A worldwide secular religion known as environmentalism

JP: A series of links about global warming.

A Worldview that Leaves Me Cold

Excerpt:

The brutal winter of 2009 is finally coming to an end in the Great Plains. Or is it? Temperatures across North Dakota have been five to 10 degrees below normal all winter long. Massive snowfalls have blanketed the Peace Garden State for months. As now, North Dakota is enduring an end-of-March blizzard.

The people of Fargo are paying the price. The ice-jammed Red River is cresting more than 40 feet over normal, flooding everything that isn’t protected by the heroic efforts of North Dakota citizens building up and maintaining the levies.

So, I ask you, what is the cause of all the cold, the snow, and the ice?

Global warming, of course!

According to Kate White, a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, “climate change caused by global warming likely is changing ice conditions and adding to the unpredictability” of ice jams along the Red River, so she said.

Let me see if I get this. A “near-record snowpack,” along with below-normal temperatures, have led to more ice, which is acting unpredictably because of global warming?

What am I not getting here? I’ll tell you what I am getting—more proof that apocalyptic visions of global warming are driven by a particular worldview. Forget the facts.

Even President Obama, at least to some degree, has bought into it. Here’s what he had to say: “I actually think the science around climate change is real. . . . If you look at the flooding that’s going on right now in North Dakota . . . that indicates the degree to which we have to take this seriously.”

Record snow is the result of global warming?

As the New York Times relates, renowned physicist Freeman Dyson has called “climate change an ‘obsession’—the primary article of faith for ‘a worldwide secular religion’ known as environmentalism.” Dyson accuses the adherents of this religion of “relying too heavily on computer-generated climate models that foresee . . . imminent world devastation as icecaps melt, oceans rise and storms and plagues sweep the earth.”

Do You Have A Problem? Blame It On Global Warming!

No Matter What Happens, Someone Will Blame Global Warming

Excerpt:

Global warming was blamed for everything from beasts gone wild to anorexic whales to the complete breakdown of human society this year — showing that no matter what it is and where it happens, scientists, explorers, politicians and those who track the Loch Ness Monster are comfortable scapegoating the weather.

FOXNews.com takes a look back at 10 things that global warming allegedly caused — or will no doubt soon be responsible for — as reported in the news around the world in 2008.

The list:

  • Media mogul Ted Turner said that global warming would turn us into cannibals.
  • Scotland’s Daily Mirror has reported that the Lock Nest Monster (Nessie) may be dead because of global warming.
  • The Associated Press has reported that global warming will cause an increase in the price of beer.
  • According to USAToday.com, giant pythons – big enough to eat alligators and people in a single mouthful – will be living in one-third of continental U.S. as a result of global warming.
  • The Globe and Mail reported that there will be an increase in people with kidney stones over the next 30 years because of global warming.
  • The Guardian reported that whales are significantly skinnier because of global warming.
  • The Guardian reported that an increase in fatal shark attacks was the result of global warming.
  • CNSNews.com reported that the 1993 crash of a U.S. military helicopter in Mogadishu (”Black Hawk Down”) should be blamed on global warming.
  • National Geographic reported that baby penguins froze to death in July because of global warming.
    The Daily Mail reported that killer stingrays will invade the beaches of England because of global warming.

JP: One global warming myth exposed

“Warming Island”—Another Global Warming Myth Exposed

JP: More on Secularism here.

Apologia for the 24-Hour Day Creation View (Part 2)

JP: Part 2 of 3 part series by Dr. Robert V. McCabe of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. Part 1.

Apologia for the 24-Hour Day Creation View (Part 2)

Excerpts:

Here we will note four of the most prominent alternative views that have arisen largely as a result of the advent of modern geology and its claims about the (old) age of the earth.

  1. Theistic evolution: This view … argues that God created inorganic matter that contained properties with the potential to evolve into the wide variety of life forms presently observable. [This view is] … that God “created” all current life forms over extended geological ages and through random mutations and natural selection.
  2. Day-age view: This position maintains that the six days of the creation week were six chronologically arranged geological ages.
  3. Gap theory: This interpretation maintains that that there was a gap of extended time between an original creation in Genesis 1:1 and a recreation, following divine judgment, in Genesis 1:2. This view is also appropriately known as the ruin-restoration theory.
  4. Framework interpretation: This recent interpretation teaches that Genesis 1:1–2:3 contains a historical account that has been shaped (or framed) for literary and theological ends. This means, therefore, that that the six days of creation in the creation account are not meant to represent history as it really happened.

