Rush Limbaugh Quote

“If you don’t believe in God, you have no meaning in your life, and you will thus search for meaning, and you will find it anywhere. Most people, even atheists, want religion of some kind in their life. Hello, global warming, as a substitute—apparently unrecognized and not even organized—religion. Yet it is. So you can set the stage for more people, if the atheists were to ever get their way, of establishing global warming as an unofficial religion that does force people to behave in religious ways, just to a false god: the earth, a tangible god… The global warming people essentially are atheists. You cannot believe in the God of Creation and believe manmade global warming. You just can’t. You might run around and say, ‘I don’t want to destroy God’s creation.’ God’s laughing at you. You can’t! He could, but you can’t. You can’t create it; you can’t destroy it.” —Rush Limbaugh

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29 Responses to Rush Limbaugh Quote

  1. meridianavila says:

    “The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles … hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worlwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages … And we think some plastic bags, and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet … the planet … the planet isn’t going anywhere. WE ARE!”

    -George Carlin

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  2. Tom says:

    That is a great quote. George Carlin has a way of saying things…doesn’t he.

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  3. I would submit: The draining of the Aral Sea. Chernobyl. Three Gorges Dam. Man can’t actually destroy the planet. However, man does have the technology and lack of foresight to make the environment much more unpleasant and unliveable. Do not underestimate how much man can manipulate the planet!

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  4. Tom says:

    I do not underestimate man’s ability to destroy things….but, I also do not over estimate man’s ability to destroy something that only God could have created!!

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  5. Believing in global warming is not the same as believing the world is being destroyed–although many seem to think so, on all sides.

    Isn’t there a Bible verse which references man’s ability to do whatever he puts his mind to? (Or perhaps I’m taking that out of context?) And God’s written no clear Biblical mandate such as “there will be no global warming until I return”. Global climate change, manmade or not, is not a contradiction of the Bible. Which is what makes Rush’s quote so irritating.

    In part, it’s those kinds of generalizations and assertions made by leaders in the conservative community that have driven me away from it.

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  6. jeanette says:

    “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22

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  7. Ed Darrell says:

    Carlin’s right, and Limbaugh missed the point: If we mess it up, it’s humans who go extinct, not the planet.

    Of course, if Jesus comes back before humans go extinct, He might be interested in just why it was we wasted the planet He entrusted to us. See the parable of the talents to see how Jesus might react.

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  8. abarclay12 says:

    Global Warming is now a religion?? Al Gore is the high priest or what??

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  9. Tom says:

    Ed Darrell said

    Of course, if Jesus comes back before humans go extinct, He might be interested in just why it was we wasted the planet He entrusted to us. See the parable of the talents to see how Jesus might react.

    Context! Context!! Context!!!

    The parable of the talents does not apply here. The parable of the talents pertains to an individual’s personal gifts not to something given to every person who ever lived.

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  10. if you are a Christian see Jeanette’s reference…

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  11. Tom says:

    I am a Christian. Again context must be given when a verse is quoted so that we can all understand what it is saying.

    (Genesis 8:20-22) (20) Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (21) And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. (22) While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

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  12. Tom, I do hope you aren’t saying that somehow implies God wasn’t saying that the seasons as they are shall never cease…

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  13. Tom says:

    washedandforgiven,

    First, I was only wanting to give context to the Scripture quote. Second, I do not believe that the seasons will end until Jesus comes back to establish the New Heaven and New Earth…..at that point I do not know what the New Earth will be like…other than the fact that it will be perfect.

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  14. Tom,

    thanks for clarifying!

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  15. Ed Darrell says:

    Tom,

    The parable isn’t about personal gifts at all. It’s about people who are entrusted to care for things that belong to others in a contract arrangement, such as the covenant between God and His people.

    The talents were not gifts. The gold belonged to the master. The master entrusted the gold to several different servants in different amounts. Those who wasted, spent, or did not grow (improve) the gold were castigated in the story Jesus tells.

    We Christians believe the planet belongs at least to the ages, if not to God. Twice in scripture God entrusts the planet to humans with almost exactly the same charge the master in the parable gave to his servants.

    There are few pieces of scripture that apply better to environmental issues, if any. I understand why it might make fundies nervous, since it requires us to assume responsibility for our actions instead of pretending all is forgiven.

    But that was the point of the parable.

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  16. Ed Darrell says:

    There’s an awful lot of damage we can do — and have done — to our planet short of causing an end to seasons. Just a shift in the monsoon season, 15 days one way or the other, probably would starve a few hundred million people.

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  17. Totally Confused by Dogmatic Hypocricy says:

    Your funny Tom. The new earth?, i have always believed that the earth we now inhabit was perfect, until your God committed the unpardonable sin of populating it with the imperfection of humankind.

    If there ever is a new world, and humans are again allowed to inhabit it, it will again be ruined as we are ruining this one.

