Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Saving the Earth Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Saving the Earth Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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MY computer has a game in which particular ecological problems are posed-lack of water, for example. The point of the game is to make changes in an imaginary town and its landscape, so that the needs of the community will be served.

As we observe Earth Day 1996 today, wouldn't it be great if the solutions to the world's ecological problems were as simple as those given by a game? Yet more and more we seem to be presented with conditions that require impossible, either/or solutions. That is, either we will have spotted owls and other precious wildlife or we will have jobs; either we will have marine recreation or we will have manatees. The argument is that the world is limited and that one good thing necessarily threatens another. Often it's this stark: if we want jobs, we need to sacrifice wildlife-or vice versa.

But there is a very different solution I know of, based on a different view of life. It is what Christ Jesus taught two thousand years ago. And it is still practical. Jesus' life on earth showed how each of us has the ability to know God's love and to feel it. It isn't something that we need to struggle to obtain. As he told his followers at one point, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). Understanding the reality of this kingdom presents opportunities to redeem our planet from its environmental woes. Here was a man who could do things that have been described as miracles. This was because Jesus' consciousness of God as his Parent was so complete. In his teachings to his followers, Jesus made clear that each of them could expect God to meet all their needs. The key to finding this divine help, he implied, was in making God central to their lives. God's kingdom, as explained in the Bible, is spiritual and is actually within us. It is the very consciousness of good, of God's presence, in every aspect of our lives. Central to environmental efforts is the realization that all creation is actually spiritual. While we may be accustomed to thinking of ourselves as physical beings, dwelling on a physical earth, with ever-diminishing resources, Jesus' works proved that this limited view is mistaken. …

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