Vicarious Verde (green)
I read an interesting article this morning; It states:
“Instead of asking them to pray, priest tells sinners to plant trees”
June 22, 2011
“This one is to get folks into the mood of Corpus Christi, celebrated this Thursday. A priest in the interior of the Brazilian state of Goiás adopted an interesting strategy to make this year’s Fraternity Campaign of the Catholic Church count: for every sin confessed, the sinner should plant a tree. The priest’s forecast is to plant one thousand trees in the city of Pires do Rio, which has a population of about 28 thousand and is about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Brasilia. Don’t you think he should redo this calculation?”
Sorce:http://wp.clicrbs.com.br/anverde/2011/06/22/em-vez-de-pedir-para-fazer-oracoes-padre-manda-pecadores-plantar-arvores/?topo=84,2,18,,,84 (in Portuguese)
Huh? So the environment has become a means of redemption?
Well then, the author said it well, “Don’t you think he should redo this calculation?”
With 28 thousand inhabitants, there will not be enough trees in the market!
They’re going to have to send trains, planes, buses, trucks, cars, pickups, vans, horse and buggies, bicycles, and even people on foot carrying tree seedlings in order to fulfill the demand!
Thank God we have the truth in us; that Jesus Christ hung on a “tree” (cross) for our sins!
The Bible says: “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:6-14 KJV
Folks, go plant a tree or two, it’s good for you and for the environment.
But know for sure that no amount of trees planted can redeem your sins, for only the sinless blood of the Lord Jesus Christ can wash away all sin!
Hebrews 9:11-28, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
Now, if you must, go plant a tree.
For remission of sin, go to the cross.
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