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The English word "pollution" may be defined as "the act of contaminating or polluting, whether intentionally or accidentally, with unwanted substances or factors." "Pollution" originated from a Latin word which meant to wash in uncleanness. That definition seems self-contradictory, but the word "wash" itself originated from an Anglo-Saxon word which simply meant water, whether clean or foul. Examples of both literal definitions are, on one hand, someone getting clean from "washing" in fresh water, or on the other hand, pollution "washing" ashore from an oil spill. Being "washed" can result in cleanness or filthiness.

Notice here, in this example of someone who was repentant but returned to carnality, is portrayed as a pig that was washed in clean water but later went back to "washing" herself by "wallowing in the mire."

"2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." (2 Peter 2:20-22 KJV)

"The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the Laws"

From the Biblical perspective, "pollution" isn't a matter of not doing something, but rather doing it in a way that fouls what is clean. For example, observing the LORD's Sabbath in the wrong way is polluting it.

The Holy Scriptures

"20:12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. 20:13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them." (Ezekiel 20:12-13 KJV)

The "pollution" comes from using the Sabbath to convey one's own will. "Idolatry" can be anything that is put ahead or above the Word of God.

"20:16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols." (Ezekiel 20:16 KJV)

Does that apply to everything else? Including the environment? Yes, it does. When humans disobey God's Law, they foul everything that they touch i.e. "24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant." The result is a hell on earth that humans have made for themselves to wallow in.

"24:4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. 24:7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. 24:8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. 24:9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. 24:10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. 24:11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. 24:12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. 24:13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done." (Isaiah 24:4-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is going to change when Christ returns to purify the earth and make it perfectly clean again?
See A Brainwashed World and Living Waters

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