Global Climate Change : A Half-Truth is a Half-Lie

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National Geographic Arctic Ice Map


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.

 

Angle of Impact

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I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to talk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.     Ephesians 4:1-3

To perform trajectory or blood spatter analysis, the angle of impact (angles which a bullet or drop of blood impacts a surface) must be determined. This angle helps shows the investigator a point of origin (a point in three dimensional space the bullet or blood came from). Using this knowledge the investigator deducts physical actions of the crime. It also aids in proving or disproving witness testimony.

After measuring the width and length of the spatter or hole, a trigonometric calculation provides the angle of impact. The angle of impact = sin-1 (w/l), or the arc sine of the hole or spatter width divided by its’ length. The blood spatter in the photo has an approximate 13.7° angle of impact. Basically, longer spatter or bullet holes equal lower angles of impact. A 90° impact, almost perfectly round, and has minimal surface contact. The lower angle impact is longer and incurs greater surface contact. Additional data must be collected for complete trajectory or spatter analysis but establishing angles of impact remains essential.

Examining bullet holes and blood spatter can tell me what happened at a crime scene. These same bullet holes taught me the equal importance of determining angles of impact in living as a Christian. A bullet entering a body at 90° incurs greater risk of deep tissue/organ injury or fatality than a lower-angle grazing wound. Grazing wounds leave a larger, more noticeable mark but allow greater chance of survival and healing (these being key). The nation of Israel prayed a 90° bullet would come from heaven straight into the heart of their enemy, the gentiles and the oppressive Roman Empire. God, the Master Marksman, took a lower angle shot at the real enemy—the darkness in the heart of all men. His blessed bullet was Jesus Christ.

Too often I observe Christians in head-to-head heated debate with those of different beliefs. These confrontations usually end up injuring or killing relationships, and/or any hope of productive dialogue. The cowboy philosopher Will Rogers once said, “People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.” I agree with Will.

The Apostle Paul gave us guidelines for Christian living in Ephesians 4:1-3. If we want to successfully share the Gospel message

  • We must be confident yet humble in our daily life.
  • We must be strong but kind when dealing with conflict.
  • We must hold our beliefs firmly yet display patience with those who do not share them.
  • We must not desire what the world offers but remain understanding of those who do.
  • We must be eager to bring others into the body of Christ but not accept worldly standards.
  • All must be done with loving intent in word and action.

Jesus Christ, the bullet from heaven, did all these. He walked, worked, dined, laughed, cried, praised, and mourned with those beside Him. He could have come straight down from heaven with both barrels blazing and snuffed non-believers out of existence. He did not.

As in all things Christians should imitate Christ. Whenever we speak with those outside, or inside the faith, we must come from a position, not above or below, but from beside. We should in turn walk, work, dine, laugh, cry, praise, and mourn with them while following the guidelines Paul wrote down. Living this way impacts the minds of those we meet in a greater way. The message of the Gospel we share with the hearer might still sting a bit. But the chances of killing any relationship or further dialogue will be significantly diminished. The survival of the relationship and healing it allows is once again, key.

So what angle do you take when you share the Gospel with others? Have you experienced the difference?