Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, even me. But when someone writes that only non-religious Jews can believe in the climate change hysteria because G^d would never flood the world again, it’s time to reply. (His naive denial is still not as bad as anti-Semites who maliciously are claiming that climate change is a hoax perpetrated on humanity by “the” Jews to prepare for their final world domination.)
For starters, “hysteria” is a sexist term from the time that male psychiatrists looked down on these over-emotional females and labeled them crazy. Most of them were victims of childhood sexual assault and incest but Freud explained that away as youthful fantasies.
His main mistake goes like this. He believes that G^d will not allow all people to die so we don’t need to go against pending disaster. The Alps are already without much snow and the force of hurricanes in the recent years is record-breaking, by he’s secure in his simplistic belief.
It reminds me of this man, found in a flood at the top floor of his house. We found you, climb into the boat. He wouldn’t. I’ve been devout all my life – G^d will save me. Then a hovercraft found him at the attack. We found you, climb into the hovercraft. He wouldn’t. I’ve been pious all my life – G^d will save me. Then they saw him from a rescue helicopter at the top of his roof. We found you, climb unto the rope ladder. He wouldn’t. I’ve been virtuous all my life – G^d will save me. He drowned. Of course, he went to Heaven. And wasted no time to storm up to the Almighty. You just let me drown! Well, the good L^rd said, I did send you a boat, a hovercraft and a helicopter.
G^d never promised to not destroy the whole world again after the Flood of Noach. Rather, he promised not to do that through water. And droughts are even a bigger danger, happening already.
And climate change disaster is not just about rising sea levels and drowning – though these are important. And no one predicts that all the earth would be covered by water.
Still, simple belief and hope are worth a fortune but not to do nothing. That kind of religion Marx rejected as opium for the People. It’s not to pacify. Rather, belief in a good outcome can help overcome despair. Start fighting climate change by encouraging others that we can do it.
G^d did not put us here to have a free ride. He also doesn’t need the help, Heaven forbid. Rather, He lets us do part of His work so that we can feel accomplished and don’t need to be ashamed of His generosity.
Stop being lazy and start using your hope for contributing to our survival.