Christianity tries to detach Man from nature and the primal

Yesterday I posted about Chaos and nature veneration. I was planning on commenting on Christianity’s hatred and separation from nature in the same post, but I changed plans and now I’m gonna do it in a separate post. This one.

St. Boniface’s cutting of Thor’s Oak is a symbol of what I’m about to describe.

From the beginning, the Bible establishes the idea that Man is not just separate from nature, but entitled dominion over it, as proclaimed by “God”. I’m not trying to be some New Age hippie type, but I’m pretty sure this belief gives people the belief that they can exploit nature because they don’t see themselves as part of it. Yes, ancient societies used resources like wood that came from tress and rock and metals from the earth, even rural societies, but I’m pretty sure even they paid their respects or tried to give back to the earth. They probably still respected nature and the power of the natural world, or at least way better than the Christian world to come, and in polytheistic societies gods are embodiments of nature. The image above shows a saint cutting down a tree that was held to be particularly sacred to Germanic peoples, not just as a symbol of supposed dominion over nature, but also as a symbol of their faith dominating over and oppressing paganism.

One would also say the Judeo-Christian denial and oppression of sexuality could also be considered to be related, since sexuality is a part of nature. In Christianity, sexuality is seen as something to feared, and there is emphasis on keeping the soul pure. Hell, there’s no sex in the garden of Eden because “God” wants his drones to be pure. We have a shunning of pleasure, the animalistic, and a love for life and a praising of sobriety, the clean, and self-denial. You might find something like this in Catholic images of the Virgin Mary crushing a serpent, where the Virgin Mary represents purity, virginity, and the Christian faith, and the serpent represents desire, sexuality, earthly forces, the devil, and paganism. The same symbolism is found in artwork of saints trampling serpents and dragons, and the cross crushing the serpent.

The Virgin Mary trampling a serpent. Wait, that serpent is holding an apple in its mouth. Is that the same serpent from Eden?

Their main delusion is that we are separate from nature, but we are not.

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4 responses to “Christianity tries to detach Man from nature and the primal

  1. Then according to the Bible, we can never have children 😛
    If all christians follow the Holy Bible, how come there are so much christian population ?

    • Christians fear sex, but the human desire to reproduce is still not quenched. You know damn well a lot of Christians don’t practice what they believe, but it’s not that hard to see why. Their ideal of “purity” is artificial and unliveable. It seeks the repression of what has made us human and allows us to survive, of course it wouldn’t succeed.

  2. Dear friend I understand where you are coming from because historically we Christians have not always advocated environmental and animal rights issues. Often the presentation of the gospel has leaned to the rank of humans and not balanced with the responsibility of humans. The Bible says much given much required (Luke 12:48). So to be in charge of the earth means to prayerfully consider our interaction with it. I would also like to comment on your understanding of biblical sexuality. It’s not accurate to describe sexuality in the Bible as “suppressing” and “fear”. In Genesis 1:28 God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply” which is before they are cast out of the garden. Hebrews 13:4 says that the “marriage bed is undefiled”. The Judeo-Christian Biblical plan for sex is in the context of marriage as it was from the first marriage(Adam and Eve). Of course these holy standards of God where intimacy precedes sex are threatening to our human nature as you mentioned but the joy and pleasure that our nature seeks is always more than fulfilled when we follow God’s plan. Purity and holiness is still possible today, it is accompanied by a surrendered life to God and when there is a mistake we keep going.

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