12 April 2011

Worshiping the Creation

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (Romans 1:21-25)
As reported by Canada.com:
UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans
Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving "Mother Earth" the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.
The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to "dominate and exploit" — to the point that the "well-being and existence of many beings" is now threatened.
The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia's Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted in January.
That document speaks of the country's natural resources as "blessings," and grants the Earth a series of specific rights that include rights to life, water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities; and the right to be free from pollution. 
It also establishes a Ministry of Mother Earth, and provides the planet with an ombudsman whose job is to hear nature's complaints as voiced by activist and other groups, including the state.
Reflecting indigenous traditional beliefs, the proposed global treaty says humans have caused "severe destruction . . . that is offensive to the many faiths, wisdom traditions and indigenous cultures for whom Mother Earth is sacred." 
It also says that "Mother Earth has the right to exist, to persist and to continue the vital cycles, structures, functions and processes that sustain all human beings." 
Read the entire article here
If possible, this may actually be the worst demonstration of man worshiping the creation rather than the Creator that I have seen. And yet, this will be eagerly accepted by the UN and by nations around the globe as we continue to pursue "peace" and "equality" and "common ground."As for me, I will never be able to recognize a dandelion as possessing the same rights as a human. And who is this "Mother Earth" that is mentioned? I know of no such entity. Who do I know? God the Father, the One who created all that these people desire to worship.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host. (Isaiah 45:12)
For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:18) 
Oh, consider what these people are missing by choosing to worship something so much less than the One who deserves all worship! Christians, we have a choice. We can allow stories like this to frustrate or even anger us, and then grumble about it to our safe Christian circle. Or we can be grieved and use that as our motivation to get up and do the only thing that will have an effect: preach the Gospel to a lost, sinful, deceived and dying world.

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