“In Genesis 1 & 2, Adam is given the responsibility of exercising dominion over the Earth, especially in the Garden of Eden. Does man still have that mandate from God?”
It’s interesting to note what God told Adam regarding the earth:
“. . . Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion . . . over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed . . . to you it shall be for meat . . . .” (1:28-29)
The Bible says “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat.” (2:15-16)
From these and other passages of Scripture, it appears that man was created, in some measure, to care for the creation and to benefit from the resources placed here by God. Given the command from God for him to “subdue it and have dominion” it would appear that Adam, and his descendants have a mandate to exercise authority over the earth and its resources. Far from the idea of “leaving no footprints behind”, man is supposed to bring order to the physical realm. Not only is man created and designed for this function in the world, but he has a responsibility to steward those resources for the benefit of the rest of mankind.
The old term is conservation, the moderate cultivation and use of materials. This is a far cry from the modern environmentalists notion of leaving everything in its natural state. The Bible teaches that man will give account to God for his stewardship. The Bible doesn’t justify abuse or overuse of God given resources; neither does it justify the veneration of nature over the human race. The physical world is our habitat, as much as it is the plants and animals, and it is our privilege to partake of those resources in a reasonable manner.
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