“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Rom. 1:22).
Environmentalism, sustainable living, green awareness, eco-friendliness: these are just some of the buzz-words so popular today. Somewhere along the line, simple, sensible environmental conservation morphed into radical environmentalism; teaching one’s children not to pollute their little corner of the environment became a militant environmental revolution promoting global Socialism; and the biblical teaching of mankind exercising dominion over the creation was contemptuously jettisoned and replaced with the pagan notion of the “sacredness” of “Mother Earth”, and “evil humankind” upsetting the fragile “balance of nature” and needing to be put in its place, both by radical environmentalist indoctrination and by very radical, even murderous, population control.
The world has truly gone mad. The “greening” of man’s perception of his world has been achieved by the resurrection of ancient pagan myths in a modern pseudo-scientific guise: the idea of the earth as our “Mother”, a sacred entity, “Gaia” – a Green Goddess in fact. Yet according to this green religion, such a weak and fragile goddess is she that she cannot do anything to save herself, but needs us – supposedly her own wayward children who are doing her such harm – to come to her rescue. In this, then, she is no different from all the impotent idols of the heathen, who can do nothing for themselves but have to be supported by the very people over whom they supposedly rule (Psa. 115:3-8). Of these idols it is written, “they must needs be borne, because they cannot go” (Jer. 10:5); and “Mother Earth”, the Earth Goddess, must needs be saved by her children, because she is unable to save herself. What kind of a goddess is this? And yet the modern world prostrates itself before her.
And this idea that the human race is destroying the earth, and unless we all “get involved” and “do our bit” it will be too late, has permeated the professing Church as well. It is not at all surprising that the Roman Catholic institution and her “Protestant” daughters have gone over to the green side: they are false “churches” which copy the world in every imaginable way. But tragically, so all-pervasive has the radical environmentalist movement become that it has even fooled and misled many who would be considered Evangelical, Bible-believing Christians.
King Solomon, a godly man and the wisest who ever lived, fell into idolatry: “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites” (1 Kings 11:4,5). And today there are professing Christians who turn their hearts towards the Green Goddess. It is not for nothing that John the apostle warned Christians, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 Jn. 5:21). There is only one sin Christians cannot commit, and it is not the sin of idolatry. Idols can be set up in the heart as much as on high hills and under green trees; and they can assume very subtle forms, even appearing as the earth upon which we live.
Let us not be found guilty of the worship of the Green Goddess! Radical environmentalism must be resisted.
But to be very clear: while Christians must strongly resist radical environmentalism, this is not the same as saying we must not conserve the environment! Of course we must. It is nothing but downright foolishness, not to mention ingratitude to God, when we do not take care of what He has given to us, indeed entrusted to us. This earth is our home in these mortal bodies, and we should not pollute or destroy it. This is just common sense. This is true conservation. When a river is polluted so that we cannot drink the water; when great mounds of garbage are dumped in undesirable places and pose a health hazard; when rhino are poached to such an extent that their very survival is threatened, which would mean that in the future we may not see these magnificent creatures alive in the wild – in such cases there is need for urgent and swift action. It is right that we teach our children not to just dump their garbage out a car window; it is necessary that we set aside wilderness areas for the conservation of wildlife; it is good when scientific advances promote cleaner air and water; and so on.
But radical environmentalism is a different thing entirely! The fanatical belief that the world is approaching some kind of environmental apocalypse; that the human race is actually a kind of cancer on the earth; that there are too many people in the world and the numbers must be drastically culled, via abortion, sterilisation, assisted murder (“euthanasia”), etc.; that modern farming methods utilising highly industrialised techniques must be abandoned in favour of a return to a pre-industrial age; that “global warming” is real and man-made and threatening the end of the world; that every life form, no matter how dangerous it might be to man, deserves to be protected even while human beings should be aborted; that we should all get weepy over the culling of elephants or seals while millions of human babies are murdered in their mothers’ wombs; that we should wear “Save the Planet” T-shirts yet think nothing of pushing a lethal needle into the arms of the elderly; and so much more along these lines. This is radical environmentalism. This is the worship of the Green Goddess.
This pamphlet is not an exhaustive examination of the lies of the radical environmentalist movement. That would require an entire book. But we will examine what the Bible, the Word of the living God, says about environmentalism and conservation. This will provide the Christian reader with a concise biblical answer to the claims of the worshippers of the Green Goddess.
Man is to Subdue and Govern the Earth
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:26).
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:28).
This is as plain as day: man, the highest earthly creation of God, made in an utterly unique way (Gen. 1:26,27; 2:7,21-23), has been given dominion over the earth and all its creatures, and has been commanded by his Creator to subdue the earth. Man is not merely another animal, as evolutionists and radical environmentalists want the world to believe. He was created separately from the animals. Man and woman were fashioned in a unique way, and they were created for an entirely different purpose: they were created to have fellowship with God!
Dominion means that man is (under God) to govern all other creatures; to rule them; to have authority over them. For man is the crowning glory of God’s creation, the only one of His creatures made in His image, and therefore God has put all other creatures under his control. And this of course means that all the earth’s creatures are man’s servants. He is free to use them for his own ends, whether as food, or for clothing, or as beasts of burden.
And to subdue the earth means to make it serve man. It involves conquering the earth, and using it, in whatever way is best for mankind.
