Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor
Saving Our Earth
TODAY, is "Earth Day--an opportunity to consider the many environmental concerns facing our world. While this annual review of conditions on our planet is important, there is something each of us can do every day. We can do it on the way to work, while waiting for the bus, or at the bank, the grocery store, or anywhere else. We can pray daily for the welfare of our planet.
At first that may not sound like much, but that's because people often underestimate the effect of prayer. When we turn to God in genuine, heartfelt prayer, we're doing more than just mouthing words or trying to impress others. True prayer is a form of communion between each of us and God. And God isn't a far-off being--an old man with a beard--but is divine Spirit, Mind, Love. Understanding God's nature and striving to be in accord with His good purpose will help us to purify our environment. The basis for our efforts is the fact that we are God's spiritual offspring--His ideas. In fact, the first chapter of Genesis in the Bible tells us that God created man in His likeness. God then instructs man to "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.
This dominion is sometimes mistakenly interpreted as the right to use and abuse the planet. And some environmentalists have unwittingly presented this erroneous perception as having a Biblical basis. Our real answer is the example set by Christ Jesus, who provided a wholly sound and positive example of what such dominion over the earth should be.
For instance, he walked on the water, he was able to calm storms, and he healed sickness and troubles of all kinds. Through his teachings he was able to impart an understanding of divine law that points his followers, including us, to a more intelligent approach to caring for our environment. …