The former Marxist president of the US has tried to do it. Others have tried to do it. And now Francis I, the pope of Rome has tried the same trick: to connect the coronavirus with the myth of “climate change”. It suits the one-worlders to connect the two and treat them as one – a double whammy of supposed irrefutable evidence that poor old “Mother Earth” is in Big Trouble if we don’t all get behind the doomsday prophets and surrender our freedoms and our money to – well, to them. Of course.
When asked by a journalist whether the COVID-19 “crisis” was an opportunity for an “ecological conversion”, Francis re-asserted his belief that mankind has provoked nature by not responding adequately to the “climate crisis”. “We did not respond to the partial catastrophes,” he said. “Who now speaks of the fires in Australia, or remembers that a year and a half ago a boat could cross the North Pole because the glaciers had all melted? Who speaks now of the floods? I don’t know if [the coronavirus is] nature’s revenge, but it is certainly nature’s response.”
The only correct thing Francis said in the paragraph above was, “I don’t know.” He has no clue. The virus is neither nature’s revenge nor even just a response to the “climate change” myth. A few little points need to be made. Number One, the fires in Australia were not caused by “climate change”. Number Two, the North Pole glaciers have not all melted. Number Three, floods happen all the time, all over the world, every single year. And Number Four: the coronavirus isn’t “nature’s response” to human inaction over so-called “climate change”, unless you believe the WHO – and WHO in his right would? It originated in a Chinese bioweapons facility. The virus that was created there had no idea what was going on in the world outside its warm little test tube. It doesn’t have a brain. It doesn’t think or plan. It didn’t just burst out in a frustrated rage as if it was aware of what people were supposedly doing to “Mother Earth”. Again, it doesn’t have a brain. It didn’t say to itself, “Those stupid human beings are not listening to poor Mother Earth’s cry of distress so I’m going to bust out of my nice, warm lab where people fuss over me and give me a lot of attention, and teach those earth-destroyers a lesson!” Did I mention that it doesn’t have a brain?
More to the point, although we know Francis has a brain, it seems the only time he uses it is to conjure up new ways to strengthen his power over the world. He went on: “Today I believe we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption and to learn to understand and contemplate the natural world.” Amazing – he learned all this from a fugitive virus? A virus escapes from (or is let out of) a Chinese lab and somehow manages to get a message to the pope of Rome: “Tell the world to slow down its rate of production and consumption! Learn to understand and contemplate the natural world! Or else!” I guess this virus is a whole lot smarter than we gave it credit for. It knows things. It has real power. It’s on a mission to turn silly earthlings from their destructive course. It has turned the Roman pope into its prophet – its voice through whom it addresses the masses. And even though there’s absolutely no connection between this fugitive virus and the lie of “climate change”, Francis decides to pass on the message anyway. Never let a good crisis (real or fake) go to waste – that’s the maxim he lives by.
Just in case the reader thinks I’m reading too much into Francis’ folly, this was not the first time he had spoken along these lines. Not by a long shot.
In December 2019 he said that natural disasters are nature’s way of sounding an alarm to us. “They are alarm signals that creation sends us, which summon us to immediately take effective decisions to safeguard our common home.” Note the deity-like attributes ascribed to “Nature”.
And in his now-famous encyclical on the environment, he wrote that the earth “now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.” Her? Francis speaks of the earth as a living goddess. He sounds just like every nature-worshipping pantheist worldwide. Indeed, he wrote in his encyclical, “Let us also learn to listen to indigenous peoples, whose age-old wisdom can teach us how to live in a better relationship with the environment.” He went on to state that loss of biodiversity and economic inequality “have caused Sister Earth… to cry out, pleading that we take another course.”
Another pearl of (literally) worldly wisdom from the Papal Antichrist: “Let us make an effort to change and to adopt more simple and respectful lifestyles!”
This from the man who sits at the head of the wealthiest religio-political institution on the face of the earth. A man whose every need is immediately catered for by any number of other servile human beings, and who, despite his reputation for being a simple man is anything but that, for he still makes use of the many delicious perks of his position, jets around the world in luxury, with his cardinals being called “the princes of the Church”, ultra-wealthy, luxury-loving, effeminate creatures who have never known a day’s want in their lives.
In late March, speaking to another journalist, he insisted the coronavirus was “nature’s cry” for humans to take better care of creation. Again, note how he constantly personalises nature. He is really something of a pantheist pope – he sees a deity (at least in some fuzzy way) in what he has called “Sister Mother Earth”, echoing not only the earth-worshipping Papist “saint”, Francis, of yore, but also earth-worshipping pagans around the world, for whom he cherishes a very special place in his Green and Red heart. For him the earth is a living being, and thus essentially a goddess of some sort, to be reverenced and served lest she rise up in anger against us. Professing himself to be wise, he has become a fool, changed the truth of God into a lie, and worships and serves the creature [creation] rather than the Creator (Rom. 1:22-25).