And truly, man has done this! He has taken dominion over all creatures, and subdued the earth to his use: “every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind” (Jas. 3:7). Furthermore, man has subdued the earth and forced it to yield to his wishes. In the sweat of his brow (Gen. 3:17-19) he has kept herds of animals and tilled the soil (Gen. 4:2,20), mined below the earth’s surface (Gen. 4:22), and in various other ways subdued the earth to make it serve his needs.
All of this is good! This is what God commanded man to do, from the very beginning. Even in the perfection of the pristine and beautiful garden of Eden, the very first man, before he fell into sin, was commanded to subdue and control nature: “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Gen. 2:15). This is good, sensible environmentalism. This is conservation by means of sensible management and control. This is what mankind must do: proper, common-sense conservation of the environment for our benefit and that of our children.
But as far as radical environmentalists are concerned, man has no right to rule the earth and subdue it to his needs. They speak of man “raping” the earth, and they bemoan “non-sustainable use”. They have no real, solid evidence for their bizarre accusations, but they trot them out anyway, always claiming to possess greater knowledge, and always demanding greater government control over every aspect of life, so that they can enforce their ideology on all countries. For essentially the Green movement is outright Socialism. It is a powerful tool for vast State control. Green is the new Red.
The entire earth exists, first and foremost, for the pleasure and glory of God (Rev. 4:11); and secondly, for the service of man. What this means in practice is that human beings must always be put first, not animals. Radical environmentalists, being evolutionists, teach that all living things have intrinsic worth, and that man has no special place, and is no more valuable than any other creature, for he is just another evolved mammal. But this is not so at all. Everything on this earth – everything, without exception – is here to serve man. And man is far, far more valuable than any other creature. The Lord Jesus said: “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:29-31). Sparrows are lovely little birds, and we should not want to be cruel to them or to annihilate them. God created the sparrows, and He has such an intimate knowledge of and interest in His creation that not even the death of one little sparrow occurs without the Father knowing – in fact, its death occurs only by His direction and command, for He controls and upholds all His vast universe. But even so, not all the sparrows in the world are worth as much to God the Father as one believer. They have worth, but it is as nothing compared with the worth of a Christian man or woman to the heavenly Father.
And the same is true of all the animal creation, whether we are talking about elephants or eels, lions or lemurs, dogs or ducklings. God created them; they are wonderful examples of His almighty creative power and wisdom; many are good for food and many others simply bring us much joy. Dogs make wonderful pets; hens lay tasty eggs; there is nothing like the thrill of seeing a lion in the wild; and great herds of cattle or sheep feed multitudes of people. All these creatures have worth; but their worth is always with reference to their usefulness to man. Given a choice between conserving sheep and conserving a lion, the sheep must win every time, as David the shepherd knew very well, for he was prepared to kill a lion and a bear so as to save his flock (1 Sam. 17:34-36). And why must the conservation of sheep take precedence? – because a lion is exciting to behold with the eyes, but sheep feed men’s hungry stomachs. And human life is not sustained by the sight of a lion.
Thus wildlife conservation is very important; but agricultural production is more so. The ideal is to have both, of course, for as man has been given dominion over all creatures, he can make use of those that are good for food, and he can preserve others in designated wilderness areas for his enjoyment in other ways. But the Green earth-idolaters would have us all give up eating meat, and turn over so much of the earth’s land surface to wilderness areas where wild animals roam free that “the land [would] become desolate, and the beast of the field [would] multiply against thee” (Exod. 23:29). This is contrary to the divine commandment to subdue the earth.
It is not necessary to destroy all wilderness areas and wildlife and turn all the land over to agricultural use, for contrary to Green “wisdom” the world is not running out of space; but nor is it necessary to take the world back to some mythical romantic time before the Industrial Age when men supposedly lived happily in vast wilderness areas “in harmony with their environment”. They did not, and when the wild beasts of the field multiplied against them their lives were miserable. In pre-Colonial and Colonial times, African tribesmen clutching feeble spears often lived in great fear of marauding man-eaters and rampaging jumbos, and breathed a collective sigh of relief when a white hunter arrived with his far superior rifle and took care of the problem for them with a few well-aimed and highly effective bullets. So much for them living in happy harmony with their growling, snapping, tearing “furry friends”. Yet this is the kind of world to which the devotees of the Green Goddess would like to take us all back.
Man is to Multiply and Fill the Earth
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Gen. 1:28).
“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…. And you, be fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein” (Gen. 9:1,7).
The divine commandment to multiply and fill the earth was given, first, to Adam and Eve – the parents of the entire human race (Gen. 1:28). It was then repeated to Noah and his sons when they came out of the ark after the global flood – when the human race began again, as it were (Gen. 9:1,7). And it is very important to note that this commandment has never been abrogated! It was not merely for a limited period of time. It did not cease to be in force in modern times when the radical Green movement decided, in its arrogance, that the earth is now over-populated. Only God, the sovereign Lord who gave the commandment to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth, can declare it to be fulfilled – and He never has, nor will He as long as the earth lasts. There is therefore nothing wrong with having large families! And no true Christian should let any radical environmentalist and anti-human fanatic try to tell them otherwise.
