A repost of a popular post from the archives:
Monday is Earth Day. What does that mean to you? Do you celebrate Earth Day with your family or just generally ignore it, as I usually do?
photo taken by my niece, Anna
There is nothing wrong with celebrating the bountiful beauty and blessings of our earthly home, as long as we give all honor and glory for this earth to Jehovah God, its Creator and Sustainer. However, what we see today is a sinful elevation of the earth as being more significant than its Creator and more important than mankind, which God created to rule over the earth and subdue it.
While I believe that greedily abusing the earth is wrong, I believe that using its resources for the benefit of mankind is good and right. God gave man jurisdiction over the earth from the beginning. People have a tendency to get out of balance, going overboard in one direction or another. Promoting things like sustainable farming is a good thing, yet we need not be overcome with fear about using up all of the earth's resources or "saving the earth," because God created the earth to last exactly as long as He pre-ordained.
The earth will not last forever, no matter how hard man tries to "save it." The earth will perish according to God's perfect plan. Man will also perish, unless He accepts God's provision for eternal life. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -- John 3:16.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. -- Genesis 1:26
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. -- Genesis 1:28
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. . . And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven; [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die. -- Genesis 6:12, 13, 17
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. -- Genesis 8:22
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth [upon] the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. -- Genesis 9:2
And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Genesis 9:7
And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. Genesis 9:11
The earth [is] the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. -- Psalm 24:1
For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. -- Psalm 37:9
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; Psalm 104:14
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? -- Isaiah 40:12
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, [even] my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. . . For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I [am] the LORD; and [there is] none else. Isaiah 45:12, 18
But the LORD [is] the true God, he [is] the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, [even] they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, [there is] a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Jeremiah 10:10-13
For the earth [is] the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. -- 1 Corinthians 10:26
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: -- Colossians 1:16
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water; whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Peter 3:5-7
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. -- Revelation 9:4
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Revelation 21:1