The Bible starts with “In the beginning God created” in Genesis. God is the creator of all things, living and nonliving. Each time God created something He looked at it and said it was good. The understanding that God created everything good should remind people who the ultimate creator is, and everything on earth and in the world is valuable to God.
Humans were made in the image of God, and He gave people dominion over the earth. With God being the creator and people an image of Him, people should treat the universe in love like Him. Dominion over everything is a contract from God to harness and protect the resources He gave (TOW Project, 2014). God blessed people with all good things, and it is responsible to sustain and preserve it all.
God’s creation began with a relationship between Adam and Eve. He created, He loved and nurtured it all. God blessed His creation and set rules in place for humans to work and take care of everything. People are to work for God’s creation and not against it. This work is to balance economic and cultural developments. People are not to overtake everything and use up all resources; there should be a balance of agriculture, industrial, and economic growth. God instructed Moses and the Israelites on civic planning in the promised land (TOW Project, 2014). He already started the process of planning to balance agriculture to people and jobs.
God placed the first humans in the Garden of Eden to work, nurture, and love. He also told them not to touch two trees, but they could get to them. This directive lays a principle that even though there is access to all resources does not mean it should be exploited. There are limitations! Everyone must learn God’s set limits through discernment and the relationship with Him and His creation.
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God plans to prosper His people. Creation is not a burden; nature is to be enjoyed (Spencer 2006). Fruitfulness starts with God, the creator. Humans are to steward all creation. What damage has been done needs to be restored for future generations.
“Sustainability is ultimately a moral issue” (Spencer, 2006). As mentioned above, everything starts with God, who is the creator. Everything is good and is to be established for the present and future generations. God is a generational God and is omniscient. He created in the beginning; He created it all for the future of His people.
If God’s creation is not taken care of and sustained, then it will turn on everyone. God controls everything, even though He is a loving God He is also a just God. His justice for nature can be seen in every aspect of life with diseases, viruses, and natural disasters. These are things that God created, and His creations are good, so the belief that there is a purpose for these things are true.
Today, this is experienced through the Coronavirus pandemic the world is experiencing. Since everyone around the globe is quarantined, science is showing mother nature is healing herself. The air pollution over China is clearing up from all the damage that has been caused over many years. There have been epidemics of people dying from not enough food resources and not enough jobs because of too many baby boomers. Now that the Coronavirus has come, God may be correcting everything that humans failed to balance and limit.
There must be an understanding of who created everything and limited dominion and the use of all resources. To have authority is to nurture, protect, love, and harness everything people were given by God. Properly taking care of everything starts with a relationship with God to discern the right relationship with His creation.
Sex is a gift from God, and the outcome is a baby. Living things reproduce and replicate themselves in some manner. To be considered living the living thing must be able to reproduce (Howard, 2014). The different ways God designed reproduction in each living creature is supernatural. Each one is unique to its species, but also extraordinary to itself. Not every person or animal is the same.
God programmed genetic information in every living thing to replicate and carry out His will (Howard, 2014). John 1:3 New International Version, “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” God creates the expected and unexpected results of reproduction. Each human being is wonderfully made through God’s working hand. Alternative ways of reproduction that people practice, such as infertility, is a controversial topic.
People believe these practices are out of God’s will, and it is humans trying to play the role of a god. Even if this is not God’s will, God is a good God and does not allow things to happen out of His will. In the book of Job, the devil had to get permission from God before he could do anything to Job. Even with God’s approval, the actions were limited, and God turned it all into good. So, if practices such as infertility and cloning are not God’s will, He allows it to happen and turns it all into good. God’s grace does not mean it will not produce negative consequences, but regardless He turns everything around for His glory.
Hebrews 1:3 King James Version, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Reproduction has been identified in science and continues to be discovered. Even if a mother cannot see the fetus during replication, the faith of something beautiful happening is there.
God loves diversity in every aspect of life, so He diversified human beings, plants, and animals. God designed the desert, oceans, freshwater, mountains, and terrains to place certain species in them. Various bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa are found in different areas around the world. All of these are necessary for the sustainability of the earth. Science calls this type of diversity of life in the ecosystem Biodiversity.
