The environmental movement is supported by national and international political powers, but the movement is more than just political. In the past century, New Age worship of the planet has become popular, providing another reason to accept the sustainability paradigm. Here are several of the ways Earth worship is being propagated:
In the 1960s, scientist Dr. James Lovelock formulated the Gaia Hypothesis, a theory suggesting that Earth and its physical components are a living system that work together in harmony. Lovelock says this:
You may find it hard to swallow the notion that anything as large and apparently inanimate as the Earth is alive. Surely, you may say, the Earth is almost wholly rock, and nearly all incandescent with heat. The difficulty can be lessened if you let the image of a giant redwood tree enter your mind. The tree undoubtedly is alive, yet 99% of it is dead.i
The Gaia hypothesis...suppose(s) that the atmosphere, the oceans, the climate, and the crust of the Earth are regulated at a state comfortable for life because of the behavior of living organisms. Specifically, the Gaia hypothesis said that the temperature, oxidation state, acidity and certain aspects of the rocks and waters are at any time kept constant, and that this homeostasis is maintained by active feedback processes operated automatically and unconsciously by the biota. Solar energy sustains comfortable conditions for life. The conditions are only constant in the short term and evolve in synchrony with the changing needs of the biota as it evolves. Life and its environment are so closely coupled that evolution concerns Gaia, not the organisms or the environment taken separately.ii
Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis completely contradicts the truth about the planet as written in Genesis 1. Gaia supports the theory of evolution, as well as suggesting that the earth is dominant over humanity, instead of the Biblical paradigm of God giving humankind the right and responsibility of dominating the planet.
Gaia has sparked many Earth-worshiping groups and events, such as Gaianism and sacred evolution, the Gaian Mind Summer Festival, Gaian Voices, and Gaian Tarot.
As journalist Joan Veon tells us, the Gaia hypothesis has even come to popularity in world politics:
In 1992, what the United Nations did was, they perverted, inverted, that truth, and they basically said man was no longer dominant over the earth, but the earth was dominant over man. They said that we, as men, as living human beings, were equal to the plants and the animals. And so, what Gaia really is, is paganism. So, we now have the United Nations espousing a pagan religion and they are trying to make it equal for each one of us and therefore stamp out the validity and personhood of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the savior of the world.iii
UNCED, also called the earth Summit, was an unveiling of the philosophical shift from the Judeo-Christian world view to Gaia...With the adoption of sustainable development at UNCED, man was demoted to the same level as a plant or animal.iv
The United Nations is working towards not only a global government, but also a global religion: the New Age, which is espoused perfectly in the Earth-worship involved in the sustainability movement
The increasingly popular doctrine of humanism agrees with Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis:
First: Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created.
Second: Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as the result of a continuous process...
Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power for its achievement.v
Corliss Lamont, in his book The Philosophy of Humanism, says this:
For his great achievements man, utilizing the resources and the laws of Nature, yet without Divine aid, can take full credit. Similarly, for his shortcomings he must take full responsibility. Humanism assigns to man nothing less than the task of being his own saviour and redeemer.vi
In 1992, the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to historian David Livingstone, the Conference included many elements of New Age Earth worship:
The summit was described by Time magazine as a “New Age carnival.”
On the eve of the UNCED, a midnight-to-dawn homage to the “Female Planet” was held on Leme Beach. After dancing all night, the worshipers followed a Brazilian high priestess to the water’s edge, where they offered flowers and fruits to the Voodoo mother goddess.vii
Baha'i believer Maurice Strong, UNCED's Secretary-General, was instrumental in the creation of The Earth Charter, which came to fruition in 2000. He made it clear that there is a spiritual agenda in the environmental movement:
Strong hinted at the overtly pagan agenda proposed for a future Earth Charter,
when in his opening address to the Rio Conference delegates he said, “It is
the responsibility of each human being today to choose between the force of
darkness and the force of light.” And, he said, “We must therefore transform
our attitudes and adopt a renewed respect for the superior laws of divine
nature.” According to Strong, “The real goal of the Earth Charter is that it will
in fact become like the Ten Commandments.”viii
Joan Veon tells us that New Age leaders Alice Bailey and Helena Blavatsky often used the terms "force of darkness" and "force of light."
Their writings state that the "force of darkness" are those who adhere to the "out-dated" Judeo-Christian faith; those who continue along their "separative" paths of the one true God.
The "force of light" (Lucifer), in their view, is the inclusive new age doctrine of a pagan pantheistic New World Religion. In the New Age of Aquarius there will be no room for the "force of darkness" and "separativeness."ix
It's clear that sustainability and environmentalism are not only about caring for the earth, but about political control and New Age spirituality.
David Livingstone sums it up this way:
The environmental movement, while helping to advance the cause of the oil industry, is an extension of the Aquarian conspiracy, incepted by Alice Bailey, designed ultimately to foster the acceptance a one-world-religion, based on the occult, or the New Age, as it is called.x
Read more about the Earth Charter and its political and spiritual undertones
This article is adapted from Professor Walter Veith's Rekindling the Reformation lecture The Beamable, Sustainable Princes.
i. James Lovelock, The Ages of Gaia (Bantam, 1990): 19.
iii. Geoff Metcalf, WorldNetDaily (2000), as quoted in "Joan Veon: A New World Order Primer," In Pursuit of Happiness Blog (March 15, 2007).
iv. Joan Veon, Prince Charles the Sustainable Prince (Oklahoma City: Hearthstone Publishing, 1998).
v. Paul Kurtz, Humanist Manifestos I and II (Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books, 1973): 8-10.
vi. Corliss Lamont, The Philosophy of Humanism (New York: Frederick Unger Publishing Company, 1965): 283.
vii. David Livingstone, Terrorism and the Illuminati: A Three Thousand Year History (Charleston, SC: BookSurge, 2007): 216.
ix. Joan Veon, Prince Charles the Sustainable Prince (Oklahoma City: Hearthstone Publishing, 1998).
x. David Livingstone, Terrorism and the Illuminati: A Three Thousand Year History (Charleston, SC: BookSurge, 2007): 216.