sexta-feira, 25 de dezembro de 2015


In the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1
(You) formed the mountains by your power,
having armed yourself with strength.
Psalm 65:6 (read 65:1-13) - NIV

Creation is the only book written by God. All other books are printed by humans. Our science indicates that the first chapter of God´s book as we know it began to be written about 20 billion years ago with the "big bang". The Earth chapter began to be written about 4.5 billion years ago. Earth existed without the presence of humans during 4,496,000,000 years. Writing appeared only 6,000 years ago.

During most of human development creation (nature) was the only "book" that people had to read. Its words were: day, night, lunar cycles, seasons, warmth, cold, rain, drought, wind, thunder, birth, death, wildlife, plants, mountains, forests, deserts, abundance, famine, pestilence, disease, etc... They were the sacred words and could be read by everyone.

The written word came with the dawn of western "civilization" along with the building of temples to serve as the divine abode. Documents which were written by human hands and within sacred environments built by men came to be revered as “revelation”. Civilized people started to distrust nature and to rely on the scriptures that they themselves composed. The reason is clear: nature has its own personality and is capricious, unpredictable and disrespectful. But paper is friendly and accepts anything written on it. Thus it reflects our desires and pleases us. In our idolatry we worship our own words as though they were divine. We can read the words of the written page, but we are illiterate before the Great Book which was actually written by the divine hand.

Every moment God writes new lines. Each heartbeat is a new sentence. Each blink of an eye can bring new revelations. The psalmist looked at the mountains and the ocean waves with awe and wonder! He read the rain that enables the growing of abundant crops. He realized that God's hand sustains and guides all existence. He rejoiced in the existence of humanity which is also part of the wonder of all being. This revelation of nature made him shout and sing for joy.

In contrast, "civilized" humanity sees itself as the owner of the Earth. It sees immediate advantages instead of beauty. The results are felled trees, burned forests, natural resources plundered, poisoned air, water and soil, thousands of fauna and flora species extinct with the world becoming a giant deposit of plastic and toxic waste with a large part of humanity groaning in pain. Daily It is ripping out pages of the book that God wrote.

Our books of paper, written by human hands, are used to promote hatred, prejudice and violence. The descendants of the authors of the Bible (Jewish and Christian) and the Qur'an use their scriptures to put God in a cage and turn people against one another.

We need to return to the True Book of God to find the words of life. Our salvation is to live in love and harmony with the Creator and all of creation. We are all are part of this universe and have our place under the sun. Love gives freely to everyone.


Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion;
    to you our vows will be fulfilled.
You who answer prayer,
    to you all people will come.
When we were overwhelmed by sins,
    you forgave our transgressions.
Blessed are those you choose
    and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house,
    of your holy temple.
You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
    God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas,
who formed the mountains by your power,
    having armed yourself with strength,
who stilled the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    and the turmoil of the nations.
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
    where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    you call forth songs of joy.
You care for the land and water it;
    you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
    to provide the people with grain,
    for so you have ordained it.
You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
    you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
You crown the year with your bounty,
    and your carts overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
    the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
    and the valleys are mantled with grain;

    they shout for joy and sing.

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