The wonderful world in which we live was created clean and beautiful by God long ago. God personally created everything we see around us, and after He made it, He saw that it was good. “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit . . . and God saw that it was good,” —Genesis 1:12. “And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good,” —Genesis 1:21. “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good,” —Genesis 1:25.
After God created everything we see around us, He made man in His own image. Then He gave His world into man’s care to rule over it. “And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth,” —Genesis 1:26.
Ecology refers to the balance between mankind and his environment. A man or woman has a responsibility, both to God and others, to be a good steward of the environment that God has provided for him, and protect it from harm. The first job that God gave Adam was to take care of the garden. “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it,” —Genesis 2:15. If we believe that we should obey God, then we should do all we can to keep our “garden” the way God made it. If we do not take care of our environment, then we show disrespect to God and our fellow man. Each person has a responsibility, and each person can make a difference!
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