The Counter Crusade

Sunday, December 25, 2005

The End Days and the Environment

I'm on a month long vacation which started last week, so I doubt i'll write much.. but who knows i might get the chance..

I do have one quick thought tho:

10 days ago, I heard a lecture by Karen Armstrong on Christian fundamentalism in America... in that lecture she said that she heard - but that she hoped what she heard was wrong- that Ashcroft was asked why their administration is not responding to calls to save the environment... and that he said because it doesnt matter anymore, Rapture was near. Rapture of course is the belief that the true Christians will fly out into the air (to go to Heaven) and to welcome the descending Jesus, while all the others are left behind on earth to meet their doom.

I doubt the Ashcroft story is true, but it's a horrible mentality for anyone to have.

The Prophet Muhammad said,

"When doomsday comes if someone has a palm shoot in his hand he should plant it" (al-Bayhaqi, 3:184)

Also, there was an old man who had neglected his land, and the Prophet's companion Umar ibn al-Khattab asked him why he stopped cultivating it. The man said he was about to die and did not need it anymore, but Umar insisted that he cultivate it anyway, and he personally helped him do that.

As our Prophet has taught us, all humans will stand before God on judgement day, and every person they have harmed will complain about their actions, and every animal, and even the Earth will come forward and complain about how each man harmed her.

When the Earth is shaken by a mighty shaking,
and the earth yields up her burdens,
and man cries out "What is the matter with her?"
On that Day she will tell her tales,
as thy Lord will have inspired her.
On that Day mankind will issue, separately, to be shown their deeds.
Whosoever has done an atom's weight of good will see it,
and whoseoever has done an atom's weight of ill will see it.
(Qur'an: 99:1-8).  

4 Comments:

  • i really hope its not true too. what a odd mentality that would be, only treasuring something if you think you are going to need it later.

    By Blogger stevie.be., at 8:19 PM, December 25, 2005  

  • This is not a new perspective by the religious right, and sadly not limited to fundamentalist "Christians" (so called) but found in the right wing of all the Abrahamic faiths.

    The modern history of this view goes back to James Watt, who was Secretary of the Interior under Ronald Reagan, and was a rabid fundamentalist who thought that it was his duty to God to exploit the earth, and any damage to the environment was OK because the Last Day was just around the corner.

    Christian theology has had this idea as part of its justification for exploitation of peoples and resources since about the third century CE and it is one of the things that gives the Abrahamic religions their sense of "entitlement", that attitude that has created so much evil in the world.

    Sorry for getting up on my soap box here, but I have been dealing with this problem for years and feel strongly about it.

    By Blogger Mushtaq Ali, at 9:24 PM, December 26, 2005  

  • thank you i didnt know any of that, mushtaq.

    well, in Islam trees should not be cut down even in war... but "fundamentalists" have an odd way of turning a blind eye to so many laws in their religion.

    By Blogger Silencer, at 10:20 PM, December 26, 2005  

  • (or not necessarily fundamentalists as you said).

    mushtaq, i was wondering where you learned silat? is shaikh taner himself a martial artist? i really wanna learn silat but i'm in egypt right now. i'm gonna try to check out an indonesian highschool where they teach silat, maybe i can get private lessons from the teacher or something.

    By Blogger Silencer, at 10:43 AM, December 27, 2005  

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