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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Re-evaluating the Christian Message In View of the Imminent Ecological Catastrophe Facing The Human Race

The USGS supplies environmentally centered news releases periodically.  One after another that I receive shows how our way of life is responsible for ruining the life sustaining abilities of the planet.  You can subscribe to these news releases free of charge. 

This reality reported by the USGS seems to anticipate the conditions spoken of in the book of Revelation with regard to the 'wrath of God' and the dispensing of plagues.  The plagues mentioned in Revelation are all or mostly made up of ecological catastrophes.

The plotline in the book of Revelation is inextricably associated with the disagreement the human race has with God and the replacement for God mankind created.The author of the Revelation of Jesus Christ indicates that this is shown by the activities of the governments of the world which God has a very low opinion of. The old Testament Seer, Samuel, related God's age old feelings on the matter of governments in chapter 8 of first Samuel. If you have not read it you may be surprised at what God himself thinks. 

Did you read it.  What do you think?  Is God right?  Did God describe government in a way that resembles reality today?

I think the reason God revealed his good news in this way is appropriate to the situation we humans find ourselves in at the present time. The reason for this plotline is to show man's hatred for Gods creation and consequently for God himself and, further, to let the people on earth know there are dire consequences for deciding to do what has been done.

God's message is to repent.  Repent simply means to change your mind.  This is what the gospel of the Kingdom of God is for.  The information in the Gospel of the Kingdom of God gives us the power, the ability to really 'change our minds'. The purpose of Christ's appearance on earth was to redeem, to restore and begin again what was taken from the future of the human race when it decided to leave God's care and set off on its own. His tool was information we know as the Gospel of The Kingdom of God. This word has the ability to transform your mind and set you free.

 The remedy God offers is the opportunity to change your mind about how you relate to him, your fellows on the planet and the environment itself. The Gospel of the Kingdom of God which Jesus revealed is able to enlighten you, change your mind and liberate you from all fear. Once a person understands Christ, he is impervious to all the spiritual weapons of disinformation meant to lead him away from his Creator.

There is an example of this lack of fear and those who do not believe in the Gospel of Mark. This is quite a scene.  In this chapter Jesus has spent the day giving out information about the Kingdom of God to thousands of people.  He has also provided free food for those who who had stayed to listen to him talk. After the day was over Jesus and his disciples went away in a boat. 

A storm came up.  It must have been quite a squall because the disciples of Jesus, men who earned their living by going to sea, were scared out of their wits.  On the other hand, Jesus was not bothered at all by the storm.  He was sleeping in another part of the boat. That's right, Jesus did not have a care in the world that disturbed him.

The disciples woke him up and wanted him to do something to save them from their present existential circumstances which appeared dire to them.  Jesus said something to his followers which should speak to all of us.  "And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?"  Mark 4: 40.  Read the entire chapter here and get a feel for it. 

Imagine that, the apostles were without faith!  They had been with Christ, they knew he was the Messiah, or they hoped he was anyhow. But Jesus could say despite those affirmations on their part they still did not have faith. This, Jesus said, was the reason for their carrying on like a bunch of crybabies in the boat. 

Jesus knew the truth that he was in God and God in him.  Therefore he was not afraid.  His followers, being with him on a daily basis were in close contact with the truth but they had not grasped what it meant. They were horrified at all that was coming down on them.  

This is what Jesus, in the same boat with his disciples, understood to be the source of his lack of fear at the revolt of nature all around him.  He describes the reason why those with faith in him have all the reason in the world to be secure.  Read them in the following words from the Gospel of John chapter 17.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Faith in Christ rests on this as a reality as real as the sun and moon.

In the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, John a prisoner on Christ's behalf, while writing from his cell on the Isle of Patmos describes the heavens as being rolled up like a scroll. The rolling up of the scroll is the same as having finished reading a book and closing the covers. Such is to be the outcome of human history.

Christ is the Alpha and Omega in this myth; the beginning and the end of creation. It is here, in the Revelation of the Mystery of the ages, where significance regarding what it means to be alive may be found. It is this good news about the meaning of Jesus and his incarnation and appearance among us which can radically reorganize our way of looking at the world, ourselves and our place in it.  This information will truly transform the mind of those who have faith. You do not have to worry

Back to the present where  God's creation is under assault by the very means which mankind measures success. Does it look hopeful? Are you confident the men and woman who have made the world the hell we anticipate it becoming can be trusted to fix it? It might be time to change our minds and trust in God instead of the Beast.  What do you think. Have you had enough?

Think about this for a while. All these birds mentioned in the USGS report have toxic quantities of lead in them resulting from our way of life.   Toxic means they will eventually be adversely affected by lead. It is not likely these birds are the only part of Gods creation affected by the products of our way of life.    This topic is discussed in an article By Joe Romm on May 13, 2012   Click here you can read of more concerns raised regarding the environmental impact of our way of life.  This information is useful in helping see the problem and change your mind.

A similar situation was brought to the attention of the American public several decades ago by Rachel Carson when I was in high school.  The intervening years have made it clear no repentance has been forthcoming by those making societies decisions.  The leaders have not been transformed by the renewing of their minds. Serving worldly interests they cannot serve the Kingdom of Heaven.  

Imagine that one day you turn on the news and are told there is not enough food air and water on the earth that is safe to eat or drink or breathe. You can see now why nations will fight it out over the last natural resources when even the wealthy cannot get a safe plate of food or a clean drink of water. The book of Revelation indicates a scenario similar to this will be the case.  

Fortunately if you have faith it will all end well.

So there is good news after all.  But it requires letting go of what society values as its way of life.

The images in this article are art I have made as a result of contemplating the meaning of Jesus Christ as the beginning and end of human experience. It is a theme which possess me day and night.  If you are interested you may view more and purchase environmental art at my store  Art From Another Dimension at   

Below is a video I made on the topic:

God Bless and if you choose to change your mind you'll be glad you did.

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