Nearly four in 10 U.S. residents say the severity of recent natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy is evidence the world is coming to an end, as predicted by the Bible, while more than six in 10 blame it on climate change, according to a poll released on Thursday.
The survey by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with the Religion News Service found political and religious disagreement on what is behind severe weather, which this year has included extreme heat and drought.
Overall, the results showed 36 percent of respondents think its related to end times and 63 percent to climate change. Evangelicals are far more likely to say it’s God’s doing related to End Times. The rest side with global warming. Some both (so global warming is end times?)
In conclusion, people are confused. They see what appears to be catastrophic weather but have no grasp on what it means.
This is an interesting insight into beliefs. Since it was a religiously-oriented poll, it is possibly skewed towards that side. Not that many respondents seem to buy into the December 21 doomsdate but about 15% STILL think they will see the end of the world in their lifetime. (4 billion plus years and still ticking… I’d say those odds are slim.)
But, whatever their beliefs, people seem willing to try to make the world a better place. Many want action to combat climate change but we just can’t seem to agree on what the best course of action is. Can we get past that hurdle? I’m not sure. Politics gets in the way.