Religion of self-destruction

Listening to Rush Limbaugh the other day, I heard about how the Catholic Church has offered some some environmentalist suggestions for Lent:

As the Lenten season arrives, the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change has provided Catholics, schools and organizations with more tools and resources for its annual Catholic Climate Covenant
. . . .
[T]he Archdiocese of Washington’s Environmental Outreach Committee has created a particularly useful new tool: a calendar that lists 40 carbon-fasting measures individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

The calendar contains suggestion for each of the 40 days of Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, with “Remove one light bulb from your home and live without the light for the next 40 days.” Other suggestions include, “Turn down your thermostat by at least one degree;” “Check windows and doors for a draft…” “Making travel plans? Consider getting there without flying;” “Check the tire pressure of your car today;” “Learn about mountaintop removal mining;” “Show reverence for life and for the Earth today by obeying the speed limit…”

Take note of that last one the next time the fascists haul you into traffic court. A lot of speed limits have little to do with safety but are simply a corrupt tool of the environmentalists. But I will have to write about that later.

Of course, I do not present this story merely to gloat about the sorry state of the Catholic Church — with which I strongly disagree on numerous matters — but rather to demonstrate the link between global warming and ascetic religion. (Perceptive as I am, I have already pointed out this connection between environmentalism and asceticism previously.)

Lent is all about making sacrifices merely for the sake of sacrifice. People embrace these worthless rituals because they have guilty consciences that need to be soothed. Lent punishes the practioner and thereby cleanses his conscience. Ascetic holidays are godless and stupid.

The same can be said for global warming. Global warming is all about making practicioners feel better by performing little sacrifices such as turning their lights off, or taking faster showers, or whatever. It gives the practioner a warm feeling inside but serves no productive purpose. The modern environmentalist movement is generally without substance and is primarily just a godless religion. And to think that the House of Representatives just recently passed a global warming tax bill! Thank God the recent scandals, admissions, and weather have begun to cast such great doubt on this gigantic pagan hoax!

Alright, enough posting for now. I need to go eat a steak or something. I shall close with God’s opinion on the matter:

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink or with regard to a religious festival . . . . Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. (Colossians 2:16-22)


4 Responses to “Religion of self-destruction”

  1. 1 Foxfier February 27, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Lent is all about making sacrifices merely for the sake of sacrifice.

    By the same reasoning, Jesus’ suffering was sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice; the sacrifices we try to offer through the year are to follow in his foot steps.

    Were the sacrifices to God through history simply for the sake of sacrifice?

    We do not give because it is a rule of the world, but because it is a rule of God. You do not have to agree to understand where it comes from.

  2. 2 Drew February 27, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Jesus’s sacrifice served the purpose of atoning for our sins by satisfying the wrath of God, because he was the spotless Lamb of God. Our own sacrifices can’t do that. So if we are to make sacrifices, they should always serve some other purpose. There was limited asceticism in the Old Covenant, such as fasting and slaughtering animals, but that was to foreshadow the suffering of Jesus.

  3. 3 Foxfier February 27, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Imitation of Christ *is* another purpose.

    We can’t ever reach his level, but we can try.

  4. 4 Ilíon March 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Does self-mortification make us more holy? Does self-mortification make us more acceptable to God? Does self-mortification give us “that little bit extra” with God? Does self-mortification make us more loving to our fellows?

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