You can now add the Green Bible to the other hundreds of versions of the Good Book. The Guardian wrote about this environmental angle yesterday, asking “Did you know that the Bible contains 1,000 references to the planet but only 490 references to heaven and 530 references to love?”
In the Green Bible, highlighted passages include references to the earth, animals, soil, and even pollution:
Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? When you drink of clear water, must you foul the rest with your feet?
I sent this to my SO who studied a bit of theology. He took a stab at the whole “dominion over the earth” quote:
All good Christians know that God is a hippy…anyone who has actually READ the…Good Book knows that God wants us to be “stewards” of the earth (meaning take freaking care of it!). So, that famous passage in the Bible about God giving man “dominion over the earth,” doesn’t mean we can just do whatever the hell we want.
Other quotes include:
Psalm 104:5, 24
You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken … O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.
Put your favorite environmental passages from the bible or sutras or torah or any other religious text in the comments!
I’ll leave you with Buddha: To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.