Healing the Planet
May 13, 2013
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- Factory Farming Needs to End
- Famous Quote: Anthony
- Addressing Climate Change with Vegan Diet
- Bible verse: Romans 14:1-2
- Why Have Christians Not Embraced
- This Week’s Video: Chomping Climate Change
1. Factory Farming Needs to End
This is a short, clear and
concise article about why people should stop supporting the factory
farming industry. It’s simple. Animal-based agriculture is bad for us,
bad for the animals and bad for the environment. Make sure you check
out the slide show as well!
Why Everyone Should be Angry About Factory Farming:
is a very primal emotion, than if channeled accordingly, can help us
make changes that would benefit to all of God’s Creation. After all,
even the Bible relates that Jesus was angry when he expelled dealers
from the temple (Matthew 21:12).
2. This Week’s Famous
One of the first things we teach children is animal
sounds. Hopefully they get to hear them before they are forever
~ Anthony Douglass Williams, Inside the Divine
3. Addressing Climate Change with Vegan Diet
Paul Mahony, one of the founders of Melbourne Pig Save, speaks in
this interview about the urgency to address climate change
effectively. He emphasizes the huge amount of greenhouse gasses
produced by the livestock industry, the need to use land and resources
effectively, and how to end hunger.
Protecting global climate with Vegan Challenge: Interview with Paul
It’s imperative we recognize that growing food to
feed God’s farmed animals and then eat them creates serious harm to
the whole planet. Only when we recognize the devastation we cause
everywhere when we abuse and eat other creatures, will we start
participating in the healing and restoration of God’s Creation. Until
then, continuing to raise God’s animals for food results in the
desensitization of our hearts leading to a sad, unfulfilled and empty
4. This Week’s Bible Verse
As for the man who is weak in faith,
welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may
eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables.
Paul wrote to the Romans that “the weak man eats only vegetables”
(14:2). At that time, Jews were banned from Rome, and a kosher butcher
would have been arrested. Unable to obtain kosher meat, many Jews
abstained from meat altogether, for fear of eating meat that had been
offered to a pagan god. Paul maintained that eating meat, even if
offered to idols, was not a spiritual concern, because the pagan gods
didn’t exist. Only the “weak in faith” failed to appreciate that
sacrifices to fictitious gods were meaningless. Paul said that
meat-eaters should not condemn those who abstain, and vice versa
(14:3). It appears that Paul wrote this to the Romans because Paul was
concerned about differences on diet dividing the church. Paul was not
justifying meat-eating per se, and this passage certainly does not
endorse factory farming.
5. Why Have Christians Not Embraced Environmentalism?
According to Stephen Mattson, contributor for Relevant Magazine and
the Burnside Writer's Collective, Christians have failed to protect
the environment for mainly 5 reasons: the environmental movement’s
political affiliations, evolution, what he calls “the victimless crime
syndrome”, our short attention spans and the fact that we view
environmentalists as self-righteous and judgmental.
5 (Stupid) Reasons Christians Reject Environmentalism:
are called to be good stewards of God’s Creation but we seem to be
failing miserably at it. It’s time we realize that ignoring the perils
the planet suffers is to dishonor God and to symbolically throw at
His/her face the privilege and responsibility we’ve lovingly been
entrusted with. Eating plant-based foods; showing love and compassion
to all beings; reusing, recycling and reducing the amount of resources
we use; and helping others embrace these choices is what shows true
love for God’s Creation.
6. This Weeks Video: Chomping
"Chomping Climate Change" is a short video that
explains how climate change can be almost fully achieved by replacing
25% of today’s least eco-friendly food products with better
alternatives – quickly and inexpensively.
Please visit Chomping Climate Change:
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