It’s nothing new really, to be persecuted for thinking – especially for pursuing, presenting, or defending truth. It happened to the Old Testament prophets, Jesus, Paul, Luther, Copernicus, modern day missionaries such as Jim Elliot (in Eucuador), John and Betty Stam (in China), Vanya (of Russia), Richard Wurmbrand (in Romania), Rachel Scott (of Columbine High School), Martin and Gracia Burnham (in Philippines) and many many others. Some of these people lived to tell their stories. Some didn’t and were willing to pay the ultimate price for truth. I’ve been inspired lately with people who are not afraid to pursue and/or present truth – no matter the cost.
So, no – I’m not obsessed with the global warming issue but I do care about it. Why? Because this whole controversy has me thinking. Thinking about why people do or do not care about truth. Some people are willing to die for it and some are willing to kill to keep it hidden. This issue just serves as a reminder, however, that truth is not high on the list of priorities of our society today. Power, money, and fame are much higher on their list.
I recently heard Canadian Professor Timothy Ball being interviewed on the radio by Glenn Beck and just had to share this related article. He has actually received death threats for considering the “other side” of the presently clouded issue of global warming!
I would love to have the transcript of the radio interview for it gave some really good insight as to the racket the politicians, scientists, and environmentalists have created with ideas about global warming. They gave lots of interesting facts about a specific document produced (by the United Nations’ IPCC I’m guessing) -why it says what it does and why the scientific portion of it was added last, etc. Perhaps I can get a list of the things they mentioned and share it on here sometime.
This is just an example of what happens when people refuse to examine truth. The Bible says people who rejected God “became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became as fools.” [Romans 1:21b-22] People are walking in darkness and they don’t even know it! What’s even worse is that they’re afraid to examine what they believe. Oh, God, don’t ever let me become so wrapped up in my little frame of reference that I’m afraid to examine truth – Your truth! What could be lost in pursuing truth except error and a little pride. What’s that in light of truth! I Thessalonians 2:10b-11 says “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” Let me love the truth – which is Christ and all He embodies. May I never lose the love for the truth that I should believe a lie. Don’t be afraid of the truth!
For those of you who are interested here is an article about the previously mentioned Professor Ball.
Scientists threatened for ‘climate denial’
By Tom Harper, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:24am GMT 11/03/2007
Scientists who questioned mankind’s impact on climate change have received death threats and claim to have been shunned by the scientific community.
They say the debate on global warming has been “hijacked” by a powerful alliance of politicians, scientists and environmentalists who have stifled all questioning about the true environmental impact of carbon dioxide emissions.
Timothy Ball, a former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg in Canada, has received five deaths threats by email since raising concerns about the degree to which man was affecting climate change.
One of the emails warned that, if he continued to speak out, he would not live to see further global warming.
“Western governments have pumped billions of dollars into careers and institutes and they feel threatened,” said the professor.
“I can tolerate being called a sceptic because all scientists should be sceptics, but then they started calling us deniers, with all the connotations of the Holocaust. That is an obscenity. It has got really nasty and personal.”
Last week, Professor Ball appeared in The Great Global Warming Swindle, a Channel 4 documentary in which several scientists claimed the theory of man-made global warming had become a “religion”, forcing alternative explanations to be ignored.
Richard Lindzen, the professor of Atmospheric Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology – who also appeared on the documentary – recently claimed: “Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves labelled as industry stooges.
“Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science.”
Dr Myles Allen, from Oxford University, agreed. He said: “The Green movement has hijacked the issue of climate change. It is ludicrous to suggest the only way to deal with the problem is to start micro managing everyone, which is what environmentalists seem to want to do.”
Nigel Calder, a former editor of New Scientist, said: “Governments are trying to achieve unanimity by stifling any scientist who disagrees. Einstein could not have got funding under the present system.”