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  • The Cross & Climate Change Part 4: Despair

    Posted by The Hope For Creation Team

    10 December, 2013

    My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34) This is the fourth post in a series on The Cross & Climate Change, focusing on Jesus’ “seven words from the cross”. Earlier posts are: Introduction, 1: Forgiveness, 2: Heaven, & 3: Family. It’s easy – even for Christians – to forget or gloss over the stark and uncomfortable reality of Christianity. Its central event, the heart of faith, is an experience of utter defeat and despair. Although we have come to accept it as a symbol of devotion to Jesus or see it as some sort of residual cultural symbol (worn on necklaces or as tattoos), the cross is a symbol of torture, degradation and death. Just as a gas chamber or gallows might be today. To be a crucified Messiah was to be (in the first century mind) a contradiction in terms. How could a Messiah executed in the most shameful and degrading way the Roman Empire had devised be God’s anointed one, the saviour of his people? And to take it further, how can a crucified God, one who knows suffering… read more

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  • The Cross & Climate Change Part 3: Family

    Posted by The Hope For Creation Team

    5 December, 2013

    Woman, behold your son: behold your mother (John 19:26-27) In this post we carry on the series on The Cross & Climate Change, focusing on Jesus’ “seven words from the cross”. Earlier posts are: Introduction, 1: Forgiveness, 2: Heaven. Even in death, Jesus’ love for his mother ensured that she would be cared for after he had died. And there seem to be few things as basic to our created nature as love and care for family. However, the people of God are a family that goes beyond blood and beyond borders. Consider sea level rise. Global sea level rose roughly 19 cm (±20 mm) between 1901 and 2010. And projections are for further sea level rise of anywhere between 25 cm and 98 cm before the end of the century. This might not sound like much, but Christians in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu (whose highest point is less than four metres above sea level) are already suffering the effects of sea level rise, with unusually high tides, erosion and salinity affecting their crops. Sea level rise is already causing many of Papua New… read more

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  • The Cross & Climate Change Part 2: Heaven

    Posted by The Hope For Creation Team

    2 December, 2013

    Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise. Luke 23:43 The fate of the dead has been a subject of fascination for the whole of human history, fodder for myths and rituals, poetry and pyramids, ghost tales and horror movies. So, it’s instantly fascinating when Jesus speaks to a crucified brigand about life after death. Is he offering the man the promise of a disembodied (ghostly or angelic) existence after death? What (and where) is “Paradise” and is it the same as “Heaven”? It’s entirely possible to let our imaginations run riot and build a picture of fields and clouds and spirits at rest or play, free from the pains and limitations of the body. However, our imaginations at this point may have been shaped by popular culture and a deep-rooted Platonism to believe more strongly in the immortality of the soul than we do in the resurrection of the body. Paradise as a state of disembodied bliss, however, is not the full Christian hope for life beyond death. Christians, of course, do not need to speculate about life… read more

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  • The Cross & Climate Change Part 1: Forgiveness

    Posted by The Hope For Creation Team

    28 November, 2013

    Father forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34). Yesterday, we introduced a series on the cross and climate change. Today we begin the series proper by looking at the first of “seven words” Jesus spoke from the cross. Appropriately enough, it is a word about forgiveness. They say ignorance is bliss. There may once have been an excuse for not knowing what we are doing to God’s good creation, but now there is none. We have known for over 150 years that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) absorb and re-emit heat energy, warming the planet. In God’s providential care, these gases contribute a certain amount of natural heating, keeping our planet warm enough for life. However, since industrial times, human beings have been adding to this layer of gases – particularly by burning coal, oil and gas and releasing their stored carbon (in the form of carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere. The fossil fuels that appeared to be a miraculous source of readily available energy in the 19th Century have proved to be a… read more

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