Don't Miss The Forest for the Trees: God Is My Father. Nature Is Not My Mother: Goddess Worship

Don't Miss the Forest for the Trees

This is not a teaching, simply some thoughts. There are companies that sell biodegradable 
urns, which function as new tree planters. They are specifically designed for the purpose of planting the ashes of a loved one, to be mixed with the soil as the tree grows. The purpose indicated by some of these companies is to move away from the concrete headstone cemetery style and move towards the concept of cemetery forests. Their goal is to sustain the environment as well as give a more visually appealing memorial representation of the life of a loved one. I, for one, would rather look at a tree than a headstone. However, as with all things which God can use for good of man, the enemy seeps in and tries to lure people away from God. There is nothing evil about being a good steward of our resources. However, some have misunderstood this concept to mean one will actually become a tree if their ashes are planted as a tree with this urn.

Tons of comments were made on a Facebook Post regarding an ad providing this type of service. The ad was misrepresented by several people who posted it. It was a comment-baiting post, which stated, "Become a tree when you die. Sounds neat! What do YOU think about this?" Perhaps it was an experiment to see who actually clicks on ads and gets accurate information from the actual site or who just makes assumptions. I read some of the comments and saw some saying we should "give back to mother nature after taking from her our whole life." And, "I would love to be a tree. Then I would live forever!", etc. Some people commented as though they understood what was being offered and appreciated the service. Some comments were just people playing or jesting, but some heated debates arose between Christians and NonChristians. I only read a few, which in no way can represent the majority of the comments. My post is not directed towards any company or individual selling these memorial trees. Nowhere on the websites I visited does it say anyone will become a literal tree, nor is it implied. The sites I visited offered services for memorial purposes. There is a link at the bottom of this page to a similar Facebook post. It's not the one to which I'm referring, but that one has been removed from Facebook. That being said, what do I think about the comments supporting the theory indicating one would literally be reincarnated as a tree if their ashes were planted along with a new tree?

I'm so glad you asked! As a Christian, when passed through the truth filter of God’s Word, this concept is massively flawed. It sounds like someone has a touch of the old 'earth worship' bug, and there's some serious goddess Mother Nature worship going on here. Here are my thoughts: God is my Father. Nature is not my mother. God created trees for people, not the other way around. I can think of a long list of benefits of trees, but isn’t that the point? Trees are to serve the needs of people. We are stewards of these trees and they serve a purpose. We cultivate and keep God’s blessings with thankfulness, but trees do not “create” oxygen. They make it from elements God has provided. God is the true and only source of life. Trees, plants and flowers can be beautiful memorials of the life of a person to those who mourn their loss. Each time we see them, we can be reminded of the great blessing they were in our lives, or hopefully even reminded they are born again and will have eternal life. I would much rather look at a tree than a headstone and think of a loved one. BUT when I think of them, I think of them as people, not trees. People do not become trees, anymore than they become headstones. Dogs don't even become trees, not even li'l tiny baby trees, not even bushes, no, not even grass. I know, who would've thought? In fact, I have a memorial bush in my yard to remind me of my dear departed dog. (His name was Barney, only b/c I know you truly care). I see the beautiful roses and am reminded of the blessing he was in my life, specifically as a dog, which God created for the sole purpose of blessing people…just like trees.  By the way, that bush is the first place my other living dogs pee every single morning. You're welcome for that mind picture. Life as a tree? Thanks, but no thanks. I'll take the genuine over the counterfeit any day. I'll wait for my real eternal life and my shiny brand new body at the return of Christ.

I'll go a step further and say, the burden of proof regarding God's existence does not fall on the Believer, because they already believe. If someone tells me God does not exist, the burden of proof falls on them to disprove what I believe. They can't do it, so I kick the dust off my feet and go along my merry way. It's an argument of the ages of unbelievers in an attempt to silence the Believer. When someone says, "Prove it!" I respond, "Prove to me He doesn't." This can even be an open door to clear up misconceptions people have about God. It's an opportunity to expose the enemy for all he tries to hide from people concerning the true loving nature of God & the evil of the enemy. He likes to hide, like one who throws a rock at someone when their back is turned, and yells, "He did it!" as he points fingers at God. As the accuser, he wants people to blame God for his chaos. No worries. All will be proven in due time.  I digress. Trees meet a need and can be beautiful, but a reincarnated life doth not a tree make.

Even to a nonbeliever, how would this work? Where is the logic? If I want to "become" two trees, would my ashes be divided among multiple trees? Could I then become 3 or even 20 trees? Dare I dream so big? The truth is, my ashes would affect the PH value of the soil, and nothing more.

Trees are great.
Plant one. Don't waste money on a headstone. Put ashes wherever you want but know this: There is no special power in the urns provided for this purpose, other than giving you a good strong tree, and taking into account the acidity of the ashes, for an optimal planting environment. You don't have to spend lots of money on this. You can take ashes from any urn you want and put them in any biodegradable container with a young tree. Follow per care instructions, with one exception: take into account the acidity of the ashes & alter the ph of the soil accordingly. Then add the ashes. THIS STEP IS VITAL. Otherwise you'll miss out on good fertilizer. When they're ready to be planted, do so. Congratulations. You have now planted and fertilized a tree. You have a nice memorial at a much lower cost. Sorry for dismantling the power of the urn, but I'm afraid those who claim it will reincarnate you as a tree, are writing checks this urn can't cash.

People are so much better than trees, whether they think so or not. Trees, well, they're just trees. They're great and all. They serve as excellent analogies. They oxygenate and they're beautiful. This is all just another way for the false god of this world to attempt to steal worship from the one true God. I plan on exposing the enemy's devices & uprooting them one seed at a time. As we speak the truth in love, we grow together as the body of Christ. We set the truth before people and they can decide. My husband and I choose LIFE, and we will serve the LORD. Truth needs no defense. God will sort this matter out in His perfect timing, and has all eternity to do so.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord's hand waxed short?
thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

In all sincerity, I sure hope lots of people will put Romans 10:9-10 into action, so we can all have true eternal life, instead of dying, while waiting to become a tree. God values people so much more than that. He loves us so much, even when we’re unlovable. I don’t care who you are, or what you have done. Jesus Christ paid for it. Accept it. God loves us more than we can even imagine. In fact it will take God all of eternity to show how much He loves us. No matter what labels the world has slapped on you, you have value to God. Don’t settle for anything less than the real thing. Don't miss the forest for the trees.

This is a great memorial of a soldier
who sacrificed for our freedom.

#NeverForget the sacrifices that others make for us to live free...

Posted by The Veterans Site on Sunday, March 1, 2015

This is....INTERESTING. And, it's a REAL product! What do you think? Would you? (DO)
Posted by 98.1 CHFI on Thursday, February 12, 2015

Click HERE for A poem I wrote titled The Treetop

Photo Credits
All photos taken by Angela Garcia-salas.
My dog, Nito, standing near the memorial rose bush of my dear departed dog, Barney.
"The Tree" taken on Blind River in Louisiana
"The Great Oak" taken at Houma House Plantation in Louisiana
"Just me & my dog" taken in Avery Island, Louisiana
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