Much of the environmental movement has gotten back to its pagan roots as it subtly fosters rejection of the Bible and Christianity. So called Spiritual Greens tell us that Earth can save herself – she has the wisdom and power – humans don’t. But we can help her by becoming conscious of the oneness and sacredness of all her parts.
To the extent the environmental movement embraces the philosophies of the New Age movement – it joins in that part of a conspiracy to control the American people, to derail and dis-empower traditional Christianity, and to deceive the world into adopting Anti-Christian views.
The New Age movement generally advocates a synthesis or recovery of ideas and practices which celebrates our relationship with the Earth. (There are sub-currents in the New Age movement which include overt Satanic practices and those are definitely in conflict with Christian beliefs.)
Ownership vs. Stewardship
Some environmentalists claim the traditional Christianity cosmology or world view has been and largely remains domination of the Earth. The first two chapters of Genesis have been interpreted as the source of mans ‘right’ to do as we wish to the Earth.
The original concept put forth in Genesis is one of stewardship, not ownership, and certainly not domination.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” [Genesis 1:28]
A major factor in why peoples all over the world are embracing the concepts of the New Age and environmentalism is the failure of traditional Christianity to adequately communicate a rational view of the Earth.
Undeniably, the earth has suffered much abuse under the pretext of biblical sanction. Human greed often twists Scripture to suit its own ends. The answer to this regrettable situation is not to abandon biblical truth for pagan mythology. We must recover a biblical appreciation for creation and man’s role in it, without falling into the opposite and more damning error of worshipping the creature rather than the Creator.
Historical Christianity, having established mans supremacy over the Earth, tends to be anthropocentric where man is the center of Gods’ creation. Perhaps we need a Christian Copernicus who can adequately extol Colossians 1:17. This verse makes it clear that Christ, not man, is the center of Gods creation much in the same way a hub holds the spokes of a wheel together.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [Colossians 1:17]
The Bible does indicate that man has a special purpose to fulfill in expressing God. A careful reading of Genesis also reveals that God told Noah to save the animals as well as his family. Noah’s Ark demonstrates the care and love God has for all of His creatures. An examination of the Greek New Testament text indicates that Christ died on behalf of everything (not just every man) and that the entire creation groans awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God.
The relationship of the Christian to the Earth is an area in need of serious prayer and action by all believers. Not since the Middle Ages have Christian thinkers influenced the believers through their experiences of the Earth.
People like Francis of Assisi, Meister Eckhert, and Hildegard of Bingen extolled the integrity of God expressed in the Creation. Jesus and the prophets spent much time in the wilderness because they understood the Earth holds an unadulterated quality in which the presence of God can easily be experienced. What have we learned from Jesus when most Christian meetings are inside an artificial air-conditioned environment with four walls and plastic plants in the corner? To aboriginal peoples, the entire creation is a sanctuary for worship.
The Sierra Club
The Sierra Club Environmental Health Sourcebook, Well Body, Well Earth, tells us to “turn to the traditions of ancient cultures” such as Buddhist meditations and Native American Hopi rituals in order to “reaffirm our bond with the spirit of the living earth.” “The more you contact the voice of the living Earth and evaluate what it says, the easier it will become for you to contact it and trust what it provides.”
That the granddaddy of environmental action agencies, the Sierra Club, would publish a source book recommending our communicating with the “spirit of the earth” is cause for Christians to be on the alert for satanic deception in the environmental movement.
Spiritual Greens take offense at the Christian belief that people are the most valuable of God’s creation on earth. They believe that anthropocentrism (believing that everything revolves around mankind) is a curse on the earth. Their belief is that since everything on earth is connected and interdependent, no one element is more valuable than another.
In the New Age environmentalists view, starvation, plagues, and death are blessings that simply buy more time for planet Earth. They are pantheistic; their god is an impersonal god, who resides passively in every fiber of the universe; to them, to destroy a plant is to destroy their god; to decimate the quality of human life, on the other hand, is of no concern, because humanity represents the greatest danger to the rest of creation.
Greens in all categories generally agree on one point: Today’s ecological crises is rooted in Christian traditions. They tell us:
- The Judeo/Christian belief that God assigned man to “rule over” the earth has caused us to explit and abuse it.
- Monotheism (one God) separated humans from their ancient connection to the earth. To reverse the trend, storytellers and artists must revive earth-centered myth and reconnect us to Earth’s spirit.
- The diversity of species enriches the earth. Healthy, flourishing diversity requires a substantial decrease in the human population and its interference with nature’s processes.
- Heavenly minded Christians care little for a temporary earth.
- By resisting the return of earth-centered religions, Christians block the global movement toward the one-world religion needed to unify people and save the earth.
The Georgia Guidestones
A very visible and graphic representation of these pagan believers is the Georgia Guidestones monument they erected in Elbert County, Georgia. The 20 feet tall monument made from six granite slabs weighing more than 240,000 pounds contains a message comprising ten guides inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian), and a shorter message inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient languages’ scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The message of the Georgia Guidestones says,
- Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
Since world population stands at over 7 billion, what do these folks suggest we do about the difference? Perhaps extermination?
- Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
Hitler tried that not too long ago. It’s called eugenics.
- Unite humanity with a living new language.
Could this be some form of politically correct mumbo jumbo?
- Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
Sounds like this one comes right out of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
- Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
Who decides on the laws and populates the courts? Perhaps the United Nations.
- Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
In other words… a One World Government.
- Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
That’s right… repeal the Constitution.
- Balance personal rights with social duties.
Sounds like Socialism to me. Individual rights should be replaced with social justice.
- Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
And who or what exactly defines truth – beauty – love? The infinite *what*?
- Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.
Sounds like the goal of the Club of Rome where humanity is defined as the plague on nature.