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Who or What Are You Worshiping?

Humanity has always pondered the deeper questions of life. Where did we come from?  What happens to us when we die?  Is there life after death?
Every religious system, even those that claim not to be religious, follows a prescribed pattern. Every religious system starts by explaining where the world came from and the origins of life. We will call it the system’s “creation story.”  Then each system describes what went wrong; the fallen nature of the world, the definition of evil and the source of man’s problems.  The final step is what it will take to make things right again.  What man must do to bring life back into balance and harmony.
Let’s use Christianity as the first example of a religious system. We will use a few verses from the Bible to illustrate each part.

The Creation
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
Genesis 1:26-28 (NKJ)

The Fall
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”  And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”
Genesis 3:1-7 (NJK)

Redemption
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJ)

It is not a surprise to most people that Christianity would follow the formula, but what about Environmentalism?  Is Environmentalism a religion?  Follow the formula based on what you have been taught and then decide for yourself.

The Creation
Earth evolved over eons to a state of grace and unity in nature.

The Fall
Man came in and upset the balance of nature, polluting and taking from nature without putting anything back. Man is an energy sinner and there is a judgment day where the earth will be destroyed if we don’t repent and change our actions.

The Redemption
Man must repent and seek salvation through sustainability, renewable energy and leaving a zero carbon footprint. The redeemed will participate in communion by only eating organic food and drinking bottled water out of recyclable containers.

Just from casual observation or by watching a few programs on the Green Channel, it is not hard to see the true believers evangelizing the masses to revert to village life, grow their own food and cut back on energy use.  We hear the faithful advocating that a bicycle is better than a car, but if you have to go very far, public transportation is the only way for the true believers.  If you must have a car, it should be a hybrid or, better yet, electric.  The masses should understand that our mankind’s sinful treatment of the planet means that we can not be trusted and therefore must relinquish our freedom in favor of the educated elite who are studied in the “Way” determining what is best for us.  They will tax us into submission and absolute compliance to the new religious system.

We are not to question the validity of the religious system because it is quickly replacing Christianity as the bedrock of our country.  Christianity believes that by following God’s principles of good stewardship, we can manage our own property and our own business in way that honors God.  Environmentalism believes that man is too stupid to manage his own life and must be brought into submission by those who enforce the rules of the new religion.

Have you bought into the new religion?  Are you an unthinking sheep being led down the road of oppression by those who use the environment to rob you of your freedom?  It is not too late to consider worshiping the Creator of everything we enjoy around us rather than worshiping the creation.

In the New Living Translation of the Bible, in the book of Romans starting in Chapter 1 verse 20 through verse 25 we read,“From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. The result was that their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they became utter fools instead. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people, or birds and animals and snakes. So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever. Amen.”

Happiness in life is dependent upon your understanding of Who or what you worship.

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April 1, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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