There is so much to be said about the Bibles of the world, including the Christian Bible, Koran, and Torah. So much, that many of us won’t get the opportunity to study them for all their Glory.
Religion aside, the books are of illustrious history. The first ever known written story, The Epic of Gilgamesh, dating as far back as 1,800 BC, mentions stories of Noah and the Great Flood. By truth or by fiction, the story of Noah was shared in one of the first stories ever written.
It took humans centuries to figure out how to create a coherent language, to read, and to write with sentence structure. Not only just in the time it took to establish reading and writing but the tools to do it with. Humans were not born with these skills, these skills are learned behaviors.
For Noah and the Great Flood to be mentioned in one of the first ever written stories recorded in history, is nothing short of remarkable. To add icing to the cake, the Bible was also the first published and printed book.
Bibles can be viewed from all perspectives. If one can’t see it from a religious standpoint, then one can surely see it as a historical piece. For the purpose of this blog post, the Christian Bible, will be referenced the most.
Here are seven reasons why the Bible is sustainable.
1. Strong Marital Values
The Bible encourages us to marry with love. The husband and wife are to steadfast as one flesh. It also encourages good and loving behavior. It’s not enough to just get married but to marry someone of faith and love. For this order will contribute core values in family dynamics. Love is love and if a marriage has love, then that’s a solid foundation for a family to flourish.
Today we have so many broken homes, so many working parents, and gender confusion. Broken homes lead to more housing demands, more cars on the road, and the family split in two. Children are being left in the care of facilities because women are working more than ever. While it’s a wonderful thing for a woman to have her independence, it’s just as wonderful for a mother to be home with her children and taking care of the home.
Sex before marriage is rampant in today’s culture, and even of our ancestor’s, but the Bible does not favor sex before marriage. Whilst the masses are having sex before marriage the consequences are truly intense.
Just think if humans were steadfast in their marriage and monogamous, how the rate of sexually transmitted disease would decline. Sexually transmitted disease is one of the many consequences of not following the order as God intends. It’s not anyone’s fault really, most people are not taught the ways and there is so much rebellion anyways that it’s extremely challenging to raise children into young adults that will save themselves for marriage. It is heard or and practiced to hold sex as sacred in marriage however, and should be practiced way more than it is.
2. Animal Kingdom
God wants us to take care of animals. The Story of Creation mentions Adam and Eve “were to tend their beautiful garden Eden and to name and care for all the animals.” (The Comic Book Bible, Rob Suggs). Following Adam and Eve, Noah took a male and female of all species onto the Arc before the Great Flood so they can procreate and thrive in the new world. Animals matter and if we don’t treat them kindly and be grateful for their existence then we have disobeyed the Lord.
Because we should be taking care of our animals, we should not be factory farming them, mistreating them, and killing them for trophies. We should definitely not cause an animal to go extinct. We should also be sure they have land to roam free on as well. The sooner we realize how all living things are connected on this planet the more we may want to care for the other living things besides just ourselves.
One Health Initiative is a global organization of medical professionals that believe we are of one health; linking human, animal, and environment health as connected. We will not get a way from punishment in the mistreatment of animals.
It’s currently March 2020. The past 12 months have been pretty trialing. The Amazon forest has burned down in astronomical numbers. Australia lost millions of their iconic animals such as koalas and kangaroos. Poachers murdered a mother and child duo that were rare white, beautiful giraffes. No mercy in killing a rare white mother giraffe and her rare white calve, no mercy whatsoever, and I hope they don’t expect mercy on their behalf in return. Currently, we are faced with a global pandemic of the covid-19, also known as the coronavirus. Humans are all quarantined to their homes with events canceled for months. Not fun, but it’s real.
3. Encourages Minimalism
Greed and overconsumption causes a lot of problems. Luke 12:15, “A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.” There is no scale that can measure greed in this world. So many corporations have cut corners to produce vast amounts of unhealthy food, laced with chemicals, as well as, clothing, products, and more. People die every day because of greed. It’s a long, slithering vine that grows poisonous branches.