Transformed narcissism

JP: From Christianity Today:

Muslim Priest and Buddhist Bishop-Elect Are Raising Questions About Syncretism

Excerpts:

Jesus saves, the Episcopal Church teaches, but a growing number of its clergy and leaders believe other faiths may lead to salvation as well. Long divided and distracted by questions of sexual ethics, the Episcopal Church (along with most mainline Protestant communities) are facing a cultural and theological shift towards religious pluralism—the belief that there are diverse paths to God.

The debate is not just academic. In two current cases, Episcopal clergy are under scrutiny for practicing and promoting other religions. On February 12 a devotee of Zen Buddhism was elected bishop of the Episcopal Church’s Northern Michigan diocese. Meanwhile, a Seattle-area priest has been given until March 30 to decide whether she is a Muslim or a Christian as her bishop will not permit her to profess both faiths.

The Episcopal Church’s problems with syncretism—the blending of belief systems—comes as no surprise to Wade Clark Roof, professor of Religious Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara and a leading sociologist of religion. “Clearly there are people, including religious leaders, [who find] spiritual wisdom in faiths other than their own,” he told Christianity Today.

But the spread of syncretism within mainstream Christianity is an even greater threat to the church than the 2003 election of a gay bishop, Episcopal theologian Kendall Harmon of South Carolina told Christianity Today. It imperils interfaith dialogue by detaching Christianity from its doctrinal and historical core, he argued. “To be a Christian is to worship Jesus,” Harmon said. “To lose that is to lose the center of Christian truth and identity.”

The shift towards pluralism has been long in coming. In his 1993 book, A Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation, Roof reported that surveys of American baby boomers—Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish, liberal or conservative—all showed a trend towards religious consumerism. The values of the new generation were focused on choice, tolerance of different lifestyles, blending faith and psychology—a cafeteria-style religion where you believe in whatever works best for you.

Roof called this individualistic religious consumerism “transformed narcissism,” and predicted it would come to dominate American religious life. The results of an August 2008 study conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life appear to bear him out: a majority of American Christians (52%) believe that some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life.

JP: This is the Smörgåsbord approach to spirituality. Short response:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6)

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12)

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18)

On a collision course for marriage

JP: Adam is a BJU graduate and the author of Fatal Illusions. More on Adam and his newly released novel is available here. The interview below included a question about how he met his wife. Post title is from the last sentence of his answer. I encourage you to read the entire interview.

Adam Blumer Interview, by C.J. Darlington

Question: I hear you have a fascinating story about how you met your wife! We’d love to hear it.

Answer: In the spring of 1995, still single and disillusioned with dating, I gave up on the idea of dating anyone ever again. I decided to go on a trip to the Holy Land as sort of a spiritual pilgrimage; I wanted to meditate on God and see what He wanted to show me about Himself. Wouldn’t you know it? What I least expected happened. At the Boston airport, I met Kim, a gorgeous brunette (her church group met mine) who’d brought the same novel to read on the airplane, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. No kidding. Then at London’s Heathrow Airport, the ticket person thought she and I were a couple and put us together on the all-night flight to Tel Aviv. Kim didn’t care for her sardines, so I ate them. The relationship appeared to be promising. To cut to the chase, we chatted in Jericho, conversed in Nazareth, and talked nonstop in Jerusalem. On the way home I sat beside her on the plane. A few weeks later, I visited her in Milwaukee and met her parents. By New Year’s, we were engaged. Pretty amazing, huh? I now tell singles not to look for a marriage partner. Seek God, and He’ll put you on a collision course if marriage is His plan for you.

Veritology: What is Truth?

What: The Truth Project – Lesson 1 – Veritology: What is Truth?
When: April 29th, 2009 (Wednesday night)
Where: Peet’s house in Plymouth (See Kathee or Jim for directions)
What time: 7:00 p.m. The video will commence at 7:15
Details:

The Truth Project begins by defining truth as “that which corresponds to reality.” This absolute and eternal truth, at the heart of Jesus’ mission on earth, continues to be the focal point of the Cosmic Battle in our own time.

More on: The Truth Project

The Divine Method of Salvation – Justification

JP: Notes for our study from Romans 3:21-31 for Wednesday night April 1st:

The Divine Method of Salvation – Justification

Note: Image is the cover art of In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement

The Truth Project

Kathee and I attended The Truth Project training this morning at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Deephaven. Pastor Morrell recommended this to us.

Kathee and I are praying about how we might use this DVD-based small group curriculum with 4BYA or within the body of Fourth Baptist Church. I invite you to pray with as about this. More information on The Truth Project is available here.