    If you think im kidding, why dont you go down to your local river and take a drink, or build yourself a nice oceanfront cottage at the North Pole.

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  18. Tom says:

    Totally Confused,

    I also believe that our world was created perfect. That perfection ended when sin began. The world, and people, began to deteriorate but that does not mean that we can destroy it. We are mere creations. We can not destroy something that only God could create.

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  20. castigated says:

    In the video, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s No. 2, castigated Obama’s foreign policy stances on Afghanistan and Israel and ridiculed the president-elect’s worldview. Al-Zawahiri compared Obama unfavorably to the late Malcolm X, an

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  21. Rae says:

    Hmmm, you all have interesting points to say the least. But, haven’t you guys read the end of the Book? The earth doesn’t blow up, catch on fire, we don’t all die. I understand taking care of the earth, I’m not saying we should just throw our trash on the street or anything like that, but like the end of Rush Limaughs quote-“You cannot believe in the God of Creation and believe manmade global warming. You just can’t. You might run around and say, ‘I don’t want to destroy God’s creation.’ God’s laughing at you. You can’t! He could, but you can’t. You can’t create it; you can’t destroy it.”

    Basically when people say that “I’m going to help the earth because it’s going to end in 2012”, they’re “God, just incase you don’t take care of me, just incase you don’t save us, I’m going to do this.”

    I’m not trying to start a huge argument, I just think that people are starting to worship the earth instead of God. Like I said, nothing is wrong with taking care of the earth, I agree with it, I believe we should take care of the things God has given to us, but we need to realize that God said he will give us long life, and that He he is working for our good.

    That’s just my outlook on it. 🙂 MUCH LOVE

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  22. Growing up in Orange County, I was raised around fundamentalist Christian businessmen, mostly semi-wealthy Republican defense contractor executives. Since I was among their ranks for decades, and since I seemed like a sympathetic person, they confessed to me their real deeds, their real motivations, and mostly, more than anything, their hatreds. Any scripture that teaches that all non-believers are doomed to be tortured in a torture camp for eternity, by definition, creates not only intolerance of non-believers, but finally hatred. Fundamentalists want to somehow say that God has a right to send non-believers to torture chambers where He will torture them forever, but, at the same time human beings should be sweet and loving. While scripture does in fact say that non-believers will be imprisoned in giant heat-torture facilities, presumably so God will be satisfied about His own perfection and righteousness, it also tries to claim that people should be nice. Unfortunately, people go with their leader, and since the Leader reserves for himself the right to execute, torture, burn and torment anyone with a slightly different doctrine, then it’s hard to see how the rank and file don’t eventually get inspired by this idea and seek to do some of it in advance of the afterlife. After all, it seems a bit like quibbling to say, don’t harm them now, wait till the afterlife, then I’ll really torture them forever and just keep burning them and frying them as they cry for mercy, but I won’t hear their cries and won’t have mercy, but will just keep torturing and torturing for ever and ever. But remember, for now, be loving and sweet.” That message from scripture reflects not only the craziness of fundamentalism, which sadly interprets scripture literally, (until it comes up against corporate profits), but it also inspires a lot of the madness in Republicanism itself, of which, paradoxically, the Evangelical movement has become a subservient part. You are all in a real bind. Presumably most of you are against Islamic fundamentalism, not being able to see that their scriptures are no worse than yours, since all scripture, when taken literally, becomes madness. The Book of Revelation, horror for horror, cruelty for cruelty, is absolutely far more horrendous than any cruelty in the Koran. And, of course, those Levitical laws God changed His mind about, that is some real nut-case stuff too. So it’s no wonder that Rush Limbaugh claims at once to be a Christian and all for Jesus and love, but then, in the end, is a fiery, hate-filled madman. But, in all fairness, he is far less to blame than the average American who had created the environment so favorable to such an entertainer from Hell. It is really all of you, and not our politicians, nor even our political entertainers, who are to blame for the atmosphere of hatred in America. I was an Evangelical for many years, and the “love” stuff rang hollow after a while. The reasoning that God cannot help but torture non-believers because He is bound by his perfection and righteousness to torture people for eternity, although presumably he would rather not, is silly beyond belief. In the end, it makes sense that Dick Cheney is so popular again, since he advocates torture. But lest anyone claim him to be out-of-step, we must remember that we are in a nation that advocates an idea of God as the ultimate torturer. Remember, the most severe dictators have tortured people who disagreed with their doctrines for many years, and very harshly. But none of them has any plan to torture anyone for ten billion years, and then torture them for ten billion after that. To actually describe God as a God who takes dissenters and tortures them by burning in a giant lava cauldron for countless billions of years, well, that just will create an atmosphere of hate. In fact, run this simple test. Look at any country. Find out the percent of the population that believes that scriptures sanction the eternal torturing of human beings in torture chambers made of fire. You will find that the higher that percentage is, the more violence occurs in, or is exported by, that nation. Let’s see, America has the highest percentage of angry fundamentalists of any industrial nation, and, interestingly, it’s the only one that tortures its citizens by not having health care, a pretty simple formula. So, anyway, good luck with trying to make that Rush Limbaugh stuff work for you. I predict you’ll be very weird people. I’d hate to have to hold such wildly disparate doctrines together, but I guess you want to.

