The Pope and Climate Change

The recent statements by Pope Francis on global warming have been welcomed by many politicians and environmental campaigners. When a world leader such as the Pope, adds his voice to a cause, it is bound to have an effect on the issue. The Vatican has issued a 192-page "encyclical" document, blaming global warming on consumerism and greed. He calls on a new partnership between science and religion to combat human-driven climate change.

"The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” Francis wrote, blaming a toxic cocktail of overconsumption, consumerism, dependence on fossil fuels and the errant indifference of the powerful and wealthy. He described a hell on Earth should nothing be done, one filled with more methane and carbon dioxide, acidification of oceans and the crippling of the global food supply." quotes the Washington Post.

This all begs several questions:

  • Should Christians get involved in such campaigns?
  • Is that the Pope's job or primary concern?
  • How does this fit with the Bible view of the future of this planet?
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Should Christians get involved in Politics?

In the UK, a general election is in the offing and Christian organizations have actually started a campaign, called "Christians In Politics" to encourage individual Christians to get involved and "make a difference". They say there is a biblical precedent for this, citing Esther, Daniel and Joseph as examples. There are a few major flaws with the reasoning. The first is that none of those three examples were Christians, they were Jews. Secondly, they were each used by God in a direct and specific way to bring about His will and purpose. They did not decide to "get involved"; that decision was taken for them. If we turn to the New Testament, can we find other examples the organizers of this campaign could have used to illustrate the point? Significantly, there is no example of a Christian supporting a political leader or standing for office themselves. Why is this? Read more..........

Sign of the Times and the Last Days

The first thing to understand about the Last Days is that Jesus Christ will return to Earth to establish his Father's Kingdom. The Bible says so quite plainly.

"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11)

"The Last Days" is the term used to describe the period of time immediately before the actual re-appearance of Jesus. This is why the subject is of such great interest to Christians today.

The "Signs of the Times" are those events, which suggest to us that the return of Christ is imminent. This is a great source of encouragement for Christians and a warning sign to those who have not committed themselves to Christ that their window of opportunity is closing.
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The London Bombings.

No-one living in the UK can have remained unmoved by the events of 7th July 2005 that took place in London. Certainly, our thoughts and prayers are with those who lie injured and with those who have lost loved ones in the tragedy.

It is a stark example of “Man's Inhumanity to Man”, which can blight our daily existence on this planet.

Sadly, religion has been dragged into this mess, with those claiming responsibility for the bombings, linking themselves to Islam. Subsequently, there have been isolated attacks on mosques etc which suggest retaliation.
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Israel - A Nation Always in the News

It seems that Israel is never out of the news for long. Despite its small size and insignificance compared to the G8 nations, the spotlight of the world's attention falls frequently on this troubled country.

a current map of israel The World could give a few reasons why this might be;

  • A (generally) pro-western state surrounded by (generally) anti-western neighbours.
  • A (nominally) Judaistic nation surrounded by (nominally) Islamic Nations.
  • The powerful Jewish lobby in the United States and elsewhere, mustering support.
  • A capital city (Jerusalem), holy to three different (and often conflicting) religions; Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
  • One piece of land (Canaan), occupied by two nations, Israel and Palestine

However, the Bible Old Testament (a book holy to Islam, Judaism and Christianity) has a simpler explanation:
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The Tsunamis

It is the greatest natural disaster in living memory and as I write, the death toll is still rising. It has passed 150,000 and I imagine it may exceed 250,000 when the full scale of this tragedy is known.

Many will say “If there is a God, why did He let this terrible thing happen?”. The answer is not a simple one.

But first, we must accept that God's ways are often beyond our understanding.
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