Green Scriptures

All faith traditions across the Earth (List of Faiths) have collected holy words, scripture that is written and/or oral about care of God’s creation. For stewardship of the earth, respect for all living creatures, things, places created by God. ECOFaith presents some examples for inspiration and guidance. Your Green Team in your congregation can use some of these selections to educate and lead the members of your house of faith to develop a stronger environmental sustainability as we address the reality of climate change and its affects on where we live and worship.

Christian
Islam
Hindu
Chinese Traditional
Buddhism
Primal-Indigenous
African Traditional & Diasporic
Sikh
Spiritism
Judaism
Shinto
Cao Dai
Zoroastrian
Tenrikyo
Neo-Pagan
Unitarian Universal Society
Rastafarian
Scientology
Bah’ai
Sufism

Christian

Holy Bible – “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…” Genesis 1:1
You shall not pollute the land in which you live… you shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell.” Numbers 35:33-34
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Catholic
In line with the belief that all humans have a responsibility for all creation, the Jesuit order of Catholics provide a phenomenal list of sustainability information, actions to take, and even a link to the film “Covenant: A Film about Faith in Action,” about people of faith from diverse religious traditions coming together to fight for clean air. More…

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Islam

In the Qur’an it is stated that God has made believers the stewards and protectors of the earth, to “race with one another towards good deeds, wherever you are God will bring you together, verily God has Power over all things.” More …

In the Quran it is stated that humans are guardians of God’s Creation (Quran 6:165), and we should not create disorder/ pollution (Quran 30:40) – especially as Quran/ Islam came to humanity, not just this generation for us to use to our heart’s content. Seek not mischief in the land, for Allah loves not those who do mischief (Quran 28:77). More …

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Hindu

Changes of time and place and circumstance always cause changes in the duties as well. The law for people is one in time of peace, and quite another in calamity. (Mahabharata)

The five great elements, Pancha Mahabhutas, create a web of life that is shown forth in the structure and interconnectedness of the cosmos and the human body. Moral behavior creates good karma, and our behavior toward the environment has karmic consequences. Because we have free choice, even though we may have harmed the environment in the past, we can choose to protect the environment in the future, replacing environmentally destructive karmic patterns with good ones. Read more…

Hindu texts such as the Bhagavad Gita 7.19  and the Bhagavad Purana 2.2.41 contain references to the omnipresence of the Supreme divinity throughout and within nature.

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Chinese Traditional

Confucianism
The superior person is in harmony, but does not merely conform. The inferior person merely conforms, but is not in harmnoy. (Confucius, Analects 13:23)

When the superior person deals with the world, he is not [biased] for or against anythingóhe just follows what is right. (Confucius, Analects 4:10). http://www.arcworld.org/

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Buddhism

Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun, The Moon and The Truth. (Buddha)
If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure. (Buddha)
Not to do any evil; to cultivate good; to purify one’s heart. (Buddha)

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Judaism

A section of Psalm 8, The Torah
Yet thou has made him but little
lower than the Angels,
And hast crowed him with glory and honor.
Thou hast made him to have dominion
over the works of Thy hands;
Thou hast put all things under his feet:
Sheep and oxen, all of them,
Yea, and the beast of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea

Human beings have a special place and role in the Order of Creation. Of all Godís creations, only human beings have the power to disrupt Creation. This power, which gives them a kind of control over Creation, comes from special characteristics that no other creature possesses (Psalm 8). This idea is expressed in the concept that humans were created in the image of God (tzelem Elohim). In its original sense, tzelem Elohim, means that humans were put on the earth to act as Godís agents and to actualize Godís presence in Creation. (Rabbi Lawrence Troster) Read more…

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Primal-Indigenous

Native American – Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw First Nations Chief Phil Lane Jr. in White Rock BC who is also head of the Four Worlds Intl. Institute, urges “unprecedented unified action to protect and restore our beloved Mother Earth or we will witness the end of life as we know it, for ourselves and our future generations.” Read more…

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African Traditional & Diasporic

African traditional religion is essentially oral, communicated by word of mouth, preserved and transmitted from one generation to the next through a wide variety of language-related means.
Anyone who sees beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor. (Yoruba, proverb)
Ashes always fly back in the face of him who throws them. (Yoruba, proverb)

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Sikh

Pavan Guru, pani pita, mata dharat mahat – The eco system, the environment, the atmosphere is the Guru, Water is the Father, and Earth is the Great Mother of all (page 8, line 10, JapJi of Guru Nanak). Read more…

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Bah’ai

ëThe earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.í These words of Bahaíuíllah summarise the Bahaíi sense of world citizenship and commitment to stewardship of the earth. The oneness of humanity is, for Bahaíis, the fundamental spiritual and social truth of this age. It implies a major restructuring of the worldís educational, social, agricultural, industrial, economic, legal and political systems. Bahaíis believe this restructuring will enable the emergence of a sustainable, just and prosperous world civilisation that will exist on this planet for half a million years. Read more…

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Shinto

Shinto tradition acknowledges a deep debt to the blessing of nature and the spiritual power which brings about life, fertility, and prosperity. This life-giving power was called Musubi, the divine power of growth and is present in all nature. Shinto Proverb: The best and surest way to be one with the divine is makoto (sincerity).

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Sufism

Do not take the example of another as an excuse for your own wrongdoing. (Hazrat Inayat Khan)

Behind every adversity lies a hidden possibility. (Proverb)

Zoroastrian

That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good unto its own itself. (Dadistan-i-Dinik)

A series of processes that lead to the creation of universe are highly mystical, divine and complicated. Dadar Ahura-Mazda created this universe with the power of Yazashne using 33 steps, also known as 33 Zaothra (Alaats) for controlling the functioning of its operation. Read more…

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