The plain truth is: the earth is not over-populated. There are not too many people. And the earth can most certainly sustain not only the population it now has, but the population it will have in the future as well. True science bears this out, not the “selective science” of the radical environmentalists. More importantly, nowhere does God’s Word say we need to be concerned about global over-population. It all boils down to this: as Christians, do we trust the Word of the Lord, or the wisdom of men? Was the Lord right when He gave the commandment for mankind to multiply and fill the earth, or was He wrong? Do Greens have greater knowledge of the earth than God who made it?
The Bible does not say that the earth will be destroyed because there are too many people. It says that the Lord Himself will destroy it, because of the sins of all people! (2 Pet. 3:5-14). And by “sins” is not meant having children. The Bible categorically states: “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psa. 127:3). Furthermore, having many children is not a sin either: “Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them” (Psa. 127:5).
Radical environmentalists propose means to reduce the world’s population that the Nazis would have been proud of, and that the Communists are proud of (for Green is the new Red, remember, and the Green movement is under the control of Reds): such methods as enforced mass sterilisation, easy access to abortion for all women and girls, free contraceptives, “euthanasia” (assisted murder), eugenics, etc. Some actually advocate the deliberate virtual extinction of the human race, leaving only a remnant alive (doubtless these madmen would want themselves and their families to be included among the fortunate few who are spared).
These days people frown when they see large families and whisper behind their backs about the parents being “irresponsible”; yet it was not that long ago when large families were the norm and children were viewed as a blessing. What has happened? In a word, indoctrination: people have heard the same old refrain for so long that (as with other aspects of radical environmentalism) it has entered into the very warp and woof of society that people should have only one or two children or none at all, or they are contributing to the “population explosion” which (we are told) is going to overwhelm the world. It is all nonsense.
Eden Has Gone: After the Fall the Earth Was Cursed by God
“And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life…. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground…. Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken” (Gen. 3:14,17-19,23).
After the Fall, the Lord cursed the ground for Adam’s sake. It would be very difficult for him and his descendants from then on to wrest a living from the soil, and it would involve much labour and much sweat, a daily warfare waged against the elements, insects, thorns and thistles. Yet labour man must, if he is to eat – and farming is what feeds the world’s population. It will simply never do, as anyone not blinded by radical environmentalist nonsense can see plainly, to let immense swathes of land return to thorny, tangled wilderness. Farming is necessary, and moreover farming on a huge scale. Many Greens want to take the world back to a time when subsistence farming was the norm – but in much of the world those days have gone, and rightly so. Subsistence farming will not feed the world – but then again, perhaps this is the Greens’ strategy, part of their insane scheme to reduce the world’s population.
Man’s inventiveness, using the intelligence God has given him, has meant massive strides in agricultural techniques and machinery, not to mention such things as pesticides (one can almost hear environmentalists letting out gasps of shock and horror). Yes, pesticides – which have ensured far greater crop yields than were ever possible before their invention. People may “eat organic” if they so choose and if they can afford it (most of the world’s population cannot, by the way); but there is every reason to be deeply grateful for the wonderful agricultural and technological advances which make it possible for millions to eat better and healthier foods than ever before in the world’s history. And this is true, pesticides notwithstanding – in fact, because of pesticides to a large extent.
Thorns and thistles were not part of God’s “very good” creation before man’s Fall; they are post-Fall problem plants (Gen. 3:17-19,23). All this goes to show a simple, unavoidable fact: not everything in nature is “very good” anymore! There is now much that is very bad. No farmer will say that thorns, thistles, and weeds of various sorts are good. In His parable of the wheat and tares (Matt. 13:24-30), the Lord Jesus spoke of the man who sows “good seed” in his field; which means there is such a thing as bad seed. And the one who sowed tares (weeds) among the man’s wheat was called “an enemy”. Furthermore, at the time of harvest the tares were to be gathered together and burned.
No – thorns, thistles and tares are not good. Nor are wild beasts at times, when they threaten man in any way. A snake is not good when it poses a direct danger to people (Num. 21:6,7). There is danger to men, at times, from serpents lurking in hedges and other places (Eccl. 10:8). We may marvel at many things about snakes, things which demonstrate the many-faceted handiwork of God the Creator (just as there is much to marvel at even in how thorns and thistles grow); but no one wants snakes loose in their houses. Nor, for that matter, is it advisable to have lions and elephants roaming about freely in villages and towns and cities. If the Israelites obeyed the Lord, He promised to “rid evil beasts out of the land” (Lev. 26:6). No one wants dangerous wild animals snuffling about outside the doors of their homes or growling through their windows. It is wonderful to have wilderness areas where we may go and see wild creatures, for they too bear witness to the greatness of our God; but Eden no longer exists on earth, and we cannot recreate Eden ever again. The Lord Jesus was with the wild beasts after His temptation (Mk. 1:13), but He is Lord of all creation. Man cannot now walk with the wild beasts and pat them on the head. He may try it, but even if he escapes with his life (and this is by no means guaranteed) he will certainly not escape with all his limbs.
