The question of whether we can actually do something more about that than we can about “Global Warming™” is left unanswered. The sermon was of fire and flood , not redemption. Senior Church of England bishops said Floods are judgment on society:
"The floods that have devastated swathes of the country [UK] are God's judgment on the immorality and greed of modern society, according to senior Church of England bishops.One could argue that every punishment visited by the particular G-d to which these gents defer is indiscriminate. Nonetheless, I can still detect the delicate susurration, and meek thump, of sparrows falling. Can’t you?
One diocesan bishop has even claimed that laws that have undermined marriage, including the introduction of pro-gay legislation, have provoked God to act by sending the storms that have left thousands of people homeless.
While those who have been affected by the storms are innocent victims, the bishops argue controversially that the flooding is a result of Western civilisation's decision to ignore biblical teaching."
"..."In the Bible, institutional power is referred to as 'the beast', which sets itself up to control people and their morals. Our government has been playing the role of God in saying that people are free to act as they want," he said, adding that the introduction of recent pro-gay laws highlighted its determination to undermine marriage.
"The sexual orientation regulations [which give greater rights to gays] are part of a general scene of permissiveness. We are in a situation where we are liable for God's judgment, which is intended to call us to repentance."
He expressed his sympathy for those who have been hit by the weather, but said that the problem with "environmental judgment is that it is indiscriminate"." [I don’t know how the newspaper could have failed to notice that “Environmental Judgment” should have been capitalized.]
On a parallel supernaturalist interventionary mind-track with the Bishops, I wondered about the numerological significance of “GW” as an acronym for George W. Bush and Global Warming; not to mention George Washington. I expected the “number of the beast” (666) would show up somewhere, or at least be useful. It was.
Under Pythagorean Numerological convention, G=7 and W=5. Taken positionally, this represents 75. 75 divided into 666 is exactly 8.88. 8.88 is exactly 10% of “Jesus’ number”:
888 is the number of new creation (i.e., 'a new man'). It is Jesus' number since the name Jesus adds up to 888 in Gematria in contrast to fallen man's number of 666 (Rev. 13). Moreover, Jesus received His name when He was eight days old when He was circumcised!Make what you wish of that. And make what you wish of this; the Bishops do finally get to a convergence of “GWs”:
"Global warming has been caused by people's lack of care for the planet and recent environmental catastrophes are a warning over how we behave, according to the Bishop of Liverpool."I wonder what the numerological difference is between “Liverpool” and “Pool of Liver.”