Although Christianity condemned judging others, that never stopped those in power from using religion as a blunt instrument to impose their will on the people. Those who did not bow to the rulers were branded heretics and burned at the stake. Wars were fought in the name of God by men who knew no god. Today, what was once the venue of reason has become the Inquisition that once condemned it, and those who adhere to the belief that man controls the climate of the planet brand those who refuse to bow to their faith “heretics!”
[The powerful have always used religious corruption to brand those who would not bow to their will as heretics. Today’s great irony is that those who praised science over religion as enlightenment now brand those who do not bow to their faith “heretics!”]
In the 19th century, the Scopes monkey trial pitted those who believe that life on Earth is granted by God against those who believe that life on Earth is an accident of cosmic nature. Though they vied for which was the truth, neither could prove their case either through scientific fact or spiritual understanding. While the existence of God cannot be proven in the physical world, neither can scientists and researchers find enough evidence to prove the Theory of Evolution to be more than theory.
Yet both have followers who are so ignorant and fanatical in their beliefs that they view the other as deniers of Truth. What they boil down to is the eternal war and battles that rage between the Right and the Left: God vs. Self. Either we are creations of a loving God complete with an ephemeral soul and have hope of spiritual life beyond this physical realm, or we are creatures of a random physical universe and doomed to cease to exist when our electro-chemical brain cells die.
That we are all going to die is the only incontrovertible fact, and that doom can be brought about by our own hand if we ignore the fundamental events that are occurring around us. What those events are, some would have people believe, is that our industries and fuels are destroying the Earth’s climate and will cause us all to die. This supposition is based on a limited understanding of the Earth’s ecosystem and mankind’s ability to “pollute.”
While people are perfectly capable of using Earth’s resources and making our own environment unfit for clean living, the fact is that anything man does can be easily reclaimed by the Earth. But Leftists believe man has the capacity to pollute the planet to the point of extinguishing life, so they say America must reduce its energy production and consumption and eliminate its industrial pollutants. But those same people say nothing about China’s and India’s growing industrial pollution, or that they are becoming more powerful as American power is waning through her own government reducing her economic engine.
Four hundred years ago, science clashed with the Catholic Church over Galileo’s assertion that the Earth revolved around the Sun and not that man was the center of the universe. Ninety years ago, science clashed with religion that man was evolved from monkeys and not the creation of God. And today, the clash between science and religion has swapped polarity. The people who believe in God are those who believe that the Earth’s ecosystem can take care of itself against those whose blind faith in their science believe that mankind can destroy the planet, and they are the ones telling the people of religious faith that they are “immoral” for denying the beliefs of climate change advocates.
Science has come a long way. We have learned more about our world and the universe in the last century than we learned through all of history. Yet science has gone from freeing the world through enlightened reasoning to being used to enslave the world through political ideology over money.
Where, in the past, science was at odds with the powerful people in religion, now those in power are using science as a religion against people of faith who have been prospering economically. Politicians are using people’s faith in science to feed their corruption and convince them to surrender their prosperity to political leaders. Now it is the conservative Christians who are being demonized by those of blind faith in the religion of man-controlled climate change.
Global Warming advocates are the new church of fanatical unreason. Despite the complete lack of scientific proof that man is causing global climate change, they believe what they are told is a moral imperative. The summation of William Jennings Bryan from the Scopes trial is every bit as applicable to the world today. When those who present a false teaching as fact, and use it to twist the morals of the people to their will to dupe them into giving up their prosperity to the immoral, the old moral argument of science vs. religion has become the new moral argument of politics vs. economics.
“Science is a magnificent force, but it is not a teacher of morals. It can perfect machinery, but it adds no moral restraints to protect society from the misuse of the machine. It can also build gigantic intellectual ships, but it constructs no moral rudders for the control of storm-tossed human vessel. It not only fails to supply the spiritual element needed but some of its unproven hypotheses rob the ship of its compass and thus endanger its cargo. In war, science has proven itself an evil genius; it has made war more terrible than it ever was before. Man used to be content to slaughter his fellowmen on a single plane, the earth’s surface. Science has taught him to go down into the water and shoot up from below and to go up into the clouds and shoot down from above, thus making the battlefield three times as bloody as it was before; but science does not teach brotherly love. Science has made war so hellish that civilization was about to commit suicide; and now we are told that newly discovered instruments of destruction will make the cruelties of the late war seem trivial in comparison with the cruelties of wars that may come in the future. If civilization is to be saved from the wreckage threatened by intelligence not consecrated by love, it must be saved by the moral code of the meek and lowly Nazarene. His teachings, and His teachings alone, can solve the problems that vex the heart and perplex the world.” – William Jennings Bryan’s summation of the Scopes trial