The Environmental Movement - God's Goodness - John Van Sloten

July 01, 2007

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we're going to talk about a faith based response to the environmental movement. What is God saying to us via the recent recovery of our ecological consciences?

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth... God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
Genesis 1:1,31

"Then God said,"Let us make man in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground... 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. Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so.”
The creation account in Genesis 1:26,28-29

“What did Christianity tell people about their relations with the environment?... Especially in its Western form, Christianity is the most anthropocentric [man centered] religion the world has ever seen. Christianity, in absolute contrast to ancient paganism and Asia’s religions... not only established a dualism of man and nature but also insisted that it is God’s will that man exploit nature for his proper ends... By destroying pagan animism (animism is the belief that everything in nature us alive and has a spirit), Christianity made it possible to exploit nature in a mood of indifference to the feelings of natural objects... Christianity bears a huge burden of guilt. More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crisis until we find a new religion... we shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man.”
Historian Lynn White, in a famous paper given to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dec 26th, 1966 (this paper’s premise sent shockwaves through the modern environmental movement)

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November 22, 2011
And God said let them poop, pee, and wallow in their camp fire ash mixing it into a lovely compost of chemicals ,biological waste , nuclear waste , and other messes.
What a lovely inheritance to god and future generations.

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