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My Take: Are Earth Day and Good Friday an unholy alliance?
April 22nd, 2011
12:01 AM ET

My Take: Are Earth Day and Good Friday an unholy alliance?

Editor's Note: Craig Goodwin is pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church in Spokane, Washington. His book "Year of Plenty" chronicles the year he and his family consumed only things that were homemade, home grown, used or local.

By Craig Goodwin, Special to CNN

Holy Week this year has a surprising twist. The international observance of Earth Day and the Christian church’s celebration of Good Friday converge on April 22.

To many in the church this will come as an unwelcome intrusion. I’ve learned in my years as a pastor not to schedule anything that would compete with the rhythms of Holy Week. I’m still reminded occasionally by the keepers of the church calendar about the year I agreed to do a wedding on the Saturday before Easter. I won’t do that again.

For others, the threat of this coincidence goes much deeper than potential scheduling conflicts. They will see this as a sacred-secular fault line in an ongoing cultural struggle between two opposing ideologies.

When the Episcopal Church recently trumpeted this year’s Earth Day as a welcome addition to Good Friday observances, the news was greeted with suspicion in some quarters. One hyperbolic headline proclaimed: “Episcopal Church Replaces God With Gaia on Good Friday.”

Given the sensitive nature of Good Friday, I think there is good reason to be cautious in making connections. In a popular culture that has a knack for seamlessly combining cultural narratives, it’s important to not carelessly turn Good Friday and Earth Day into some kind of earthy, spiritual, "Inception"-meets-"Toy Story 3" mashup. Instead of mixing metaphors and liturgies, I think the most helpful approach is to simply answer the question this coincidence brings to the surface: Does the death of the Jesus on the cross have anything to do with caring for the Earth?

I think a faithful reading of the Good Friday service of Tenebrae - in which candles are extinguished one by one, congregants leave the church in silence, and the cross is shrouded in a black cloth - demands that the church answer this question with an emphatic, Yes!

I haven't always been so passionate about this, but my work as a pastor and my family’s journey over the last few years has changed that. Four years ago my church started a farmers’ market in the parking lot and more recently helped turn an abandoned industrial lot into a community garden.

As we have paid closer attention to the intersections of faith and environment, some of our most hallowed practices have been transformed. For example, instead of using precious resources to buy small forests of poinsettias and Easter lilies every year for Christmas and Easter services, members of the congregation now join forces to buy thousands of trees to be planted in impoverished communities around the world through an organization called Plant With Purpose. As we seek to follow Jesus in our community and reflect Jesus in our practices, we are discovering that caring for the Earth is not an option, it is essential.

My work at the intersections of faith and environment took a very personal turn in 2008 when our young suburban family launched an experiment in consumption. In an effort to find a more sane and faithful way to live, we committed to a year of consuming only items that were local, used, homegrown or homemade.

Going green is not necessarily how we understood our journey at the beginning of the year, but we quickly realized that our rules landed us in the middle of a vibrant environmental movement. We joined with others in celebrating the year of the locavore, food not lawns, walking school buses, backyard chickens and the virtues of reusing and recycling. As we followed these green practices, we discovered that they have a holy rhythm to them. They connected us in important ways to Jesus - his life, his mission and, yes, his death on the cross. Based on our experience, it’s not so strange to imagine Earth Day and Good Friday as appropriate companions on the calendar.

The typical Good Friday service follows the progression of Jesus’ seven last words, the lights dimming with each successive reading, culminating with total darkness. Unlike every other worship service during the year where I encourage people to joyously greet each other after worship, on Good Friday I ask that everyone recess in silence. Before the triumph and victory of Easter Sunday, there is the solemn darkness of Good Friday.  This experience is an opportunity for reflection on the crisis of human sin and death, but it also points to the crisis facing God's creation.

Earth Day’s collaboration with Good Friday helps the church remember that, like his love, Jesus’ sacrifice is for all the Earth.  As Paul said, "We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Romans 8:22)

Along with inviting churches to embrace this coincidence as a holy reminder, I do have a word of invitation to Earth Day organizers. Just as Earth Day serves as a helpful reminder and even corrective to the church this year, Good Friday offers something helpful to the environmental movement as well.

