On a lighter side: Rainbows and Global Warming
This evening I was out driving with my son who is practicing for his driver test. It was lightly raining out of a partially cloudy sky as the sun was getting ready to set. To the east was one of the most beautiful scenes I think I have ever witnessed. There was a bright double rainbow weaving in and out of the clouds which were very dark and laced around the edges with gray and bright white, and a few patches of sky were peaking through the entire collage. It looked a bit like something to be found in a fairytale picture book.
I pondered this pleasing scene for a moment and my thoughts wondered to a few verses in Genesis where it talks about the rainbow being God’s promise that he will never again destroy the earth with a flood. But along with that promise, He promises more than just that. And here is where Global Warming fear mongers invaded my thoughts and destroyed my peace.
The entire reading of it goes like this:
Genesis 8:20-22 (NASB)
20Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
22“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”
It talks about the rainbow later, when He makes His promise to Noah, but it is interesting how here, in chapter 8, before He makes a declaration of the covenant with Noah, He has a discussion with Himself about what has taken place, and sees that it’s a rather harsh thing for the entirety of life on earth to disturb the seasons just to wipe out mankind. What He tells Himself He will do, or as I interpret it, what He will ensure, is loaded to handle multitudes of possibilities. He doesn’t just say, ‘I won’t do this again.’ He says, “While the earth remains…” it will be this way.
I am not quite a science denier. I think science has a place in explaining real phenomena, allowing us to manipulate our surroundings and accomplish great feats for mankind within the realm of possibilities. But, I believe that it has its limits because there are limits to our comprehension of all things physical. After all, we are only human, and anything mixed as heavily with taxpayer dollars, politics, and shaken vigorously with large doses of demagogy stirred in as the whole Global Warming theme has been should be monitored with intense scrutiny simply because of that.
In closing, I want to leave you with a highly applicable quote from Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, Query 17:
“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors? Fallible men; men governed by bad passions, by private as well as public reasons.”… “ Introduce the bed of Procrustes then, and as there is danger that the large men may beat the small, make us all of a size, by lopping the former and stretching the latter.”