“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.”
The world is a frightening place without God. This fear can be seen today in fears that modern people often confuse with science.
Several years ago, stories of gloom and doom about a greenhouse heating of the Earth were starting to fill the media. We at Creation Moments looked at the scientific basis for these claims. We wanted to know if the greenhouse warming of the Earth was a true threat or just another fear of a godless people. We then published the conclusion that the thin and conflicting evidence for greenhouse warming most likely came from the heat island effect of growing cities around some of the temperature-measuring sites.
Knowing the elegance with which God designed everything in creation, creationists suspected that God probably designed the Earth with built-in thermostats that help keep it from warming up too much. When the Pacific Ocean warms more than normal, it sends increasing amounts of water vapor into the air. If heating continues, the water vapor will actually cause the heating to increase until vapor is forced higher into the atmosphere, creating icy cirrus clouds. These clouds reflect enough incoming sunlight to shut down the temperature increase and return things to normal.
We are called to be good stewards of the Earth. We can be good stewards in joyful service, freed from the fears that afflict those who don’t know God.
Father, it is very easy for us to pick up the fears of those around us who don’t know Your personal love and care. Forgive me when I, too, have shared the fears of the unbelieving world, and strengthen my faith. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“Clouds keep ocean temperatures down.” Science News, v. 139, May 11, 1991. p. 303.