And now the rest of the story…

Published 8:04 am Saturday, September 30, 2017

By Karen Y. Stevens

My youngest son, Hunter and I, were having a discussion the other day about global warming.

A lot of dialogue transpired between the two of us, which to sum up, he is contributing all the extreme weather to man, who is constantly messing with the environment; and I contribute God, or natural occurrences that God set in place.

I informed Hunter that I felt like earthquakes are the cause of the so called warming trend, so I set out to explore this theory.

A study, published in Nature Geoscience, showed that earthquakes could contribute to global warming. There is an average of 68 earthquakes in one day, every day, each year, and 15 earthquakes happened in a two-day period in September 2017, in the U.S. alone.

There is something called Methane Hydrates that lay on the ocean floor. Scientist discovered that a large earthquake in 1945 released more than 7 million cubic meters of methane into the North Arabian Sea. The discovery exposed a natural source of greenhouse gas emissions that had not been considered before. Methane hydrates are a promising source of energy, but mining them is expensive, and risky. The hydrates help stablise the ocean floor, and there is a chance that disturbing them will trigger land slips, and tsunamis.

Well, the untrusting soul that I am, who is to say, that there aren’t companies out there trying to do just that, which is disturbing the ocean floor and causing more earthquakes? Which in this scenario, Hunter would be correct; man messing with the environment.

There are a lot of sides to the argument, but one that states Geologist claim the glaciers melting is the reason for all the earthquakes. I’m not buying it. The argument is based on the heaviness, or weight of the glaciers, and when they melt, the pressure, or weight is no longer there, and the earth erupts.

I’m not a geologist, but my science teacher taught me that in general, if ice and water have the same volume, then the ice weighs less. This is because ice is less dense than water, and occupies more space. Therefore, a gallon of ice weighs less than a gallon of water.

There is a lot of information that we could explore, but I don’t think we will solve the question. Only God knows the answer.

The rest of the story is; that we are called to rule over this earth, and all that is in it.

The word hamartia translates to “sin”, which means to “miss the mark” and is most assuredly an accurate definition.

We are missing the mark with God. Whether man is messing with the environment, or we are too busy trying to look out only for ourselves.

God created us to be spiritual beings, not carnal. A basic definition of spirituality is the quality of one’s sensitivity to the things of the spirit.

In 1 Corinthians 2:14 it states: “But people who aren’t spiritual, can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them, and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.”

If you are in tune with God’s spirit, then you are a spiritual person, and God can speak to you and can tell you remarkable things, even the secrets of the earth.

Karen Y. Stevens is founder of Orange County Christian Writers Guild