Ever heard of Matthew 7:24?27?

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Help! I built my sand castle on the beach and the tide came in and washed it away. Damn that climate change and sea-level rise!

A Newspaper takes a perfectly natural occurrence and pimps it as climate change. Quote.

Jo Williams has lived on the beachfront, on Clifton Rd, for the past four years.

“It just felt like home,” she says of the first time she saw the property.

But the ever-angrier sea, emboldened by climate change, has quickly and quietly eaten away at her backyard. End quote.

So that is what they mean by ‘anthropomorphic’ climate change? The sea has angry feelings and has been emboldened! Quote.

The ground beneath her house is being pulled towards the ocean, she says, gradually cracking the bathroom tiles inside.

“Sometimes, when you’re sitting down, you can feel it pulling underneath the house,” Williams says.

“You get used to it. I’ve figured I’ve got all that back garden to go before it really starts to affect me. But it won’t be long.”

Her real estate agent believes she’s got about a year before she’ll have to say goodbye to the rental property. […]

A number of houses down, Leyton Broom and Amanda Cleland’s pirate-esque abode overlooks Haumoana Beach.

The proximity of the water is what lured them into the rental about seven months ago.

Since then, their once flat lawn and levelled wall is now uneven. Despite that, they don’t plan on leaving anytime soon.

“There’s been days when I’ve gotten tired of being so close to the sea and the tsunami zone ? but the sea life is kinda nice.” […] End quote.

The interesting thing is that nowhere in this article do the residents mention climate change. It is the reporter who has brought that in.

A quick type in the internet search bar, one click and a scroll down found this useful historical information:

It is a little hard to read but it says that at Clifton Road, Haumoana, from 1931-1933 the beach lost 6.72m to coastal erosion. The table continues:

  • 1933 – 1937 lost 8.4m
  • 1937 – 1949 lost 41.16m
  • 1949 – 1957 lost 17.64m
  • 1957 – 1974 lost 9.24m

Although the data in this 1978 paper stops there, I am sensing a bit of a pattern, and it ain’t an ‘angry, climate change emboldened’, ocean, just an ordinary ocean doing what ordinary oceans have done since the earth was created.

In fact, building on the sand (or in this case shingle) has been a known Health and Safety risk for a number of years. Quote.

Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell?and great was its fall. End quote.

Matthew 7:24?27, World English Bible