A couple days ago I wrote on how bad doctrine can get those who profess to follow Christ into trouble. But it certainly goes without saying that bad doctrine also gets people into trouble who have abandoned all pretences of a biblical world view.
There is a report that famed global warming activist James Schneider and a journalist friend were recently found frozen to death about 90 miles from South Pole Station in Antarctica. Now I don’t know James Schneider but I do know that people who are convinced that mankind’s carbon dioxide emissions are causing global warming generally don’t have much use for God’s Word. It is certainly clear to me that no one with a biblical perspective would be found dead in the middle of Antarctica waiting for the snow to melt.
Most people from modern nations who have no biblical world-view are materialists. The high priest of materialism, Carl Sagan, is known for proclaiming, “The cosmos is all there is, or was, or ever will be.” This kind of thinking has no room for God and has led to the idea that the universe is billions of years old. So with this mind-set, seeing climate changes leads materialists to think that mankind must be the cause.
God tied today’s materialistic mind-set to people not being ready for Jesus to return in 2 Peter 3:3-6: “scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water” (NKJ).
This passage in 2 Peter certainly describes the state of things in these days leading up to the return of Christ. It has only been about 5,000 years since conditions on earth have been dramatically changed by a world-wide flood. Yet this biblical truth does not fit a materialistic perspective so people rejecting God’s Word dismiss all the evidence of the flood and come up with other theories to explain it away.
My heart goes out to people who are so blinded by the lies of this world that they do stupid things like James Schneider. It is easy to dismiss this and say he got what he deserved for his foolishness. But freezing to death in Antarctica is not the worst thing that can happen to a person; dying without Jesus is. Hell is real and materialists who reject Jesus are destined to spend eternity there. That is the bigger tragedy, people all around us are on the broad road to perdition. My hope is that some who see me on “the way which leads to life” will be attracted to it and join me there (Matthew 7:14).