Prof Hawking and the Doomsday Clock
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The Doomsday Clock (a countdown to Armageddon that was begun in 1947 and is run by a group of scientists) was adjusted to five minutes to midnight to reflect climate change and the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea. Prof Hawking of Cambridge University told the world to wake up - climate change is a real and urgent danger that must be addressed (The Times News Service, London, quoted by Sunday Times, Jan 21, 2007, p 4).
“We may have only a few decades until Doomsday,” warned astronomer Carl Sagan ( Richard Svenson, Hurtling towards Oblivion, NavPress, 1999, p 23).
“Everything grows (on planet earth), everything is on the increase, and every year the speed of that increase is greater”.
* In 1800 we had one billion people, in 1960 three billion, 1987 five billion and in 1998, six billion.
* We use seven times as much water as in 1900.
* Paper consumption tripled from 1940 to 1980 and tripled again in the next ten years.
* In 1978 the average grocery store had 11,000 products, now it has 30,000.
This process of progress is called profusion, with the statement that profusion is an irreversible process. Too many people, leads to too many cars, too many factories, too many natural products like coal and oil being burned up, too many detergents, too many pesticides, too little sewage plants, too little water, too little ozone, etc (Dr Svenson, p 57).
“When we think of the future, what images do we see? Will it be a utopian dream or a nuclear nightmare? Will it be Shangri-La or Rwanda?” “I have lived seventy-seven years...and I know I am old because the century was once rich in utopias that are now meaningless,” wrote the late journalist and author Alfred Kazin. (p 19).
Since 1945, notes philosopher Michael Grosso, “ it began to be technologically feasible to end life on this planet” (p 21). But is it logical that human kind as beneficiaries of science developments, must now be suddenly snuffed out because the earth becomes inhabitable through our own doing?
Are we and our planet in imminent danger? Not, if we think like evolutionists. They say: through millions of years the earth evolved, and everything in it; we are all perfectly adapted to our environment; we expect that if the environment changes, we will adapt; so there is no real danger. But can we really rest assured that the process of evolution will protect us?
What does God, the Creator have to say about this? The Bible has the answer. There will be catastrophic events by which the present earth’s surface will be wiped out, making place for the new, wonderful, eternal earth. In 2 Pet 3:10-13 is written, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.... But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” This makes much more sense than saying that evolution is supposed to handle a universal environmental crisis. The Bible gives hope for the future.
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