As I understand it, Earth Day was originally conceived of as a “teach-in” on campuses to help people understand the damage that was being done to the Earth. It was less a street festival featuring green businesses and more of an earnest wake-up call declaring that there is a crisis, that we live in a world on the brink, a world in need of saving. This is something that organizers of Good Friday services and Earth Day festivities can certainly agree on.

The opinions expressed here are solely those of Craig Goodwin.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • United States • Washington

soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Madtown

    Adelina
    Read it. The Bible is not for lazy people. Are atheists scared of opening the Bible book or something? I know some pagans are like that.
    ----------

    Yes, I thought you'd say that.

    I've read the bible, continue to read the bible, and don't characterize myself as an atheist.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Adelina

      Madtown, you need systematic theology. Obviously the Bible is beyond your ability to comprehend. Get a study Bible, too. The Bible declares immorality as stupidity.

      April 23, 2011 at 4:42 am |
    • Adelina

      Madtown, the Holy Bible is a living Word of God. You need the help of the Holy Spirit to understand His Word. Ask God to help you with humility. Seek him with all your heart. God is found by anyone who truly seeks Him. Non-believers are spiritually dead and are also too haughty against the Creator God; that's why you can't understand the Bible.

      April 23, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  2. SenorX

    You all look really foolish arguing about religion. It's futile. You can't change people's minds about something as deeply rooted as religion on a message board. The original truth has been corrupted by man. The concept of "religion" itself is a corruption. The earth was here long before humans became sentient enough to invent religion. Intolerance and ignorance is the damnation of our species.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • HeavenSent

      SenorX, it's not Christians fault that you don't know how to read Jesus' truth in the Bible.

      Read 2 Peter first to understand the destruction of the first Earth Age ...

      2 Peter 3:5-6

      5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
      6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

      This is not the flood of Noah's which was regional, not global. No one survived the destruction (Katabole) of the First Earth
      Then cross reference it by reading the book of Jeremiah ...

      Jeremiah 4:23-27

      23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
      24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
      25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
      26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.
      27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.

      I can give you further scriptures to read to comprehend the destruction of the first earth age and why the 2nd earth age was created.

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  3. glyder

    earth day my ass.used by communists as a new home.false prophet pig.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  4. Madtown

    Adelina
    @Madtown, take care of it knowing it will go down. Christians are the most realistic people on earth.
    ---------

    LOL!!!!!!!!! "Christians are the most realistic people on earth." Thanks for the Friday laugh!

    April 22, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Adelina

      Atheists are ignorant of history on top of a lot of nasty things. And only Christians continue to love them.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Adelina, remember Matthew 7:6.

      Bless your soul.

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • Adelina

      @HeavenSent, thank you so much. God bless you always.

      April 23, 2011 at 4:44 am |
  5. Madtown

    Adelina
    @Madtown, it's Psalms chapter 14 and chapter 53. The entire Book of Proverbs says the same message. However, we are not to call fellow believers "fool" (Matthew chapter 5). @John, you atheists can't swallow facts about yourselves. Where are your dogma?
    -------–

    Please provide a quote here for all to see, to prove your point, that comes directly from scripture and uses the exact words "atheist" and "fools". Can you do that?

    April 22, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Adelina

      Read it. The Bible is not for lazy people. Are atheists scared of opening the Bible book or something? I know some pagans are like that.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Here's some scriptures to read Madtown. Knock your socks off.

      Psalms 9:15-17

      Jeremiah 5:4

      Proverbs 1:7

      Exodus 4:21

      Exodus 7:3

      Romans 9:17

      Revelation 12:9

      Romans 11:36

      Exodus 10:1

      Exodus 14:4, 8; Psalm 136:15

      Exodus 7:14-15:21

      Exodus 14:16-18

      Joshua 11:20

      Isaiah 66:24

      Matthew 7:13-14

      Romans 9:18-22

      Revelation 21:8

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Yeah

      Yeah pagans are like that.

