“What emerged from the panel of distinguished clergymen was a vision of interfaith tolerance, even brotherhood”
This was the message from the Interfaith Climate and Energy Conference that took place on March 19, in Jerusalem.
The conference was organized by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development together with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
“I came today, not to say anything new – but to learn.”
The Greek Orthodox Archbishop, Dr. Elias Chacour. opened the Interfaith Climate and Energy Conference.
The atmosphere among the 200-odd participants was optimistic. They gladly heard speeches on man’s God-sent responsibility towards creation.
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Patriarch Theophilos III, spoke movingly about the intimate relationship between creation and the Creator.
Amid quotations from the Old and New Testaments and the Koran, most of what emerged from the panel of distinguished clergymen was a vision of interfaith tolerance, even brotherhood.
Sheik Muhammad Amara, Imam of Israel’s Ministry of the Interior spoke more directly of equality.
“It’s easy to gather religious leaders who tell us what we want to hear,” he said. “Truth is difficult. We can’t live in a good environment unless there is justice.”
“I wish to push back the idea of technology as our goal. Global warming, smog, and the hole in the ozone appeared as a consequence of our tyranny over the land. All of us must work together to restore balance.”
The conference’s high tone revolved around establishing the brotherhood of man and respect for the planet. Not much talk about exactly how the world’s believers can effect change. It was disappointing to perceive how little great religious leaders are involved in environmental issues.
Rabbi Ronen Lubitch, rabbi of Kibbutz Nir Etzion and lecturer at Haifa University, was possibly the most knowledgeable and pro-active of the panel speakers.
He spoke of specific ecological disasters such as the effect of industrial waste on the ecology, and food security for the expanding world population. Sheik Amara and Rabbi Ronen both raised the issue of ecological education in schools.
Following the panelists’ presentations, we viewed video clips with messages from world religious leaders. Especially thrilling were the Dalai Lama’s smiling reminder that what affects the environment will ultimately affect the world’s peoples, and the late Lubavitcher Rebbe speaking in Yiddish about the mitzvah of developing solar energy. Participants then gathered into workshops on climate change and sustainable energy.
If 85 per cent of the people in the world do what they do as taught by religious leaders, these leaders should educate them in caring for the environment.
Source: Green Prophet.com
Jesus did not enter Jerusalem with the message: “Save the environment”. He had no “green prophets”.
The essence of the message from the Messiah is: “Repent from your sins, and accept Me as God and savior”.
The united message from the Imam’s, Catholic Bishops, Jewish rabbis and Dalai Lama is the message that has its origin in the United nations (UN). All religious leaders must accept the UN’s role in forming a Global One World Government.
All people can agree around a message that “god” wants us to unite to save the environment.
On top of this agenda will come the last man of lawlessness. He will claim to be “god” and unite all religions to submit to the message from a global summit in Jerusalem. The World will hail him as the leader of the flock.
The problem for all who believe in Jesus, is that the last and final antichrist and the UN will not proclaim the gospel about salvation in the blood of Jesus, only.
Imam’s and priest might have spent all their lives together planting trees, but will still perish because of their acceptance of sin and faithlessness as “holiness”.
The Bible expose Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops as fools. They are not supposed to become friends of the World, and set their focus on the affairs of the World.
2 Timothy 2:3-4
Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
In stead of listening to video messages from the head of the Buddhist religion, and promote and distribute his message, they should read, obey and proclaim the messages from Jesus of the Bible.
First published: March 24th, 2012.
Written by Ivar