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The Earth lies polluted under its inhabitants

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The tragedy of the Kursk submarine affects many more people than the sailors who died and their families. The Kursk is now the sixth nuclear submarine to lie on the bottom of the sea. The environmental consequences of nuclear submarine disasters are substantial. Each of the two nuclear reactors on the Kursk is likely to contain around 600 kg of uranium. It is estimated there may be as much as 1.2 to 3 metric tons of uranium on board. Because of the nature of the explosion which caused the disaster it is unlikely that the submarine's nuclear reactors were closed down properly. If the submarine is not raised, water that has entered the sub will eventually leak into the reactor compartment. Corrosion will intensify, equipment will be destroyed and the result will be ejection of radioactive isotopes from the reactor into the environment. As the ship is lying in only 100 metres of water radio activity will quickly enter the food chain and contaminate the fisheries of the region.

 

According to Alexander Nikitin, a former Russian naval officer turned environmentalist, this is only part of the problem. More than 100 of Russia's cold war submarines are rusting and abandoned. These ships pose a serious ecological problem. Old nuclear reactors aboard the vessels are poorly guarded and decay threatens to release highly radioactive waste. In the case of more than 30 submarines with spent nuclear fuel on board, physical wear and corrosion of the hulls mean that the main ballast compartments are no longer watertight, so that the subs could sink at any time. For bringing this information to the attention of the world Nikitin faces charges of treason.

 

In addition to this there are 241 nuclear submarines in the world, 101 of which belong to the United States, 109 to Russia. At least 20 nuclear bomb carrying US submarines are at sea 24 hours a day, each ready to fire on any target in 15 minutes. The location of these subs is the most closely guarded of secrets.

 

This is just one of many environmental issues threatening the world. Other examples from recent newspapers are as follows.

 

A conference of naturalists was held to look at the disappearance of various species of insects from the British landscape. George MacGavin said, 'The problem is that insects are so small that people tend to overlook them. But in terms of how ecosystems function insects are vital. If you take them away everything else collapses.' Chris O'Toole, head of bee systematics at Oxford University, said a quarter of Britain's bee species are now endangered. 'Every third mouthful of our food is directly dependent on the pollination services of bees. Without bees whole ecosystems collapse and we are seeing that now.' (Daily Telegraph 9/8/00)

 

An icebreaker taking wealthy tourists on a trip to the North Pole arrived there to find nothing to break. Instead of crunching through ice nine feet thick it found a clear stretch of open water. This is one of the most dramatic manifestations yet of the rapid melting of the world's ice, itself one of the clearest signs that global warming threatens the future of the planet. Maps of Antarctica are having to be redrawn as the continent changes shape. Three great ice sheets have disappeared over the past decade. If the West Antarctic ice sheet were to melt entirely sea levels would increase by nearly 20 feet, submerging vast areas of the coast including much of London and East Anglia. (Daily Mail 21/8/00)

 

The giant Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River risks choking China's largest river with silt and sewage and will displace 1.13 million people. The dam is due to be ready in 2009 despite warnings from Chinese and international engineers that it will be an economic, environmental and archaeological disaster. (Daily Telegraph 19/7/00)

 

Most of the rivers in Israel are now so badly polluted that fish can only live in them for minutes only. 40% of the water piped into Israeli and Palestinian homes is 'undrinkable'. Some scientists have warned that carcinogens are turning up in tap water. The coastal aquifer, an underground lake, is dropping by 70cm a year and is in imminent danger of sucking in salt from the Mediterranean. It is already badly polluted. (The Times 4/7/00)

 

Forest fires caused by rising temperatures and falling humidity have now covered a total of four million acres in states west of the Rocky Mountains. Ecologists say the fires are so enormous and hot that the ground will take decades to recover. (Daily Telegraph 7/8/00).

 

How do we respond to this?