Certainly the natural creation, even after the Fall and God’s curse upon it, is still very beautiful! For God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, and He has created beauty everywhere. We should be so thankful to Him that the natural world still provides so much to delight men. Just as the Lord God walked in the garden of Eden “in the cool of the day” even after the Fall (Gen. 3:8), so too man takes delight, and gets much joy and refreshment, from being able to do the same. There is beauty all around us, exquisite and awe-inspiring, whether it be the radiance of a sunset, the magnificence of a herd of elephants, or a delicate flower pushing up through the earth after rain. But still, as beautiful as the creation is, it is under the divine curse and it is a beauty always tarnished by something: fire and flood, hailstones and snowstorms, hurricanes and tsunamis, the snake in the grass that bites a child, the malignant crocodile in a murky river that carries off a woman washing her clothes at the bank, the crouching lion ready to pounce from a thicket on an unsuspecting traveller, a shark tearing a limb off a swimmer, a rabid dog. Truly, creation may be beautiful, but it is also often cruel and bloody. Eden exists no more.
Why are wild beasts called “evil beasts” in Lev. 26:6? They are not morally evil, of course, but they are dangerous to man, and for this reason are termed “evil”. They are often beautiful and majestic (Prov. 30:29,30), a sight to behold, a wonder to study (Psa. 104); but their relationship with man in this fallen world is very often an evil one (evil for man, that is), and man must subdue them and confine them. Eden, prior to the Fall, had a serpent, but it was not a dangerous one. Eden had no dangers. It had no thorns and thistles. And even when men proclaim wilderness areas, game parks and nature trails, and even though they may be beautiful and exciting and may refresh us when we visit them, we have not created an Eden. It is not paradise. Every time a lion brings down a gazelle and rips it to shreds to devour it, we are reminded – or should be – that wild places are not Eden. Sin has spoiled the whole of creation.
As those hardy frontiersmen pushed their way through the tangled, thorny undergrowth, blazing trails through the vast wildernesses of Africa and America, they were not in Eden, no matter how beautiful it was. They carried firearms, and without a firearm they were dead men; they were constantly alert to ever-present dangers from wild beasts (not to mention wild men); they suffered from debilitating diseases which laid them low and often carried them off; they suffered from cold and heat. Oh, it was exciting and adventurous, certainly, just as it is today, in the great game parks and wilderness areas; but it was not Eden then, and it is not Eden now. Adam had no need for a weapon and no need for clothes, and he was in perfect health.
Eden has gone and will never return. And if the Greens were ever to succeed in taking the earth back to a pre-industrial state, it would not be the paradise of their dreams. Far, far from it. It would be a place of disease, danger, and death.
The Lord God “sent [man] forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground”; He “drove out the man”, and He even barred the way back into it (Gen. 3:23,24). Man cannot return there, and in fact it no longer exists. The earth is under the divine curse, and “the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word [of God] are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Pet. 3:7); and the believer looks “for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pet. 3:13). This is the paradise that will be his, of which the garden of Eden, perfect as it was in an earthly sense, was but a feeble representation.
God Was the First to Kill an Animal
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21).
It was not man who first killed an animal; it was the Lord God Himself! Yes – the very One who had created all life was the first to take life. After Adam and Eve sinned, and knew that they were naked before the all-holy One, the Lord God made coats of skins for them, to cover their bodies. He killed an animal, or more than one, to do that. If “all life is sacred”, as radical environmentalists claim, then God would not have done this. But He did, for all life is not sacred. And in doing so He taught them their need for a covering for their sin: they needed to be dressed in the robe of Christ’s righteousness, He who would come as the Lamb of God, the antitype of all the animal sacrifices.
Before Christ, God Commanded Man to Sacrifice Animals
“And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering” (Gen. 4:4).
“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh” (Heb. 11:4).
The Creator of all creatures not only killed an animal Himself, but He commanded men to do the same! From the moment man fell, he could only approach the holy God by sacrifice. Adam and Eve knew this. They learned it the moment the Lord Himself killed an animal to clothe them. And they passed this true way of approaching and worshipping the holy God on to their children, for Abel slaughtered the firstlings of his flock as an act of sacrifice to God – and the Lord was pleased with what He had done. If “all life is sacred” and man has “no right to kill animals”, then the Lord should have been very happy with Cain’s offering of vegetables – but He was not (Gen. 4:3-7). Vegetables have no blood, and “without shedding of blood [there] is no remission” for sin (Heb. 9:22). Animal sacrifices were types: they typified the coming Messiah, God’s own dear Son, who would lay down His own life as a sacrifice, and shed His own blood, for the sins of His people. And over the centuries until Christ came, uncounted millions of animals must have been offered up in sacrifice to God, and all of them died violent deaths in the process. One just has to think of the mind-bogglingly vast numbers of sacrifices offered up by King Solomon at the dedication of the temple: 22000 oxen, and 120 000 sheep! (1 Kings 8:62-66).
If, as so many worshippers of the Green Goddess claim, it is wrong to kill animals for any reason, then the entire Old Testament sacrificial system was wrong. And this means God was wrong, for it was He who instituted the system! Those who profess to be “Christians” and are at the same time radical environmentalists, need to tread very carefully here. Do they realise the implications of what they are saying? Are they prepared to charge God with sin? Truly it must be said of such people: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to… birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” (Rom. 1:22,23); they have “changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than [or “rather than”, as the marginal note says] the Creator” (v.25). They are worshippers of the natural creation rather than worshippers of the true God, regardless of which church they may attend or how loudly they proclaim themselves to be Christians. This is not the wisdom of God; this is the wisdom of fallen man, limited and finite and wrong. Whether they admit it or not, this is man shaking his feeble little green fist in the face of God and saying, “I know best! Nature must be loved, respected, reverenced. Animals should have rights too!”
