical basis for acting against the causes of climate change:
1. God created the world –
Genesis 1 & 2, Isaiah 45:12, Job 38:4-11, Mark 10:6, and Colossians 1:16.
God created the world, whether you believe it was quickly or slowly, whether you believe it was actively or passively. Scripture makes it clear that God did not just find the earth in a cosmic trashcan and dust it off. God had an intention and plan with the earth, and God aims to fulfill it.
2. God created a perfect world –
Genesis 1 &2 and Deuteronomy 32:4.
Before sin came into the world it was perfect. Debates over what that looked like are common, but there is an agreement that it was better than Christians, or anyone else, can understand or imagine, because God is too holy for anyone fully to understand.
3. Sin entered the world and caused the death of perfection –
Genesis 3:17-19, Genesis 6:12, and Romans 5:12.
After the fall, things changed. God no longer described the world as good and pleasing to His sight, but as wicked, ruthless, or corrupt. All things were affected by sin and all things fell from perfection. No longer was there no death, sickness, or pain on the earth, but it was replaced by a groaning and longing for redemption (Romans 8:20-24).
Sin infects all things and brings about destruction and death. Christians are to not just stand by and watch the world and all the things which are in it suffer.
God gave a purpose to mankind:
1. People were made in part to steward God’s creation –
Genesis 1:28 and 2:15.
God created man and woman to watch over the earth. To be fruitful and multiply, then to fill the earth and subdue it were the commissions given. Much of those commissions have been completed: humans have multiplied, filled, and subdued the earth. In doing so, God’s creation was used and abused. Instead of tending to the needs of the earth and all of creation, people have been exploiters and ravishers of what it offered plentifully. There are plenty of resources for all people to live good lives, but people have refused to follow God’s commission when it got in the way of comfort or economics.
2. Christians were told to be redeemers and improvers –
Ecclesiastes 9:10, Matthew 5:13-16, and Matthew 25:14-30.
An extensive list of verses would show that people are to walk in the way that God would (WWJD, right?). Jesus calls his people to be better than others, to give when others take, to be charitable in the face of greed, and to do what is right even if it hurts. The earth is not more important than its inhabitants, but it must be maintained and improved for it to be able continue supporting and helping people until the return of Christ. If Christians want to help others, helping the earth and fighting against climate change will improve it for everyone and everything in it.
3. Christians were called to look towards Heaven –
Philippians 3:20, 2 Timothy 4:8, and 2 Peter 3:3-14.
Christians are to look ahead to the return of Christ. The bible teaches that it will happen at an unknown time. Christians are not to lose hope or just try to coast by until Christ returns. God’s commands and commissions are not fulfilled until God fulfills them. To keep an image of Heaven on the mind is to long for it to come about. By longing for Heaven, a desire is created in your heart to bring about a Heaven where people are today. Christians will not make this world perfect, but Christians can make this world better.
A new earth is what Christians look forward to. A new earth is what God creates for His people. 1 Corinthians 15 and Revelation 22 speak of a place where people will dwell after this world. Only God will bring about that kind of change. Something that Christians can do in the meantime is to help themselves, and others, cultivate a longing for that Heaven, by showing the beauty of the current earth that God has created.
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