The variety of humans, animals, plants, parasites, and germs all over the world have adapted to their environment. Each environmental type has a different range of stressors. They can all migrate to new environments; some may succeed in establishing new homes, but others may not. While humans travel throughout new lands, so do these other living creatures and organisms. They voluntarily and involuntarily travel across new borders on boats, vehicles, and other forms of transportations. Viruses and other germ types may be carried in a host like an animal, human, or plant.
God did not want a monotonous planet, so He created many varieties of creatures to populate the earth (Johnson, 2013). Romans 8:18 King James Version, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” The earth is passing away to be prepared for a new one after Christ returns (Johnson, 2013).
As God was designing and creating the world, He was also creating time, days, and seasons. There is a time and season for everything as stated in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 New International Version, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
In those creative six days, God created plants and animals for humans. Genesis 9:3 New King James Version, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.” Genesis was the beginning of sustaining life on earth. “Far from being a one-time event, creation is constantly continuing, and what’s more, is constantly revealing to us the presence, the power, and the creativity of God” (Baines, 2019). Creation was not a mistake nor a limited act of God.
Billy Graham speaks about his childhood and the overuse and abuse of nature he experienced while living on a cattle farm near a mill. This experience was the beginning of Graham desiring to nurture God’s universe and wanting to protect it from people. “The growing possibility of our destroying ourselves and the world with our own neglect and excess is tragic and very real.
We cannot simply mourn the fate of the earth. We cannot go on pretending that someone else is guilty for its current disastrous state. We must do what we can, even though we know that God’s ultimate plan is the making of a new earth and a new heaven” (Graham, 2014).
Author David Bradstreet in his book “Star Struck,” introduces science to strengthen one’s faith in God. He associates nature with understanding God’s character. Everything is aligned in a way to support and sustain the earth and matter in the cosmos. God created in a purposefully and orderly way. He planned everything out before He began His work. God is a God of order and planning. In Genesis, God explains in enough detail for humans to understand His plan and the process of it.
Science investigates realism in nature. Some people study the Bible to disprove it and then become Christians. Some scientists investigate nature and life to disprove God as the creator then are converted to true believers. Most of the time, once they become believers of Christ, the research goals change. They want to protect and save God’s creation. They appreciate the simple and remarkable things in all of nature. Extraordinary things such as photosynthesis, venus flytrap, mutation of viruses, gorgeous poison dart frogs, and many transformations done in life are attractive to learning and knowing more.
Protecting nature is not only for a healthy environment and sustainability of life, but it is ethical. Providing a constant supply of fresh air, clean water, and beneficial habitats is key to saving the world. People can consume less, recycle, conserve energy and water, garden, and volunteer for community cleanups.
Nature is a wonderful thing. Each and everything is unique and attractive, so humans desire to explore the world for new findings. People travel to great lengths on earth and in outer space. The attraction people have to nature is indescribable. Human beings are in awe of plants, animals, and many other living things. Unfortunately, nature sometimes is destroyed during these discoveries, but God will continue to create for sustainability.
When God created the world, He looked at each good thing He made before He made the next thing. He observed each creation and determined what was needed each day He worked. When He got to His last creation, He looked to see what was the ultimate factor that was missing to help sustain the earth and move it forward. Therefore, He created humans as being what would do His work with His creations.
When God created each species, He created them to be unique to their kind. God was meticulous about everything He created. So accurate, it is taking people a long time through science trying to figure everything out, and still, they do not know everything. God gave humans the wisdom and knowledge to solve His puzzles, but to a degree. God knows people will not solve every problem because human brains cannot fully understand the spiritual aspect of God and His works.
God loves and appreciates diversity. He created opposites, living, and nonliving things. He created exceptional plants and animals, some dangerous and some for consumption. He created plants, animals, and germs specific to their environment. Birds in the sky, fish in the sea, and a variety in the desert, mountains, plains, caves, and forests. It is a beautiful sight to see.
