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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