The Flood: God Caused the Greatest Ecological Catastrophe in History
“And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air” (Gen. 6:7).
“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Pet. 3:5,6).
The heading of this section is given with all reverence. Radical environmentalists, nature-worshipping “tree-huggers”, animal-rights advocates, global warming gurus, save-the-planet crusaders – all of them sing from the same hymnbook, and the lyrics go something like this: we’re all doomed, the world is dying, man is killing it, we are facing a global ecological catastrophe if we don’t do something, life as we know it will cease to exist, the environment is polluted, earth is out of balance, and again – we’re all doomed. As the vast majority of them are evolutionists, they are uniformitarians, proclaiming with a conviction arising from utter ignorance of the ancient past, “since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (2 Pet. 3:3); a creation they believe occurred billions of years ago. But God’s Word goes on to say, “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Pet. 3:5,6).
Yes! Although the Bible tells us it happened; although real science provides abundant evidence that it happened; although people groups all across the earth have preserved, within the accounts of their own histories, a belief in a worldwide flood – modern, supposedly intelligent man remains willingly ignorant of the evidence which stares him in the face, and denies that the global flood ever happened. But it did: the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. It is described for us in the sixth to ninth chapters of the book of Genesis. And the Lord Jesus, the Son of God who cannot lie, said that it happened (Matt. 24:37-39).
And – this worldwide flood, which was sent by God, destroyed not only all human life, but all animal life as well (except those creatures which were on the ark). “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air” (Gen. 6:7). “And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die” (Gen. 6:17). “I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth” (Gen. 7:4). “And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark” (Gen. 7:21-23).
Truly, this was the greatest ecological catastrophe in world history! Every living thing was wiped out! Only eight people were preserved alive (Noah and his family), and of the animals, seven of every clean beast and two of every unclean (Gen. 7:2,3). Nothing that mankind has ever done, or will ever do to Planet Earth, will ever equal the scale of this destruction! No man-made ecological catastrophe, no matter how terrible, will ever be as bad. And yet there are two things that stand out starkly, in answer to the radical environmentalist prophets of gloom who walk among us wearing their metaphorical sandwich boards which announce: “The End is Nigh!” What are these two things?
First, the worldwide flood was caused by the Lord God Himself! He sent it. It was not man who destroyed the earth, it was the God who made it. And yet it was man who was responsible for this destruction, because the Bible says, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth” (Gen. 6:5-7). Yes, man was responsible for the earth’s destruction, but the true meaning of this is not to the radical environmentalists’ liking. Most of them do not believe that man is sinful, except in the sense of harming the earth. But when God sent this destruction it was not because man was harming the earth; it was because of his wickedness! Even to the very thoughts of his heart, he was evil continually. “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (Gen. 6:11-13).
This is why the Lord God destroyed the earth! It had absolutely nothing to do with environmental pollution, “global warming”, the use of DDT, or the threat to polar bears in the Arctic Circle. It was because of the sinfulness of mankind!
Interesting, is it not, that the very people who are on such a crusade to “save the earth” have no interest in the salvation of their own souls from sin. They spend millions to save dolphins and whales and panda bears, but huge numbers of them think nothing of murdering children in their mothers’ wombs – in fact, they think this is a good and necessary thing to “save the planet” from man. They talk endlessly about humankind destroying the earth, and yet remain ignorant that because of their sins and the sins of all others, the Lord God is going to destroy this earth by fire at the end of time (2 Pet. 3:7-18)! They are rushing around to save the earth from man, but take no heed to the fact that their own sins are what will bring about the end of the world anyway, in a short while.
And the second thing that stands out starkly, as we contemplate the flood of Noah’s day, is this: yes, it was history’s greatest ecological catastrophe, but – the earth did recover from it! This is amazing to contemplate. To hear the Greens talk, one would think that if ever anything like the global destruction they predict were to occur, it would be the end of life as we know it, the world would never bounce back, the curtain would come down on Planet Earth and unless mankind had succeeded in colonising other planets by then it would be all over for him, and for every other form of life. But when God destroyed all life by the flood, he commanded Noah to keep a pair of every unclean animal, and seven of every clean animal, on the ark. That was all; no more. Truly, each and every kind of creature was reduced to a number so low that according to Green predictions there would be no hope of them ever recovering to what they call “sustainable” populations.
And yet they did! When the flood waters finally subsided and Noah emerged from the ark into a devastated, barren world, God said to him, “Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply on the earth” (Gen. 8:17). And what is more, when they all came out of the ark and even though he only had seven of every clean beast, Noah took one of each of them and sacrificed them to the Lord, thereby reducing their numbers even further – an act moreover that was well pleasing to the Lord! (Gen. 8:20-22). And yet despite this, these creatures made a full recovery in numbers! They multiplied and spread across the earth.
All this just goes to show that no true Christian ever need be terrified by the radical environmentalist prophets of gloom, preaching a message of imminent destruction of “Mother Earth” unless man wakes up in time and (of course) contributes vast amounts of money to their causes to prevent the end of the world. Even if various species are brought to the very brink of extinction (and none of us wants that to happen), they are able to make an amazing recovery.
