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Shimkus Climate Hasn't Changed in 2 Thousand Years

Last week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing entitled Preparing for Climate Change: Adaptation Polities and Programs. During that hearing, one member of the subcommittee on Energy and the Environment testified that all the preparation for climate change that needs to be done was already accomplished almost two thousand years ago, when the authors of the Book of Matthew in the Christian Bible promised that God would end the Earth.

Congressman John Shimkus declared that the issue of whether climate change is real ought to be settled by theological debate, and gave a sermon to the committee, saying,

I want to start with Genesis 8 verse 21 and 22. “Never again will I curse the ground because of man even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood, and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. As long as the Earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” I believe that is the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it’s going to be for his creation.

The second verse comes from Matthew 24. “And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds from one end of the heavens to the other.” The Earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy the Earth. The Earth will not be destroyed by a flood. I appreciate having panelists here who are men of faith, and we can get into the theological discourse of that position, but I do believe that God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect… There is a theological debate that this is a carbon starved planet, not too much carbon.

congressman john shimkus(View the video of his sermon.)

If Representative Shimkus really believes that the Bible is the infallible, unchanging, perfect word of God, then I challenge him to stop showing up for work in Congress. He ought to stay at home, naked, and stop worrying about legislation, and getting re-elected, and all of that.

After all, in the gospel of Luke, in God’s perfect Bible, Jesus advises his followers to stop working and not worry about clothes: “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?”

Jesus says you should go be like a raven, Representative Shimkus. So, do it. Go on, now. Shoo.

4 comments to Shimkus Climate Hasn't Changed in 2 Thousand Years

  • Jacob

    I do think that this guy has forgot to read the whole Bible. As Christians this is one point we fail on miserably. The first order to man was take care of Gods perfect Earth and we messed that up. Global warming and deforestation and on and on. We are taking what is good and making it bad. It all started with the fall of man into sin. I agree with that part. At no part through does the Bible tell us, “Well you blew it and you hurt the Earth, stop worrying about it Im going to burn it anyways”. The Bible does say that Christ will return and the Earth will be returned to its original glory. This Earth is the final place for all who follow Christ so the Earth will never be done away with. Until that time, which no man knows when he will return, it is our job to take care of this planet. (And really after that point we are set to take care of His planet)

    I know I disagree with many things posted on this site but this is one issue that Christians are messing up. We have never been obsolved from our responsiblity to take care of Earth. You will find no support from scripture

  • Tom

    Well you can believe all the myths you want Jacob, but the earth will make short work of us as a species once we’ve kicked all the feedback loops into gear (through our on-going stupidity), from melting Actic (including Siberian) permafrost (which will release millions of tons of methane – far more harmful as a green house gas than carbon dioxide – into the atmosphere)to the addition of so much fresh water from glaciers and ice shelves that the thermohaline current that drives the world’s weather may become affected (to the point it shuts off, in which case welcome to the next ice age).

    This is ongoing and measurable. It’s not some pie-in-the-sky bullshit.

  • Jacob

    My so called “pie-in-the-sky” bs is extremely hard for you to believe. I think thats funny. This coming from the same group of people that believe the universe came from a cosmic explosion caused by nothing that turned nothing into a universe. Then over a gazzilion years single celled organizims turned into humans. Of course durning this train od evolution for strange things happened. Fish evolved and came out of the ocean and turned into frogs, frogs turned into people and yet some frogs are still just frogs. This is believed even though no transition animal has ever been discovered. There have also been scientists ever since the days of Darwin (Guy gets a lot of worship, almost as much worship as God, I guess we all need to worship something) who have been breeding fruitflies. That is the equavant of billions of years of evolution and they can get them to change colors and a tiny amount of size, but they are still fruit flies.

    Why is mine so hard to believe? What better proof do you have then I?

  • Jacob

    I was reading my first post again and started thinking. At what point in that did I disagree with you? I think I sided with you for once. I stated that we do need to care about the Earth and that people who disagree with you have not looked through the Bible. I understand the other 100 times I have been told Im an idiot on this site. I almost always disagree with you. How did I become an idiot for agreeing?

    We do have a difference of opinion on what happens later but even in that I used it to explain how many uneducated Christians are wrong about not really using thise Earth anyways.

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