Rivers Are Persons Now

Canada’s Magpie River has been legally recognized as a person.

This was decided by the municipality of Minganie.

It joins a growing number of rivers around the world which have achieved legal personhood status.

In India, the Ganges River achieved recognition as a person in 2017. New Zealand’s Whanganui River is also legally a person.

In Bangladesh, all rivers have legal personhood status. Legal guardians are appointed for river ‘people’. They serve in the role of ‘in loco parentis’ ( in place of a parent).

Guardians, if they suspect that their rivers are being polluted, or damaged in any way, can bring a lawsuit to court claiming damages for their river.

Yes, we all agree that looking after the environment is important.

When we see, however, the growing demand for rivers to have personhood rights, we once again witness the diminishing of the dignity of human beings, who have been created in God’s image.

Psalm 8:5 describes how God has created humans a little lower than the angels.

When we see the bizarre trend of recognizing rivers as people, we become more aware of paganist beliefs that are increasing in society.

How should we react to this ?

We should expect the unexpected, and we should be be aware that as humanity strays further and further from God’s absolute truth, things are going to become increasingly weird.

Through it all, we will trust, and not be afraid.

God sees. God knows. God will act, in his perfect timing.

Photo of the Magpie River is courtesy of the National Observer.

51 thoughts on “Rivers Are Persons Now

  1. I did not know that about Rivière Magpie, or the others for that matter, and the ‘river people’ — wonderful idea.Thanks for bringing this out. Guy de Michêl.

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      1. Regards from Wael…وائل

        God is in everyone and everything, after the winter comes the spring ,
        The bells of joy  start to ring ,
        Rebirth of livelihood is a wonderful  thing ,

          The divine is here , there and everywhere,
        For all of us , God would care ,
        Dare to believe that life is fair ,

        In the darkness of the night,
        Stars could be shining bright,
        The moonlight shows  up on sight ,
        Being from the divine light ,
        Things are marvelous  and white,
        With God , by your side , nothing to fear and nothing to fright,
        Gather in love and with the almighty God unite ,
        Our powers we gather and
        May almighty God ,  the warm flames of justice and love in the world ignite

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    1. With all my love and respect, we are not separate neither from earth , nor from nature and God has given us these natural aspects to breath , drink , eat , survive and thrive . The divine light and love is present in every living being and preserving nature is one way to dignify the image of God …Helping nature is helping our health . Love and light from Lebanon to the world…
      All the best …

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    1. Hi Manu !
      Yes, weird is a good word. When humankind strays from following God’s absolute truths, much weirdness and confusion results. Thanks for commenting. 🤗🌷

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    2. ” Wisdom tells me that I am nothing. Love tells me that I am everything. Between the two, my life flows. ”
      Wisdom tells you not to be identified to anything whether a thought , a material stuff or an emotion …Love tells you oneness of being with everything …This is the spaciousness or vast awareness where things ebb and flow , appear and disappear . Forms change and things change in that constant vast awareness…

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    1. Yes, for sure, that is such a comfort for us. As more bizarre human behaviour continues, God, the great ‘I am’ remains unchanging. Thanks for commenting. 🤗⚘

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    1. Hi Julie ! Yes, for sure, paganism is on the rise. And it is sometimes cleverly disguised as care for the environment.
      We need to care for God’s creation for sure, but we also need to be aware of where environmentalists may be trying to lead us.
      Thanks for your comment. 🤗🌼

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  2. Thanks Sally. Strange days have found us and are growing stranger still. Those who are close to the Lord Jesus and stay close stay perfectly sane. They are spiritually grounded in relationship with Him and grounded in His Word.

    And the opposite is also true. We see the fruit of this increasing.

    Blessings to you

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  3. It is obviously to increase legal protection against pollution. But on an ethical/christian standpoint I could never agree with giving person status to rivers or any animal for the same reason as you highlight so well. Hallelujah that our Almighty God is still in control regardless of what the world thinks.

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    1. I agree with you, Petrina, I am not surprised at how weird things are becoming. When people reject God’s absolute truths, strange things begin to happen, as confusion increases. Thanks for your comment. 🤗

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  4. Sally, I have waited all day to share this with Nathan. Nathan LOVES the river and spending time out on the river is a massive way of how he communes with the Lord. All this is to say Nathan and I find this incredulous. Talk about worshiping the creation and not the Creator. I take God’s creation mandate seriously to care for the environment this is just so far beyond! Hope you are doing well.

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    1. Hi Mandy !
      So glad to hear how much Nathan enjoys the river. For sure , when we are in nature we realize the wonder of God’s creative power.
      Yes, you expressed it well – ‘worshipping the creation and not the Creator’, grieves the Holy Spirit.
      As I researched further, I found that there is a mountain in New Zealand that has been declared a person too.
      It is surprising, but the Lord sees what is happening.
      People need Jesus, otherwise they can be easily led away from God’s truth.
      Thanks for your comment. ⚘🤗

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  5. Wow, I had never heard of this bizarre trend. I believe we need to appreciate and take care of our natural environment but can’t imagine considering it as a person. God made people in His image, not rivers.

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    1. So very true. ‘God made people in His image, not rivers’. I think we need to increasingly pray for young people, many of whom are growing up without clear knowledge of God’s standards of right and wrong. They can easily be influenced by the bizarre things happening in society. Thanks for commenting. 🤗⚘

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      1. Thanks, Jason. Language is a powerful tool, and it is constantly evolving.
        Do you notice too that more language is being abbreviated, for example, the letters LOL ?
        Happy Spring, Jason. ⚘🌷🌼

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      2. Good point! Perhaps in some respects I am at a disadvantage for not keeping up with the reduction of language use, but for me the ‘logos’ is way too liberating and enriching to subvert. The aroma of your flowers can be likened to the soul; there’s something intrinsic to our nature that thrives in the splendour and fullness of meaning.

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      3. Great point, Jason. Yes, that is what appears to be happening ….’the reduction of language use’, for me, abbreviations can create confusion ( sometimes this is done purposely…). I agree, we do indeed thrive in ‘the splendour and fullness of meaning. ⚘

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      4. Thanks, Jason. Salt is a powerful element.
        We are so close to the sea that salt seeps in through the windows, even when they are closed, and a fine dusting of salt settles on our window sills. 🤗


  6. Amen Pretty Picture Sister in Jesus-Yeshua Sally!!

    Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE 💕💜 is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore!!

    I Love 💜💕 you all Everyone through Christ Jesus-Yeshua, because HE LOVED 💕💜 EVERYONE FIRST!!

    Love ❤ Always and Shalom ( Peace ) Everyone, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  7. I so agree with you. When you use the term “river people” it brings a sense of demonic activities in the river. I believe the agenda is to make humans believe that they are inanimate objects.

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