Read Between the Lines:
Wait a minute! You've heard that last verse about beseeching God in humility and prayer for a healing of the land many times. But did you know it came in the context of drought, plague and pestilence? Note there is never any mention in Scripture of the size of our collective or individual carbon footprint guilt – not even in the more modern translations.
Remember, these were God's actual words spoken to Solomon at the miraculous dedication of the First Temple. It's worth another look in the context of the overall message and what the people witnessed in its majesty and solemnity.
It is preceded a few verses earlier in 2 Chronicles 6:26-28 with this prayer from the successor to David: "When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance. If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillars; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be." [..]
Jesus warned days of Noah & Lot Luke 17:26-30
Maybe you think the Bible is just a collection of old folk stories. It's a history and prophecy book - many artifacts have been discovered proving it's true. God not only created the world and everything in it; including us ... He controls the weather as a principal means of reigning in our behavior ... and for our own good. He does so because He loves us and wants us to have the chance to be His children for eternity – but only if we love and obey Him. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the King of Kings, the one and only Redeemer and Mediator between God and man. God's going to shut heaven again; and when you see it happen, don't blame carbon dioxide. Blame humanity's disobedience of God's commands and get down on your knees in humility and pray for forgiveness. More here
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