      How's this for a hint.

      Roman Pagan Religion: Attis was a son of the virgin Nana. His birth was celebrated on DEC-25. He was sacrificed as an adult in order to bring salvation to mankind. He died about MAR-25, after being crucified on a tree, and descended for three days into the underworld. On Sunday, he arose, "as the solar deity for the new season." His followers tied an image of Attis to a tree on "Black Friday," and carried him in a procession to the temple. His body was symbolically eaten by his followers in the form of bread. Worship of Attis began in Rome circa 200 BCE.
      Greek Pagan Religion: Dionysus is another savior-god whose birth was observed on DEC-25. He was worshipped throughout much of the Middle East as well. He had a center of worship in Jerusalem in the 1st century BCE. Some ancient coins have been found in Gaza with Dionysus on one side and JHWH (Jehovah) on the other. In later years, his flesh and blood were symbolically eaten in the form of bread and wine. He was viewed as the son of Zeus, the Father God.
      Egyptian Pagan Religion: Osiris is a savior-god who had been worshipped as far back as Neolithic times. "He was called Lord of Lords, King of Kings, God of Gods...the Resurrection and the Life, the Good shepherd...the god who 'made men and women be born again'". Three wise men announced his birth. His followers ate cakes of wheat which symbolized his body. Many sayings as-sociated with Osiris were taken over into the Bible. This included:
      • 23rd Psalm: an appeal to Osiris as the good Shepherd to lead believers through the valley of the shadow of death and to green pastures and still waters
      • Lord's Prayer: "O amen, who art in heaven..."
      • Many parables attributed to Jesus.
      Worship of Osiris, and celebration of his DEC-25 birth, were established throughout the Roman Empire by the end of the 1st century BCE.
      Persian Pagan Religion: Mithra was a Persian savior. Worship of Mithra became common throughout the Roman Empire, particularly among the Roman civil service and military. Mithraism was a compet-itor of Christianity until the 4th century. Their god was believed to have been born on DEC-25, circa 500 BCE. His birth was witnessed by shepherds and by gift-carrying Magi. This was celebrated as the "Dies Natalis Solic Invite," The "Birthday of the Unconquered Sun." Some followers believed that he was born of a virgin. During his life, he performed many miracles, cured many illnesses, and cast out devils. He celebrated a Last Supper with his 12 disciples. He ascended to heaven at the time of the spring equinox, about March 21.
      The Babylonians celebrated their "Victory of the Sun-God" Festival on DEC-25. Saturnalia (the Festival of Saturn) was celebrated from DEC-17 to 23 in the Roman Empire. The Roman Emperor Aurelian blended Saturnalia with a number of birth celebrations of savior Gods from other religions, into a single holy day: DEC-25. After much argument, the developing Christian church adopted this date as the birthday of their savior, Jesus. The people of the Roman Empire were accustomed to celebrating the birth of a God on that day. So, it was easy for the church to divert people's attention to Jesus' birth.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  6. John Richardson

    Earth Day is a silly holiday. Most holidays are pretty silly. Harmless perhaps, but transient emoting over an issue does little to further the steady effort that is really required for any truly worthy cause.

    Good Friday, on the other hand, is one of the most lugubrious and appalling holidays ever conceived.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • HeavenSent

      He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

      Mark 16:16

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • John Richardson

      I don't believe and won't be damned. Mark my words.

      April 23, 2011 at 2:01 am |
    • Adelina

      John, your make-believe words count nothing as you are a mere human. The Word of God is everything. Trust God instead of your filthy self. Criminals are confident only until they get caught.

