Here’s a good one for all of us to ponder! Thanks Lee! You always write thought provoking posts! By the way…I LOVE your last thought so much…I put it in bold print so no one would miss the whole reason of you writing this post! Awesome! -anita
I’m always a little perplexed when I see bumper stickers touting Gaia worship and other bumper art exhorting us to Love Our Mother (meaning Mother Earth). Who’s Gaia, you might ask?
Gaia in Greek mythology was the goddess of the earth. Many people who follow this personification thinking assign Gaia to be Mother Earth.
According to some sources, the usage of Gaia was revived in 1979 by author James Lovelock, Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth. Lovelock’s hypothesis proposes that living organisms and inorganic material are part of a system that work together to maintain the Earth as a fit environment for life. According to Wikipedia, this “Gaia Hypothesis” was “embraced to some extent by New Age environmentalists as part of the heightened awareness of environmental concerns of the 1990s.” As I searched the web more to determine the credibility of that last comment on this topic, it appears that some modern sources claim the idea of Mother Earth is a “later form of a pre-Indo-European Great Mother venerated in Neolithic times [the Neolithic Age ended around 1700 BC with the onset of the Bronze Age]. In a related context, the use of the term “Mother Nature” appears in western literature around 1300 AD.
On a web site with an URL of goldenageofgaia, I found numerous New Age spiritual writings. This one description seems to be representative of what I found there: It not only draws on and synthesizes all terrestrial spiritual traditions but it incorporates the wisdom of off-planet and other-dimensional spiritual philosophies as well. Some of the writings there spend considerable time and ink discussing “truth.” And, according to one new-age author, this is how we find truth: The truth is unknown. The way to get to an understanding of it is unknown. And so New Age philosophers find themselves often on the track of the speculative and the incomprehensible. They’ve learned to let go of the old and embrace the new, without needing to have all the answers.
I’m not sure what “truth” it is that they’re seeking. Truth is palpably all around us. In simple form, I can say I ate breakfast and that is true. I can also say the sun has properly arisen in the eastern sky every single morning that I have been alive, and that again is true. If I look a little further, and in the Bible, I find Jesus, the One who is truth Himself. “If you abide in my word…you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” [John 8:31-32] The freedom Jesus references here is spiritual freedom, freedom from the bonds of sin. We also come to know that Jesus is truth because He is God.
I find this line of new age thinking sad, indeed. I would first admit that, yes, our planet Earth seems to have some built-in systems for cleansing itself when we muck things up. But that doesn’t make Earth a goddess with divine capabilities. I also have long wondered about the many references to “Mother Earth” found in all sorts of places; even casual conversations among friends and neighbors. It’s been quite a while since I heard comments on the weather or natural disasters and other such phenomena ascribed to the will of the God of the Bible.
No, I’m convinced that the idea of Mother Nature is a direct assault on the divinity of our God in heaven. It seems to be very much in line with the type of thinking found throughout atheistic humanism, which works very hard at writing God out of our daily lives. In that effort, the concept of Mother Nature fits quite nicely instead of acknowledging the biblical God who can (and will) judge us.
So is this world managed, sustained, controlled by Mother Earth? No, I would say emphatically, it is loved and sustained by Father God.