Earth Day good time to examine faithTo the Forum:

Earth Day 2000 is Saturday, April 22. As a supporter of all efforts to

safeguard our fragile planet, I applaud those who 30 years ago founded this

special day.

This year I noticed that Earth Day is sandwiched between Good

Friday and Easter Sunday. The irony struck like a bolt of lightning.

Think

about it. Earth Day – the worldwide celebration of our living planet –

juxtaposed against the apocalyptic ideology of Christianity. While the former

seeks to protect and preserve the Earth, the latter promises to destroy

it.

According to Genesis, God allegedly caused a catastrophic flood that

rose until “the mountains were covered [and] all flesh died that moved upon the

earth….”

In Matthew 24:29, Jesus reportedly threatened, “… the sun

shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall

fall from heaven….

Absurdities aside, the Bible is replete with threats

of environmental destruction.

According to the Book of Revelation, Jesus

will return soon to orchestrate the final destruction of Earth. Chapter 16

describes in detail how Jesus and his angels of death will “turn the rivers and

oceans to blood” and how the Earth and its inhabitants will be “scorched with

great fire.”

Chapters 19 and 20 describe how Jesus will come with “the

fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” and ominous threats that billions of

people will be “cast into the lake of fire.”

This Earth Day, I ask

Christians to examine their faith. Would an all-powerful, all-loving God turn

the oceans to blood and cast billions of people into a lake of fire?

As we

enter the second century of the nuclear age and religious wars rage around the

globe, humanity should recognize the frailty of life on this tiny planet and

work to protect our world from further harm.

Mitchell Kahle

Honolulu,

O’ahu

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