      April 23, 2011 at 4:56 am |
  7. A. Serrao

    Holding "reverence" to objects other than God is considered hay, wood and stubble in His eyes. Worship Christ, not the creation.
    I Cor. 3:10-15–As an expert builder using the grace that God gave me, I laid the foundation, and someone else is building on it. But each per­son must be careful how he builds on it. 11After all, no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that is Jesus the Messiah. 12Whether a person builds on this foun­da­tion with gold, silver, expensive stones, wood, hay, or straw, 13the workmanship of each person will become evident, for the day of judgment[b] will show what it is, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. 14If what a person has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.[c] 15If his work is burned up, he will suffer loss. How­ever, he himself will be saved, but it will be like going through fire.31

    April 22, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Maria

      1 Cor 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • Maria

      1 Cor 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

      Our spirits our nourished by God, and our bodies by God's creation. By destroying the Earth we are destroying ourselves and defiling the temple of God.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  8. Maria

    1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

    Good Friday is a somber day, We weren't able to accept Jesus in his time without his sacrifice and Jesus was sacrificed by God through the hands of men. Through this act we not only see the love of god but we also must face our our own sins.

    We do not worship the cross, we worship Jesus. But remember that the cross was once a tree. We should hold in reverence all of God's creation.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  9. Mike Smith

    Four good reasons the faithful should shun the Church of the Divine Palate:
    http://bit.ly/eMPCSV

    April 22, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Mike, who said all Christians attend church? I don't attend church but on the times I do pop into any church, I will find that the followers that attend want to worship with others of like minds. Which is good to be around loving, kind, honest, hard working, creative, intelligent, humble, respectful, decent, moral, ethical, compassionate, etc. Need I go further. And you? Where do the non-believers gather? You don't. Mmmmmmmmmmmmhhhhhhh time to watch the reruns of star trek.

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  10. A. Serrao

    Amazing how the death of Christ on Good Friday has so quickly morphed into the resurrection of the goddess Gaia on Easter Sunday. Guarantee you, this pastor's congregants have "itching ears."

    April 22, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  11. SadieSadie

    Worshipping God is more important than worshipping earth. If earth day were any different day I might join in but today is about Jesus and his sacrifice. Thank you Jesus.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • claybigsby

      lol...crazy

      April 22, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • SadieSadie

      Do you know what I think is crazy? People that laugh at others for believing something different than what they believe.
      Are you an atheist? I can usually pick them out due to their inability to tolerate anyone believing in anything different than what they think is right.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • jimtanker

      No, believing in something with no evidence is crazy. Like your god. Believing in something with no evidence is called delusional beharior.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • SadieSadie

      What you consider sufficient evidence and what I consider sufficient evidence is vastly different. So while there may never be enough evidence for you to justify believing, there is enough for me.
      The difference between you and I is that I don't mock you and your beliefs but you seem to think that it is appropriate to act like a school aged child and make fun of those that believe and what they believe.
      It is because of people like you that I am losing respect for atheists.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • jimtanker

      Sadie, I dont mock you. I pitty you for your ignorance. It's sad really. Evidence is evidence. It is completely objective. You dont have evidence that I dont have and vice versus. You just have to find the evidece that is there. Whether or not you choose to understand it is up to you.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • SadieSadie

      You can save your pity because I don't need it. I am okay with believing something that you claim there is no evidence for. You know nothing about God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit so you are basing your opinions on things that are human or worldly and God is neither human nor of this world. Until or unless you have a relationship with Jesus you will continually claim there is no evidence of God.
      You are ent.ittled to your opinion but I think that bashing someting you don't understand is remarkably uninteligent.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • claybigsby

      sadie, actually no I am not an atheist...I dont know all of the answers and I am not about to profess that I do, unlike yourself and everyother christian who seems to think they KNOW what is real without EVIDENCE

      April 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • SadieSadie

      Again I will say that proof is subjective. What is proof enough for me may not, and obviously isn't, enough for you. Before you say that proof is proof please tell me why juries can be deadlocked if proof is proof? They all listened to the same proof and yet came up with different conclusions.
      I look at the world and see God and don't understand why you can't. You look at the world and see man and can't understand why I don't.
      I don't need to nor want to convince you too see the world my way but people like you seem incapable of allowing the people of the world to view the world in a way that differs from you.
      point in case: I posted my views to this article and YOU replied calling me crazy. Kind of closed minded of you, huh?

