What is a Rainforest?
Rainforests (also called “jungles”) are forests that have high amounts of annual rainfall. A jungle is defined as an “impenetrable equatorial forest.” Tropical rainforests have been called the “jewels of the earth” and the “world’s largest pharmacy” since over one-fourth of natural medicines have been discovered there. They also supply 28% of earth’s oxygen. There are different types of rainforests, such as mangroves (from a Portugese word, mangue) which are characterized by distinctive roots that spread out into the water. This type of rainforest is found on coasts and river banks from Florida to Vietnam.
Flooded forests are forests that can be flooded by heavy rains for short periods of time or for up to 11 months each year!
Montane (“high land”) forests often are characterized by heavy mist and are found in places like Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. As the elevation increases, the climate becomes more harsh.
Lowland Rainforests have high rainfall and humidity all year and are characterized by 2 seasons: dry and wet.
What is the largest rainforest in the world? The Amazon of Brazil (also called “Amazonia” or the “Amazon Jungle”) covers over 2 million square miles of territory belonging to nine nations! The Amazon River runs through it and is the second longest river in the world (about 4000 miles; the Nile is the longest). Because of the amount of rainfall it receives, the river rises more than 30 feet each year and supplies 20 percent of earth’s fresh water. The width of the Amazon reaches 30 miles during the wet season and about 6 miles in the dry season; hence, it is called “The River Sea.”
Man & Climate Change: Science & Scripture
“Global Warming” (a term that was changed in recent years to “Climate Change” or “Global Climate Disruption”) is a term that represents a belief placing human beings as a major cause of many negative effects in the earth, such as drastic weather patterns (and resulting devastation, e.g. flooding or hurricanes) or an alleged lessening of the protective ozone layer in earth’s atmosphere. While these effects may very well be true and undisputed, the question remains: are humans responsible for global warming? What should those who believe the Bible do? Is “global warming” settled science that must be heeded, or should we just throw caution to the wind?
The global warming / climate change issue is not a simple one and it does deserve some serious thought.
First, what exactly is “global warming” (aka “climate change”), since the weather changes every day. There are many different climate types around the globe. However, it has been proven that earth’s temperature has been rising over the past 30 years. While people affect temperature changes in local areas such as large cities (e.g. traffic smog), are we certain that those effects around the globe combine to produce larger changes world wide? Are we sure that “global warming” is our fault?
Second, we must remember that events in nature (e.g. volcanoes) affect earth’s atmosphere much more than human activity could ever accomplish with car exhaust or fluorocarbons.
Third, the most logical cause for global warming may be overlooked: the sun. Could it be that extra heat from the sun, related to cycles of sun spots, has warmed the earth? In short, periods of higher and lower temperatures coincide with cycles of sun spots (Click here for more) that are linked to higher temperatures on earth.
Exodus 9:29 ...that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD'S.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S:
but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
1 Corinthians 10:26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
1 Corinthians 10:28 ...for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:
Global Warming in the Bible
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
In light of the Bible, we should consider these things…
First, we (mankind) are not in ownership of the earth. The earth belongs to the Creator of all things. However, He has given to mankind dominion (care) over it.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image...and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air...and over all the earth….”
Second, God said that normal seasons would continue as long as the earth remains:
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
Third, because mankind has dominion over the earth, we should take care not to litter or to waste or destroy our natural resources.
Fourth, in light of future judgment on the earth because of man’s sin (beginning with Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden), we must heed God’s Word and prepare for future judgment by fire on earth and in eternity (hell) by receiving Christ as Savior.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.
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