I must share this excellent article written by my friend, Professor Dr. Cal Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance. He writes,

“Is There Hope for a World Slipping Back into Pagan Nature Worship?”

“Some of today’s environmental movement is clearly a revival of ancient pagan nature worship, exemplified in this video of Earth First members crying out, speaking not only of but to trees, and referring to the forest as a “tabernacle.”

Isaiah 1:29–31 contains a sobering warning for those who worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).

Speaking of the idolatrous people of Judah and Jerusalem shortly before God sent them into exile in Babylon, the prophet Isaiah said, “… they [their rulers] shall be ashamed of the oaks that you [the common people] desired; and you shall blush for the gardens that you have chosen. For you shall be like an oak whose leaf withers, and like a garden without water. And the strong shall become tinder, and his work a spark, and both of them shall burn together, with none to quench them.”

Of the trees mentioned here—the actual species of which is uncertain—Old Testament scholar E.J. Young writes in his commentary on Isaiah, “these were green trees in which the numina [spiritual influences perceptible by mind but not by the senses] were thought to dwell (cf. Deut. 16:21; 1 Kings 16:33; 2 Kings 16:4; Ezek. 6:13). There is a tree cult in Palestine even today. In ancient Canaan idolatry found expression in that divinity was attributed to the powers of nature and worship was held under the trees.”

Comparing and contrasting these verses with Psalm 1 and Genesis 2 yields powerful insights.

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