      April 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Craig Goodwin

      Sadie Sadie,
      I guess I look at it differently.
      I don't think it comes down to either worshiping God or worshiping the earth. I think the question is, can we worship God while having nothing to do with the earth? The Gnostics of the ancient world claimed that you could do that. They said that the spiritual is all that matters, leaving the physical earth and our physical bodies as meaningless afterthoughts. I see in the Incarnation of Jesus and especially his death, a profound rebuke of Gnostic thinking. God came in the flesh, died in the flesh, and was resurrected in the flesh. This is an earthy endeavor that seeks to redeem all things as Paul says in Colossians 1.
      Thanks for engaging with the article.
      All the best.
      Craig

      April 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  12. jimtanker

    Well since every christian holiday is a usurpation of a "pagan" holiday so that the church could get rid of their holidays it is only fitting that something worthwhile is being done instead of worshiping a fairy tale.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:13 am |
    • Adelina

      Jim, if there was a shadow of Good Friday, it's Passover, but it is not pagan. Present Americans are turning into pagans very fast. That means USA will lose God's blessings and her special position. Both Judaism and Christianity have been rooted richly in history and in all nations. Your opinion is a fairy tale.

      April 22, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • claybigsby

      "That means USA will lose God's blessings and her special position. Both Judaism and Christianity have been rooted richly in history and in all nations. Your opinion is a fairy tale."

      Stupidest argument ever. You do realize that humans and pagan religions were around thousands of years before your religion, right? You do know that your religion is based off of prior religions, right?

      April 22, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • Adelina

      @Clay-, the mankind was monotheistic first with the knowledge of one true God. Only Hebrews retained the original knowledge on Him over the years. The rest had gone to fairy tales like today's secular Americans did. Judaism is the oldest.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • jimtanker

      The US doesnt have any "special" position, there is no god and, as for us becoming more "pagan", that is a good thing. The less religious the country the more freedom and happiness that they enjoy.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Adelina

      Jim, why not immigrate to N. Korea? That's your utopia.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • jimtanker

      I've been to North Korea, twice. Not a fun place.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • claybigsby

      "the mankind was monotheistic first with the knowledge of one true God. "

      Really? Tell that to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Judaism claims a historical continuity spanning more than 3,000 years. It is one of the oldest monotheistic religions...hmm are you telling me that humans werent around earlier than 3000 years?

      April 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      claybigsby, didn't anyone ever tell you that everything you know is wrong? If not. They should have.

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      To all the non-believers ...

      Isaiah 2:11-17

      11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
      12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
      13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
      14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,
      15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
      16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
      17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Know What

      Adelina,
      "the mankind was monotheistic first with the knowledge of one true God."

      Do you have any idea of all the gods which were thought up before the god of Abraham came into vogue? Hebrews, on their small plot of land in the Middle East, who you wouldn't believe the time of day from today, just thought up another one; and they were successful in spreading it mostly through violence.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Know What

      HeavenSent,

      More threats of bullying and violence and degradation by the authors of Isaiah.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Adelina

      @KnowWhat, the first people had the knowledge of one true God. Monotheistic belief became otherwise later as various ancient people became corrupt and forgetful. Hebrews never forgot. What Isaiah declared is justice. Criminals take everything as violence.

      April 23, 2011 at 4:38 am |
  13. Adelina

    Earth Day is kind of useless for most of us, unless we'd really live like the Amish people, because our planet surface is destined to burn down. Good Friday carries meaning not only for planet Earth but for the entire universe and beyond.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:25 am |
    • San Onofre Surfer

      ...wait, wait, wait...
      Let me get this one straight. Wow, this is news to me. So Good Friday is for the ENTIRE universe ?
      Um, so if there are also pink monkeys and talking snakes on other planets, (or did they just fly there from here), then those "aliens" also needed to set up a payment plan for their "oopsy" too ? And then the payment plan from here covered them too ? Or does he have other kids that he sent there to do the payments for those talking snakes and alien's "oopsies" ? With 600 se-xtillion stars, and millions of other populated planets, this is gonna get REALLY complicated. What if they didn't commit an oopsy ? What if they did, but don't know yet, (because they live more than 2000 light years away), about an ordinary backwater planetary system on the outskirts of an arm on the Milky Way Galaxy, in a nondescript local star group. Think I'm gonna need a little time to assimilate all this fantastic new theology. Why didn't anyone at Yale tell me about this ? I want my money back.

