Grade 6: lesson 105.
There are three sides to the environmental issue: Conservationists, Preservers, and people who don’t care. Conservationists tend to follow the Bible ordered rules for the earth. Preservers tend to think the earth and animals are not to be touched. God cares about everything and everyone.
Conservation is the act of using the earth wisely and how God intended. The Bible says that we are supposed to subdue the earth. God put animals and plants here for a reason. We are allowed to use the animals because that is why God made them. We should not mistreat or misuse them. The earth is here for us to use for food and resources. We should not destroy needlessly but we are allowed to use it. God made us overseers of it. Use them responsibly and wisely. We should protect the earth. God says have dominion over the earth. Dominion means to take control of something and take care of it.
God created the world. The word created comes from the Hebrew word Bara which means: To call something into existence that did not exist before. The Bible tells of animals and plants being used for food and resources. Wood is used to construct houses. Jesus ate meat and rode on a donkey.
My science teacher gave 5 examples of why God cares about the earth and yet still lets us use it and its animals. There are many more, but here are the five he gave:
- The book of Genesis reveals that God took great care in creating the universe and the earth.
If you look around at creation everything from the smallest ant to the largest mountain is so complex and beautiful. Everything works perfectly. Why would God do this if He did not care? The answer is that He does care.
- The Bible reveals that the universe is not a mistake God acted deliberately.
Everything about the earth and universe works perfectly. The rain makes crops grow. The sun gives us light and life. The earth perfectly orbits around the sun. It is clearly a perfect system.
- The Bible tells us that God cares about Nature and animals.
He does. Without humans feeding them the animals still manage to stay alive. That is because God provides for them. And resources are here for us.
14 He causes the grass to grow for the livestock,
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may produce food out of the earth:
15 wine that makes the heart of man glad,
oil to make his face to shine,
and bread that strengthens man’s heart.
16 Yahweh’s trees are well watered,
the cedars of Lebanon, which he has planted,
17 where the birds make their nests.
The stork makes its home in the cypress trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats.
The rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.
19 He appointed the moon for seasons.
The sun knows when to set.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
in which all the animals of the forest prowl.
21 The young lions roar after their prey,
and seek their food from God.
Psalm 104: 14-21
- The Bible says that God cares for everything and yet still blesses people through the wise cultivation and use of His creation.
You can refer back to the previous verse for proof.
- The Bible says that God is not indifferent towards animal and human death. Death is serious. And God is against animal mistreatment.
God tells us in the Bible not to mistreat people or animals.
Preservers think that it is not alright for people to use plants or animals in any way. That it is cruel to eat animals or use them for work. Trees should not be cut down or made into houses. Chickens should not be made into food. We should not use horses, donkeys, or oxen to pull carts. We have no right to alter habitats. The bible says that we are not meant to preserve. We are meant to conserve wisely. Most modern day environmentalists believe what is called Philosophical Naturalism. Philosophical Naturalism is what they call how ther earth came about. And they say that the universe has always existed and that it came about on its own.
Bottom line is that we should take care of the earth and protect it. We are allowed to use it but we must conserve wisely. God put us here to be stewards of the earth.
Please let me know if you notice any errors or mistakes.