by Moody Adams “HarperOne is scheduled to release what it says is the industry's first environmentally themed Bible, The Green Bible (NRSV), in fall 2008. The release will focus on the caring of the Earth through green-inked Scripture passages as well as input from Christian conservationists, theologians and practitioners and a "green trail guide" of Christian leaders through history.
"The Bible carries an important message about caring for the earth," said Mark Tauber, vice president and deputy publisher of HarperOne. "Going green has become a top concern among many Christians as they begin to see protecting all of creation as a biblical obligation. Our Green Bible offers them a new lens to identify how caring for creation comes right out of the Scriptures." The Bible will be produced on special eco-friendly paper and cover material. (Christian Retailing Newsletter, December 3, 2007)
Genesis 1:28 God gave man, created in his image, a place of privilege among His creatures and commanded him to care for the earth: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 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” (Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8:6-8).
The modern day environmental movement goes beyond caring for the planet to an obsession that borders on idolatry.
“Earth Worship, The New World Religion,” by Michael L. Gonzalez, says, “The United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (also known as Earth Summit II), held in Johannesburg, South Africa Sept. 2-11, 2002, opened with a welcoming ceremony with children forming a human Tower of Babel and singing beneath a huge globe. Following in the footsteps of the UN's 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Earth Summit II was steeped with New Age rhetoric and occult imagery. The Earth Charter, presented to the world as the ‘new Ten Commandments,’ is being advanced by the UN as the basis for a neo-pagan, earth-centered ‘spirituality.’”
God tells us in 2 Peter 3:10 that at the end of the age, the earth and the universe He has created will be destroyed: "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up."
God’s plan is to remove our corrupt, sinful universe and replace it with a glorious "new heaven and a new earth" (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1). In the mean while we must focus on the red cross stained with Christ’s redeeming blood, not a pagan green one.