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National climate march tomorrow

Just a reminder – the national climate march takes place tomorrow. All the details are on the website if you’re joining.

If anyone wants to come with me, I plan to be at St Matthew’s church on Great Peter Street, for the service there at 11. Operation Noah, Christian Ecology Link and others are starting from there too, and it’s a short walk round the corner to join everybody else.

The demonstration is a call for action at the UN’s climate change talks in Bali, where delegates from 180 countries are discussing what should follow the Kyoto agreement, due to expire in 2012. There was some good news earlier in the conference when Australia declared that it would finally ratify Kyoto, a swift move by the new prime minister Kevin Rudd. This leaves the US as the only developed nation yet to sign.

Kyoto only called for a 5% reduction of emissions below the 1990 levels. The science varies, but a more useful reduction needs to be 60-80% to make any real difference, so bold action from the UN is crucial, and American involvement is vital – that’s why tomorrow’s march ends with a rally outside the US embassy.

8 comments

  1. Cast into the sea. Today many people are so concerned about the environment, saying, “what shall we do with all our rubbish?” Well, God has no problem with rubbish, for He just casts it into the deepest sea. Do you remember where the evil spirits ended up which Jesus cast out of a mad man?

    Well, they entered into a herd of pigs which ran off a cliff into the sea. Now Jesus is aware that many of us have huge amounts of rubbish in our lives, which we need to get rid of and for many of us these problems are as big as mountains. So, Jesus has provided the answer for us to get rid of them, in Mark 11 v 23, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he sayeth shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he sayeth.”

    If it is sickness, or financial or darkness of any description that afflicts you, then cast it into the deepest sea. I guess that is why the deeper the sea, the more hideous the sea creatures become. We have seen this in recent times as deep sea exploration has taken place.

    The explanation for the evil looking deep sea creatures must come from all the evil that has been cast down to them over the centuries. In that darkness we see creation in it’s most darkest and hideous forms. But when we come into the light, hallelujah, we see creation at it’s most beautiful, like the birds of paradise in Papua New Guinea. That is why we must always seek to walk in the light as Christ Jesus is the light of the world, and there is nothing more beautiful than Christ Jesus our wonderful Lord and Saviour.

    So cast your problems into the sea, and walk in the light.
    “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” St John 8 v 12.

  2. Well, that’s an unusual theory, to say the least. Unfortunately throwing things into the sea has been a cause of a lot of environmental issues, rather than a solution.

  3. All Things New, today there is a very evil doctrine being taught in some of our churches, by some very prominent preachers. They have decided to ignore God’s Word concerning what He is going to do with this earth. I guess that you could call them the green preachers, well, you certainly couldn’t call them gospel preachers.

    The Lord said, “…. The heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men…… The heaven shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burnt up.” 2 Peter 3:7, 2 Peter3:10.

    The Lord said, also not only the earth shall He destroy, but the heavens also shall be destroyed — even the heavens are not clean in God’s eyes. “The heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.” 2 Peter 3: 12.

    Now this is how it shall be with this old earth, I heard a preacher say, “God is going to renovate this earth.” How foolish, God never fixes up old things, behold our God makes all things new, hallelujah, praise God. Jesus told us in His parables that you cannot patch up an old garment with a new piece of cloth, and you cannot pour new wine into old wine bottles. You see Jesus said we must have a new garment and new wine bottles that has always been the way that God has done things.

    We who have the witness of the Holy Ghost in our hearts know that God has promised a new heaven and a new earth, wherein righteousness shall dwell, and the glory of God and of His Son Jesus Christ shall be in it. There shall be no more tears, no more death, or sorrow, crying, and pain, for all things will be burnt up, and finished, and will never be remembered ever again. For our God is a fountain of life, and we are His children, made possible through the sacrifice of His dear Son, who gave His life to save us all.

    “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” Revelation 21:1.

    The Lord has said in His Word that He is going to give you a new name, Rev 2:17 a new song, Rev 5:9 praise God it just gets better and better, a new heaven and a new earth, Rev 21:1 and a new Jerusalem which will come down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband, Rev21: 2.

    “And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new”. Revelation 21:5.

  4. I’m familiar with this argument, but I think it is a translation error. In Revelation 21:1 where God speaks of a new heaven and a new earth, the word in the Greek is ‘kainos’, which means ‘renewed’. If the world was to be replaced, the Apostle John would have used the word ‘neos’.
    The same word is used in 2 Corinthians 5:17, where Paul says ‘if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation’. Here again it is ‘kainos’, meaning a renewed creation.
    I would argue that actually God is all about fixing old things, that this is the heart of what redemption means – taking what is broken and worthless, and making it into something glorious and useful again. I believe God does that with individual human beings, and will do the same with the earth. He specialises in hopeless cases, and this is something that motivates my own efforts in the apparent hopelessness of our environmental crisis.

  5. Mysteries

    “But blessed are your eyes for they see; and your ears for they hear.” {Matthew 13v16}.

    Jesus spoke these words to His disciples and to all who would follow Him. Now many people today in the world find it very hard to understand and to accept God’s Word, some try to change it by bringing out different translations, but I believe that they who do such things are standing on very dangerous ground.

    For I am reminded of God’s Word, “For I testify unto everyman that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” {Revelation 22 v 18 & 19}.

    Yes indeed, blessed are our eyes, and our ears as Jesus said, now there are things in the scriptures which are hard to understand, but we must remember we are not always ready to receive such knowledge.

    The Word of God needs to mature in us, and then it will be ripe enough for us to eat, so the things you do not understand, really do not matter at all. For soon all things will be revealed to us.

    The Holy Ghost is in the process of making the mysteries of His Word known to you and me, for they have been hid from the past ages and generations, but are now made visible to God’s children in these last days.

    I believe that we will be amazed at the things that our Lord will show us in the ages to come, for we know that His knowledge is infinite, and we also know the greatest mystery of all,

    “which is Christ in you the hope of glory.” {Colossians 1 v 27}. May the Lord reveal more of His mysteries in Christ to us all, as we study His eternal and glorious Word.

    Jesus said, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: For He shall not speak of Himself but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: And He will show you things to come.”
    {St John 16 v 12 & 13}.

  6. Well Billy, Satan can quote Scripture too. I think you have a bit of a way to go yet, as all of us do one way or another. As far as renewal of this world is concerned I think the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus, His death and His resurrection, give the lie to any idea that God is finishing with this world and going to start again with a new one. That would simply hand the victory to Satan. His command to mankind in Gen 1:24 has never been revoked, and He is determined that it will be fulfilled, by renewed people in a renewed earth. Get on board, Billy!

  7. Same point – the problem is that there are two greek words that are both translated as ‘new’, because we don’t have exact equivalents. One is ‘neos’, which means something newly created, and the other is ‘kainos’, which means something renewed or refreshed.
    The word ‘new’ in the verse you quote here is ‘kainos’ – in other words “Behold, I am renewing everything.”
    This isn’t twisting scripture – the original greek is the ultimate authority we have to stand on. Look it up in a greek lexicon. Our God is a God of second chances!

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