Now as I had said we will be looking at the sort of rebuttal which was given by Pope John Paul to Lean White argument about the Judeo Christian which is considered to be the responsible for the ecological crisis. Now what I have drawn this from Pope John Paul's letter on the occasions of an environment day and wherein he talks about the ecological crisis is not we cannot single out one particular group of professing faith or maybe a community but rather it is a common responsibility.
And he tries to explained by sort of reinventing the Christian religion because many have given a critics by drawing from the book of Genesis when the creation of the universe was being done. Now God's first what he says is God’s first self-revelation to humanity can be seen from the portion of these the book of Genesis one two three and which says that “and God so that it was good” after creating the heavens, the sea, the earth and all it contains, God created man and woman.
And since the creation is complete the God still feel that everything seems to be good so and but then he created the human that is the first man and woman that is Adam and Eve which was supposedly the biblical understanding they were the first human. Now what interested this whole of creation to the man and woman and only then as we read could he rest from all his work because earlier there was no presence of humans but even when he feel that it was good he feel it was inadequate so he created human.
Now if you look in the portion of the Genesis it is also said that work righted human in the images of God that is the first human as I said Adam and Eve were created and were to have exercises their dominant over the earth that is with wisdom and love. Yet was perhaps the first commandment God has given to them that is with wisdom and love it is in caring and nurturing but instead they destroyed the existing harmony by deliberately going against the creator's plan that is by choosing to sin.
So once they choose to sin if you look in the portion in the Genesis there is a particular apple in the heart of the Garden of Eden God has in a way forbid them to eat the apple but then they goes against the will of God and then they eat the apple. So that was perhaps the starting point where they sin and goes against a plant this resulted as a result of this they were in a way or thrown out of the Garden of Eden that is the first one alienation from himself in debt and fratricide but also in the earth’s rebellion against him.
Now this explanation is required because what Pope John Paul in a way says that it should not be misread because perhaps it is not the plan of God but rather human have chosen the other part which in a way is the first form of decent and rebellion against God. Now interestingly how does there is a dramatic turn over this that is how a new hope or a new aspiration is being created. Now Christians generally believe that the death and resurrection of Christ that is Jesus Christ in a way is perceived to be the accomplishment of the work of reconciling humanity to the father who was pleased through Christ to reconcile to himself all things.
That is everything is being reconciled because whether on earth or heaven making peace by the blood of his cross. So in a way to reconcile God sent his only-begotten son on the earth and he in a way sort of cleans the sin of human by shading blood. Now creation was thus made new. Now this is cited again from the revelation the book of Revelation. Now once subjected to the bondage of sin and decayed it has now received a new life while we wait for new heavens and a new art with righteousness dwells.
Now in a way the mistake of the sin which was against the plan of God in the genesis by Adam and Eve is sort of being forgiven and sort of a new leads of life or new reconciliation is taking place as a result of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Now thus the father has made known to us in all wisdom and insights the mystery that is which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time to unite all things in him, all things heaven and things on earth that is sort of the sanctification of life where in a new list of hope and a new list of life is being unstrained in the among humanity. Now this biblical consideration helps us to understand better the relationship between human actions activity and the whole of creation when man turns his back on the creator's plan that is God he provokes a disorder which has inevitable repercussions on the rest of the created order.
Now what Pope John Paul in a way emphasized is the respect for life that is the most profound and seriously indication of the moral implications which is to be sent the present context that is the ecological problem is because of the lack of respect of life which means apart from our fellow human beings we humans tend to not really care about things around us that is the creation. Now which is pretty much evident and which weakened witness in the patterns of the problems which are being created that is the environmental pollution.
Now on another level this the delicate ecological balances are upset by the uncontrolled destructions of animal and plant life or by sort of a reckless exploitation of natural resources. Now therefore the prerequisite or the idea which is being needed is respectful life and above all for the dignity of the human person which in a way is the ultimate guiding norm of any sound economic and industrial or scientific processes. Now the second thing is a peaceful society.
Now how do we have this harmonious relationship not just among human but also with other creations. No peaceful society can afford to neglect either respect for life or the fact that there is an integrity to creation. Now therefore it is increasingly realize that it is and there is an urgent need for certain kind of a unity or a solidarity. Now this ecological crisis in a way reveals the urgent moral need for a new solidarity that is especially in relation between the developing nations and those that are highly industrialized.
Now therefore it is sort of an appeal from the Pope John Paul that the ecological crisis is a common responsibility therefore all nations so in a way join hands and come together and form sort of an alliance so that solidarity is they can face the problems which we in a more united manner. Now when this ecological crisis is set within the broader context for in search for peace within society.
We can perhaps better understand the importance of giving attention to what the earth is. So this the search for peace within is also something which we have discussed already in the context of the Buddhist principles on or in Buddhism wherein they strongly talks about to be at peace with every creation. Now there so that sort of an order or certain kind of a responsibility can be preserve for the well-being of the future generation and the refore the ecological crisis is nothing but to be seen as a moral issue that is which can only be fixed or which can only be solved by the religious ideas or religious practices.
So this action which we normally is acted against the other creation is something which can be rectified and reconciled through this religious understanding. Now as we have discussed the religion understanding why is it important for a particular community which is also strongly based on the religious ethos and values.
And also how this religion the Christian religion which is blamed for the ecological crisis in a way has to be relook and then the sort of revivalism needs to be created therefore this ecological crisis can be sorted out. Now perhaps you can refer this book the ecological crisis; a common responsibility which is a message by the Pope John Paul and you can have much more insights and ideas by looking at it. Thankyou.
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