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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"There is a truth which has claimed us. We do not possess it; it possesses us."

I just liked this quote from the Joint Commission on Church Union, The Faith of the Church, Melbourne, Joint Board of Christian Education of Australia and New Zealand, 1959 (one of the documents from the development of the Uniting Church in Australia).

Also in this document:

"We confess one God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Sovereign Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of all things. All things have their being through the Word of His power; His rule is over all His creatures. It is His purpose that all creation should praise and serve Him."

Which is cool. Then it also goes on to call man the "crown of His creation", which I disagree with because I agree with Bishop George Browning and others who believe the crown of creation is in fact the sabbath, which was created after mankind, making it God's last great act of creation (which is the weak reasoning for why man is often called 'the crown of creation'). Also it says that God "entered into covenant with man that He would not destroy him from off the face of the earth", when actually the covenant was with all creation as well as humankind (Genesis 9:8-11).

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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+