Idk I keep noticing people blasting ‘Christianity’ (or abuse of) and rightly so, but it always seems this blast of misuse of ‘religion’ discredits the religion and creates it into a 'mythology of civilization.
Well here’s my view from the ‘Kingdom of God’ (IE the gospel of the NT and Jesus) and how I think it plants the seeds in civilization for ‘rewilding’
I’m posting this in response to numerous things I’ve seen and mainly stemming from Urban Scouts critique on Rabbit Stick. I don’t want to take away from the rabbit stick thread so I am posting it here.
I don’t see how ‘Christianity’ does not fit into rewilding. So often it is perpetrated to remove people from the land. It is true it is written very much of civilization and empires etc. but I don’t see how principles of the Kingdom of God (which the bible is mostly about) really goes against ‘rewilding’. Perhaps, only the definitions. But to me, the ideologies are quite the same.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.
If you ask me Jesus planted the seeds for modern day rewilding. This seems so much against modern civilization philosophy. And the whole ‘going to heaven’ thing, that somehow puts people against, or disconnected from the earth, as heaven being portrayed as the invisible place where God reigns, is also a fallacy, the Bible never talks about that, though it does talk of everlasting life, resurrection, death, and a new earth.
I recently met a guy who has taken this Kingdom of God philosophy to heart (after recovering from overdosing multiple times on drugs and hitting rock bottom) and is traveling ‘homeless’ from Canada to Mexico, helping homeless people , and of course he gets attacked by people and even pastors and what not who ask him what he does for money and that he needs money and blah blah blah, and he just quotes these scriptures to them and goes on. He was a pretty cool guy. And if you ask me, that can hold the beginning of rewilding.
And so what does it mean to ‘seek the kingdom’, from what I gain from the bible is synonymous to seeking the spirit. Which, if one follows the whole love and forgiveness thing… really encompasses everything. And so what biblically is the Kingdom of God, where is it? This remains tough question (sorry mind my b-english but I can’t think to write it another way atm…) because of the statements
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luk 17:21
It also gives a pretty powerful way of not being a citizen in Civilization…
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Mat 6:24
I hope I’m not sounding all preachy and stuff though it’s hard, I am trying to shed light onto an issue that I keep feeling is attacked (rightfully so) but discredited because of these ‘myths’ (ahem like that of the ‘immortal soul’ and ‘burning in hell for eternity’ which goes against everything of the bible…)
I also hope this post helps more with rewilding than the last person who posted some random thing about ‘the room’.