With record-breaking tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, heat waves, and melting icebergs more apparent than ever before, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that if nothing is done to change current emissions patterns of greenhouse gases, the global temperature could increase by as many as 11 degrees by 2100.
Many experts believe the biodiversity crisis is even worse than the threat of climate change. According to www.sciencedaily.com, “The world is losing species at a rate that is 100 to 1,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate.” The report also stated, “There is a need for scientists, politicians and government authorities to closely collaborate if we are to solve this crisis.”
But the crisis of long-term survival as a species on this planet has a major problem, according to the world renown theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. In a 2010 video on Big Think, Hawking said, “We are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history. Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth, are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.
"But our genetic code still carries the selfish and aggressive instincts that were of survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million. Our only chance of long-term survival, is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space.”
With these “selfish and aggressive instincts” preventing humans from making the needed changes to guarantee our survival, it is no wonder that fewer and fewer people believe the powers behind this crisis will ever abandon their destructive ways in time. What do you think?
Is that why we're seeing more films and TV shows about earth being abandoned to colonize on other planets? Is that where this planet is headed?
While Hawking advised, “Our only chance of long-term survival” is to spread into outer space, I suggest there is a better chance of survival by putting more faith in the One who designed this blue gem as our home.
The Bible says clearly that “God created the heavens and the earth” at Genesis 1:1. As its Maker, we can trust His Word at Ecclesiastes 1:4, that “the earth remains forever.” — New International Version. For this to be true, however, the Almighty will have to step in and do something drastic about those who are ruining the Earth. Revelation 11:18 says, He has an appointed time to “destroy them which destroy the earth.” — King James Version.
Imagine a benevolent landlord who rents to tenants — only he provides them with everything they need — a pantry loaded with supplies, including free lights, fresh water, carpeting — even jewelry. But the tenants become ungrateful, waste his supplies, trash his place, fight among themselves and pollute the grounds. After giving fair warning, will anyone blame him if he evicts these tenants in favor of people who are more appreciative of his generosity?
Hebrews 13:4 says, “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.” — New King James Version. God has provided us with a rich supply of fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods. He carpeted our home with beautiful green grass, a huge plumbing system in streams and oceans to provide us with fresh water and a photosynthesis process for the best air conditioning. We were given the sun as a source of light and clean energy and the moon as a soft night light in the sky. This “home” also has a cellar in the Earth containing diamonds, gold, and other precious material — all for our enjoyment.
But when so many of Earth’s tenants become “selfish and agressive” despite repeated warnings, can anyone blame God if He “evict” all these ungrateful ones? Psalms 37:10-11 says, “For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more. But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” — New King James Version.
For those who believe it is not a coincidence that our unique planet is teeming with life while scientists have yet to find one spec of life on any other planet — Divine intervention by a life-giving, life-saving Creator is a very real solution.
Think about it. Do we really need new hills and mountains, new grass and trees, new streams and oceans — or a new society of planet-loving people who will work to make every day “Earth Day” to the glory of God? You decide.
As Psalm 115:16 says, “The LORD has kept the heavens for himself, but he has given the earth to us humans.” — Contemporary English Version.
As care-takers of this wonderful planet may we act like we live here before it is too late.