But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.” – James 5:12
A change in the National Geographic Atlas is explained in one of their recent articles. Also, according to the article, United States President Obama used this map change to promote the trending belief in man-made global warming. I do not have the ability to prove or disprove the promotion about global warming based on this article. However, it even hints at some misleading details.
“But Walt Meier, a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Cryospheric Sciences Lab, said he’s concerned that the map leaves out some important details that might mislead the public.”
An earlier National Geographic article explains how redwood fossils in the arctic give clues to ancient climates.
Axel Heiberg Island, at 82 degrees north and just a stone’s throw from the North Pole, was once a great vacation spot—during the Eocene epoch, about 45 million years ago. Lush redwood forests, ferns, flowering plants, and a huge variety of animals, now extinct, once thrived here.
Like the first article I cannot prove or disprove the truth of the second. Few of us have that ability. I can only assume both were written with truthful intentions.
Just a few weeks ago I stood as a witness in court, raised my right hand, and swore: “I will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” I have taken this oath many times before testifying about findings from a crime scene investigation.
Does the court believe I will lie? Why can’t it be assumed that I will tell the truth? Is this fair?
Yes, it is, and rightfully so; because people do lie. I have never been around anyone who eventually didn’t lie, albeit a “white”-lie, a half-truth, or a withholding of truth. We lie for many reasons (personal gain, protection, agenda, or even not to hurt someone’s feelings). I have only heard of one human who could pull off living without lying. He is considered “The Truth.” And I know of one who fights knowledge the truth holds because he is the “father of lies.
In scripture James explains why a follower of Jesus Christ must live in a way which makes people assume their truthfulness. This is done by actually being truthful. Only by His Spirit do I have any success. Sadly lying is an expected and accepted practice in our world. If not an oath in court would be unnecessary.
At crime scenes I occasionally find pieces of evidence whose explanations counter each other. For example I have seen persons who have been shot to death. Blood spatter indicated their bodies were moved afterward. Though witness testimony conflicted with this, evidence and its objective analysis forced testimony to change. In other words a lie was uncovered and confessed.
So with that in mind we must logically look at climate change. Per the information in the second article it has changed in the past. Man was not predominant when forests covering the arctic were iced. So the machination of man is not necessary for climate change to happen. The “ice-age” froze large areas of our world and caused the extinction of many species Then the world warmed up and the ice melted. Man was not responsible for the thaw either. I do not know if this is still taught in school but it was taught to me.
I am not using the two articles to indict National Geographic specifically. I am sure they have their agenda. But they are far from alone. Agendas buoyed by blatant lies, half-truths, white-lies, or withholdings have been promoted by many. The two articles are just very good examples of the phenomena. Without the ability to actually determine which article champions the truth of climate change, I can only consider the conflicting testimonies being told and accept neither as truth. Truth about climate change does exist but it is concealed beneath many layers of lies. The vast majority of people, myself included, do not have the ability to dig through them and determine who is telling the truth.
Man-made global warming (now climate change) is a topic causing heated (no pun intended) debates across the nation. You may be stalwart in your belief that climate change is man-made or that it is political fiction. There are many on each side of the debate.
I depend on the Word of God, the Holy Bible to tell me the truth. Examination of evidence I have seen proves its veracity. My personal history explains my point of view in this matter. I only wish those in positions of power in our world would tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
From what I have seen and have learned, I believe:
- The climate is indeed changing.
- Humanity has caused a lot of damage to our planet.
- We should be stewards of our world.
- We should endeavor to clean up the messes we have made.
- We should endeavor to not do any more harm than we have to.
- Mankind is not the major contributor to climate change.
- It will not be the end of our world or mankind.
- A half-truth is a half-lie.