Series 3 - Getting to Really Know God Hi, friends, and welcome to this lesson! When a person carefully reads the first two chapters of Genesis, he or she often thinks of many questions.
Linkedin Summary The claim that Christianity teaches care for the environment has been challenged from both outside and inside the church. By those outside the church, the Christian faith has been accused of holding to a theology that encourages exploitation of the environment. This is based on both a misreading of Scripture as well as the unfortunate practice of some Christians.
Those inside the church have put forth five challenges: None of these challenges withstands the testimony of Scripture. God created the world, holds everything together, and reconciles all things through Jesus Christ. Since the days of the early church, followers of Jesus Christ have known this remarkable teaching of Colossians 1: Thus since the claim of Lynn White, Jr.
A literal reading of Genesis 2: Jesus Christ — our model — reenforces this. The image of God 2 Cor. And Christians follow the Creator-Servant — the second Adam — joining Him in His reconciliation of all things to God, undoing the damage of the first Adam by doing what Adam was supposed to do.
The earth and everything in it belongs to man Utilitarian Earth View. The first clear challenge from within came from James Watt, a professing evangelical, who became U. Secretary of the Interior under Ronald Reagan in the early s. The material world is unimportant or evil Gnostic World View.
Another challenge from within is a dualistic view that teaches the separation between matter and spirit, while arguing that the material world is evil. Christian apologists counter this notion with New Testament texts that affirm matter in the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus, the resurrection of the body, and the reconciliation of all things to God.
As it is inconceivable to honor Rembrandt and yet despise his paintings, so also is it inconceivable to honor the Creator and yet despise His works and workings.
To the Creator of matter, matter matters. While honoring God, we also need to know how creation works. Inside critics who would disparage the material world have made it necessary for apologists to reaffirm the importance of the material world to its Creator as well as the disciplines for knowing and caring for it.
Christian earthkeepers are environmentalists Conflation of Earthkeeping with Environmentalism. While New Age belief is a problem that needs to be addressed,20 there is a greater problem: After a speech I gave to a New Age organization on the New Testament meaning of the Kingdom of God, many of the conferees inquired about the gospel.
Only two had been connected with a church; the rest had not heard the gospel message. As the conference concluded, their leaders asked why Christian picketers were treating them as evil people.
Regrettably, these people would not have heard even from me had I not mistaken them for a Christian group when I accepted their invitation to speak. The apologetic response in this instance has led us to discover that many in the New Age do not know God and have not yet been told the gospel, which they desperately need and which we should share with them.
Finally, many people are engaging in debates over whether there is even an environmental crisis. Underlying this debate are the troubling implications that we need to have more or better data before we can take action and that if things are not as bad as we thought or are getting better or never were bad at allwe do not have to act.
Christian environmental stewardship is not crisis management but a way of life. Responding apologetically to inside critics on this matter has shown that responsible stewardship is not an option but a continuing privilege and responsibility.a.
Describe the teachings of the religion of which you are studying about the relationship between humanity and the rest of creation. Christianity teaches that God created the Earth and that human beings are the stewards who should protect the gift they have been given.
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Christian Teachings about the Relationship between Humanity and the Rest of Creation “God created the world in 7 days” is what Christians believe, where as others believe that God does exist but took longer to create the world, and others believe there is no God and the world was created through evolution- which is the development of atoms through long periods of time.
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that God has placed humans over the rest of creation. The divinely intended relationship between humanity and the rest of the creation is one of. It can be seen, therefore, that despite Christian teachings on humanity's responsibility for the planet, the world is facing huge problems.
However, Christianity teaches many important lessons on this topic, all of which must be considered. Christian Teachings about the Relationship between Humanity and the Rest of Creation “God created the world in 7 days” is what Christians believe, where.