Papal infallibility is a dogma defined by the Roman Catholic Church in the 19th Century during the Vatican 1 Council held in 1869-1870. Since then, Roman Catholics around the world have accepted this dogma as absolute truth. The dogma states that when the Pope speaks “ex-cathedra” (about morals or faith) Roman Catholics are to follow his words as if it was God talking. Unfortunately, man is fallible by nature and then, one day, you get a Pope like Francis who actually wants to re-open the Bible, so to speak, to add an 11th commandment that could sound like this: “Thou Shalt Not Sin Against The Environment”.
Pope Francis said on Friday, November 15th, “We have to introduce―we are thinking about it―to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, the 'ecological sin' against our common home, because a duty is at stake," in a speech he gave to the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law in Rome. Some Roman Catholic scholars say that, while it’s impossible to sin against inanimate objects, just against God and those created in His image, they do insist that abusing the environment is a sin against God.
“Catholic author Dr. Peter Kwasniewski told LifeSiteNews that when human beings abuse creation, they are sinning against God or their fellow man, not the earth. ‘There is no possible sin against planet Earth,’ Kwasniewski said. ‘All sins are ultimately against God or those who are in God's image. As all theologians have explained prior to the post-conciliar decline of theology, when we abuse the natural world or animals or plants, we are sinning against God their creator, who gave them to us to use for the right purposes and in accordance with their nature and ours,’ he continued. “
I know that, unless you’re a student of the Bible, what Dr. Kwasniewski says seems to make sense: if abusing the environment is a sin against God, wouldn’t it seem right to add another sin to the list of “you shall not’s”?
Let’s think about this for a moment: if it is true that abusing the environment is a sin against God, according to Dr. Kwasniewski, why do we need another sin? Where does Dr. Kwasniewski get the idea that abusing the environment is a sin? That it’s immoral? You would think he gets it from the Bible, correct?
Yes, my friend, he gets it from the Bible.
There are probably more than 100 Bible verses that talk about the environment, one way or the other. Here are a few examples:
Numbers 35:33-34: “You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”
Genesis 2:15: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
Genesis 1:26-28: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”
Psalm 24:1: “A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,”
Deuteronomy 20:19: “’When you besiege a city for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them. You may eat from them, but you shall not cut them down. Are the trees in the field human, that they should be besieged by you?’”
Job 12:7-10: “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Deuteronomy 10:14: “Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it.”
Leviticus 25:23-24: “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine. For you are strangers and sojourners with me. And in all the country you possess, you shall allow a redemption of the land.”
The bottomline is that this is what the Bible says:
Now, why would we need yet another “sin” when the Bible is clear that the mandate is for us to care for the Earth?
The answer is, naturally, we don’t. The Bible is quite comprehensive and all the commandments have been spelled out. Besides, the Bible is the Word of God, not the word of the Pope. God has spoken through His written word, which is infallible. Man has no authority to add anything to the Bible. The Bible is God-breathed, therefore “adding a sin” by the Pope is NOT binding, because the New Testament, or the New Covenant, was sealed by God Himself. The Pope is not God. He’s a creature. Just like you and me.
There are many issues with this Pope and with the Roman dogma. This is a denomination that teaches that membership to the Roman Catholic Church saves – trust is, therefore, put in the Church itself rather than in Jesus Christ. Since the Pope is the head of the Church, Roman Catholics believe he’s the absolute authority placed by God, and equate him to a semi-god. This is, of course, a violation of the first commandment “You shall have no other gods but me”.
Are we commanded to be good stewards of the planet? Yes. Do we need to add anything to the Bible? No. Not just because the Bible is clear, but because no CREATURE has the authority to add anything to what the CREATOR has already revealed.
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