After the Flood God Commanded Man to Kill Animals for Food
“And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things” (Gen. 9:2,3).
Radical environmentalism leads, logically, to vegetarianism. Not all of them are vegetarians, but this is the logical place to which they are travelling if they are going to be true to their ideology. For if “all life is sacred”, then how dare men eat animals? It seems to have escaped the notice of these people that animals eat other animals, and kill their food with much violence and pain. But in truth it is not that this fact has escaped their notice; they know it very well. They choose to ignore it because they realise it makes nonsense of their anti-meat agenda. If one points it out to them, they usually hide behind something like, “Oh, that’s nature’s way”; as if this is any kind of answer at all. So it is “nature’s way” for a lioness to bring down a gazelle with tearing claws and sharp teeth, often beginning to eat it before it is even dead – but it is not “nature’s way” for man to take a sheep out of the flock, mercifully slaughter it, then eat it? There is no reasoning with this kind of “logic”. Unless the Lord opens the heart, they cannot see.
The Bible is absolutely clear on this point. After the flood, Noah was told that the animals of the earth would go in fear and dread of man; that the beasts were, in fact, delivered (this means by God) into man’s hands; and that man was now free to eat any creature: whatever tasted good to him, he could eat it. He was free to convert lambs into tasty lamb chops, buffalo into burgers, pigeons into pie, or for that matter any other creature into whatever dish he liked. “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things” (Gen. 9:2,3).
It is not a sin to eat meat. Jesus said: “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man” (Matt. 15:11). The Bible declares that “commanding to abstain from meats” is a doctrine of devils (1 Tim. 4:1-3); for “God hath created [them] to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (1 Tim. 4:3-5). Note this: every creature is good for food. And we may receive it into our mouths with thankful hearts to the Lord for His provision.
The Lord Jesus Himself ate meat, as we know from the fact that He kept the Passover, which involved the slaughtering, cooking and eating of a lamb (Matt. 26:17-21; Exod. 12:3-11); and He taught that it was a merry thing to eat a fatted calf, killed for this purpose, at a feast of joy (Lk. 15:22-32). Now who will we follow? The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, or earth-worshippers who throw up their hands in horror at the thought of any human being killing “another animal” for food, as they crunch their way through their organically grown raw vegetables and make their soya or tofu burgers look exactly like the meat burgers they despise? There is no sin in eating only vegetables and fruit if that is what one’s taste buds prefer; but when one seeks to foist one’s vegetarian lifestyle on everyone else because “eating an animal is cruel”, this is where a line must be drawn. One is welcome to eat nothing but greens; but the Lord God, the Creator of all things, has given me permission to eat that which is red in addition to green, and I fully intend to continue doing so, and moreover with great relish and a thankful heart.
Conservation, Yes; Earth-Worship and Putting Animals Before Man, No
“Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad: and thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee” (Deut. 23:12,13).
“If a bird’s nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young: but thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days” (Deut. 22:6,7).
Let us not be in any confusion here. It is indeed a very sad thing when, for example, poachers drive a particular animal to the brink of extinction, and we should be concerned about it, and we should do what we can to prevent it (if there is anything we are able to do). The fact that God told Noah to preserve two of every unclean beast, and seven of every clean beast, alive on the ark, so as to repopulate the earth after the flood, shows that the Lord does expect man to take care of the natural world around him.
We may use animals for food and for various other purposes, and no believer should fall for the lie that hunting is criminal and should be outlawed. Hunting has been part of man’s existence through the ages, and there is no sin in this. Man has hunted animals for food and clothing, and in self-defence. But when a particular species is on the verge of extinction, then it becomes irresponsible in the extreme to continue hunting it, for whatever reason. Yes, a species may recover even when its numbers are very low, as seen after the flood; but if the numbers are brought very low indeed, it is entirely possible that the very last ones could be wiped out as well, and then they are gone forever.
In past ages whales were hunted for what they could provide for man, and at the time this made perfect sense; but today there are alternatives, and to hunt whales to the brink of extinction would be an unnecessary and shocking waste, the needless destruction of magnificent creatures made by God. Today poachers, armed with sophisticated weaponry, are pushing the rhino to the brink of extinction – and all for what? For a mythical belief, held by some in the Far East, in the aphrodisiacal properties of its horn. The valiant conservation efforts of those trying to preserve the rhino from extinction deserve wholehearted support. It would be an immense loss if the day ever came when whales, rhinos, etc., went extinct (always remembering, as above, that even just a small breeding population is able to make a remarkable recovery if allowed to do so).
It is indeed true that many species have gone extinct since the beginning of the world, and more may do so, for all kinds of reasons. But man does not have to deliberately wipe them out, unless they are pests or threats to his own existence (which, clearly, rhinos and whales are not). These beautiful and fascinating creatures should be preserved, to fill us all with wonder and to testify to God the Creator’s power. In stating all the above, then, it must not be assumed we are against conservation. We are very much in favour of it. Man must take care of the world, certainly. But taking care of it is one thing; worshipping and serving the creature more than the Creator is a very different thing altogether! (Rom. 1:25).