 

This issue is one that cuts across all human divisions. It does not matter if you are left wing or right wing, black or white, male or female, young or old. If the earth is destroyed, you will be destroyed. God gave Adam the task of looking after the earth (Genesis 1.26-28). Today Adam's descendants (who for the most part scoff at the idea of God as Creator and the Genesis account) are destroying the earth. God is calling us to repent and believe the Gospel in readiness for the great event which is soon coming - the return of the Messiah Jesus.

 

Interestingly the prophecies of the Bible indicate that before this event there will be widespread destruction of the environment. These prophecies indicate a time coming when the sea and the waves will roar (result of melting ice caps, global warming, storms etc), trees will be burned down, fish will die in the sea and the waters will become undrinkable:

 

'The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants. … Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned and few men are left.' Isaiah 24.5-6.

 

'And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.' Luke 21.25-27.

 

'The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the trees were burned up and all the green grass was burned up. Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood; and a third of the living creatures in the sea died and a third of the ships were destroyed. Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and the springs of water; and the name of the star is Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the water because it was made bitter.' Revelation 8.7-11.

 

The Gaia alternative

 

Most people today, including most religious people, do not want to accept that what is written in the Bible, especially about the beginning and the end of our age, is relevant. So they are looking for an alternative solution. Such a solution is being proposed in the so called 'Gaia' hypothesis of James Lovelock. The idea of this is that the earth itself is a living organism known as 'Gaia', the source of all life, which has the capacity to heal itself under natural conditions. Lovelock's contention is that the human species has developed the technology to overwhelm Gaia's capacity to heal itself and is therefore doomed to destruction unless this technological assault is halted.

 

Over the past decade this issue has been the focus of a growing consensus of religious and political forces, orchestrated at the highest level by the UN. In the United States the 'National Religious Partnership for the Environment' has distributed 'education and action kits' to 67,300 religious organisations around the country, representing around 100 million people. According to a newsletter by Henry Lamb, the aim of this is to work 'toward a global green Gaia religion which seeks to swallow up all the world's religions into a single unified 'earth ethic' administered and enforced through global governance.'

 

From 28th - 31st August 'leaders of the world's great faith traditions' held a global religious summit to 'identify ways that the worldwide religious and spiritual communities can work together as interfaith allies with the United Nations on specific peace, poverty and environmental initiatives.' All regions of the world were represented as were the major 'faith traditions of Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Indigenous religions, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism and Zoroastrianism.'

 

An article by one of the organisers of the summit, Bawa Jain, says, 'The convening of interfaith gatherings is not new. There is more interfaith dialogue than ever before, and this has positively impacted the acceptance of religious diversity. What is new about this Summit is the potential partnership of religious and political leadership on vital issues that affect the security and well-being of the human community.' Given its agenda and the influence of powerful globalist individuals and organisations who backed it, this summit is yet another building block on the road to a world government backed by a coming together of world religions.

 

Conclusion

 

There are two basic fallacies in the 'Gaia alternative' outlined above. Firstly the  earth is not the source of life, God is. It is our failure to follow the laws of God  which is the root cause of our self destruction. Only turning back to God through the Messiah Jesus can save us. The Gaia hypothesis is a re-run of the  old human tendency to worship the creation instead of the Creator, which  leads to idolatry and immorality (see Romans 1.18-32).

 

The second fallacy is the idea that bringing religions together backed by the political power of the United Nations is going to save the earth. Those involved are trying to tackle real problems but with an unreal solution - to unite the world around a religious / political consensus. This will never be achieved voluntarily so it will have to be imposed. This is exactly what the prophetic scriptures indicate will happen in the last days of this age. Revelation 17 speaks of the woman (Babylon / world religious consensus) riding the beast (world government system). The UN backed religious conference which is sponsored by powerful globalist organisations like the Better World Fund founded by Ted Turner of CNN, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Maurice Strong and the Carnegie Foundation, is leading to the establishment of the Antichrist system prophesied in the Bible. This system will seek to eliminate one idea above all others - the idea that Jesus is unique, the one Messiah who died and rose again as a unique sacrifice for the sins of the world, the only way to come to God for salvation and the one who is soon returning in power to judge Mankind.  

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