“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” So proclaimed God in the Book of Genesis, but what does He know? He hasn’t got anything on Gaia.
Of course one can’t use biblical arguments when trying to persuade those of a different theological bent. A non-Christian will not listen when his opponent begins the debate with “The Bible says,” just as a Christian will not listen when his opponent begins the debate with “The Hadith say.” And that’s fine.
But using Bible-based arguments when debating with those who both subscribe to the alarmism of modern-day environmentalism and profess Christianity is a valid tactic. Pay attention, Gaians:
The Bible does say we should not be cruel to animals and that humans are to take care of the Earth, but not to such an idolatrous extent that you environmentalists would like us to. The earth is not God and must never be the object of our love.
As I mentioned at the top, the Bible also says that the seasons will always exist and that heat and cold will always be a part of them. There will be decades-long cycles during which the average temperatures around the world are slightly warmer than previously, and there will be decades-long cycles during which those temperatures are slightly cooler than previously. But this see-sawing of warmth and coldness will always exist; there will never be a time in which, say, the 20-degree winters of Virginia are exchanged for 70-degree winters. If you believe in the Bible, you must believe in good environmental stewardship, yes, but you must not believe in any sort of permanent global warming.
To those liberal “Christians” who pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe—that Paul hated both women and homosexuals and therefore his writings are not to be considered valid, for instance—you’re fools. Where did you hear about Christianity in the first place? Ultimately, from the Bible, of course. If Jesus were not mentioned in the Bible, you would have no basis for following His teachings. You follow His teachings because they’re in the Bible. So too you must accept all the other words of the Bible, and that includes those of the eighth chapter and twenty-second verse of Genesis at the top of this piece.
Finally, to those atheist environmentalists, I say this: You are not atheists; your religion is Ecology, your god, Earth. Carbon credits are no different from the Catholic Church’s selling of indulgences in the Middle Ages. “You may sin [against Gaia] if you pay us [the Government, the Prophet of Ecology].” Those “My other car is a hybrid” bumper stickers are receipts for the indulgence of owning a sinful, non-hybrid vehicle. Your fellow Ecologists may admire you for owning a hybrid that you own simply for the pride it gives you, and for the alleviation of your guilt, but to the rest of us, that bumper sticker might as well read, “I’ve been had.”