We all have some greed in us, some more than others, but it doesn’t take rocket science to understand that only taking what you need is sustainable. You can even take just a bit more than what you need to store, but anything more than that is tipping the scale of greed.
Scenario 1: When all the shelves are empty at the store, except two packets of toilet paper. Each packet has 6 double rolls in it. Do you take both or take one and leave one for someone else? Share your thoughts in the comment section below on what you think the right thing to do would be.
4. Against Pollution
Numbers 35:33-34, “You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the people of Israel.”
It’s hard to do everything right. We are human, we are going to make mistakes. We are really still very much evolving. But we should take care of our land as best as possible. Farmer’s are put in the corner because of chemical companies and mass producing corporations. Goodness knows what’s in our cereals these days besides RoundUp and loads of sugar.
Cars are pumped out of factories with new models every year. Infrastructure is designed for roads and driving. Light pollution is through the roof, pun intended. Consumption all day, everyday, with most products of only desire and not need.
Work is extremely important, but going back to marriage, the Bible does favor women staying home and caring for children. Just think if mothers were to take their job as CEO of their household head on, how the demand for jobs would dwindle, just think of the decrease in traffic if Moms were home and didn’t have to go to work 5+ days a week. Moms making bread and dinners would significantly impact demand on eating out and just consumption over all. Being a mother is one of the most powerful feminist positions available to mankind. There is nothing more demanding, challenging, and invigorating than raising the future generations of the world. Shedding light on the father, he has a significant impact as well. And the most noble reason is both mothers and fathers do not get paid to do their job. If that’s not miraculous, I don’t know what is.
The feminist movement came from abusive men and power. The mistreatment of women, and lack of respect, that still goes on today, is what causes chaos in a system that should have order. And because of the abuse, we have an over active system. I’d rather drive in gridlock everyday for my independence than to be at home with an abusive husband. The world needs more Godly men and women.
5. The Highest Defender
While destroyers of the Earth plague the land, they will not ever get away with it. One thing many people must remember about our existence on Earth is that we have one giant gift, the gift of choice. We have a choice to do almost anything we can make possible. Those choices have cause and effect and ripple through generations. Whatever your choices may be, they are yours. Those who choose wisely can be great peacemakers and those who choose poorly can be destroyers.
Revelations 11:18, “And the nations were angry, and the wrath is come and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the Earth.”
Many people’s choices have huge impacts on our lives. Obviously, the better our choices are, the better the world will be and the reverse.
6. The Ten Commandments
How many families are torn today because of extra marital affairs? How many people have been robbed of fortunes because of stealing? How helpful is it to you and the ones around you if you are jealous of others? None of these actions are sustainable unless you want to cycle of pain to continue. Following the Ten Commandments is one of the most sustainable orders man can uphold. To be honest, it’s a lot easier said than done. Yes, life gets in the way, with temptation, media, and so called role models. However, there is no other time then now to follow the Ten Commandments. Even if you don’t believe in God or religion, the Ten Commandments is an order that can benefit us all. Even just following a few commandments will make a world of difference.
Psalms 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
If the world can unite on the Ten Commandments, it would be a better place. When we all work together for the greater good, there is peace. Life flourishes in peace and decays in hatred. Dr. Emoto’s emotion and water scientific studies have concluded that words of peace and gratitude create beautiful water crystals and words of hatred deform the water crystals.
Human beings are evolving, we make mistakes, we sin, and change perception over the years. Many believe in life outside of Earth, some believe in fairies, we can believe in anything we want. That’s our gift of choice. But around the world, people are hoping that whatever it is you believe in, it won’t hurt them.
Sometimes, I wonder what heaven would be like. Is it perfect, without pain and chaos? Other times, sometimes a little chaos and pain proves that you are alive and can be exhilarating. God has to deal with rebellion, like the nemesis Satan. Heaven is always battling with hell, especially here on Earth. But what will you pull out your sword for? That’s your choice.