The earth, taken as a whole, is not in danger. But of course it is true to say that various localities are under threat. It is absurd to claim that all water on earth is threatened, but none can deny that in many localities rivers are very polluted. The entire ocean is not under threat, but it is true to say that populations of certain marine creatures are threatened. Africa’s wildlife still swarms across the continent, often in numbers which pose a direct threat to people; but the rhino populations are dwindling, and dwindling fast, due to international poaching syndicates. Yes, conservation is essential! But this is a very far cry from the radical Green agenda, spouting its nonsense about mankind threatening the very survival of “Mother Earth” itself. It is not sensible environmental policies that must be opposed, but radical environmentalism, the Green Goddess, that must be fought against with all our might. For this is a nature religion beyond anything seen in ancient cultures. This is nothing less than a demonic lie, and (although vast numbers of Green crusaders do not know it) they are mere pawns in a global game: the attempt to bring in Socialism/Communism, a world government and thus absolute people control, through a Green back door.
Conservation of the natural world (within limits) is right, and is taught and commanded in God’s holy Word. Let us consider some passages which deal with this subject.
No sensible person wants to live in an environment that is polluted with human waste. The commandment of the Lord to Israel, as they journeyed through the wilderness, was: “Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad: and thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee” (Deut. 23:12,13). Proper sanitation! Creating and maintaining a healthy, hygienic living environment by properly disposing of one’s waste products. This is sensible conservation of the natural environment.
Another conservation law is found in Deut. 22:6,7: “If a bird’s nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young: but thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.” This is referring to wild birds, not to hens and other domestic fowls kept for the purpose of laying eggs, or for eating. This law given by God states that if the eggs or the young are taken for food because one is hungry, but the mother bird is left alone, she is then free to go and lay more eggs and raise more young; whereas if the mother bird is taken and eaten, no further offspring will be produced. This law, then, teaches an excellent principle of conservation, as well as teaching compassion, even to birds, and forbidding cruelty.
Truly, as Jesus said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” (Lk. 12:6). Man is “of more value than many sparrows” (Lk. 12:7), and therefore his welfare must always come first; but this does not mean the Lord has no concern or care for the smallest of His creatures. He does! And so should we.
The Lord forbids cruelty, and commands kindness to animals, in Prov. 12:10: “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” The beasts which we control and make use of, whether dogs, cats, oxen, or any others, are not to be treated with cruelty. We must have regard to their lives, and show mercy to them, feed them with sufficient food, and not overwork them. Such care for his animals was shown by godly Jacob (Gen. 33:14), and is commanded in Moses’ law (Deut. 25:4). The wicked do not do so; and even their most “tender” actions are actually cruel, as shown by Balaam in his treatment of his poor donkey, which had served him so faithfully and even saved his life (Num. 22:23-34).
The balance is clearly shown in Scripture: In Deut. 25:4 the Lord commanded the Israelites to show kindness to, and to care for, their oxen, when He said: “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.” But in quoting this verse in 1 Cor. 9:9, Paul added, “Doth God take care for oxen?” Yes, He does, or the law in Deuteronomy would not have been given to men to care for them; but Paul is teaching care for oxen is not the principal meaning of the verse. Its meaning is, “Doth God take care for oxen more than for men?” For after quoting the verse Paul writes: “Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written”; and goes on to show that its principal meaning is with respect to the support of those in the ministry. Compared with His care for His ministers, God’s care for oxen is as nothing. Men come first.
And thus we see the balance. We are to take care of the creatures the Lord God has made, with kindness and compassion, but we are never to put them on an equality with man, nor put the conservation of them above the welfare of man. Always, always, man comes first. The creatures are there to serve him.
Consider, now, the balance expressed in Holy Scripture regarding the conservation of trees: “When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man’s life) to employ them in the siege: only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for meat, thou shalt destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with thee, until it be subdued” (Deut. 20:19,20).
Here we see the Lord instructing and commanding the Israelites in the conservation of fruit trees. Why? For the obvious reason that these provide food for man. Wanton destruction is never good, not even of the vegetation. But we have to see both sides of the coin here. Yes, fruit trees were to be preserved – but the Lord gave permission for other trees to be destroyed, even for such a purpose as the service of the army in war!
Trees are wonderful things, and none of us would want to see treeless wastelands created by man’s stupidity in chopping them all down (as has happened in various places, at times). But there is no divine prohibition against chopping down trees per se. Trees, like everything else in creation, are for the use of man. Fruit trees are for food, but other trees are useful for their wood in various ways: for the making of paper, furniture, houses, and so much more. To listen to the radical environmentalists yammering on, chopping down acres of trees is tantamount to killing baby seals (though not to killing baby humans in their mothers’ wombs – that is encouraged because, after all, as the Green mantra goes, “there are too many humans”). Of course it would be stupidly short-sighted to chop down all trees in the world, but let us be realistic here: this is never going to happen! Man craves wood for all kinds of uses, and as long as he craves it he is going to keep planting more trees. It is simple supply-and-demand.
