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How should a Christian view environmentalism?

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By Virgil - Posted on 07 December 2008

The answer to the question above is given by the site gotquestions.org in no obscure terms: "At the same time, the earth we inhabit is not a permanent planet, nor was it ever intended to be. The environmental movement is consumed with trying to preserve the planet forever, and we know this is not God's plan. He tells us in 2 Peter 3:10 that at the end of the age, the earth and all He has created will be destroyed..."How do you think this kind of answer stacks up to reality and does it encourage outright irresponsible behavior in relation to the environment? What are your thoughts?

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rusureofit's picture

I think we should take care of the earth God gave us since we are only here for a short time but if one reads the entire bible and not just Peter maybe one would come to know the truth. What age was Peter talking about ending? Certainly not the planet's:
Ecclesiastes 1:2-4
2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!"
says the Teacher.
"Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless."

3 What does man gain from all his labor
at which he toils under the sun?

4 Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.

How long does it say the earth remains?

MeAgain's picture

I cared about the environment before I became a preterist. One thing to note: I disagree with environmentalism due to its overly socialistic economic paradigm.

Private property is, by far, the surest foundation for environmental care. Intelligent people don't destroy their livelihood (which is exactly what the environment is, broadly defined).

ed

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ed

Windpressor's picture

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Scripture informs of many things and offers guiding principles.
On numerous topics there are simply no express directives.
Using the Bible as an "answer book" strikes me as little better
than a Tarot reading. Look at the site's slogan:

"The Bible has answers! We'll find them for you!"

If one wanted to lift a proof text for environmental activism,
just take Rev. 11:18 The nations raged,
but your wrath came,
and the time for the dead to be judged,
and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
and those who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth."==========
[Of course by that reading, "the earth" has a modern global application over any culturally "focal" intent.]

... The Mosaic imperative had latrine instructions.

...

By following the account of Luke 13:6-8,
no tree should be dozed before
given a horticultural makeover:

"7And he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?' 8And he answered him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure."

Of course the example of Matt 23 & 24 lends credence
to the admonition to "kill all the lawyers" and raze all
worship oriented edifice complexes such as cathedrals,
temples and mosques - as pattern to AD70 demolitions.

'Question: "How should a Christian view environmentalism?"

Answer: There is a difference between the biblical view of the environment and the political movement known as "environmentalism." Understanding this difference will shape a Christian’s view of environmentalism. The Bible is clear that the earth and everything in it was given by God to man to rule over and subdue.'============
Checking the "End Times" section shows a bias for a
"rapture and discard the old earth" paradigm.
I fail to see how this measures to the primal command
for neighborly reciprocity.

True free market property respecting dynamics would
not diss the neighborly imperatives. Something is wrong
with the picture of market based cost savings that are
actually cost shifting. E-waste in Asia, plastic soup in the
Pacific, mountain removal pollution in Appalachian waters,
storm, fire, flood and quake debris, etc. entail costs that are
ultimately born by "neighbors" down the way.

Here is what I say:

"If you don't respect the trash, you don't have respect for anything else"

G1
..................

G-Juan Wind

Virgil's picture

Very good comments...I watched a short documentary on the Chinese recycling markets of western electronics and it was very disturbing, especially when children are involved in the process and they are being exposed to all the toxic stuff involved in the recycling process.

Windpressor's picture

G-Juan Wind

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