In another article, I have described how the fall of man explains human incompetence in taking proper care of the environment. It represents an act of rebellion against God, the rightful Lord of the universe. This time, I’d like to look at the last book of the Bible.
Humanity has never taken good care of Earth. It’s fashionable to blame modern technology and burgeoning world population. In fact, our worst attitudes are clearly visible in prehistoric societies. Genesis describes the creation and fall of man.
Genesis tells of God creating the earth. Revelation tells us of the tribulation that ends in its replacement with a new earth. In between are many Bible verses about environmental stewardship. Isaiah 24 gives a key reason for the plagues described in Revelation.
Many environmentalists have a dim view of Christianity. At least as early as the first Earth Day in 1970, they have seen it as part of the problem. Paul Ehrlich, for example, wrote, “The Judeo-Christian idea of man dominating nature must be replaced by the goal of living in harmony with nature.”