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Has Man Fulfilled The Covenant?

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Has Man Fulfilled The Covenant? When God made a covenant with Adam, he probably hoped that Adam would keep it. The aim of this essay is to find out whether Adam and the rest of mankind have fulfilled that promise or not. Firstly, what is a covenant? It is normally some sort of promise, but in this case, it is a solemn, sacred promise between man and God. Adam promised God that he would look after the animals and the Earth. Since the creation, one of the greatest changes that have been made to the way we live has been the industrial revolution. Steam power meant that fields were ploughed quicker, people moved from towns into cities. Between 1801 and 1911, Britain's population quadrupled. Telephones and telegraphs meant that communicating across countries was easy. Britain seemed to "grow smaller." All of this meant that people paid less and less attention to the environment. People migrated from the countryside to look for a better life. The steam train meant that iron and coal companies doubled or tripled. Factories covered the land. ...read more.


Animal habitats are destroyed. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 53,000 square miles of tropical forests (rain forest and other) were destroyed each year during the 1980s. Of this, they estimate that 21,000 square miles were deforested annually in South America, most of this in the Amazon Basin. This leads to loss of revenue and soil erosion. . From 1850 to 1990, deforestation worldwide (including the United States) released 122 billion metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere. In comparison, fossil fuel burning (coal, oil, and gas) releases about 6 billion metric tons per year! Factories also release nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide. These become trapped in rain water and make rainwater acidic. This leads to the destruction of trees and animal habitats. This changes the pH of soil which then has to be limed more often. Water supplies are poisoned. Also, Limestone or marble buildings are destroyed i.e. Taj Mahal, Greek statues. People also harm animals due to blood sports. Cocks are given razor talons to fight against each other with, or people fight bulls. Scientists test animals in laboratories and animals are also forced to do tricks in circuses. ...read more.


Animals are also being treated slightly better; people are moving towards organic food and politicians understand it as a problem. One of the good things that humans have done is prevent the extinction of many animals, although humans have endangered most of those animals in the first place. In conclusion, humans have not done a good job at all in looking after the Earth and the environment. The environment could be like a bowl full of peas that the humans have been give to look after. The humans have spilt all of them and have only just started to pick a few up. What this is trying to indicate, is that we have not made the Earth much better - there are still many spilt peas. Maybe in a hundred years, humans will have seen the error of their ways and the answer to this essay will be different. I, however do not think that that will be the case. I do not think that Adam and mankind have fulfilled this covenant AT ALL. In the last 200 years, we have done more damage to the environment than the rest of history put together. 28/04/2007 Gopal K Kotecha 1/3 ...read more.

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