God Created Light, And The Nature Of Sovereignty And Control

1853 WordsApr 15, 20168 Pages
God created light, and it was good. God created day and night, and it was good. God created the Earth and the oceans, and they were good. “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind’ in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26). Everything that God created was good, but some of his creations were agents of evil and others were victims. God gave humans dominion over the plants and the animals, and that was created to be good. But, this dominion is misunderstood as it is read in a literal sense, and not within context of the time that the bible was written. Humans are not given dominion in the sense of sovereignty and control, but rather humans are to respect plants and animals, they are to “till it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’ says that “tilling” “refers to cultivating, ploughing or working, while “keeping” means caring, protecting, overseeing and preserving. This implies a relationship of mutual responsibility between human beings and nature. Each community can take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs for subsistence, but it also has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations” (¶67). God placed Adam in his garden to till and keep it for him. Humans are to do the same with the Earth. Humans are to take care of and respect
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