“The Fate of our Planet”
Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Christians have a God-centered World View. Those who profess Jesus Christ as He is offered in the gospel to be their Lord and Savior look at reality through the lens of Scripture. This view of reality is what is meant as a God-centered World View.
Over the recent decades, there has been much written concerning the fate of our planet. Specifically, most of what has been written and said has been toward the view that man, civilized man, will destroy our planet. I was in college during the first “Earth Day.” I remember that the majority of us thought little about the motivation for such a movement. In fact, the environmentalist movement started off very small. Yet, in our day it has grown to such a degree that I recently heard a statistic that 60% of our citizenry believe that our way of living will destroy our planet. What began as a concern for global cooling and a modern ice age has changed from global warming to man-made climate change.
The fear of a modern ice age has lost its punch since the predictions were that we would be in such a time right now. Therefore, the movement had to change terms. Now it simply looks at cyclical changes in our climate and attributes change to man’s use of things like fossil fuels.
An entire industry has sprung up. There will always be clever men who find a way to take advantage of situations, sometimes not for the good. The “Green” industry has been promoted by manufacturers and our Federal and State Governments by way of tax incentives for using “Green” materials and penalties for not using them.
You are likely aware of all this background concerning the fate of our Planet. I’m not a scientist. I do not intend to give any scientific explanations or to review computer models indicating disaster. My question is what, if anything, does God have to say about our Planet?
The truth is, He has a lot to say. After all, He made everything out of nothing. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” Genesis 1:1. At the end of the first Chapter of the Bible, God surveyed all that He had made and declared everything “very good,” Genesis 1:31. Since He is the Creator, it is obvious to Bible believing people throughout the world that He owns His Creation. I’m reminded of an old hymn written in 1901 by Malbie D. Babcock, “This Is My Father’s World.” The first part of the 3rd verse is telling concerning our topic. “This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.”
As I thought about our world biblically, I found myself writing a sample of what we know about Creation.
1. God created everything out of nothing (ex nihilo).
2. Man is a Creature.
3. Man’s power and ability is from the Creator.
4. Man is part of Creation whereas God transcends His Creation.
5. God’s absolute rule (sovereignty) of the world does not depend upon man believing in Him.
6. All men are accountable to God and will be judged by Him, the perfect judge.
7. God created man from the dust of the earth and all men die and return to it.
8. God gave man dominion over the earth and all that is in it.
9. God expects man to be a “good steward” of Creation.
10. All men inherit Adam’s sin nature, are born dead in sin, unable to save themselves.
11. There is only one hope for mankind, it is Jesus Christ, His perfect life and perfect sacrifice of Himself.
12. God cursed all Creation as a result of the Fall of Adam and He has promised to lift it when Christ returns.
If you have a concern about our planet’s fate and you know the truth of God in Christ, I encourage you to make your own list of truths revealed by our Sovereign God. I offer Psalm 93: 1-2 for your study before accepting popular views that man has the ability to determine our Planet’s fate. “The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.” (ESV)