When the journalist asked him whether the virus was nature’s way of taking “revenge” on humanity, Francis replied: “Fires, earthquakes… nature is throwing a tantrum so that we will take care of her.” Say what? “Sister Mother Earth” throws tantrums? What kind of petulant goddess is she? And while we’re at it, if the earth really is our mother and a deity in her own right, why can’t she take care of herself? Why does she have to throw tantrums like a naughty child until we coddle her?
But then again, this earth-worship comes from a man who heads up a religion which teaches that a priest has the power to turn a piece of bread into God. So anything goes.
And then came Earth Day 2020.
Never mind that Earth Day is an absolute farce. Never mind that it is nothing but the Reds, fobbing themselves off as Greens, seeking even greater world control. Never mind that Ira Einhorn, the self-described co-founder of Earth Day, not only beat and murdered his ex-girlfriend but also composted her body, stuffed it into a trunk that had been packed with Styrofoam, air fresheners and newspapers, and kept the partially mummified body in a closet in his home. Never mind all these things. The pantheist pope, along with so many other deluded leaders across the earth, promotes Earth Day and spouts pagan environmentalist nonsense as if it was part of the Gospel.
This year he outdid himself, calling for the protection of the world’s environment and – again – tying the perceived lack thereof to the coronavirus outbreak. Let’s break down some of the key points in his speech for Earth Day:
“In today’s celebration of Earth Day we are called to renew our sense of sacred respect for the earth, for it is not just our home but also God’s home,” he said.
God’s home? Really? Where did he read that in the Bible? He didn’t, because he doesn’t believe the Bible. But this is what it really says: “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool” (Acts 7:48,49; see also Isa. 66:1). Ever hear of anyone living in a footstool? Francis’ god is very evidently not the sovereign and true God of the Bible.
But we knew that already.
And by using the word “sacred”, Francis attached a religious dimension to the respect he claimed we should all give to the earth. This is because he deifies the earth. This was further confirmed by his next words – that renewing our “sacred respect” for the earth “should make us all the more aware that we stand on holy ground!” When Moses went to look at the burning bush, God said to him, “Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (Exod. 3:5). It was not the whole earth, but only that place, and only for that time, that was declared holy ground. If the whole earth is holy ground as Francis claims, then we should all be walking barefooted, everywhere, all the time. Francis himself should take off his own shoes and set the example for the rest of us. But will he?
No, we didn’t think so.
He said the virus had shown that some challenges need to be met with a global response. “We see these natural tragedies, which are the earth’s response to our maltreatment,” he said. “I think that if I ask the Lord now what he thinks about this, I don’t think he would say it is a very good thing. It is we who have ruined the work of God.” “We have sinned against the earth, against our neighbour and, in the end, against the Creator.”
Wait a minute: we’ve sinned against the earth? David, even when he committed adultery with Bathsheba, said in prayer to God, “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned” (Psa. 51:4); firstly because his sin against God was far greater, comparatively, than against another human being; and secondly because, even when sin is committed against another human being, it is first and foremost committed against God, for it is defined as “the transgression of [God’s] law” (1 Jn. 3:4), and is thus a transgression against the Lawgiver Himself. When we sin, we sin against God first and foremost, and against our fellow-men very often as well; but nowhere do we read in the Bible of sinning against the earth. This is Francis’ fantasy, for the Papal Antichrist deifies “Mother Earth”. But we cannot sin against the earth, because it isn’t alive. It’s not a moral being.
But again: if the earth really is a goddess, she sure is weak and powerless, isn’t she? By his own admission mankind has failed to care for the earth – but isn’t it supposed to be the other way round? If the earth is a goddess, she should be caring for mankind, not mankind for her! This is absolutely no different, in essence, from the idols of the heathen, which cannot speak, see, hear, smell, do anything – and yet men worship them (Psa. 115:2-8).
And yet this “Mother Earth”, this supposed terrestrial goddess, which is so powerless to supposedly prevent its own destruction, will, Francis assured us all, respond in a “very ugly” manner towards all us wicked little earth-destroyers! He said: “The earth does not forgive: if we have spoiled the earth, its response will be very ugly”.
So let’s get this straight: the great earth-goddess can’t protect herself from puny men treating her badly, but she can somehow wreak vengeance on them for doing so? One would think it was really very obvious that if she can’t do the one, she can’t do the other. And surely being such an unforgiving monster, she doesn’t deserve our worship anyway?
But of course, the earth is not a goddess, it is not a living being, and it can do nothing. The Lord alone is God, and He alone is to be worshipped. As for the earth: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1); “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof” (1 Cor. 10:26).
Oh, and one last thing: “the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10). A dismal end for a goddess, one would think.
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