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    Default Conservative Christians and Global Warming

    First, let me just say that I am a liberal Christian, therefore I am not attacking Christians or Christianity.

    What I have noticed is that people who are largely on the Right of the American political spectrum, including conservative Christians, deny or downplay the existence of global warming.

    I think that this is interesting only because the Bible says in the book of Peter that world will be destroyed by fire.

    It seems that global warming and its long-term effects could certainly be applied to destruction of the earth by fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    What I have noticed is that people who are largely on the Right of the American political spectrum, including conservative Christians, deny or downplay the existence of global warming.

    I think that this is interesting only because the Bible says in the book of Peter that world will be destroyed by fire. It seems that global warming and its long-term effects could certainly be applied to destruction of the earth by fire.
    Uggh. I wouldn't be making those sorts of vague parallels, it's sort of a stretch -- the point is not really what is meant by "fire" in the scripture but simply whether it makes sense to so readily dismiss potential global ills in conjunction with the admonition to care for the earth given in Genesis.

    This debate is actually pretty hot and heavy in the world-wide Christian church right now, and there's books within evangelical culture where people are arguing both sides of the issue. (Some insist global warming is a myth.)
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    I wouldn't say that it's too much of a stretch because the entire earth will be affected by this fire.

    This seems to me like global warming or nuclear meltdown could be possibilities.

    Why not stretch? It is a point to ponder, particularly with the years of tribulation that are supposed to come before the end. Of course, the question isn't for people who blatantly dismiss the Bible, because of course their knee-jerk response will be to say that nothing is Biblical.

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    Isn't God supposed to return for judgment first?

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    I would also like to say as someone who cares about animals and the environment that I agree whole heartedly with the admonition in Genesis to care for the earth. I'm absolutely not saying "bring on global warming" like it's a good thing at all.

    However, a prophecy is a prophecy, and people do have some free will, don't they? For example, Jesus was crucified by humans to fulfill a prophecy. Couldn't humans destroy the earth, too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenocyde View Post
    Isn't God supposed to return for judgment first?
    The world hasn't burned yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    The world hasn't burned yet.
    my point is that it isn't supposed to be a gradual thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenocyde View Post
    my point is that it isn't supposed to be a gradual thing.
    actually there are supposed to be years leading up to it with natural signs, but no one will know the moment of utter destruction

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    actually there are supposed to be years leading up to it with natural signs, but no one will know the moment of utter destruction
    I know, but I thought all the signs we were supposed to look for were given. I don't remember the earth heating up as one of them, but I can't remember. And warming and cooling has been happening for millenia, hence the ice ages and the melting of said ice.

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