Mother Earth or God the Father?
Jesus Was Not a Hippie:
Hippie Doctrines Have Corrupted Christianity
Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.
Most contemporary pagan groups began in the 1960s – the hippie era. Hippies embraced Eastern philosophy; preached sexual promiscuity, vegetarianism, ecology; and praised psychedelic drugs. Hippies preached against the established order. And hippies rejected Biblical doctrines and preached their own hippie theology.
Unfortunately, hippie doctrines deceive many Christians into believing the hippie gospel: universal love ("Make Love, Not War"), environmentalism ("Save Mother Earth"; man is a parasite on the earth); animal rights (God did not give man dominion over animals; animals have equal rights with man); kill unborn children, but save the whales and manatees, etc; and other false doctrines. The hippie doctrines of humanitarianism, environmentalism, socialism, globalism and other -isms are part of the New World Order that will usher in the Antichrist.
Hippie doctrines have polluted Christianity.
Many Christians pride themselves on their “progressive” views, including environmentalism. Environmentalism, or nature worship, is not progressive. It is regressive…regressing back to primitive heathen worship.
“Save Mother Earth” is the chant of the pagan doctrine of environmentalism that many well-meaning Christians repeat. They ask: “Aren’t we supposed to be stewards of the earth?” Of course. But the pagan doctrine of environmentalism goes beyond stewardship and worships the mother goddess, or Mother Earth, as Mother Nature, the Creatress of all life. Earth is personified as a fertile and sustaining mother by using the words Mother Earth and Mother Nature. Environmentalists feel a duty to protect the sacred earth through activism and preach rainforest protection, organic farming, animal rights and so on. Environmentalism is hippie theology that is rooted in paganism.
Paganism emphasizes the sanctity of the earth and nature. Paganism emphasizes reverence for nature and a revival of ancient polytheistic and animistic practices. Pagan doctrine teaches the divine presence in nature and the reverence of the natural order in life. And paganism preaches ecological concerns.
Primitive Doctrine of Sacred Mother Earth
The worship of the Earth Mother is a primitive doctrine. The Earth Mother appears in many ancient false religions as a fertile goddess embodying the fertile earth and typically the mother of other deities. The Earth Mother is also seen as the patroness of motherhood because the earth is seen as being the mother from who all life sprang. In other words, sacred Mother Earth gives birth to nature, therefore, nature is sacred and should be protected and worshipped. Understand that environmentalists worship nature, not the Creator of nature. For example, mountains are the altars of the gods and are considered divine, or the visible habitations of the divinities of the air.
Today, witches (Wicca) and other pagans worship the Mother Goddess. In Wicca, a religion of black magic, the Earth Goddess is sometimes called Gaia, a name derived from ancient Greek polytheism. Gaia or Gaea is an ancient Greek goddess of the earth. Mother Earth is a Living Organism that has passed through billions of years of evolutionary expression. Gaia is a personification of earth. Gaia teaches that the “Earth Goddess,” or Mother Earth must be protected from the human race - humans are parasites on Earth. Gaians endeavor to maintain a close relationship with Earth in order to strive toward world peace, maintain global homeostasis and find inner fulfillment.
Mother Earth worship is taught in public schools. The government forbids students in public schools to pray to our Lord Jesus Christ, but they sanction praying to Mother Earth. And textbooks teach students to pray to the Earth:
The Earth is not dead matter. She is alive. Now begin to speak to the earth as you walk. You can speak out loud, or just talk to her in your heart. Send your love into her with your exhalation. Feel your heart touching upon the heart of the planet. Say to her whatever words come to you…
Mother Earth, I love you.
Mother Earth, I bless you.
May you be healed.
May your creatures be happy.
Peace to you, Mother Earth.
On behalf of the human race,
I ask forgiveness for having injured you.
Forgive us, Mother Earth.
This is an abomination!
This is idolatry!
No true Christian will utter such profane words!
True Christians worship the Creator, not the creation. The wondrous glories of the beauty of the earth declare the majesty and might and power of the Creator, God the Father. God the Creator has formed the mountains and the valleys; Mother Earth did not birth them.
Nature Does Not Possess a Soul
Another pagan doctrine is animism. Animism is a primitive belief that natural phenomena and things animate and inanimate have a soul. In other words, rocks, plants, trees, animals and all possess souls. Put another way, all nature is spiritual; hence, the spiritual nature of rocks, the spiritual nature of plants, the spiritual nature of animals, and so forth. And many pagans believe there are specific spirits inhabiting the natural world, and we can communicate with them. They teach the spirits in animals and other nature can act as spirit guides for us. In the 1980s, the local public schools were using a program teaching students that a dolphin could be their spirit guide. Fortunately, some vigilant Christian employees of the school district exposed this pagan theology and had the program removed.
