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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.

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  1. Elsa Paulsell

    I love U guys!!! JOE you are so funny!NICK you are so sweet!KEVIN you are so romantic!JO BROS you are so CUTE!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  2. Jon Johannes

    The idea of Earth Day and Easter together at the same time is only right. With the plenty that Our Father has provided for us, we need to do our part and take care of the earth. Thanks Jon at solardiyinfo.org

    May 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  3. Freethinksman

    With Earth Day, we celebrate what we have here on earth. Hopefully we take the opportunity to think about where we would be without it: nowhere.

    Good Friday, on the other hand, is merely a component of one of thousands of religious myths that have pervaded society since its ability to reason.

    Without the earth, there is no religion. Without religion, there is only earth.

    April 24, 2011 at 9:00 am |
  4. Reality

    Saving Christians from the Great Easter Con:

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology professor's grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
    http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

    The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

    Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty wingie talking thingies".

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    o An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,
    o p.4
    o "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."
    o p.168. by Ted Peters:
    1. Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    o So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    April 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  5. Evan

    Realty The Gospels are historical

    1) Extra-biblical sources, such as the writing of Josephus, Tacitus, and the Talmud, confirm a large portion of the Gospels. In fact, from these sources alone it can be concluded that: Jesus was a man from Nazareth who was born to a virgin named Mary. He had disciples, did miracles, was a wise man, and claimed to be the long-awaited Messiah. He was crucified during the reign of Pontius Pilate, but 3 days after His death, His tomb was empty. His disciples claimed He was resurrected, and spread this message throughout the Roman world.

    2) The disciples had nothing to gain (and everything to lose) by inventing the Gospels. The disciples knew that, by saying Jesus was king, they would be hated, and killed, which they were (except John). While it does not immediately prove Christianity, it does prove that we should at least consider that the Gospels are completely historical, as the disciples, again, would gain nothing and lose everything by inventing such a myth. "You may die for something you believe, even if it is false, but you will not die for something you know is a lie"

    3) The Resurrection is almost undeniable.

    a) Jesus was crucified (Josephus, Tacitus, Mara Bar Serapion, the Talmud, etc.) and buried (Jewish tradition).

    b) On the Sunday after the crucifixion, His tomb was empty (the earliest explanation for the Resurrection by the Jews was that the disciples stole the body. But this is huge: even His enemies admit the tomb was empty. Also, when Peter started preeching in Jerusalem on the Day of the Pentecost, 40 after the Resurrection, the Jews, Christ's enemies, could have brought forth the body of Jesus and immediately disproved the religion, which they would have done if they had the body. However, they could not produce the body, implying that they did not know where it was, and therefore not in the tomb).

    c) The disciples claimed they saw the Resurrected Christ. These were not hallucinations (modern psychology rejects this idea) and they did not steal the body (they could not have fought their way past a group of highly-trained, well-armed Roman guards, nor could they have been sleeping, for they would have been executed, which they were not).

    Throughout history, "scholars" have attempted to twist around the facts, but, as of yet, not a single theory accounts for all of them (except the actual Resurrection, of course).

    4) The Gospels vary completely from myths.

    a) In other religions, miracles are simply an add-ons. You believe the miracles after you believe the religion. But not Christianity: the religion stands or falls based on the truth of its miracles. As stated above, there is little reason to doubt that the disciples made this up.

    b) Most myths attempt to explain things, but not the Gospels. The Gospels just explain who the person Jesus was.

    c) Christianity is historical, while the Greek myths are not.

    Atheists constantly say "There is no evidence for Christianity". Well, that's wrong: Jesus has left plenty of evidence for His existence. You just decide whether or not you are going to accept it.

    April 23, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  6. Adelina

    @Reality: Read the Gospels and I Corinthians 15. Resurrection of Jesus is historical facts.

    April 23, 2011 at 3:42 am |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, tis holy Saturday. Tis not this the day, the simple, preacher man spent in Hell?

      Time for an update:

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

      I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen

      April 23, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  7. Reality

    And two days later Good Friday turns to dust as there was and never will be any physical resurrections. Details available.

