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What is the Green Bible?
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Posted on 07/14/2013 12:53:18 PM PDT by Fiji Hill

Question: "What is the Green Bible?"

Answer: The Green Bible, published in 2008 by Harper Collins Publishers, is not a new translation. The publishers use the New Revised Standard Version as their text. The whole premise of this version is similar to the “red-letter” editions of the Bible where the words of Christ are printed in red ink. Following this approach, the Green Bible prints in green ink verses and passages which, according to the publisher, deal with environmental topics or creation care. They break this down into four categories: 1. How God and Jesus are involved in creation; 2. How all elements (land, water, plants, humans, animals) are interdependent; 3. How nature responds to God; 4. How we are called to care for creation. The Bible itself is printed on recycled paper using soy-based ink with a cotton/linen cover. There is also a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as several essays by various people including Brian McLaren, of emergent church fame, and Pope John Paul II. Other features include a topical index, a personal “trail study guide,” and an appendix with information on further reading, how to get involved, and practical steps to take.

The idea of a “green” Bible may have merits. The Green Bible can serve as a reminder to believers who are overly critical of today’s modern “green” movement that the Scriptures do speak on the subject of the environment. The heavens, air, oceans, rivers, seas, plants, and animals are all wonderfully created by God. Some need to be reminded that God’s magnificent creation is something to behold, appreciate, respect, and preserve (Genesis 1:26-28). Of course, God’s command to mankind to rule over and subdue the earth does not mean we can abuse it. Rather, God has given care of the environment to mankind to nurture and use with respect, always mindful of our great God as the force behind its creation.

The Green Bible goes beyond just advocating an agenda and actually is teaching false doctrines. This becomes evident in the “Green Bible Quiz,” which has seven questions with three multiple-choice answers for each question. Question #2 asks, “Which verse praising creation is from the Psalms?” and gives Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands,” as the correct answer. The problem here is that this verse does exactly opposite of what the question asks. The verse is not “praising creation” at all; rather, it speaks of the creation praising the Creator, God. Question #4 in the Green Bible Quiz asks, “Where did Jesus go to commune with nature?” The “correct” answer given is Matthew 4:23, but apparently this was a typo and no doubt should have been Matthew 14:23, “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” This verse definitely does not say that Christ went up to the mountain “to commune with nature.” He went up to pray, literally to commune with His Father, God. This goes far beyond stretching the meaning of a verse and actually amounts to deifying nature, which is nothing short of idolatry.

There is nothing wrong with Christians being involved in a conscious effort to appreciate and even preserve God’s wonderful creation. But any effort directed at preserving the planet forever runs counter to God's revealed plan. He tells us in 2 Peter 3:10 that at the end of the age, the earth and all He has created will be destroyed with fire. The physical, natural earth in its present form, along with the entire universe, will be consumed, and God will create a "new heaven and a new earth" (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1). As believers, our focus has to be living for the Savior and, in what the Scriptures call the “last days,” to be about the business of sharing the good news of the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ with as many people as possible.


TOPICS: Activism; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics; Theology
KEYWORDS: bible; creation; environmentalism; greenbible; greens; nrsv; religiousleft; stewardship

1 posted on 07/14/2013 12:53:19 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

Romans 1:25 comes to mind


2 posted on 07/14/2013 12:56:40 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Fiji Hill
Here is a green bible for you.


3 posted on 07/14/2013 12:57:49 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Fiji Hill
published by people that DO NOT believe in God... just gaia
4 posted on 07/14/2013 12:57:54 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

That’s a big picture.


5 posted on 07/14/2013 12:58:19 PM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: Chode

“published by people that DO NOT believe in God”

Obviously. Lemme check their version of Genesis: ‘Adam gave the apple to Eve and afterwards, used solar panels to fertilize and power their loft in the Garden of Eden.”


6 posted on 07/14/2013 1:00:59 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: 101stAirborneVet
Ahhhh...So it is.

"Preview post" is shall henceforth be my friend.

7 posted on 07/14/2013 1:02:05 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

That’s THE big picture.

: )


8 posted on 07/14/2013 1:02:44 PM PDT by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: max americana
LOL... pretty much
9 posted on 07/14/2013 1:02:45 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Fiji Hill

*Groooan*

This is so idiotic.


10 posted on 07/14/2013 1:03:17 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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To: Chode

Be full of fruits and do not multiply!


11 posted on 07/14/2013 1:03:21 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: AmericanVictory
Amen...
12 posted on 07/14/2013 1:04:14 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Fiji Hill

The Green Bible has as much to do with Christianity as screaming “Oh God” during sex.


13 posted on 07/14/2013 1:06:26 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Both the word “green” and using the New Revised Standard Version should be tipoffs that it’s for liberals.


14 posted on 07/14/2013 1:07:19 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Fiji Hill

15 posted on 07/14/2013 1:12:49 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Yet another study bible trying to cash in on a popular fad.


16 posted on 07/14/2013 1:13:04 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Fiji Hill

as long as folks don’t end up worshiping the creation and not the Creator. Which seems to be the move in the secularist & environmentalists. In fact, those two usually end up denying the Creator exists!


17 posted on 07/14/2013 1:24:43 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Fiji Hill
Somebody should make a pink Bible for all the passages where being a homosexual is encouraged.

Wait... there are no passages like that.

18 posted on 07/14/2013 1:32:47 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: ReformationFan
Both the word “green” and using the New Revised Standard Version should be tipoffs that it’s for liberals.

Another red flag was the introduction by Desmond Tutu, a Judeophobe. Click here for an article by Alan Dershowitz in Frontpage Magazine on Tutu and the Jews.

19 posted on 07/14/2013 1:35:48 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: N. Theknow
N. Theknow: "The Green Bible has as much to do with Christianity as screaming “Oh God” during sex."

;-)

Did you suppose that G*d does not frequently answer that prayer?

20 posted on 07/14/2013 1:37:25 PM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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To: Fiji Hill

Interesting. Had not heard of that but it’s not too surprising.


21 posted on 07/14/2013 1:46:53 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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