July 5, 2011

God is Just Getting Warmed Up

By Francis Nye

The other day one of my relations came to visit.  To protect the innocent I will refer to her as Jackie.  Jackie is a nice enough person but she is very deeply religious and as always she steered the conversation toward that end.  We were all making small talk when I had made the comment that it was going to be a hot Summer.  You see I reside in one of the warmer climates of the United States.  Jackie piped up and stated that all the sever weather that is being experienced around the world is God punishing us for turning our back on him.  I of course chimed in and said that it had nothing to do with God but with Global Warming or as some have come to call it today, Climate Change.  It is just like the religious to claim God’s influence into something they truly don’t understand.

So here we go again.  As Shakespeare so poetically said in Henry the Fifth, “Once more into the breach dear friends once more.” And the battle between theism and science was on yet again.  I would of course champion science and Jackie, well - she would defend stupidity. 

Jackie replied with, “Oh, I don’t believe in Global Warming it all just a lie.” 

“What about the melting glaciers around the world?  I said, “What about the rising sea levels?  What about the sever storms and floods and droughts?  How do you account for all the strange whether if not for Climate Change?  How about the fact that the majority of climate scientists agree that the data shows a trend toward warmer climates in our future?”

Jackie said that, “scientists do not agree on this.”

Astonished and perplex I said, “What scientists don’t agree?”

“Well you know scientists.  Most scientists.” she insisted.

That’s no answer.  If you can’t back up your facts then you don’t know what you are talking about.  The truth of the matter is that the National Academy of Science, the Pembina Institute, and the Royal Science Academy just to name a few do support the Climate Change theory.

Why is it, that science can provide facts and theists can only provide bible quotes as support for their argument?  Why is it so hard to believe science when it has proven that the earth is heating up because of man made causes? Why does God have to factor into the equation? 

Really God is sending us a message?  I can think of better ways for that message to come to us.  Why not just come down and say hey I don’t like the way everyone is behaving.  What’s with all the passive aggressive behavior anyway on God’s part anyway?  It seems childish to punish everyone by heating up the planet just because of a few bad apples. 

God is like our father right?  At least that what the Christians want us all to believe.   Now I am a father so I have an idea of what good fatherly behavior should looks like.  Let’s say I come home from work and my wife tells me one of our four children was caught shop-lifting today. Would it then be fair for me to spank all four of my children for the crime of the one and then not even bother to tell them why?  Just leave them to figure it out on their own.  No of course not.  That is silly and poor parenting to say the least.  But this is what people like Jackie want us to believe when they say God is causing Climate Change because some of us have turned our back on him.  He punishes all of us.  Think of all the innocent children that have died in some of these server storms or droughts.  What is the message there?  You’re bad so I will kill your innocent child and destroy your home with a tornado.  Is this what God said to the people of Joplin, Missouri recently?  If that is what you truly believe then I don’t want anything to do with your religion. 

It just sickens me to think that this acceptable behavior.  This sort of philosophy is why today’s religions are having such a hard time gaining converts.  Most people are not going to take the rap for everyone’s deeds.  It makes your religion seem unjust and unfair not loving or compassionate as it should be.

Just because you can’t explain something or you don’t agree with the data don’t interject God into the equation.  That just makes you look stupid and your religion uninformed.  Instead just say you don’t agree and provide some sound facts for your point of view or keep your mouth shut.  My father always used to say, “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

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