Why there's nothing to fear
...if you're trusting in God's promises. To those of you who do not know God's promises, this will seem nonsensical or dangerous.
First, this seems timely because the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving their doomsday clock, and we do not yet know (as of this writing) whether they will be moving it forward or backward. (For some background: they have a doomsday clock that "counts down" until we are wiped out in a nuclear arms holocaust, but instead of using actual time, they just move it backwards and forwards to show how alarmed they are at the state of the world.)
Not only that, but some think that we are on the cusp of global catastrophe from carbon emissions that will throw the earth's equilibrium and seasons out of whack. Sometimes it seems that there is danger everywhere, and at any moment 3/4 of the world's population is going to be wiped out by the irresponsibility or evil of man. My point is that as followers of Christ, there are some things we certainly do not have to worry about. Here are some of the promises of God.
1. "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." -Genesis 8:22
This precludes nuclear winter and endless carbon-based summer or any other catastrophic global climate change.
2. "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up." -2 Peter 3:10
This tells us that yes, the world is going to be burned up with fire, and yes, there is an expiration date on promise #1 (while the earth remains). But it is only at the end of the world that these things will happen. "The elements will be destroyed with intense heat." I used to think that God might use our nuclear arsenal to destroy the world, but this destruction is more thorough and absolute than anything we can accomplish or even imagine. There will be none who survive it except those that are in the Lord. Do not doubt that those who trust in the Lord will be resurrected, or spared death altogether, as we are told in this promise:
3. "For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.Therefore comfort one another with these words." -1 Thessalonians 4:15-18