The worship of animals had its origin in ancient Egyptian history. Ancient Egyptians believed that since animals emanated from God, they are the incarnation of powerful spirits and must be worshipped. Some animals were universally sacred and could not be killed or injured under any circumstances: the cat, sacred to Bast or Sekhet; the ibis and cynocephalus ape, sacred to Throth; and white cows, sacred to Hathor. It was a worse crime to kill a sacred animal than to kill a man. Many localities had their own sacred animals. In each locality where any specific animal was sacred, the animal was protected and its health and comfort were looked after. Specific animals were sacred within a locality and had to be protected from injury. It was a capital offense to kill one intentionally; and to do so accidentally entailed some punishment or other; and necessitated priestly absolution.
Idols of animals were worshipped in ancient paganism. For instance, in early Hebrew history, after Moses delivered the Jews from bondage in Egypt, they soon turned their backs on God and made and worshipped a golden calf or bull while Moses was on Mount Sinai. Aaron proclaimed to the Jews, “These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” (Exodus 32:4). The Jews had been exposed to pagan religion in Egypt, and sometimes animals were symbols of divine beings.
Unquestionably, the modern worship of living animals is idolatry. Idolatry is not limited to worshipping images of an animal or the image of the Virgin Mary.
In addition to worshipping animals, ancient Egyptians worshipped the Nile, the sun, the moon and other nature. For example, the ancient Egyptians worshipped nature and sang hymns to gods such as Amon – king of gods:
Thou art heaven, thou art earth, thou art fire, thou art water, thou art air, and whatever is in the midst of them.” God is “immanent in all things.” “He alone maketh himself in millions of ways” – “permanently abiding in all things; the Living One, in whom all things are everlasting.
This is pantheism, or the doctrine that God and the Universe are One.
Prayerfully consider what Rev. J.N. Fradenburgh writes in Fire From Strange Altars:
This pantheism told upon Egyptian morality. The ethical system was practically destroyed, though the moral instincts of many lifted them above the existing theology. If everything be an emanation from God, and hence a part of God, then sin is impossible.
Take note: “If everything be an emanation from God, and hence a part of God, then sin is impossible.” This sounds like modern “progressive” Christianity that rejects the Biblical doctrine of sin.
Wake up, Evangelicals, “progressive” Christianity is ancient pagan theology.
God's Anger With Nature Worshippers
Over and over again, the Bible records God’s anger with nature worshippers. Trees were reverenced by heathen people who believed gods inhabited them. Sacrifices were often under trees (Deut. 12:2; 1 Kings 14:23, etc.) In Palestine and in Babylonia trees were considered sacred. The totemism of Semitic Arabs put spirits in trees; trees in oases were dwelling places of Deity. And the Etruscans worshiped a palm, the Druids and Celts an oak.
We need some knowledge of ancient pagan rites and rituals so we can expose modern paganism. For example, the worship of idols under oak trees is an ancient pagan practice. Even the Bible mentions this practice in Ezekiel 6:13...
Then ye shall know that I am the Lord,
when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars,
upon every high hill,
in all the tops of the mountains,
and under every green tree,
and under every thick oak,
the place where they did offer sweet savor to all their idols.
And Isaiah vigorously decried the worship of oak trees and gardens, popular among Canaanites, and continued in some forms in Christian times in Syria.
For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired,
and ye shall be confounded for the gardens ye have chosen.
For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth,
And as a garden that hath no water.
And the strong shall be as tow,
And the maker of it as a spark,
And they shall both burn together,
And none shall quench them.
Also, many kings worshipped nature. For example, Manasseh was a wicked king who worshipped nature:
For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed;
and he reared up altars for Baal,
and made a grove,
as did Ahab king of Israel;
and worshipped all the host of heaven,
and served them.
2 Kings 21:3
The “high places” denounced over and over again by Old Testament prophets were the pagan sacred groves where idols were set up. The worship was interwoven with the concept of the fertility of the land, and so became a fertility cult. The chosen symbol of the cult was the trunk of the tree. The goddess of the cult was Asherah, a goddess of the Phoenicians and Syrians, taken over by Israelites when they fell into idolatry.
Pagan theology teaches that Asherah was impregnated by the sun-god Baal, lord of the heavens. As the sun-god he is conceived as the male principle of life and reproduction in nature, and in some forms of his worship is prostitution. In the times of the kings the worship of Baal spread greatly, and together with that Asherah became the religion of the court and people of the ten tribes (1 Kings 16:31-33; 18: 18,22).
Over and over again, God commanded the groves of Baal to be cut down:
Throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath,
and cut down the grove that is by it.
