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Real Answers™
Copyright: © 2009 Gary Hardaway
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By:  Gary Hardaway

Dear Grandpa,

Today my teacher told us that carbon dioxide is bad for our health and that the government is going to have to spend a lot of money trying to get rid of it. I thought carbon dioxide was good. Is it really bad like she says?

Virginia, age 10.

Dear Virginia,

Your grandpa has passed your letter on to me. He is very angry at your teacher and is afraid he will say something he shouldn’t, so he’s asked me to answer your question.

Virginia, your teacher is wrong. It isn’t really her fault. She has been deceived by a fraudulent group of scientists and politicians who intend to control more and more of our daily lives. They believe that government should decide what’s good for us and what isn’t. And they want to take away our money to spend, spend, spend on things that will make us unable to survive without government help.

 Virginia, don’t let your teacher scare you. Carbon dioxide is good for us and good for all nature. On my little half acre there are over forty trees and every one of them loves this friendly substance. Each one breathes it in with delicious delight and hopes for more. And then – wonder of wonders – when the tree breathes out, it gives out oxygen, just exactly what our lungs have to have for us to live and breathe!

But that’s just half the story. When you and I breathe, we send carbon dioxide back into the air, so that the trees can keep living and growing. Isn’t that an awesome arrangement? God, in His wisdom and goodness, has designed our atmosphere so that trees get plenty of carbon dioxide from us, and we receive plenty of oxygen from them.

Carbon dioxide harmful? Not on your life! Thank God for carbon dioxide! It nourishes all nature throughout the planet and fills the earth with its benefits for man.

Yes, Virginia, thanks to God’s love and generosity, we are able to enjoy His glorious creation every day. How dreary the world would be if there were no God who freely gives us sweet, life-giving air. There would be no Virginia, no children laughing or playing anywhere. All would be dead and ugly forever.

As you know, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies display his handiwork.” It seems likely that your teacher never learned this or maybe has forgotten it.  Sometimes we adults do worry so. We need Virginias to remind us that our Heavenly Father is taking care of His universe, and we can trust Him to do His task well.

On behalf of your grandpa,

Your friend, Gary  


Gary Hardaway, a regular contributor to the Amy Internet Syndicate, directs Summit School of Ministry in Bellingham, WA.

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