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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

We have failed

“Man is no longer the Creator's "steward", but an autonomous despot, who is finally beginning to understand that he must stop at the edge of the abyss.” (Pope John Paul II)
Dodo; Tasmanian Tiger; Quagga; Caspian Tiger; Steller’s Sea Cow; Pallas Cormorant; Great Auk; Passenger Pigeon; Lesser Bilby; Lesser Stick-nest Rat; Short-tailed, Long-tailed, Big-eared and Darling Downs Hopping Mice, Desert Bandicoot, Gould’s Mouse and the Gastric Brooding Frog. This is just a very short list of some species that have become extinct at our hands. Australia has the worst rate of mammal extinction in the world with 27 species becoming extinct in the last 200 years. Likely to join them soon are the Christmas Island Pipistrelle Bat, Lord Howe Island Phasamid, Mountain Pygmy-Possum, Leadbeater’s Possum, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat, Dibbler, Mahogany Glider, Red-tailed Phascogale, Orange Roughy, Grey-nurse Shark and possibly the Tasmanian Devil, Tiger, Elephant, Panda, Polar Bear and Blue Whale.

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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+