Thursday, March 20, 2008

Christians and the Environment

John MacArthur @ notes how: "I do think we have a responsibility to care for the environment — we ought to care for every resource God has provided for us."

Evangelicals and the Environment

He then points to illustrations in the Old Testament account where God put Israel in the Promised Land (Exodus 23:10-11; cf. Leviticus 25:1-7).

He then tells of a conversation:" I’ve told environmentalists that if they think humanity is wrecking the planet, wait until they see what Jesus does to it. Peter says God is going to literally turn it in on itself in an atomic implosion so that the whole universe goes out of existence (2 Peter 3:7-13).

This earth was never ever intended to be a permanent planet—it is not eternal. We do not have to worry about it being around tens of thousands, or millions, of years from now because God is going to create a new heaven and a new earth. Understanding those things is important to holding in balance our freedom to use, and responsibility to maintain, the earth".

"Just a footnote. Though this earth is our temporary home, do take time to enjoy God’s beauty. Take care of your yard. Stop to smell the flowers. Enjoy the forests. God placed those rich resources on this planet for our comfort and His enjoyment. Let us be thankful to Him for that".

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