Friday, January 2, 2009

The Green Bible - Save Souls, Not The Earth?


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"Do'h!" *smacks forehead* Why does it seem that "conservative" Christians are never happy unless they are fighting with others? And, shouldn't a conservative (Christian or otherwise) be in favor of "conserving" God's creation? They want us to ask, why wallpaper a house that's getting knocked down? Why be concerned about the earth, when it's going to go away?

The simple response: because God commands us to take care of his creation and be good stewards of His Creation.
"Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land." -- Leviticus 25:24
He put us here and now for a reason, not to long for another world only (Genesis 1:28 i.e. The Cultural Mandate). If you went to someone else's house, you're not going to just throw trash around and disrespect others. If they entrust you with a valued possession of theirs, and they want you to look after it, are you going to ignore it? So, why do we have such apathy for what God created and 'called good'; and commanding us to show stewardship by taking care of the land?

Another thought I had: If "anything that detracts from saving souls is focusing on the wrong thing", why do we eat, sleep, go to work, earn money, take care of feeding our families? Shouldn't we just save souls? What is man's chief purpose in life? The Westminster Catechism states that it is "To glorify God and enjoy him forever."
"Whether you eat or drink, do it ALL to the glory of God." -- 1 Corinthians 10:31
Obviously, God put us on this earth for more than Evangelism. Not that Evangelism is wrong or even unimportant, but we put so much focus on the next life, that when we get to Heaven and Christ asks us, "When I was hungry, did you feed me? When I was naked, did you clothe me? et al.", we don't want our answer to be, "No, but 'I saved their soul'" (As if it us who provide salvation and not God). Matthew 25:31-46 focuses on meeting physical needs, the needs of the here and now. No one would walk up to a man dying of starvation and offer him salvation while ignoring his need for physical sustenance.
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?"! -- Matthew 7:9
At least I would hope no one would do that. We do read about the Conquistadors that would tell people, "Accept Christ or die". If they denied, they were killed. And, if they accepted, they would still be killed as the thinking was: "If we kill them after salvation, they won't have a chance to sin, therefore won't go to hell.", but they were 'nuts', right? It's so easy to write off others who do wrong as, "Well, they are just the loonies on the outer fringe." If we say we love God, the best thing we can do is focus on the physical; focus on taking care of each other and loving each other. God gets to play the judge. None of us are worthy enough to take God's place. God simply wants us to be witnesses, giving 'testimony' to what He has done for us.
"When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." -- John 21:15
I can understand Christians who don't believe in Global Warming, being upset by the "green" bible, but this isn't some environmentalist axe. It's simply a bible printed on recycled paper, using soy ink, and highlight all verses dealing with creation care, in green ink. How is that different than the "red lettering" of the New Testament in the KJV?

I did have someone share with me that they heard content was changed. I don't know. I'll have to research that, but as far as I know -- the Christian groups complaining about this Bible, are making a mountain out of a mole hill!!

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