Is Your Bible Green Enough?

The Green Bible

The Green Bible

At least one Christian group is promoting a “greener” Christianity.  They have released a Bible made from soy-based fibers and recycled paper.  It also has verses and passages highlighted that are believed to speak of God’s love for His creation and remind us of our need to care for it.  Appropriately enough, this new Bible is called “The Green Bible.”

Of course, there are those within Christianity (especially more conservative groups) who believe that being “green” is un-Christian.  They argue that Christians should be concerned with “saving souls”, not the earth.  They argue that our focus should be on the world to come, not this one, which is going to go away.

Here is a quick news video that discusses the new Bible.

What are your thoughts?  Do you like the idea of a green Bible?  Should Christians be concerned about the environment or focused on the world to come?

Update:  Please read the comments area for a link to a blog site that is critical of this new Bible and a discussion concerning whether or not Christians should run out and buy it.

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5 Responses to Is Your Bible Green Enough?

  1. Bill N. says:

    Tim,

    What others call the “dominion mandate” of Genesis, I have for a long time preferred to call the “stewadship mandate”. As such, without actually seeing or reading the “Green Bible” and without investigating just who is supporting this and why, my initial response is positive. I disagree with the supposed critics dichotomy between stewerdship of the earth and evangelism. I don’t think we are given the option of either/or but once again are faced with “both/and”.

    That said, my caution is we should not be quick to respond to what supposed critics may have said without first finding out from their own comments what they actually have said. In the video clip the commentator did not actually interview a critic or confirm if the description of the alleged criticism given by the publishing rep was accurate. It would be helpful to the discussion if you could provide some links to real criticism of the Green Bible in the critics own words.

    Shalom…

  2. Tim Farley says:

    Bill N.:

    Thanks. I agree. I should have included a link or two to some who are critical of this new Bible. Here is a link to a blog site that is critical of this Bible. I find the comments especially interesting and off-track.

    http://www.alittleleaven.com/2008/09/the-green-bible.html

    I do not want to give a ringing endorsement of this Bible either without knowing who is behind it. I think it could be more of a sly way to sell more Bibles while getting people to feel good about their “environmentally friendly” purchase. If you already have a Bible, it is more environmetally friendly to use it I would think, rather than using up more resources (recycled or not) to make another for you. So, no need for most Christians to run out and buy this Bible in the name of good stewardship!

  3. jonyork1958 says:

    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

    Somehow I think you knew someone would post this verse.
    My first thought was God’s real passion is relationship. Jesus came to provide us a relationship with God and each other. God’s mandate to us is to do all for the glory of God, to be the change agent and bear His light in the world; To be Salt and Light.

    God in His mercy is allowing His Word to be continually spread. I looked up what Bible sales was worldwide and got this answer:

    The Bible
    “No one really knows how many copies of the Bible have been printed, sold, or
    distributed. The Bible Society’s attempt to calculate the number printed
    between 1816 and 1975 produced the figure of 2,458,000,000. A more recent
    survey, for the years up to 1992, put it closer to 6,000,000,000 in more than
    2,000 languages and dialects. Whatever the precise figure, the Bible is by far
    the bestselling book of all time.”

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=14

  4. Andrew says:

    I believe this is a little ridiculous. At first glance it seems to be nothing more than a cash in on the “green” craze that the country is obssessed with right now. While I do agree with some aspects of the “environmental movement”, much that is sold is only sold to make us feel better about ourselves and not necessarily better for our earth (recycling some products use up even more resources than creating new ones, for example). Agreed, there’s no point in rushing out to buy this new edition if you already own one or several Bibles. This is silly for the most part.

  5. Kelsey says:

    Actually, I kind of like the idea behind this Bible. If nothing else, it draws Christians’ attention to the importance of being good stewards.

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