    April 23, 2011 at 12:11 am |
  8. BondServant

    I don't mean to be a party pooper but neither Good Friday or Earth Day truly have nothing to do with Christ or the Bible. According to the words of Christ: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. – Matthew 12:40 It's It's mathematically impossible for Christ to have been crucified on a Friday & ressurrected on Sunday. Good Friday is a Roman Catholic tradtion. Since most Catholic traditions are rooted in Babylonian pagan worship it seems fitting that this Earth Day & Good Friday go hand in hand. Sadly, most Christians fail to see that Christ fullfilled the spring feasts of Leviticus 23. As the Passover Lamb Christ was crucified on the Passover, placed in the tomb on the 1st day Feast of Unleavened bread, as Resurrected on the Feast of First Fruits. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” Rev 5:12

    April 22, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Bruce

      Keep in mind that in the Jewish tradition, a day was counted as 1 by its very existence.... Friday is one day, Saturday is day two, and Sunday is day 3. When Christ told the Pharisees that he would destroy the temple and rebuild it in 3 days, they only thought of the physical building. He was referring to His kingdom. With his resurrection, the kingdom of God was rebuilt.

      April 24, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  9. Artist

    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.

    -----------
    So who wrote the bible????????

    April 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • Artist

      Perhaps you or heavensent could help me out with my question?

      April 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Artist, the Bible was written by Holy Men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. God is the author of the Bible. You can find His truth by reading the following scriptures.

      Numbers 11:25
      Numbers 16:28
      1 Samual 2:27
      2 Samual 23:1-2
      1 Kings 17:21-24
      2 Chronicles 15:1-2
      Nehemiah 9:30
      Isaiah 1:1-2
      Jeremiah 50:1
      Ezekiel 35:1
      Hosea 1:1
      Joel 1:1
      Haggai 2:1
      Zechariah 7:11-12
      Luke 1:68-70
      John 1:1-5
      2 Timothy 3:14-17
      1 Peter 1:9-12
      Revelation 19:13-16

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  10. mfchiro

    gary, dave, and the other naysayers, your attacks really dont amount to much. I recommend you go read Revelations 6, as you are mentioned specifically there; actually don't know if you will be alive during the time that this comes to pass, but if you are, here is how you will celebrate 'earth day' – and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;
    So have your fun, poke fun, but consider yourselves warned.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • John Richardson

      And you're mentioned in the part where Jesus said to false followers: I never knew you!

      April 23, 2011 at 1:55 am |
  11. Veritas

    Easter has been cancelled.....the body has been found....

    April 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  12. Wayne Woodall

    Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away" My lord Jesus spoke that.

    Romans 1:25 "they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen."

    April 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • Reality

      Wayne,

      Said Matthew passage has been studied thoroughly by many contemporary NT scholars. Some results:

      Mark 13:28-32 = Matt 24:32-36 = Luke 21:29-33

      : As per Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 93,

      Mark 13: 30, "Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done."

      "The saying reflects a delay over the events of the end. By contrast, Jesus expected the final arrival of the kingdom of god in the immediate future. So the saying is certainly inauthentic.

      [31], "The saying comes from the community and is inauthentic."

      [32], "The saying is inauthentic as it presupposes the divine sonship of Jesus."

      [34-36], Inauthentic based on redaction and tradition.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      1 Timothy 6 is a great read.

      Amen.

      April 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  13. gary

    Happy Dead Jesus Day! Still dead, always will be.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Dave

      If he even existed

      April 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  14. chris

    good friday is for christians while earth day is for hippies!

    April 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • gary

      yeah, Earth Day is so silly .. when we've totally fukt it up, we'll just go to ..... Uh oh .... We'll be screwed!

      April 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • RaKa

      Gary- So say the Spiritually Dead. The Spiritually Alive know that Jesus is alive, for we have encountered His very presence.

      April 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  15. GTechie

    Loved this article. I had never really thought about it. I just considered the fact that Good Friday and Earth Day were on the same day this year to be a random coincidence, but maybe it's a good chance instead to take this opportunity to see how the two can go hand-in-hand. It's a rare opportunity to take time out for two of God's greatest gifts to us... His Son who died and the earth He created.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Craig Goodwin

      GTechie – well said and glad you enjoyed the article.

      April 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  16. Turning Texas Blue

    Hey, cool article Pastor, G. Thanks for reminding each of us that we have responsibility for stewardship of this place where we live.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Craig Goodwin

      Thanks for reading the article. I see you're from Texas. I lived in Houston for seven years. All the best.

      April 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  17. Barbara Barrs

    Earth Day is, in every way, collective idolatry! We, as the human race, have been made stewards of the earth–animals, vegetables, and minerals. This is not the same as "worship." I pray that all those who appreciate the beauty of this perfect creation will open their eyes and see Who created all; will see the One who came down to "save the earth" i.e. mankind.

