Ken Ham Explains Global Warming

For those of you who may be confused about climate science and what it may mean, we are now able to clarify everything. Rejoice — your days of confusion are over!

This appears at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia; and he’s the brains behind the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum — which has become the North American Mecca for the mindless.

Hambo’s latest (actually it’s a reprint of something he wrote two years ago) is Global Warming — Normal in an Abnormal World. Because of its profound significance, we urge you to click over to Hambo’s article to read it in its entirety, but here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and some scripture references and links omitted:

We live in an abnormal world because the once-perfect creation is now affected by sin and the Curse: “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Romans 8:22). Whether a person is a Christian or non-Christian, a creationist or evolutionist, all believe in various (even dramatic) times of climate change over the earth’s history.

Good introduction. Now it gets interesting:

As a biblical creationist, let me give a big-picture overview of climate change based on earth’s history as revealed in God’s Word. I postulate that the earth’s climate has gone through four major periods of change, and a fifth change is coming. In every case, humans did not produce the change directly.

Four major periods of change! That seems simple enough. Let’s read on:

Original Creation: Perfect Harmony: God created a perfect world in six days. This took place about six thousand years ago.

Okay, that’s the original setup. Here come the changes:

First Change: Groaning Creation: However, the situation did not remain perfect because the first man, Adam, rebelled against the Creator, resulting in all of creation suffering from the effects of sin and the Curse. The Bible does not reveal much about the world before Noah’s Flood. We don’t know to what extent the climate was affected. No doubt changes did occur since our Creator God no longer upheld the world in a perfect state.

Groaning creation. Got it. Now we continue to the next phase:

Second Change: Global Flood: The most significant climate change recorded in the Bible occurred during the time of Noah (and we could postulate this to be the second climate period in biblical history).

You know all about that, so let’s proceed to the third phase:

Third Change: Cooling Earth: The next major climate change occurred over the next few hundred years as a result of the Flood of Noah’s day [scripture quote]. … Biblical creationists believe the unique conditions of the Flood generated earth’s one and only Ice Age. … Creation scientists estimate that this Ice Age peaked around 500 years after the Flood.

Okay, that was the Ice Age. Here comes phase four:

Fourth Change: Warming Earth: After the Ice Age peaked and as the earth began to settle down from the devastating effects of the Flood, the earth began to warm, and the Ice Age receded. The melting ice caused the ocean level to rise. The oceans eventually reached a relatively stable temperature so that climate fluctuations became less severe.

[…]

Ever since the Flood, we have seen an unsettled earth in its sin-cursed state. Many smaller climate changes have occurred, such as seven years of drought and famine in Joseph’s day.

Fascinating! Oh, this is important:

Other authors in this magazine issue consider whether mankind has contributed significantly to climate change — though a proper understanding of the evidence does not favor such a suggestion.

Fine, none of that was our fault — well, except for Adam & Eve. Moving along now, Hambo tells us of the future:

A fifth period of major climate change is coming — the final and most dramatic change: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). After this time Christians will live in new heavens and a new earth that will remain perfect forever.

And here’s the conclusion:

Those who reject the Bible cannot truly understand how climate change fits into the real history of the earth, including the biblical timeline over six thousand years and God’s judgment during the Flood. Climate change is normal in an abnormal world. Until people are prepared to accept why this world is abnormal — because of sin — they will not be able to properly understand climate change and respond appropriately.

That’s it! Now you know all there is to know about climate science.

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17 responses to “Ken Ham Explains Global Warming

  1. As Rubble so rightly pointed out, this is source for much of the “science education” of Suzanne Passman. She’s the one who testified in favor of the LSEA. Ergo, everything that SC said above, she believes.

  2. “The Curse,” which Ham repeatedly refers to, is also a handy euphemism for a woman’s time of the month. In that context the whole mess almost makes sense. That would naturally explain the “Groaning” period, “the Flood”, and the “Cooling” and “Warming” periods that Ham mentions as well.

    Note also the deliberate (it’s too overt to be subconscious) symbolism: “the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs “ Could the coming “fifth change” that he ominously refers to be the Earth’s menopausal period? A careful reread even reveals his postulation of Earth’s hot flashes, when the “elements will melt with fervent heat.”

    After which, presumably, will come the period of “great Earthly mood swings,” of tidal waves and spontaneous eruptions and other signs of cosmic irritability. Boy, I wouldn’t want to be one of the other planets when that happens. There’ll be no living with the Earth then…

  3. Making mental note. From now on, I’m treating comments from NeonNoodle like those from Tomato Addict, e.g. I will not be eating or drinking anything lest they wind up on my computer screen and / or keyboard due to sudden bursts of laughter…

  4. Ken Ham says the following two things::
    “In every case, humans did not produce the change directly.”
    and,
    “the first man, Adam, rebelled against the Creator, resulting in all of creation suffering from the effects of sin and the Curse.”

    It looks like Adam had directly caused the change of so many things about the world that to say “man did not produce the change directly” is like saying “people don’t shoot other people, they just pull the trigger”.

  5. Oops! I should have read the whole thing before posting. Just a little down from where I broke off you hit on this point.

  6. David Evans

    Climate change is because of sin? Well, yes – the sin of greed which leads us to use up the Earth’s resources, taking no thought for the morrow.

    But isn’t that just following Jesus (Matthew 6:34)?

    Now I don’t know what to think.

  7. Per Ham, one needs to understand the bible to understand climate change. Maybe the bible has a book explaining atmospheric CO2 concentration that just got left out of my copy. Whatever. At any rate, with his biblical understanding of climate change, which exceeds that of ordinary scientists, Ham seems to suggest that we do nothing, and let the world continue to groan under the weight of sin while we milk it dry of it’s resources. Perhaps he thinks only then will the longed for “fifth period of major climactic change” come.

    I get the impression that Ham would be very upset if we were able to mitigate climate change, and improve life on the planet. That would be “fallible man” acting to change God’s will. It is much better, in Ham’s view, to spend resources and build a park to celebrate the total destruction of life on earth, which Ham considers a much happier tale.

  8. “Many smaller climate changes have occurred, such as seven years of drought and famine in Joseph’s day.”

    That one sentence made me wonder if Ham really understands the meaning of the word “climate” (as opposed to “weather”) at all. I suspect he at least partially understands the difference between the two- just well enough to support his dogma, but (maybe deliberately), not well enough to confuse his readers with the possibility of conflict.

  9. Climate alarmism is an alternate faith to Christianity. It is based on the worship of the false god Gaia. Many christians are going down the wrong path with this new faith, that’s all I can tell you.

  10. aturingtest

    klem: srsly?

  11. aturingtest asks: “srsly?”

    Whaddaya want? He said that’s all he can tell us.

  12. aturingtest

    SC: I just wanna know if he’s srs.

  13. retiredsciguy

    klem sez, “.. worship of the false god Gaia.”

    So, that would be “Gaiaism”? How do you even pronounce that?

  14. Tomato Addict

    >”Groaning creation.”

    The very idea creates a lot of groaning.

    @Gary*: One of these days you are going to catch on to our secret of the GCTMGSMD (Global Conspiracy To Make Gary Spit Mt. Dew).

    @RSG: Pronounced Guy-ya-ism, unless you are Gary*, and then it’s pronounced “Throatwarbler Mangrove”.

  15. @TA: That was definitely machine-wrapped… with butter!

  16. Tomato Addict

    quite so, curvaceously mocking squirrels!

  17. Saddlebags, saddlebags.