      April 22, 2011 at 7:12 am |
    • Adelina

      San, the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is the cosmic, timeless thing. Read Revelation. Liberal theologians know nothing. You should have learned the Bible from Evangelicals.

      April 22, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • Madtown

      Oh? The Earth is not also God's creation, as is mankind? What about the animals, we shouldn't care about them either? If you want to call yourself a christian, shouldn't you note and appreciate all of God's creation?

      April 22, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • Adelina

      Madtown, of course we should take care of the creation world, but we should not cherish it as to worship Earth.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Madtown

      Adelina
      Madtown, of course we should take care of the creation world, but we should not cherish it as to worship Earth
      ----------

      You said above that "Earth Day is useless to you". Earth Day was founded as a day of appreciation for this earth, and as a reminder to educate ourselves on how to take better care of it. Now, you say "of course we should take care of it", which is a contradiction to your earlier statement. Which is it? Take care of it, or not?

      April 22, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Adelina

      @Madtown, take care of it knowing it will go down. Christians are the most realistic people on earth.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • claybigsby

      "Christians are the most realistic people on earth."

      BHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      April 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Adelina, Christians know what you are writing. Fools do not know they are fools. Why? Because they're fools.

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  14. Sailorblue

    Jesus came to "save the world" .... should our goal and responsibility be any different?

    Jhn 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

    Jhn 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

    Jhn 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, ...

    (And that commandment is "to love" ... God, others, and this of course includes the planet that we live on, that we all share, and that we all are caretakers and stewards of, or at least should be. This is what Christianity has always taught though some in the faith have NOT followed, to our shame, to this very day.)

    April 22, 2011 at 4:42 am |
    • Reality

      Sailorblue,

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

      e.g. From Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p 525-526.

      John 12: 47-49:

      (These passages were added by a group of revisers of John's gospel). "The secondary literary product does not contain authentic sayings of Jesus."

      April 22, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

      Proverbs 25:14

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  15. Adelina

    The Judgement Day is coming for the sake of the Planet Earth, too, for it to be redeemed from staunch villains called mankind.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:23 am |
    • melissa

      Another reason why I am glad not to be part of your cult. Your fictional characters don't own any days of the week. Nor did Easter Sunday not become this time frame for any other reason than to infringe on an existing non xtain holiday your brainwashed zealot cult members wanted to take over.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Too bad melissa, you either love and follow Jesus (truth) or you love and follow satan (lies).

      Your choice and by seeing what you wrote, you chose the wrong side to be on.

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  16. Adelina

    The deniers and self-lovers have nothing to cherish or worship so they worship the Earth like any stupid pagans without knowing the Earth really wishes these pests called mankind will be gone somewhere forever for good. It's God who loves both His creation and mankind and He will save His world and His people.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:20 am |
    • Madtown

      Calling someone 'stupid' is always the surest way to completely annihilate any credibility you may have in any discussion. Excellent job in undermining yourself.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Adelina

      Madtown, stupidity is stupidity. The Bible calls atheists fools. Rightly so.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Madtown

      Adelina
      Madtown, stupidity is stupidity. The Bible calls atheists fools. Rightly so.
      ------–

      Please point me to the scriptural verse that says explicity that "atheists are fools". I don't recall reading that.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • John Richardson

      Adelina, of all the people assembled, you are probably the fullest of an unsavory self-love.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Adelina

      @Madtown, it's Psalms chapter 14 and chapter 53. The entire Book of Proverbs says the same message. However, we are not to call fellow believers "fool" (Matthew chapter 5). @John, you atheists can't swallow facts about yourselves. Where are your dogma?

