Earth Day, Environmentalism and Its Pagan Roots

“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen”

[Romans 1:24-25]

This week the world is recognizing another Earth Day. Earth Day celebrations have now been promoted in our schools, parks, communities, and countries for nearly 50 years. Cloaked in the veil of environmental awareness and championed by a “save-the-planet” mantra, Earth Day has become one of the most successful indoctrination campaigns for modern paganism and the worship of Gaia — or Mother Earth.

Of course the pagan roots and religious components of Earth Day are always downplayed by organizers, who insist that it is an innocuous secular holiday simply established to promote a cleaner, greener planet. And who doesn’t want a healthier planet?

Yet just a surface-glance of the language, literature and activities at the core of this holiday paint an entirely different picture. Tucked nicely into the overarching theme of Earth Day, are core pagan beliefs such as the veneration of Mother Earth, the reduction of human population, the introduction of animistic and pantheistic beliefs, and even the criminalization for man’s contribution to climate change.

Although Earth Day [established 1970] is not officially recognized as one of the sacred, pagan holidays, it has deep pagan roots and was born out of deeper religious conviction. Earth Day’s genesis can be traced back to a 1967 essay written by Lynn White, Jr., titled — The Historical Roots of our Ecologic Crisis.

In his essay, White laid a “heavy burden” on Biblical Christianity for promoting man’s dominance over nature, all the while suggesting that in order to save our world, progressive thinkers must change the way they view the relationship between mankind and Mother Earth. His suggestion, of course, was to embrace our pagan roots and replace archaic, destructive Christian beliefs with a newfound veneration of nature and nature’s “spirits.”

“Christianity, in absolute contrast to ancient paganism and Asia’s religions (except, perhaps Zoroastrianism), not only established a dualism of man and nature but also insisted that it is God’s will that man exploit nature for his proper ends … The spirits in natural objects, which formerly had protected nature from man, evaporated. Man’s effective monopoly on spirit in this world was confirmed, and the old inhibitions to the exploitation of nature crumbled.”

[Lynn White, Jr. — The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis — 1969]

In other words, the patriarch of the Earth Day movement believed with full conviction that until society returned to the pagan worship of nature and Mother Earth, mankind would inevitably destroy its own sacred environment. And make no mistake about it, pagan ideology considers the destruction of the planet as a more grievous offense that the destruction of human beings themselves. The neopagans of our day see mankind as the cancerous growth that has infected the earth with its waste and overpopulation.

And now, nearly 50 years later, our children have been indoctrinated with pagan ideology — passionately wanting to save a planet without even realizing why.

If you don’t believe Earth Day purely is a religious movement, here is another quote from White’s essay, which was premiered in the very first Earth Day manifesto in 1970.

“Both our present science and our present technology are so tinctured with orthodox Christian arrogance toward nature that no solution for our ecologic crisis can be expected from them alone. Since the roots of our trouble are so largely religious, the remedy must also be essentially religious, whether we call it that or not. We must rethink and refeel our nature and destiny.”

[White – The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis — 1969]

Earth Day and Environmentalism

One of the many branches of the neopagan movement is the modern obsession with climate change and radical environmentalism. Everyone from Al Gore to the latest “Green” political champion, New York Senator Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, insists that the this ecological crisis is the gravest threat to human civilization. This radical environmental ideology is much more than abstract conjecture, however, as zealous politicians have used fear-based rhetoric and fraudulent data to justify imposing brutal legislation and insufferable government restrictions.

Ocasio-Cortez at a women’s march – March 2019

To understand the irrational mindset of today’s radical environmentalists, look no further than to the founder of Earth Day, former Senator Gaylord Nelson, who once said, “The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who recently proposed a $1 Trillion juggernaut “New Green Deal,” showed how her irrational environmental fervor influences her core values. Not only does Cortez support government funded abortions on demand, along with most socialist liberals, but she sees population control as a legitimate solution to the environmental “crisis.” Of course, like all elite socialists, she believes that she should be the one who determines who should live and who should be “sacrificed” for the greater good of the planet. Funny how that works.

“Our planet is going to face disaster if we don’t turn this ship around. There’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead young people to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?”

[Ocasio-Cortez, Newsweek — Feb. 2019]

Biblical Stewardship vs. Radical Enviornmentalism

Unlike White and Ocasio-Cortez, who preach paganism and population control, the Lord Jesus Christ has a much different view of the environment and man’s responsibility to exercise dominion over the earth. It’s called stewardship.

Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” So the first principle of Biblical stewardship is that the LORD God is Creator and Ruler and Owner of the earth and the entire universe. We are not to venerate some pagan, demonic goddess, Gaia (Mother Earth). We are called to worship the LORD our God and serve Him only.

Secondly, the LORD our God created man in His own image and entered into covenant relationship with mankind, giving us dominion over the earth. Man is not equal to the animals but distinct from them. Man was created to reflect God’s heavenly image on the earth.

“Then 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 birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

[Genesis 1:26]

Obviously man did not perfectly carry out God’s original mandate, and the effects of sin and the curse have brought death and corruption upon the earth. Yet those who live in relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ are most capable of reflecting God’s image to the world and most appreciating God’s glory in the creation. The purpose of all creation is to magnify the glory of the Creator.

God didn’t entrust this beautiful planet to mankind for arbitrary waste, exploitation, and degradation. NO! God entrusted this planet to us for beautification, exploration, co-creation, and ultimately His glorification. As stewards of God’s earth, a born-again believer will have a desire to properly manage and conserve the natural resources that the LORD has provided and wisely use them for man’s good and God’s glory.

Finally, despite all our efforts to properly reflect and represent our Creator on earth, we also must understand that Jesus Christ is coming again to carry out a total restoration and renewal of the heavens and the earth. This earth, in bondage to corruption, will one day be liberated by our Lord Jesus Christ, as will all who belong to Him.

So the greatest threat to humanity is not the environment, the greatest threat is that every human soul on the planet today is in danger of dying apart from having a relationship with Jesus Christ — our Awesome Creator and Loving Savior.

“For behold, I create new heavens
and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
or come into mind.”

[Isaiah 65:17]

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