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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Cosmic Waste Dump?

Waste is a huge problem for humanity. Western society’s consumerism addiction has created an ever increasing pile of discards, which have to go somewhere. Our landfills are rapidly becoming inconvenient- they take up space and it is hard to do anything with the land once they are full. Also, we have toxic and nuclear wastes which we need somewhere safe to store. Some people suggest we can solve all our waste problems by dumping our waste in space. Do you think this is a good idea?
If comes to an choice between sacrificing some time and money to recycle and building a cosmic waste dump, what will you choose?

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+