Earth Day and a truer view of nature – The Christian Science Monitor


Earth Day is all things to all people,” Frank Maisano, an energy-industry spokesman in Washington, told The Christian Science Monitor in 2008. “It’s a symbolic representative of the desire for everything we need to do to respect how we treat the earth.



Earth Day and a truer view of nature

One of the psalms in the Bible comes to mind: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof” (Psalms 24:1). When I consider that everything is created by God, divine Spirit, it makes sense to me that the true nature and substance of all creation is like Him – meaning, it’s spiritual and good. In the textbook of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy defines Earth as: “A sphere; a type of eternity and immortality, which are likewise without beginning or end.

“To material sense, earth is matter; to spiritual sense, it is a compound idea” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 585).

Loving nature and protecting the planet is what Earth Day, observed in the United States each year on April 22, is all about. But I know I can do more for the environment by looking beyond the physical, to understand more of the glories that God has created.

Mrs. Eddy wrote, “All nature teaches God’s love to man …” (Science and Health, p. 326). Praying to better understand the spiritual reality and splendor of God’s creation, which is “very good” (Genesis 1:31), is something we can all do. So, on this Earth Day, while planting trees, cleaning up parks, or appreciating our planet in some other way, let’s each take a moment to look beyond the surface of things, and affirm the present, perfect, spiritual nature of God’s creation.




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