      April 22, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Ron

      What arrogance! Taking care of things is never bad. Earth day has nothing to do with worshiping the Earth but rather bringing to the forefront the need to take care of our world. As far as the remark about 'Pagans', I'd rather be a Pagan than be a part of a religion which is so divisive and looks down it's nose at everything. If you are a reflection of what Christianity is all about, keep it, I have no use for such a religion.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  17. openskynow

    Unlike your "God" or his "son" Earth really exists so lets make that our priority!

    April 22, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  18. Hank

    Ron,

    Your religion worships nature, and the "inner goddess." So I am not surprised that you take offense to my statements. You talk about short sighted, but yet you know nothing about my religion. Your religion makes you the god, and you don't like the idea of surrendering your salvation to someone else. You want to feel as though you have the power within yourself to save yourself and everything around you. You say my religion is selfish, yet you know nothing of my religion. Love, Charity, and Compassion are key to my religion. Clearly you cannot discern what I mean, so I will explain that you may better grasp what I was getting at. I don't believe in letting things be wasted, nor letting them become broken or decrepit but, the environmental movement is about putting the onus on others rather than oneself. I was stating that Christians we believe God created everything, and that we are the tenants that take care of it, but your religion and environmentalism praises and worships the creation. Your statement about the Earth being left "poisoned and unable to sustain life" is ludicrous. I do not wish, nor does my religion wish to have that happen. My religion and I do not wish death upon people, and to say that what Christians worry about is that "I am saved and that's all that matters" is insulting. My religion teaches selflessness, doing good without any expectation of praise.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:27 am |
    • claybigsby

      "Love, Charity, and Compassion are key to my religion."

      you obviously do not know the history of your religion. open up a book other than the bible and read up on it.

      April 22, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • chris

      Clay:
      Christianity took a dowhill turn around 300AD when Constantine "converted" and it became the official religion of Rome; the Romans were doing terrible things for a long time before Christianity- from there it became a basis for power...

      Just because a group of people took a religion and twisted it to give them an excuse to kill people doesn't mean that God is not love, and that Jesus did not die for us.
      There are some terrible things that have happened through human history; people have found excuse upon excuse to harm eachother, but Jesus tells us that He fulfilled Gods commandments and the law, so now He abides in Him. Those of us now that can fill Jesus' commandments will abide in Christ...Christs commandment for us isn't any kind of burden to bear; "Love eachother as I have loved you."

      I realize people may have done ugly things, but I don't base my beliefs on what man has done. I believe that God loves us, and He's called us to love and forgive others, irregardless of the sins they've commited or what they've done to us, because nomatter what terrible thing someone has done to me, I've done worse things to God throughout my life.

      April 22, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • claybigsby

      ok chris, lets look at the religion as it is today then. Compassion? Yeah right. Alot of Christians have no compassion for gays or people of other faiths. Troll around the foxnation.com boards, you will see what I mean.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • claybigsby

      hell....look at some of the comments from "Christians" on this board....sickening. thats why I dont believe in that crap.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Ron

      Hand "Your religion worships nature, and the "inner goddess." Actually, that's not really true. We worship the Goddess and God who created all things in the Universe. In the act of creation, the Gods placed a portion, if you will, of themselves in everything they created. For that reason, we revere and respect nature and all things. Because of that act, we view that all things are inter connected because of them. We do not worship 'nature' but rather the Goddess and God who created nature and all things.
      Actually Hank, I DO understand Christianity, its beliefs and its history as I was once Christian, for most of my life. Most Pagans (using the term Pagan as an umbrella term) were once Christian, in the U.S.

      April 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Ron

      My first sentence should read Hank and not Hand. confused fingers.

      claybigsby,
      Not all Christians are the same nor do they all believe and act the same. I have dear friends who are Christian and have told them that I am very thankful for them and their friendship as they remind me that not all Christians act and speak the same. Some truly seek to be Christ like in the words and more importantly, actions.