    So small-minded to think man can "save the planet" Pretty arrogant.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • HappyyppaH

      So simple-minded to not notice that humanity is destroying it.

      Think a little before you spew nonsense.

      April 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Redbird

      Well stated. People who are not Christians have no idea of the transformation that occurs within a person when he/she accepts Christ as Savior.

      April 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  18. Kidlantern67

    The author writes, "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."

    Excuse me but, Christianity did this first. Interesting that the author of this article completely ignores the fact that the dates of Good Friday/Easter purposely coincides with the dates of their pagan predecessor, the Fertility Rites of Spring. I don't know why this author is concerned about Earth Day co-opting Easter. He needs to learn the real history of how Christianity spread. In order for the Church to get folks to turn from paganism, the Church knowingly co-opted the concepts of Birth and Rebirth by pushing forth Jesus' story of Resurrection. The same thing happened with the Winter Solstice being supplanted by Christmas. It's the metaphorical version of building a Mosque on top of a Temple. Christianity did it first and did it well.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Craig Goodwin

      Kidlantern67,
      I agree there is a long history of Christian co-opting of pagan holidays, with Christmas being the strongest example. Most of this work has been done post-Constantine when the church had the authority and power to assert itself against pagan ritual. The belief in the resurrection of Jesus precedes this Constantinian turn. No doubt there were other themes of death and rebirth, but the Jesus story is unique. What other religion of the day had a humiliated, suffering savior?
      Thanks for reading the article.
      Craig

      April 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Yeah right...

      “the Jesus story is unique” No he wasn’t.

      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 5:55 pm |
  19. Allon

    A couple of verses for my fellow Christians. Also, take heart and give thanks to our Lord for what He has done for us on this Good Friday.

    John 15:20 "Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also."

    Mark 6:11 "And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

    April 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • Reality

      Allon,

      Your first "Thum-ptation" does not pass historic "muster".

      With respect to John's gospel:

      From Professor Gerd Ludemann's book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 416, "Anyone in search of the historical Jesus will not find him in the Gospel of John......This verdict is the consensus among New Testament scholars."

      The second one does to some degree:

      e.g. http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb001.html and Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 41.

      April 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • RaKa

      Always amusing when people who don't believe the bible try to preach it to others.

      April 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • RaKa

      Jesus' sacrifice was not for "all the earth". It was for all the people. Big difference.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  20. HOME

    I just searched for earth day and Good Friday and found this article near the top. The question I was pondering. How the death of our savior is received during the celebrated birth of our earth? I quickly found a proper way to look at it. The death of our savior was necessary to give life to all human beings… saving the theology class. Take it for what it’s worth.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • RaKa

      Home, not taking away from what you said, just adding to it. Jesus came to redeem that which was lost. Our disrespect for that which God has created is sinful in nature. Whether that be the planet or our fellow man-woman. If we don't know what something is created for we will inevitably abuse it.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Eternal Satyr

      http://www.jesusneverexisted.com
      http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com
      http://www.truthbeknown.com

      Industrialized Religion [TM] is, by its very nature, anti-nature. Religions have been systematically destroying life and environment for centuries. I think that it is just as sad that we have only one day out of the year set aside to honor the planet on which we live as it is that the once-pagan fertility celebration of Easter was hijacked by the so-called christians.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • RaKa

      Again...why are people of the atheistic religion so obsessed with God? I don't believe in the Easter Bunny and I don't go to every faith article bashing him. Your obsession with God lets everyone know that you do believe in Him, you're just mad at him for something your daddyor mommy did to you.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • RaKa

      True atheism doesn't exist.

      April 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Realist

      RaKa I agree in one sense, that Atheism is in a sense contradictory. I believe DesCartes said it best.

      That being said, however, it's a simple fact that a Christian God depicted in the Bible never has existed. That is not to say that some God didn't exist at one point. The indisputable existence of dinosaurs hundreds of millions of years ago and the age of this planet dating back billions of years is not possible as the biblical timeline only allows for Earth to exist about 6000 years.

      Not to mention the 200+ planets in our galaxy found to date that can support life, the Theory of Evolution, Big Bang Theory, and hundreds of historical, versioning, and translation inaccuracies of the Bible over 2,000 years don't help support a Christian God either.

      Unfortunately for all Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam [in order of discovery, not superiority]) if Genesis is incorrect, then nothing that follows can be true.

      April 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
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