Est. May 2008

21 June, 2014

A Lesson From Job

Having long been passengers on the train to Irrelevancy, the United Methodist Church back in 2004 decided that:
“The scale of human activities has grown so large that it now threatens the planet itself.  Global environmental problems have become so vast they are hard to comprehend. The vast majority of scientific evidence suggests that carbon dioxide from fossil fuels has already caused a measurable warming of the globe. Confronted with the massive crisis of the deterioration of God’s creation and faced with the question of the ultimate survival of life, we ask God’s forgiveness for our participation in this destruction.”
So now, according to Sarah King – the chair of the Arizona Ecumenical Council’s Earth Care Commission and a member of the United Methodist Church – declares today that ‘[i]t is the duty of the church to speak out boldly and forcefully on what many have said is the greatest challenge to human survival of our time’, and apparently anthropomythic global warming is that ‘greatest challenge to human survival’.

Obviously, they don’t read Pirates Cove; if they had ...
  ... they would see – among the various and sundry debunking of anthropomythic global warming – this graph:

Yep.  As Mr. Teach points out in this article (hat tip, by the way), ‘the earth has been in a statistically insignificant warming pause for longer than the group has had the unofficial motto’.

But let’s consider God’s servant, Job.

Most of us know the story of Job as the tale of a man who seems the focus of a battle between God and Satan.  Throughout the book, Job and his three friends haggle back and forth regarding sinfulness, Job’s apparent righteousness, and Job’s asking why God is punishing him.  At the end, after Job has called on God to meet him face-to-face, God shows up. For four chapters (38  through 41), but for our discussion I want you to focus on Chapter 38.  In this chapter, God asks Job:
22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
    or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
    for the day of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
    or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
    and a way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on a land where no man is,
    on the desert in which there is no man,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
    and to make the ground sprout with grass?
28 “Has the rain a father,
    or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
    and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30 The waters become hard like stone,
    and the face of the deep is frozen.


34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
    that a flood of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
    and say to you, ‘Here we are’?


37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
    Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38 when the dust runs into a mass
    and the clods stick fast together?
Who is it that controls the weather on planet Earth?

It is not man, or any of man’s activities.

It is God Almighty.

Therefore, these alleged ‘Christians’ and ‘Jews’ who preach anthropomythic global warming are doing what?

Putting themselves in the place of God.

But guess what?  Just like Job, God will forgive them their foolish pride.  All they need to do is remember their place in the scheme of things and repent of their self-idolatry.

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