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    • Tom Shelton says:

      Mel,

      Wow, what can I say. You have put out a lot of stuff there to respond to. It would be a very long comment if I tried to respond to all of it now. So, I will hit a couple main points.

      First let me point out that if these “fundamentalist Christian businessmen” had hatred in their hearts then they were not Christians at all. 1 John 2:9-11 says “(9) Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. (10) Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. (11) But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.1 John 4:20 says “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” Lastly, 1 John 3:15 says “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

      The brother referred to in these verses in not limited to our physical familial relationships. It includes all of human kind. From these few verse we can see that anyone who claims to be a Christian but has hatred for anyone is not a Christian at all. They may have thought that they were but in reality they were not. That is not me judging them, that is the Word of God applied.

      Next, at no time (that I can remember) have I ever stated that humans are to be “sweet and loving”. We are to be perfect because God has told us to be. He said we are to be HOLY because He is HOLY. Sadly, we are a depraved creature and we can’t be Holy. It is impossible for us. Thankfully, we serve a God who knows this and that provided a way that we can be deemed to meet that standard (doctrine of justification) through the life and death of Jesus Christ. Anything less than meeting that standard is cause for us to spend eternity in Hell. The eternality of the punishment is warranted because we have sinned against an eternal and holy God. Therefore, our sin is eternal and our punishment must be also.

      When I get more time, I might address some of your other points. I particularly am interested in how you justify the lunacy of comparing a lack of a national health care program to torture of the citizens of a nation. If you want to, please explain that a bit further.

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  23. Greg says:

    This is a false notion. God recognized that eventually humankind would destroy the earth. This is why He said, “I will destroy those who destroy the earth.” However, God would intervene to destroy US before we destroyed the EARTH. Rush Limbaugh’s notion that God lets us do whatever we want to the earth is an antichrist notion. When we become so arrogant that we no longer care about the earth, pollute it for profit, and then claim this is our God-given right because God won’t let us destroy ourselves, something is clearly wrong. Anyone who calls this man a Christian will soon answer to God, just as Rush, after all the vile filth that spews from his mouth, will soon answer to God.

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    • Tom Shelton says:

      Greg,

      God gave man dominion over the earth. He knew man could not destroy something that only He could create. We do need to be good stewards of what God has given us (the Earth) but it is arrogant and false to believe that we have the ability to destroy God’s creation. I think that is Rush’s point.

      I don’t see anything in Rush’s comment that makes me think he is saying “God lets us do whatever we want to the earth”. I think you are reading that into it because you don’t like his political stances. He makes it very clear in his comment that global warming advocates are using it as a tool to create their own religion….one in which they worship the Earth. That is a false religion. That is someone choosing to worship the creation instead of the Creator. I truly hope you are not mixed up in that.

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      • Greg says:

        This is like saying it is okay for a person to go out and try to murder someone if the police will inevitably stop the person from committing that murder. It is arrogant to believe that we can continue on our current path of spilling oil into the ocean, creating nuclear missiles, spewing pollutants into the atmosphere, and then to expect God to save us from ourselves. There are consequences to greed and to polluting the earth for greed. Yes, we do have the ability to destroy ourselves. If we pressed the button today to start a nuclear war, it would certainly destroy almost all life on earth, not to mention the damage it would do to the earth. But for us to suggest that God would save us from ourselves is an arrogant notion. The fact is, God will destroy us first to protect the earth that He created. Then, He will give the earth not the those who tried to destroy it in the first place, but to those who remained true to His doctrines (the meek shall inherit the earth). Rush Limbaugh, with all his vile, arrogant, divisive, negative, angry, rude, cruel, self-righteous, hypocritial, and hateful language, has another thing coming. He is hardly meek. But let the blind man Rush and his blind followers keep following their self-created doctrine that God is okay with corrupting the earth for money. Yes, God gave us temporary reign over the earth, just as He gave Satan temporary reign. But the arrogance of both will not win when it falsely assumes that it ACCEPTABLE for it to destroy God’s earth because God will stop the earth from being destroyed. Again, if I try to kill someone and then justify it because the police will stop me from doing it and because the police do not control my free will, does it make what I attempt to do ACCEPTABLE?

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  24. t says:

    I cannot destroy something that only god can make is not logical. I cannot make something that only god can make might be logical. I can destroy a tree but only god can make a tree grow. I can destroy an atom that only god can create. Rush may be a christian – a debatable proposition – but he is clearly not a logician.

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  25. Remington says:

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  26. thesword7 says:

    Since the bible says the world will end by fire, then Global warming makes perfect sense

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