The other day THE LAND carried an article by the Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt. Here it is in a very abbreviated form.
‘When it comes to climate change, religious leaders of all faiths are increasingly of one mind.’
‘Now, a multi-faith campaign to stop new coal mining, run by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is gathering momentum. It includes Indigenous, Buddhist, Islamic, Jewish and Christian leaders from all around Australia. They are speaking with one voice about taking urgent, emergency action on climate change. This is much more than a political or even a scientific issue. It is a profoundly moral one.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says global coal use must drop by at least 59 per cent in the next 12 years if we are to avoid catastrophe.’ https://www.theland.com.au/story/5789102/climate-change-is-indeed-a-moral-problem/?src=rss&utm_email=1ec342a17f&utm_source=The+Land+Newsletters&utm_campaign=e9286c4b32-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ade9099b1a-e9286c4b32-1145686
Is Climate Change a religion? It would seem that it is. Knowing there would be false gospels Paul said even if ‘…an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.’
It was a surprise to read the good Reverend saying “When it comes to climate change, religious leaders of all faiths are increasingly of one mind.” Wow! He assuredly cannot say that concerning the Christian faith of which he claims to be a practitioner of.
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) was something new to these ears but with a little search, it’s Internet presence was found https://www.progressivechristians.org.au/. At their website, they have a page where they may be contacted. This I did by quoting Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
ARRCC’s chair replied:
I received your message via the contact system, thank you. Genesis 8: 22 is reassuring. I agree that the earth will remain, but ARRCC is quite concerned that humanity’s greed and carelessness means we may be facing the end of times for our own species and we will take many other species with us. It’s happening already. There are plenty of other readings which align with the experience of waters rising, species extinctions, more wild fires, etc and these are linked in the Bible to human sin.
Hosea 4:3 …’Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.’
Luke 21:25-26 …’and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.’
Our hope is in the many millions of people around the world who want to prevent environmental destruction from happening or who, as believers, also want to restore God’s rule on earth. We do our best to be among those people. Want to be among those who are trying to save humanity from itself?
Thank you for such a quick reply. I am amazed you used the Bible to promote your cause for those passages quoted have nothing to do with climate change! Here, are some observations concerning the passages quoted.
1. Hosea 4 speaks of God’s dealing with Israel and their sins. Hosea is showing Israel what the grounds were for God’s contention with them, (Hosea 4:1,2) speaks of a general prevalence of vice and profaneness in the land, and (Hosea 4: 3) is the consequence of this contention God has with Israel. This has NOTHING to do with climate change. However, God will someday judge this world because of people’s reluctance to repent of their sins and acknowledge Him as God; Revelation 6: 9-17; 16:9-16.
2. Luke 21: 25-26 also has absolutely NOTHING to do with climate change. Luke 21:25 follows verse 24 which speaks of when the times of the Gentiles ‘be fulfilled.’ When they are then ‘there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring’.
Luke 21:26 speaks of these signs shaking men to their very heart.
Then in Luke 21:27 there will be seen the Son of man (the Lord Jesus Christ) ‘coming in a cloud with power and great glory.’ All of this future judgment is of God on men for their forsaking His Son the Lord Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection as (1) payment for their sins, and as (2) their personal Saviour from the penalty of their sins.
However, we MUST take notice that there will come a tumultuous time of political, religious, and climatic change to this world and those days are explained in Revelation 8, 9, 11-20. It MUST be also noted that the climatic changes that will be coming upon this earth are brought about by man’s rebellion against God! All the solar and wind turbines will NOT keep this world from the impending judgment of God! For, as the Lord Jesus said to the religious of His day ‘except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ and the same holds true today.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Looking for that Blessed Hope,
So far no reply but from my perspective, these religious folk at the ARRCC are similar to those to whom the Lord spoke in Mattew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Those at the ARRCC and their so-called concern for the environment hit a chord with many in today’s society but their singing is off key as far as the Word of God is concerned. Those who know the Lord as personal Saviour are ‘…to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.’
However, ‘…the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness…’ After reading much of what is contained on the ARRCC website those associated with ARRCC seem to be an embodiment of that last verse!