My piece “The Creation of All Things (Catechism V)” was recently cited by what I perceive to be a European Christian blog site, “Christadelphians.” As of 10:37pm, January 1, 2020, “Catechism V” is listed as a “related article” near the bottom of the post, “Today’s Thought ‘Allowed to have dominion over the universe.’” English does not seem to be a native language for the site, so being picky with semantics is probably foul-play. However, even in broken English, my cited article is quite evidently not related to the Christadelphian piece – at least in any meaningful way.
The “Today’s Thought” article begins with an analysis of Genesis 1-3 and ends with application to Climate Change. “Today it is still that deception” (the deception of Genesis 3) “that causes a lot of problems and got us in such a mess that conferences concerning our attitude to nature are still not reaching the ears and hearts of the people,” (“Today’s Thought ‘Allowed to have dominion over the universe’” on Christadelphians.wordpress.com, accessed January 1, 2020). Humans are causing the “destruction of the world” while global temperatures rise “at an unprecedented rate” (Ibid.). Politicians who ignore this crisis are just trying to make “as much money as they can.” Our climate sins today are akin to man’s in Eden, where “Man wanted to be like God and God gave him an opportunity to show that he could arrange the world better than God. But man proved to be useless without God. That is one of the greatest lessons from the bible and from history that we should remember,” (Ibid.).
Once again accounting for potentially poor translation, my short-hand response is that the Christadelphians seem swayed by the United Nation climate propaganda they champion. First, the “destruction of the world” will come at the hand of God, not man (2 Peter 3). This is an eschatological problem.
Second, the point about rising global temperatures has two problems. First of all, what standard do we have to judge the current rate of temperature increase? Answer: the data we have collected, since we started collecting such data. OK, so then, what about before we started collecting such data? All “unprecedented” means is, “this is the fastest temperatures have risen since we started tracking it” not “this is the fastest temperatures have risen, ever.” Second of all, what standard compels you to consider rising global temperatures to be a bad thing? For example, rising global temperatures have led to a boost in agricultural production. These markets and our bellies are benefitting from global warming. The question is not, “Is the planet getting warmer?” Yes, it’s getting warmer. The question is, “Is this a bad thing?” Even if the rate is unprecedented, the temperature certainly is not. The earth has been much warmer than it currently is, with us thriving on top of it.
Third, the money is in climate change activism, not ignorance. When the majority of American businesses turn their attention to “green” products, you should be asking the question, “How are they making money off of this?” Because they most certainly are. If a product is labeled “Environmentally Friendly,” it can easily sell for more than otherwise.
The Bigger Issue
So there’s a few thoughts, what exactly I think about the article. The deeper issue is who the “Christadelphians” are, which should compel us all to ask the question, “Why are they citing ‘Catechism V’ as a related resource?” The Christadelphians deny the deity of Christ (see here) and the Trinity (see here, also here). Their statement of beliefs explains other interesting, unorthodox positions (see here). Clearly, we’re coming from two different worldviews. These proprietors are not Christian and their approach to Genesis 1-3 is at the root distinct from my own.
The Christadelphians wrote, “Man wanted to be like God and God gave him an opportunity to show that he could arrange the world better than God.” In my article “Catechism V,” I claimed, “The goodness of the universe does not mean God had no intentions with its future, as though the immediate post-creation state was the most good and holy…. In his expansive dominion, man was…. to expand the boarders of Eden unto the ends of the earth. This is the world God looked upon and beheld it as very good (1:31): a universe with an eschatology.” The Christadelphians seem to believe that the earth’s best state was right after God created it, and man has disgraced the earth by his work upon it. I do acknowledge man’s ability to disgrace and abuse the world God made, however I firmly deny God wanted matters to stay as they were in Eden.
The earth was made as it was to be subdued by man, the image bearer of God. The seasons of earth will come and go until the end God has set (Genesis 8:22). The industrial revolution did not mess that up. If I had to guess, I’d say the Christadelphians have the habit of searching tags on WordPress, referencing any number of articles they can get their hands on, all for the purpose of increasing traffic on their site. If that is their plan, gosh-darn-it, they succeeded.
Is my article “related” to this Christadelphian piece? I suppose, in a very loose way: the way cyanide is related to the stomach.