“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).
Key Thought: How should Christians relate to the environment?
What should we, as Seventh-day Adventists, think about the environment, especially because we know that this earth is corrupted, will continue to be corrupted, and will one day be destroyed, burned up in a great lake of fire: “and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10)?Add to this the biblical injunction about humans having “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” (Gen. 1:26), and it’s no wonder that, at times, we have sometimes struggled with how to relate to environmental concerns.At the same time, as stewards of all God’s gifts, don’t we have an obligation to take care of the earth? After all, didn’t God create it and pronounce it “very good”? As a people with a distinct message about God as Creator (Rev. 14:6, 7), shouldn’t we have something to say about the question of how we treat God’s creation?
This week we’ll explore what the Bible says about some of these concerns.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, February 25.