The Lord commanded the Hebrews not to join with idolaters in their worships, not to visit their groves, nor bow before the images which they set up. The grove took the place of the church building in the ancient pagan religions, where altars were erected to the gods. And remember the trunk of the tree was the symbol of the cult. The groves were considered a place of sacred pagan worship. Therefore, God forbids the Hebrews to visit the groves, and forbids planting groves near the altar of the Lord God::
Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the Lord thy God,
which thou shalt make thee.
Neither shalt thou set thee up any image;
which the Lord thy God hateth.
Deuteronomy 16: 21.22
Matthew Henry comments: "They must not plant a grove, nor so much as a tree, near God’s altar, lest they should make it look like the altars of the false gods."
Granted, Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, but there he called upon the name of the Lord. This was before God commanded the building of the Tabernacle.
And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba,
and called there on the name of the Lord,
the everlasting God.
Modern Revival of Nature Worship, or Baal Worship
As stated earlier, the Druids and Celts worshipped the oak tree. And today pagans are actively evangelizing for a revival…a revival of ancient Celtic paganism, including Druidism. Druidism is black magic. Druidism is Baal worship.
Just as the oak was the sacred tree of Baal, the oak was the sacred tree of ancient Celtic paganism, including Druidism. The Druids were sorcerers who were the priests of the ancient Celtic peoples, especially those of Britain and Gaul. So, the Celtic religion was rooted in witchcraft or sorcery – black magic. Druidism was a pre-Christian religion that worshipped wells and fountains, and trees and standing stones. Because the Celts venerated nature their worship was carried on in groves, called lodges.
Listen carefully: In ancient Britain during the Roman domination, the Romans virtually exterminated the Druids. The Romans bitterest opponents were the Druids - the Celtic pagan priests who were sorcerers. It’s important for us to understand that the bitterest opponents of the Roman invaders were the Druids because Roman Christianity suppressed their occult religion. The last stand of the Druids in Britain was at Mona, or Anglesey, when the Romans exterminated them and destroyed their sacred groves. As a result of being exterminated in Britain, Druids are mainly heard of in Ireland, where they are associated with witchcraft and sorcery.
Basically, in ancient Britain, Scotland, and Ireland there was not only a political military battle taking place; but also a powerful spiritual battle: the power of Druidism versus the power of Christianity.
And the Druids are still waging the war against Christianity. Remember they will always rename or disguise paganism in order to dupe Christians. Today, they have disguised pagan nature worship in a green cloak and named it environmentalism.
Environmentalism is pagan nature worship...
There is no new thing under the sun.
Man and Animal and Plant Are Not Equal
Another pagan doctrine is the unity of the universe binds us all and we are all equal: man and animal and plant are co-equal inhibitors of the earth. Simply put, pagans deny God gave man dominion over the earth and animals. In fact, they view man as a parasite on the earth encroaching on nature. Nature is sacred and evil man is injuring the earth. Consequently, environmentalists declare animals and plants have equal rights with man because Mother Earth birthed all. Animal rights advocates preach that animals be viewed as persons not property. And in Spain, gorillas have been given human rights. Plants and animals are protected as endangered species: we must save the whales and manatees, but it’s OK to kill unborn babies. This is an abominable doctrine. Irrefutably, animals are inferior creatures: man and nature are not equal. Man has a soul. And man was created in the image of God. Moreover, the Bible clearly declares that in the beginning God gave man dominion over the Earth.
And God said,
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air,
and over the cattle,
and over all the earth,
and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them,
Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,
and subdue it:
and have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air,
and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed,
which is upon the face of the earth,
and every tree,
in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed;
to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth,
and to every fowl of the air,
and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
wherein there is life,
I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Apparently, before the Flood man was to feed only upon fruits, herbs, and roots and other plants. But after the Flood God allowed man to eat meat.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you;
even as the green herb have I given you all things.
But flesh with the life therof,
which is the blood thereof,
shall ye not eat.
Genesis 9:3, 4
Some pagans are vegetarians and refuse to eat meat feeling it is immoral; animals should be treated like persons, not property. Some believe that eating animals is oppressing them and denying them their equal rights. Irrefutably, this is not Scriptural. On the contrary, God allows man to eat meat, however, He forbids eating raw meat.
Earth Day vs. Creation Day
Undeniably, Christians must not celebrate Earth Day, a hippie holy day. Earth Day is rooted in ancient pagan religions worshipping the goddess Mother Earth. There is even an Earth Day Anthem set to "Ode to Joy" that adores or worships Earth:
Joyful joyful we adore
our Earth in all its wonderment
To repeat, true Christians must never celebrate Earth Day. Instead, on Earth Day, Christians should declare and celebrate Creation Day and sing the anthem of praise, “This Is My Father’s World”…
1. This is my Father's world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
hand the wonders wrought.
2. This is my Father's world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
he shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.
3. This is my Father's world.
O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!
Christians, proclaim the truth: "This is my Father's world!"
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