HE IS WRONG ABOUT THE ‘BEGINNING’ AND HE IS ALSO WRONG ABOUT THE ‘END’!!
A headline of a report of David Attenborough’s latest climate change prediction reads: “End of the world: David Attenborough sends ‘catastrophic’ warning: ‘Not false alarm!’”
Mr Attenborough is well known for his nature programmes on television, all of which are enjoyable as long as you do not listen to his comments on the origins of the various creatures featured in them!
Attenborough is an ardent believer in ‘Evolution’, that is, the world that now is and all that is in it evolved out of a ‘beginning’ which neither he nor any of his deluded compatriots can agree on! Consequently, his programmes are filled with gratuitous misinformation and downright fairy tales.
He ‘explains’ away the wonders of God’s creation and substitutes his daft notions of the creature altering itself over countless millions of years to meet the challenges it faced. Just how, when it took so long for the creature to change in order to survive, it did not succumb to the threat long before it was able to ‘evolve’ to cope with the threat that it faced, he and his ilk never explain!
The Christian believes the Bible’s record of how things began. Genesis 1 and 2 give us full details of the supernatural origins of the physical creation and of the human race. Supportive evidence of that account is everywhere to be found. An abundance of the gatherings of that evidence may be found on hundreds, if not thousands of websites. Some are much more worthy than others it is freely acknowledged. But convincing and conclusive rebuttals of the falsehoods of ‘evolution’ may easily be found in book or website form.
This is a link to helpful websites on this subject though I cannot issue a general endorsement as I have not investigated them all.
This world rejoices in the lies and hates the truth. The Saviour said to those who rejected His witness. “And because I tell [you] the truth, ye believe me not,” John 8:45. Earlier in John’s gospel we read: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil,” John 3:19.
Man, the fallen creature, as the record of that fall into sin shows, Genesis 3:6-7, hides from God and His truth. “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden,” Genesis 3:8.
The descendants of Adam and Eve have been hiding from that ‘Voice’ ever since!
Hating and rejecting God’s Word, man most readily embraces the devil’s lie. “They shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables,” 2 Timothy 4:4. That is what underlies the popularity of evolution and the ‘god-like’ status given to its chief priest today, David Attenborough!
Just how will this age end. I say age for the ‘world’ will not end but rather it will undergo a purging and regeneration and be the eternal place of God’s purpose amongst His redeemed people. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness,” 2 Peter 3:10-13.
But there will be an end to this ‘age’ when the Lord Jesus Christ comes again. The utter mismanagement of this earth’s affairs — political, moral, environmental — by man will be brought to an end. The Saviour Himself will take over the government of the earth in its entirety.
“O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen [that] the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that [is] therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth,” Psalm 96:9-13.
Notice that the world shall be ‘established’. The word means ‘set’, ‘ordered’. It is used in Genesis 43:16 with reference to preparing a meal. In Exodus 16:5 it is translated ‘prepare’ again, referring to preparation of food for eating.
Note also that the people will benefit from the Saviour’s governance. “He shall judge the people righteously.” That is something that no people has ever enjoyed except on those few occasions when the people of Israel submitted to the rule of the Lord.
Furthermore, we should note that the heavens, the earth, the sea, the field, the trees, all shall rejoice. This is a contrast to how things are at present.
Paul says: “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now,” Romans 8:21-22. What men are seeing to a very large extent today, the ‘groaning’ or ‘death pangs’ of the creation, was seen a long time ago in the infancy of the earth’s decay as a result of sin. God had said to Adam: “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field,” Genesis 3:17-18.
The groaning of which Paul speaks and the ‘climate change’ which man is panicking about today, is the result of the curse brought upon the earth by man’s sin.
The curse will be lifted largely when Christ returns and reigns for a thousand years, but finally and fully when the earth undergoes that great work spoken of in 2 Peter 3:12-13, already quoted.
Mr Attenborough and his acolytes may, in their blindness and ignorance of God’s revealed purpose, fear and dread the developments they see world-wide and bay for change in government policies none of which, were they enacted to their fullest extent, would have any impact upon the decline that has set in before our eyes!
The ancient Chinese believed that solar eclipses occur when a celestial dragon devours the sun. They also believed that this dragon attacks the moon during lunar eclipses. It was a tradition in ancient China to bang drums and pots and make loud noise during eclipses to frighten the dragon away.
In a similar fashion, the ‘environmental activists’ are ‘banging drums’, some even gluing their faces to roadways, in order to drive away that which God has instituted as a judgment on man’s sin and we, as we see its advance, should heed the gospel and repent of our sins and prepare for the soon return of Christ in glory.
How sad it is to see the ‘great and the learned’ so misunderstand and misinterpret that which is going on around us and missing the simple message that the decay of the earth and its resources plainly and universally declare: “The coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” Let us then “Be . . . patient; stablish your hearts,” (James 5:8)
Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
Tuesday, 26th October, 2021.