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Biorseth, Sunday, April 12, 2020
It is Easter Sunday, 2020; the first Easter in all of Roman Catholic history that was not publicly celebrated in Catholic Churches throughout the entire world. Think about that, as you try to celebrate and give God His due today.
The following is a Brietbart article dated April 9, 2020, interspersed with comments from Bernard W. Ames [BWA] of San Carlos, California.
ROME — Pope Francis said he believes the Chinese coronavirus pandemic is “certainly nature’s response” to humanity’s failure to address the “partial catastrophes” wrought by human-induced climate change.
Asked by British journalist Austen Ivereigh whether the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for an “ecological conversion,” the pontiff reasserted his belief that humanity has provoked nature by not responding adequately to the climate crisis.
There is an expression in Spanish: ‘God always forgives, we forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives,’” Francis said in the interview published Wednesday. “We did not respond to the partial catastrophes. Who now speaks of the fires in Australia, or remembers that a year and a half ago a boat could cross the North Pole because the glaciers had all melted? Who speaks now of the floods?”
“I don’t know if it is nature’s revenge, but it is certainly nature’s response,” he added.
“Every crisis contains both danger and opportunity: the opportunity to move out from the danger,” he said. “Today I believe we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption and to learn to understand and contemplate the natural world.”
Late last month the pope expressed this same belief to a Spanish journalist, insisting that the coronavirus pandemic is nature’s cry for humans to take better care of creation.
Asked whether the COVID-19 pandemic is nature’s way of taking “revenge” on humanity, the pontiff suggested that nature is calling for attention.
“Fires, earthquakes … nature is throwing a tantrum so that we will take care of her,” he said.
Last December as well, the pope said that natural disasters such as a massive storm that struck northern Italy in the fall of 2018 are nature’s way of sounding an alarm to make us more environmentally engaged.
“These are events that frighten us,” Francis said. “They are alarm signals that creation sends us, which summon us to immediately take effective decisions to safeguard our common home.”
In 2015, Francis became the first pope in history to devote an entire encyclical letter to the issue of care for the environment, in which he decried human exploitation of nature.
The earth “now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her,” Francis wrote. “We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life.”
“Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet,” the pope continued, comparing the ecological crisis to the nuclear crisis of the Cold War era.
Francis has also tended to personalize nature, suggesting that it “cries out” when it is mistreated.
Situations such as a loss of biodiversity and economic inequality “have caused sister earth, along with all the abandoned of our world, to cry out, pleading that we take another course,” he wrote. “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years.”
Since then, the pope has become one of the most vocal opponents of global warming, urging “drastic measures” to combat “a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself.”
“Too many of us act like tyrants with regard to creation,” he declared. “Let us make an effort to change and to adopt more simple and respectful lifestyles!”
“Now is the time to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels and move, quickly and decisively, towards forms of clean energy and a sustainable and circular economy. Let us also learn to listen to indigenous peoples, whose age-old wisdom can teach us how to live in a better relationship with the environment,” he said.
Francis has also scolded political leaders for their half-hearted response to the climate crisis, suggesting that their “weak” resolve in cutting emissions reveals a lack of political will.
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Date: Sunday, April 12, 2020
From: Vic Biorseth
In embracing Scientism Pope Francis becomes a Science Denier, joining the throngs of the worshipers of the world who oppose and denigrate actual empiricism, the scientific method, real science and real scientists.
No one can cross the North Pole in a boat. The ice caps have not melted and are not melting. The Pope either doesn't know what he is talking about, or he does, which would be worse.
As a side-note, a virus is a somehow broken off partial strand of DNA. It can replicated itself only; not the whole creature (or creatures) it was born of. As such, it is hard to say that it is even alive. It is chemical; it is replicable; but it is not and cannot become a living creature.
Virus strands can get inside human cells and do damage there to other parts of the cell, potentially causing symptoms. It can replicate itself there and spread to other cells, eventually destroying the particular kind of human cells that it is able to get into.
A retrovirus, such as HIV, is a smaller broken off partial strand than a virus; it too can get into human cells and self-replicate, but does no damage to other elements in the cell, does not effect the cell's proper function and thus causes no symptoms.
Bottom line, Satan rules the world, and Pope Francis is more protective of the world than he is of the Church, and more concerned with matters concerning the living of this life than he is of the next. And all of his knowledge of the world is fraudulent and false knowledge. He preaches and teaches worldly falsehoods.
Date: Mon Apr 13 15:29:30 2020
From: Bernard Ames
Location: San Carlos, CA/ USA
I take issue with your statement that virus DNA strand is not alive, but can replicate itself.
Again, if something is able replicate itself, it is a life form and has that life because God has given it that life.
To say a strand of DNA is merely a chemical is to equate it with a water molecule. Granted DNA is a complex molecule and it carries a message unlike any other molecule but it only is able to replicate itself in the right conditions with the power of God.
Date: Mon Apr 13 2020
From: Vic Biorseth
You are correct in what you say in so far as everything that exists is a creature (created) of God. However, self replicability is not a definition of life; if it were, crystals would be alive.
Different chemical substances have affinities, attractions and repulsions to and from each other. With a complete code, RNA-DNA would eventually build a complete being of cells by gathering and properly arranging everything it needs and repelling everything it doesn't need and building itself. The problem is that a broken strand lacks the complete code, so it can only go so far.
If a virus robs someone's living cells of things that cell needs for its own proper function, it will harm that living cell and its proper function.
So it acts like it's alive, but it's still a stretch to state categorically that it is alive. Viruses have survived extreme temperatures that would kill any known bacteria, and antibiotics don't even touch them, so if they are alive, they are a very unusual form of being.
A virus typically is a broken length of DNA with perhaps some missing parts. If you think of it in the image of the usual spiral ladder that is usually depicted in illustrations, a retrovirus, such as HIV, would be one in which one of the two upright structures holding the ladder steps together is missing.
Again, they can cause the chemical reactions inside a living cell to reproduce themselves, but that is as far as they can go. The virus does harm to the cell in this process, but the retrovirus (so far as I know) does not. In cell reproduction, the DNA that is in the cell is reproduced in the new cell, and that includes any virus or retrovirus that is in it.
So far as I know, the only thing that harms viruses are natural antibodies that arise to attack them, and hopefully cause varying levels of immunity to them.
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