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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Can the Earth repair itself?

I was driving home today, listening to talk radio, as is my normal procedure when I heard Roger Hedgecock, a radio personality, make a comment to the effect of  God makes sure that the Earth will always be fine. I will not claim to have photographic memory and the events are as best I can remember hearing them. He was talking to a group of kids and the topic of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico came up. He mentioned that there was little traces of the oil left as microbes had eaten the oil spilled in the accident. A child said, that it was lucky that there were those microbes there to eat the oil, that no one expected that. Roger replied that those with faith are not surprised at all that there were microbes who would eat the oil.

His implication was that God supplied the microbes and additionally that God takes care of the entire world. But is that accurate? As an example let us take a look at a different oil spill occurrence, the Exxon Valdez disaster. Five years after the Exxon Valdez disaster off the coast of Alaska, the herring disappeared and have never returned.

A recent study shows that the Earth is losing biodiversity that will not be regained in our lifetime. A report published in the journal, Nature, reveals that the effect of human activity on biodiversity and ecosystems will take at least ten million years to heal. By examining fossils to understand the past species extinctions and recovery, the scientists report that if humanity continues business as usual, half of the species on Earth will become extinct in the next 50 to 100 years. So, while the Earth can repair some problems, it cannot repair everything bad that happens to it. However, if god was really fixing the problems, why would there be any limitation to what he can repair?

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