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God is the Creator of all things. (Gen. 1, 2; Job 38–41; Ps. 19:1, 24:1–2, 104; Rom. 1:18–20; Col. 1:16–17).
All of nature is equal in its origin, including man.
Nature has value in and of itself because God created it.
The rock, tree, and cat deserve our respect because God made them to be as they are.
While man is a creature, he is also created in God's image (Gen. 1:26–27; Ps. 139:13–16).
Man is therefore separated from creation yet related to it.
Man was given dominion over nature.
Man is not sovereign over the lower orders of creation. He does not own them. They belong to the Lord.
Since man was told to cultivate and keep the garden, we certainly may use nature, but only as God intends (Gen. 2:15). An example is the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:15–30). Technology puts nature to man's use, but unnecessary pollution and waste degrades nature.
We are to exercise dominion over nature not as though we are entitled to exploit it, but as something borrowed or held in trust.