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Describe the teachings of the religion which you are studying between humanity and the rest of creation.

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DESCRIBE THE TEACHINGS OF THE RELIGION, WHICH YOU ARE STUDYING BETWEEN HUMANITY AND THE REST OF CREATION. Most Christians believe that God created man to rule over the rest of creation. This is shown in Genesis where God says to Adam and Eve, "Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground" In Genesis 1 there are seven days of creation which some Christians take to be a literal time period. This is challenged by science. But others (e.g. Darwin, who was a Scientist but also a Christian) say that Genesis is a myth and that the days are symbolic and represent millions of years of evolution. The problem for Christians who see Genesis, as containing literal truth is that science challenges this in many areas (Literally). Many Christians think that Genesis is as accurate as can be expected, because it was written so long ago. If a day means a period of time, each day in Genesis could have lasted millions of years (Progressively). ...read more.


" The earth and all life on it is a gift from God given us to share and develop, not to dominate and exploit. Our actions have consequences for the rights of others and for the resources of the earth. The goods of the earth and the beauties of nature are to be enjoyed and celebrated as well as consumed. We have the responsibility to create a balanced policy between consumption and conservation. We must consider the welfare of future generations in our planning for and utilisation of the earth's resources," The Assisi Declarations stated - "Christians repudiate all ill-considered exploitation of nature which threatens to destroy it and, in turn, to make man the victim of degradation" The World Council of churches said - "The dignity of nature as creation needs to be bound up with our responsibility for the preservation of life" Some Christians believe in Interdependence, which states that Human beings are part of God's creation and that all parts of creation are interdependent and are linked to all other parts. ...read more.


Quakers say that all God's creatures must be shown loving consideration. This is why many Quakers participate in the animal rights movement. Every fifty years the Jews were told, In the Old Testament, to rest the land so that it would produce more in the future (Leviticus 25:8-11). They were also ordered not to destroy trees when they were attacking a city, "When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an axe to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees of the field people, that you should besiege them?" (Deuteronomy 20:19). The Bible, however, makes it clear that the earth still belongs to God, not to humans "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it" (Psalm 24:1). There are many times in the New Testament when Jesus stresses God's concern for life in the world "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these (Luke 12:27-28). ...read more.

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