“Who owns the earth?” "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." Psalms 24:1
Psalms 104:25,30. In wisdom you made them all, the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number - living things both large and small... When you send your Spirit, they are created and you renew the earth. God Created the Earth and All of Nature in it
John 1:3.Through Him all things were made: without Him nothing was made that has been made.
Colossians 1:16-17.All things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together. “founded the earth to endure’’ (Ps. 119:90-91).
What kind of world did God create? Laws of the Physical World Everything follows the law.
What kind of world did God create? The laws reflects the faithfulness of God. Without the laws there would not be any certainity. Life would not have been possible without it. “maintained by your rulings” (Ps. 119:90-91).
Things coexist in intricate and regulated harmony. This is the basic postulate of science and reason. code written by God
The Intelligent design It is a world of bounty and harmony. Every constant is adjusted to create a coherent universe to support life. “while the earth remains, seed-time and harvest shall not cease” (Gen. 8:22).
The Intelligent design No physical hypothesis founded on any indisputable fact has yet explained the origin of the primordial protoplasm, and, above all, of its marvellous properties, which render evolution possible—in heredity and in adaptability, for these properties are the cause and not the effect of evolution. For the cause of this cause we have sought in vain among the physical forces which surround us, until we are at last compelled to rest upon an independent volition, a far-seeing intelligent design
Gen 1:24-25 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds; cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the cattle according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the ground according to its kind.
Sentient beings which can use the law to their purposehaving a higher law within them They are in a different dimension Each dimension has its own law.
Gen 2:7 then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Judaeo-Christian World View Four dimensions of life Jewish mystic philosophy of how God Creates, Forms, and Sustains this world,with its perceived multiplicity of objects & consciousnesses out of His Pure Unity.
Spirit beings Animals Birds Inorganic Microbes Vegetation All these four dimensions form one unit organism. They are interdependent. Forms the extension of God Sons of God
Jaganath The Indian representation of The God of Creation Eastern churches considers all the cosmos as part of God’s body. God himself is unknowable (Blackness) and beyond understanding
Adam Son of God
Gen 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."
Gen 2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Edento till it and keep it. "master it"
"The heavens are the Lord's heavens, but the earth he has given to mankind." (Psalm 115:16)
This is dominion? maim, kill, destroy
In the name of progress, the greed of man has destroyed the balance of nature. water, land, air, and the wildlife they support have been despoiled and depleted.
Fallen man says: You can do what you like with it? Worldly Kingship Dominion Till and keep Stewardship Children of God says:
Dominion to till and to keep
In Genesis 9:8-17, God directly includes the earth and all the animals as participants in the covenant. Gen 9:9 "Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.
All creation is one organic unity When greed comes in, it destroys the world
Genesis 1:30, he takes care specifically to grant the plant life of the earth to the creatures who possess “breath of life.” before the sin Gen 9:3-4 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. After flood Animals became wild
The sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries the rise of science and technology
Rise of Rationalism Mechanical View of Nature Anthropocentric Philosophy
Three points of views 1. Many Christians believed that the whole creation was meant for the use of Man. So we need not care about the environment. Anti-environmentalism
2. Due to the belief that creation could and thus should be under human control, many Christians felt justified in exploiting and degrading the environment for the sake of progress. Human need justifies it all
3. These beliefs about the importance of creation has caused many Christians to look for ways in which they can care for and protect the environment today. extreme environmentalism