Thursday, April 24, 2008

"In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind." (Job 12:10)

I have always found the topic of conservation fascinating. There seems to be a prevailing attitude that only a left - wing liberal can have a passion for the care and protection of nature. Many Christians seem to consider it a nonspiritual,and thus unimportant concern.

To me, the opposite should be true. If you believe that the Earth, and all that is in it, was created by an intelligent and loving God, than you should believe that all of creation is important!

I would think that the people who believe that everything happened by chance and will eventually end, would put a lot less value on it!

It saddens me to see how twisted this issue has become.

O.K., just so you know, I am not a vegan. I don't think that humans are of equal value as frogs or that hunting is immoral. I do think that humans should place value on the care and treatment of animals and our planet. Why? Because God does! The killing and consumption of animals was not God's original design. Death was not supposed to be a part of life. It is, that's a fact, but not a happy one.

While we may eat meat, that does not mean that we should not care that animals are treated in a compassionate manner. It does not mean that killing should be a sport. It does not mean that we should not put effort into helping and preserving endangered wild life!

I love God and my family. I believe that Humans are supposed to have dominion over the Earth. I believe that only people have eternal souls, but don't be surprised if you see me hug a tree or try to save the wolves..... I love those too.

"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." (Genesis 2:15)

You shall not pollute the land in which you live.... You shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell; for I the LORD dwell among the Israelites." (Numbers 35:33-34)

"Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind." (Job 12:7-10)

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight." (Luke 12:6; cf. Matthew 10:29)

"In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety." (Hosea 2:18)

"He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-bringing forth food from the earth." (Psalm 104:10-14)

"To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it." (Deuteronomy 10:14)


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