Radical Environmentalism and the God Pan...
Pantheism- Earth Worship
Over the last 30 years or so even to the time I was still in High School in the 1970's we've seen in an increasing type of worship of the ancient Greco Roman deity "Pan" or "Faunus"
What is "Pan" someone might say and what is Pantheism?
Pan (also Faunus) was the ancient God of the earth, of nature, in ancient Greece and Rome they worshiped numerous god's (little g) and Pan was one of them. You may have seen the drawings and paintings of Pan playing his Lute or Flute that resembled a Faun or Satyr not unlike the character Tumnus in the C.S. Lewis books "The Chronicles of Narnia"
Pan literally means Earth and Theism or Theist means worship or worshiper.
The Pan-Theist is quite literally an "Earth Worshiper" or Worshiper of nature or natural things.
The worship of Nature or "Earth worship" has it's modern form today, and that is those who worship creation, the creation of made things, the earth, the animals, the oceans the sun, the moon, rather than God almighty who created these things.
Pantheists worship as gods (again little g) everything...they believe everything IS god, the rocks contain god, the oceans contain god, the animals contain god, we humans contain god which is completely contrary to what the bible teaches for instance in Romans They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the creator, who is forever praised, Amen.
As the Bible shows clearly God is SEPARATE from the creation, the earth, the trees, the Mountains, and oceans and animals. Yes, God's creation is spectacular, it is breathtaking to behold, but the Lord very consistently says we are not to worship the things HE created. We are to worship only GOD ALONE.
But the Pantheist believes the opposite of what biblical truth states, Pantheism says that God IS the earth, the trees, the mountains, the rocks, the animals and even goes a step further to say that WE are god also. We humans are little gods or contain god. It sounds a little like the lie Satan told Eve in the Garden "You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" Genesis 3:5 doesn't it?
As I stated earlier Pantheism takes a modern form, and it may be a form many may not even realize and that is radical environmentalism.
In the late 1960's and 70's when I was in High school there used to be these stickers and flags proclaiming "Ecology" that looked somewhat like an American flag but had green stripes, and there were bumper sticker slogans on a lot of cars proclaiming "Save The Planet"
Now, there's certainly not anything wrong with making our natural environment cleaner, safer and a better
place for people and our children to inhabit, I'm all for that...I hate it when I see people throwing trash out of their car, or throwing cigarettes on the sidewalk, it angers me...and in fact the Bible states in Genesis-
God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground. Genesis 1:28 NLT
That tells me that yes, we take care of the earth, because it provides our food and water and brings us happiness as we enjoy what God gave us to enjoy.
But, and here's where the radical environmentalist gets it wrong...we are not to believe that created things are on par with God Himself, we do not look at the environment and say "We need to think of this planet as a god, as a thing to be worshiped, as a sacred and living god, as well as all of the animals, and trees, and oceans, and the sun, and moon as well."
This is the critical error of the radical environmentalist...they believe the environment is something to be worshiped, a sacred thing, the animals are sacred, the trees are sacred, the planet is sacred.
And if you've ever debated radical environmentalists you know full well that they will come at you with the fervor of someone with a deeply held religious belief. I know, because I have debated and spoke with the "Save the Planet" types many times and it's definitely as if you're attacking their god when you present ideas and philosophies contrary to their own.
Today we've now gone far beyond the "Ecology" and "Save the Rain Forest" bumper sticker slogans.
Today, those people that pushed "Ecology" in the 70's are now the people saying we must have "climate justice" and "Global warming is the greatest threat we face" or now the latest term is "Climate Change" Today's environmentalists indeed have a religious fervor to serve their cause as if they were worshiping something.These are the very same radical environmentalists from the 70's who are now in their 40's 50's and 60's that are still adamantly worshiping Pan, and quite frankly, many of them don't even know it...
They never QUIT worshiping Pan in fact, but are now setting government policies according to who they worship, and that is the Earth. They are Pantheists who are now fully blossomed into policy makers
and regulatory administrators who are deciding and implementing local, state, and even national and International policy based on their long held belief in worshiping their god the earth, they are still Pan-Theists.
Today's environmental policy makers are now former 60's hippie radical environmentalists that have a lot of political power, and can force their Pantheistic beliefs down everyone else's throats, which they are now attempting to do.
We've seen it in many many decisions in the last few years for instance, Stephen Chu President Obama's
former energy secretary said we need gasoline prices to rise to $8-$9 a gallon. Why would the former energy secretary of the United States say that? Well, here it is...
Someone like Stephen Chu is still to this day a Pan-Theist. He worships his god Planet earth and so, to protect his god Mr. Chu needs Human beings to drive cars and trucks and buses much less, and maybe not at all... because humans are polluting and damaging his god the earth.
Mr. Chu could care less about the severe damage that $9 a gallon gas would do to an average family's food budget, or their ability to pay their house payment or rent, or say a musician like myself who drives hundreds of miles to music gigs, if gas were $9 a gallon I would not only NOT make money from a $250 gig in Aspen or Vail, Co. I would actually have to PAY in gas costs to play that gig...in Mr. Chu's mind that does not matter, what matters to him is that we humans (of which he is one) are hurting his god, we are damaging (in his mind) what is sacred to him, and so we bad human beings need to drive less...a LOT less.
We are seeing very powerful people now claiming "Climate Justice" and Global warming IE Climate Change must be stopped, the Clarion call of those like Al Gore and even the President and Pope are
saying "Save the planet" "Save the Planet" "Stop Climate Change" And they preach it with the fervor of a Pentecostal preacher at a Saturday night revival meeting.
But the problem and issue with this brand of strident Evangelical Environmentalism is, that when you are worshiping the wrong gods, you always come to the wrong conclusions, and those conclusions can destroy the lives of people, particularly if you hold a position of great power...
As the Bible speaks very clearly in the same chapter I quoted earlier- Romans 1:21-25
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
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