What Does the Bible Say about Caring for Creation

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What Does the Bible Say about Caring for Creation

  1. 1. What Does the Bible Say about Caring forCreation? ― A Sampler of Bible TextsThe natural world is the handiwork of God, who Genesis 1 Psalm 104:31rejoices in the creation. Genesis 1:31a John 1:3 Job 38:4-7 Hebrews 1:2The creation is “good.” Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31Creation reveals God. Psalm 19:1-6 Romans 1:20 Jeremiah 5:20-24God sustains creation. Psalm 145:15-16 Matthew 6:26, 30We worship the Creator. The worship of nature is Isaiah 42:8 Romans 1:18-25prohibited by Scripture.The human creation is the “crown” of God’s creation, Genesis 1:26-27 Psalm 8:3-5, 104:24,and yet all of creation is enormously valuable. 31Scripture plainly teaches that all creation sings its Nehemiah 9:5-6 Psalm 19:1, 66:4,praise to God. 148:1-13Humans are drawn to worship as they consider the Psalm 95:1-7a Psalm 104:24mighty creative acts of God.The effects of sin impact our lives, those of our Genesis 3:17-19 Hosea 4:1-3neighbors and indeed all of creation. Isaiah 24:4-13 Romans 8:19-22 Jeremiah 12:4Scripture condemns the destruction of the earth and Leviticus 26:40-43 Revelation 11:18describes penalties for those who destroy. God isgrieved by those whose actions demean hishandiwork. Genesis 1:1 Psalm 24:1, 104:2b-5,Scripture teaches that the earth belongs to God. It is Deuteronomy 10:14 136:6not ours to do with as we please. 1 Chronicles 29:11, Colossians 1:15-16, 18c 14One of God’s first commands to Adam, says we are Genesis 2:15to “take care of” creation (abad, in Hebrew, means“serve”). continued An EarthCare Resource Guide – January 2008 EarthCare, Inc., Chattanooga, TN www.earthcareonline.org
  2. 2. Genesis 1:28 grants us the kingly role of Genesis 1:28 Deuteronomy 17:14-20“dominion.” Scripture describes a good king. Proverbs 31:8-9The Noah story teaches God’s desire to save all Genesis 6:5-9, 17that he has made.God is concerned for even “insignificant” Exodus 23:12 Matthew 10:29creatures. Jonah 4:11 Luke 12:6God has given creation to humans for their use, Genesis 1:29 1 Timothy 4:4-5but destruction of creation is not allowed. Gratitudeand humility are the proper responses.The work of Jesus Christ on the Cross is so Romans 8:19-22powerful that its effects extend to all creation.Humans respond by believing in Christ, butindeed, all of creation benefits.Scripture gives us a picture of what creation will be Psalm 96:10-13 Romans 8:19-22like at the end of time. It will be healed and Isaiah 11:6-9 Revelation 21:1, 22:1-5restored. God cares about the earth and will not Ezekiel 47:6b-12allow it to be destroyed.EarthCare Resource Guide – January 2008 Printed on recycled paperThis guide is a publication of EarthCare, Inc. www.earthcareonline.org / email: mail@earthcareonline.org.Chattanooga, TN (423) 697-2560. Dalton, GA (706) 278-3979. PO Box 23291, Chattanooga, TN 37422. “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” EarthCare (Psalm 24:1, KJV) Caring for God’s Creation What Does the Bible Say about Caring for Creation? 2

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