And yes, there are places in the world where massive deforestation is occurring. This is not a good thing at all when it is unnecessary and harmful, but when it is for the good of man then sometimes it just has to be. For again – man comes first. Vast swathes of jungle are exciting and beautiful (oh dear, a quick correction before the Green troops swoop: “jungle” has been replaced with the more politically-correct-sounding term, “rain forest”), and it would be a tragedy if ever there were no such wilderness areas left; but if more land is needed for cultivation by man, then some of the land presently covered with thick and tangly jungle has to go. It would be tragic if it was ever all destroyed. By all means as much as possible should be preserved as protected wilderness areas for the marvellous wildlife of God’s creation, and for the enjoyment of people who love to explore these places. But man comes first.
Conservation is very necessary, good and proper. It is very good to conserve; but that which must be conserved, first and foremost, is whatever is useful to man.
How the World Will End
“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men…. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens 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 burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pet. 3:7-13).
The Bible tells us how the world will end, but it is not a message the Greens will want to hear. They believe the fate of Planet Earth is in man’s hands. God, if He exists at all, is to their minds probably a She, not a He, and they would call her “Gaia”, or “Mother Earth”, or some such name. They reject the Bible, and it would break their hearts if the earth could not be “saved” by their frantic efforts; for to them, man must be his own saviour. He must save the earth, and thereby save his physical life. But of the need for salvation from their sins against a holy and offended God, they remain ignorant.
Yes, the world is coming to an end, and – there is absolutely nothing any Green can do about it. It is out of his hands entirely, and all his efforts to “save the earth” will prove utterly futile in the end. He runs around, here, there and everywhere, trying his best to “restore earth’s balance”, to give children a “green education”, to establish “environmental protection agencies” and to usher in an overriding, Socialist, global, United Nations-enforced earth policy which, if implemented, will be totalitarianism with a Green facade, a gigantic step towards absolute people control by a world authority, which billions will support like sheep, thanks to years of massive Green brainwashing. But if that day ever came, and the Greens sat back and breathed a sigh of relief that now, at last, they had succeeded in preventing the end of the world from occurring, they would find, in time, that they had not prevented the coming end of the world by a single second!
The earth will be destroyed. But it will not be destroyed by over-population; nor by environmental degradation; nor by “global warming”; nor by rising sea levels; nor by pollution; nor by deforestation. “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Gen. 8:22). The world will be destroyed, by God, by the instrumentality of fire, when – and only when – the Lord Jesus Christ returns on the last day; a day settled upon between the three divine Persons of the Holy Trinity before the world even began.
And when He returns to judge the world in righteousness and to burn it all up, it will be for mankind’s sins – not for his failure to reduce carbon emissions, not for having more than two children per couple, not for using pesticides, not for eating meat, not for hunting, not for clearing out virgin jungle! Man’s sins will bring about this utter destruction of the universe by God (2 Pet. 3:7-13).
What a global ecological catastrophe this will be! Far worse, even, than the flood of Noah’s day, for it will be the end of the entire physical universe. It will be burned up, and all as appointed by the sovereign Lord of all. But it will not matter then, for the Lord’s elect will enter into eternal life, and the reprobate will be cast into hell – for ever and ever (Matt. 25:46; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Rev. 19:20,21; 21:1-8).
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse…. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things…. who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more [marginal note: rather] than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen” (Rom. 1:20-25).
The creation testifies to the reality of the invisible God who made it all, so that men are without excuse when they worship and serve the creation rather than the Creator. In so doing, they have changed God’s incorruptible glory into an image of their own imaginations, exalting the creatures as deities. They prefer to adore birds and beasts, trees and rivers, than the One who made them all for His glory, and as a testimony to His power, greatness, kindness, and goodness.
Do not embrace the Green Goddess! She is but the latest manifestation of a satanic counterfeit religion that had its origins when the world was young. It is modern-day nature-worship, the substitution of the creation for the Creator. It has its own deity (“Mother Earth”); its own priesthood (radical environmentalists); its own mission (“saving Mother Earth”); its own form of worship (the adoration of the creation). It is a religion! But behind it is that Serpent who played such a part in spoiling Eden in the first place, and yet who now deceives men into believing that they can re-create Eden by themselves. God walked with unfallen man in the Eden He created, and from which He banished man when he fell; and now fallen man thinks he will one day walk in an Eden he has created, and from which he has banished God. What an awful awakening will be his when the Son of God returns to earth on the last day!
To those who have prostrated themselves before the Green Goddess: turn from this idolatry of the creation, repent of it, and call upon Christ by faith! Man cannot save the earth from its appointed destiny, and he cannot save himself either. His sin is not his lack of “Green-consciousness”; his sin is that he has rebelled, with all his heart and soul, against the living God who made him, transgressing His laws. From this state of sin he cannot save himself; only the Lord Jesus Christ can save him (Jn. 14:6; Acts 4:12). And this He does, saving to the uttermost, from all their sins, all who come unto God by Him (Heb. 7:25)!
Come, then, to Him! Forsake the groves, where the Green Goddess is worshipped by her blind devotees “under every green tree” (Deut. 12:2), and come by faith to Him who is the Maker of all, the Redeemer of His elect, the true Lord and Saviour, who alone can save you from your sins and take you to be with Him forever in the true Paradise of God when all the world is in a blaze!
Shaun Willcock is a minister, author and researcher. He runs Bible Based Ministries. This pamphlet was first published in 2014, and slightly edited and revised in 2018. For other pamphlets (which may be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, audio messages, articles, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website; or write to the address below. If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ email list, please send your details.
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