At the December 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Poland, the famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough hit the headlines with these words:
“If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”
Climate change is not the only threat facing the world as 2018 draws to a close. Crime, warfare, terrorism, disease, natural catastrophes, shortages of food and water, pollution… the list could go on.
But those who trust in God’s word, do not despair. Much that is happening is foretold in the Bible. It is what we can expect in ‘the last days’. We read of ‘a time of trouble’ such as has never been on the earth before.
Can the people of the world change things? Maybe they can make some difference but in the end, human nature does not change.
Evolutionists, such as David Attenborough, have no answer to the fact that we have not evolved into beings who are managing the world better than our ancestors.
However, Creationists believe that God’s purpose with the earth will not fail. He created it to be inhabited by people who will behave in ways that reflect His character – doing what is right for others and for the environment, caring for one another and for the earth, creating a society where justice and peace prevail.
The Bible describes this as ‘a new heavens and a new earth’, when ‘the former things will not be remembered’ (Isaiah 65:17).
The message of the first followers of Jesus Christ was that his resurrection from the dead was the proof that God’s purpose was sure. They believed that he had gone to heaven but would return before the earth is destroyed – to make it a planet fit for God’s presence (Acts 3:18-26).
God promises us that the earth is not doomed: ‘All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD’ (Numbers 14:21).