Everything about environmental responsibility in The Bible
“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)
It is written in the book of Genesis that humankind has the God-given authority over all the earth and the vast animal kingdom that inhabit the earth.
Humanity was represented by the first human being Adam, who named all the livestock, the birds of the air, and the beasts of the field. He accepts the role of master and caretaker of the garden paradise Eden, the skies above, the oceans deep, and the entire world.
“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)
Modern biblical interpretations do occasionally replace the word “dress” into ‘tend’ or ‘cultivate’, because to dress a thing is to embellish it and beautify it. As for the word “keep”, this means to guard well something of value and maintain it soundly, and most importantly, to preserve and be faithful to it. With regards to all non-human life, after the great flood which consumed the earth, Noah (the arc builder) is given an idea of mankind’s responsibility and the primal status quo.
"…And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand”. (Genesis 9: 1–2)
Humankind has lead status above and beyond all other forms of life. With this supremacy comes the obligation to cultivate and preserve the earth’s natural resources and subdue the wild kingdom of beasts.
A caretaker’s chief responsibilities are to preserve, guard, and be held accountable; to one day return the item of value to the owner in a satisfactory or improved condition than when it was received.
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