      April 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  19. HotAirAce

    I support Earth Day and looking after the planet. I totally reject religion and jc. No one owns the calendar! Anyone is free to schedule anything at any time. Those that observe religious holidays should go about their own business and leave everyone else be. Just another example of believers potentially trying to foist their agenda on the larger society.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • bob

      And you will probably accept the anti-christ who will come after the rapture of gods beloved children whom are christians and stood with him till the end.

      April 22, 2011 at 3:37 am |
    • claybigsby

      Bob: STFU. If one doesnt believe in your silly religion, one will not believe in an "antichrist"...if there is no christ, there is no antichrist. you sir are crazy. quit with the fear mongering and start thinking for yourself instead of what people who steal your money tell you to think.

      April 22, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • CoolKingoFire

      @HAA..I think it's (non-belivers) you who belong to the minority are "pushing your agenda to the large society" not us coz we own it and we are the large society.

      April 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @CoolKingoFire

      Actually we just want you folks to stop trying to turn every country into a theocracy and trying to change laws because your supposed word-of-god says how we should live. Your statement about owning it is proof positive, and a cause for concern, that you think believers should control everything, despite not have a shred of evidence to support your delusional believes in manmade tribal myths.

      April 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Hank

    I thought Jesus was the savior of the world, not an environmental movement. If you truly believe in Jesus, and that he died to buy our salvation, then you know that you must only do your part as Jesus told you. This environmental movement makes Christians deviate from God and Jesus by celebrating the creation more than the creator. If Christians were Christians, they would already be doing there part. This world is not valuable to God, WE ARE, as we are the even greater than the angels. I do marvel at this world and how wonderful and mysterious it is, but I do so in praising God. I look at the world and I only see evidence that an almighty God created it. So as Christians, take care of the environment, not as good environmentalists, but as good Christians.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • Ron

      Hank,
      As a Wiccan, one of the Pagan religions, while your statement may reflect your beliefs, I'm disgusted by it! Your religion and god take no responsibility for the Earth or creation. You basically have a religion that throws away all things, thinks itself above everything and really has no concern about things other than itself. Talk about short sighted! "i'm saved and that's all that matters", so what if the Earth is left poisoned and unable to sustain life. I'm dead, so it doesn't matter. Never mind future generations who will live here, they're not important so long as i'm 'saved'. Love, charity, compassion is dead in your religion if all you're concerned about is your own selfishness. I have no use for such a religion or 'god'.

      April 22, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • Whitesoxshawn

      Wow!!! That's a whole lot of arrogance in one paragraph!!!

      April 22, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • San Onofre Surfer

      @ Whitesoxshawn,
      Oh, you mean you read the WHOLE paragraph ?
      I stopped when I got to where he said "be doing THERE part".
      Anyone that is so stupid that he doesn't even know third grade English, doesn't have anything to say to me.
      Thank God, (well, thank heavens), for shortcuts. Life is too short to worry about the idiots.

      April 22, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • Jerred

      Wisdom of Solomon 11:24-12:1
      For You [God] love all things that exist, and detest none of the things that You have made, for You would not have made anything if You had hated it. How would anything have endured if You had not willed it? Or how would anything not called forth by You have been preserved? You spare all things for they are Yours, O Lord, You Who love the living. Your immortal Spirit is in all things. 

      April 22, 2011 at 7:09 am |
    • chris

      Well, I think God makes it pretty clear that we're to be stewards of His creation... That was His original purpose in creating us. Sure we need to believe in what Christ has done for us, don't think that means we can be wasteful with our resources and not care about all the gifts that God has given us through His creation! I think an appreciation of God and His love for us should inspire us to want to take care of this planet; it's not our own! If someone lent you a car to use, would you treat it like junk because it's someone elses car? No, you'd appreciate it and take care of it, that way when your friend returns, he'll see that you've actually been faithful to care for his possesion while he was away. This life and this earth are a gift, and we would be irresponsible and terrible stewards if we didn't do our best to preserve this earth and those who are in it.

      April 22, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Ron, you need to read Mark 16:16 so you can save your soul.

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Ron

      Heaven sent,
      I don't own a Bible. I answer to my Gods, not yours.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
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