Enjoying the environment and beauty often gets a bad reputation when people take it to extremes. Some believers even go so far as to say, “Let’s trash the Earth, God is giving us a new one anyway.” How does this line up with Scripture? What does God think about the environment?
In Genesis 2:7, when God used the earth to form man, it gives value to the planet. Man was God’s masterpiece, and He used dirt to make him.
In Genesis 2:9, he made trees which were nice to look at. They could have been merely utilitarian, serving a purpose. God valued beauty as well as function. All He created was called good.
If we hold to the belief that we can trash the earth, we are doing two things:
1. We are trashing the very thing that man is made from. In devaluing the Earth, we devalue mankind and God’s Creation.