The issue of global pollution has created much debate in the last few decades. Some of the suggested actions though would cause our global economy to be significantly altered. In an attempt to rise above the politics of the day, let us look at the Bible and Biblical commentaries to gain a better perspective on this pressing issue.
The Bible not only gives mankind an offer of spiritual regeneration, but also instructs us how to be "stewards" of this earths bountiful creation. The definition of "steward" is "one who manages another's property, finances, or other affairs". That is a very accurate definition, since mankind does not own the earth or it's eco-system, but is given charge of it from the Lord. It is obvious from the dire environmental condition of this planet, that mankind has done a miserable job at the stewardship of this earth.
The Hebrew prophet Isaiah gave a dire prediction of the eventual judgement of mankind for violating its covenant with God regarding its eartly responsibilities towards our environment. Whether this judgement will be in our lifetime or our children's lifetime shoud be of great concern. We must not neglect our call for "stewardship" desipite what seems to be an inevitability.
3 The earth shall be utterly laid waste and utterly despoiled; for the LORD has spoken this word.
4 The earth mourns and withers, the world languishes and withers; the heavens languish together with the earth.
5 The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched, and few men are left.
a. Commentary on Isaiah chapters 24-27 (By Fred P Moeller)
b. Environmental Stewardship and End Times In Isaiah 24 (Sustainablility Scout)
b. Matthew Henry commentary on Isaiah chapters 24-27 (Crosswalk.com)
d. A Biblical Perspective on Environmental Stewardship (Acton Institute)
hristian Environmenatlism (Bible.org)
Scientific Warnings and Predictions of Global Warming
a. US-EPA Global Warming Website
b. Global Warming Article (Wilkpedia free encyclopedia)
c. Earth's 'Tipping Points': How Close Are We? (NASA, 2007)
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