Want to know why Christianity shouldn’t be taken seriously? Because believers use their faith to justify the worst kinds of thinking.
Like Joy Overbeck, who says climate change can’t possibly be real because God would never do that to us.
God is likely very pro-carbon since the coal, oil, gas, and water power He gave us took His humans out of their caves and huts, transforming their meager camping-out-all-the-time existence into the miracle of modern prosperity. Carbon fuels have introduced us, via electricity, to the joys of cooking, heating, air conditioning, dishwashers, microwaves, flat screen TVs, computers, and car road trips, to name just a few.
But I don’t think God is in favor of the “renewable energy” of wind and solar because turbines and solar collectors are murder machines for the precious birds that God wants us to protect. Millions of them have been sliced and diced by the turbines and scorched to death by solar panels. Big problem, greenies. Plus they need carbon fuel back-up.
To believe global warming will destroy the planet you have to believe that God placed a carbon poison pill in His creation that would lead to human prosperity and then to human annihilation. But God promises us good, not malevolence. So we answer: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1 And we’re good with that.
Or — and stick with me here — God doesn’t exist and everything Overbeck just said is complete nonsense.
Sure, you could say that we should care about the environment because God gave it to us and we’re responsible for it. But leave it to religion to convince some people that we can ruin our own planet because God would never get upset about us using His resources… It apparently never occurred to Overbeck that using the sun for energy is taking advantage of God’s gifts.
By her logic, we should just start punching ourselves in the face repeatedly because God gave us our bodies and He would never let us get hurt too badly.
And we wouldn’t want to hurt the birds with our solar energy! Better to focus on fossil fuels and kill the sea creatures affected by oil spills.