Everything has its place to help sustain the earth. If anything is removed from its place, sometimes it is a good effect on the ecosystem, but sometimes it harms the ecosystem. Having discernment from God of what to do and not to do is essential. This discernment through science will help understand food, medicine, poisons, and a sustained ecosystem for many generations. “We humans are the God species, both the creators and destroyers of life on this planet” (Lynas, 2011).
The human body is a fantastic piece of art that God created with precise care and direction. God knew exactly what was needed to make everything work in humans. He hand-crafted each body part for a purpose. He thought of parts that needed to be in place to start, stop, and renew the human body to work correctly. The creation of man is miraculous works that no one could create other than God.
God created man and woman in His image. However, He created them to function differently from one another, also. Science shows the differences between men and women from reproduction to hormones. These differences are significant in medicine. New York wants to eliminate the gender status from everyone.
They want to see people as a person and not as the gender they were created to be so they can create their gender by desire. This elimination of sexes would be devastating to the role of healthcare. There is a healthy balance in a woman that is not in a man and vice versa. By taking away gender is denying God’s creation and purpose for each one.
This denial shows the rejection of who one truly is in God. Although God does not care if one is female or male for Him to love and accept the person He made, it is important to sustain life. Psalm 139:14 New International Version, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” God made everyone beautifully and wonderfully made.
The beauty inside and outside the human body is perfection. The way we move, feel, sense, and spiritually connect is the work of God. Once a person is aware of the purpose and meaning of their life, then they will accept God and who they truly are. Until then, they will continue to reject themselves and God, the creator. Human life is marvelous, and the way life is lived by humans is like nothing else.
“Today the family is being besieged like never before –on a global scale. A large fraction of all babies that are conceived are aborted by their mother. A large fraction of all babies that are born, do not enter into any sort of functional family. The mother is very commonly not married and often lacks radical commitment to the father or even to the child. Likewise, the father is often not radically committed to either the mother or the child. Even if the father and mother are married, there is too high a probability they will not stay married.” (Sanford & Carter, 2017).
This statement is true to what is experienced in the world today. So many people want to know who they are and where they originated. They want to know their family genetics. So many businesses are successful because they offer answers to a person’s genetics. Many people find out through these tests that they were lied to their whole life because some results expose the hidden truth of adoption.
Knowing where a person comes from is relevant to the understanding of who they are. Genetics helps a person to feel belonged and connected to their family. “Why do I have brown hair and eyes, but my sister is blonde with blue eyes?” Genetics and family lineage can help explain these differences in our siblings.
While genetics is relevant to who we are, it is not superior to our identity on earth. Scientists and doctors say that alcoholism is hereditary through family genetics. Now, a child with no desire to drink may be labeled as an alcoholic due to this statement. Bipolar disorder is marked as hereditary. Now, an adult is looking at themselves and their children for bipolar traits. These labels are not healthy and do not define who a person is in God. Genetics are good to know and understand, but it should not be the defining factor to one’s identity in Christ Jesus.
I am not a fan of Science and the studies of life. However, I enjoyed this study relating it to God and today’s need for a healthy ecosystem helped me understand the importance of Science. I have come to a better understanding of God’s purpose and power for mankind and how we interact with all His creations. To represent Christ is not only about being a good person, but also properly stewarding His gifts that He has given to us in the whole world. Thank you for an interactive challenging course to life.
- Baines, W. (2019, February 20). Finding God in Nature. Retrieved from https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/finding-god-in-nature.aspx
- Bradstreet, D. (2016). Star struck: seeing the creator in the wonders of our cosmos. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
- Graham, B. (2014, April 22). In His Own Words – Billy Graham on Protecting the Earth – The Billy Graham Library Blog. Retrieved from https://billygrahamlibrary.org/in-his-own-words-billy-graham-on-protecting-the-earth/
- Howard, G. (2014, July). Choose country. Retrieved from https://creation.com/reproduction
- Johnson, J. J. S. (2013, February 28). God Fitted Habitats for Biodiversity. Retrieved from https://www.icr.org/article/god-fitted-habitats-for-biodiversity
- Lynas, M. (2011). The God species: saving the planet in the age of humans. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
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