Climate change is in the news again. According to news reports, Florida governor Rick Scott led a “campaign to ban employees of the state’s lead environmental agency from using such terms as ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change.’” Allegedly, Scott “disputed the human impact on climate change during his 2010 campaign” and, after his election, “Employees were told not to use the phrases ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming,’ ‘sea level rise,’ or ‘sustainability.’” Scott’s office reportedly disputed this report and said there was no such ban. Now, none of the news reports we saw gave any of Scott’s reasons for reportedly rejecting the idea that humans are behind climate change, and we don’t know what he believes about Earth’s history, but these alleged reports have created quite a stir!
At Answers in Genesis, we often get accused by secularists (like a CNN television host last year as well as Bill Nye “The Science Guy”) of denying climate change. But creationists do not deny climate change! And at Answers in Genesis we don’t shy away from using the term “climate change.” Climate change is an observable process that we see happening around us. We can measure the temperature in the present and see that it changes from year to year (this is observational science). So we don’t reject the fact that climates do indeed change. What we do reject are the worldview-based assumptions behind the radical claims of climate change alarmists. You see, what you believe about the severity and causes of climate change has a lot to do with what you believe about the history of Earth.
If you accept the man-made idea that the Earth is millions of years old and that the ice cores in Antarctica and Greenland preserve a supposed record of hundreds of thousands of years of climate patterns, then modern trends in climate change are startling and seemingly caused by human activity. But the Bible records the true history of the Earth. Our world is not millions of years old but only a few thousand years old, and it was affected by a catastrophic global Flood and the subsequent Ice Age. Our climate was designed by an all-wise and all-knowing Designer, and He has promised that our seasons will continue: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).
Now it is not only just those who accept the Bible’s account of history who reject the claims of climate change alarmists. Even many of those who reject the Bible’s history recognize that there are major problems with the popular interpretation of the very incomplete data.
As Christians, we need to use the Bible as the foundation for our thinking in every area—even climate change! The history recorded in God’s Word provides the true history of the universe, and we need to start our thinking with God’s Word.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.