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In this section I shall explain the religious teachings on the issue of human responsibility to look after God's creation.

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Section B In this section I shall explain the religious teachings on the issue of human responsibility to look after God's creation. The religion I will be explaining is Christianity. According to Christian teachings; God gave people the responsibility of looking after the world for Him, as stewards. Through these teachings, God is believed to have created the planet and in the matter of stewardship has given us the responsibility to manage and control the earth. Stewardship is a term Christians use to explain responsibility; there are many organisations and individuals who work to protect the earth. An example of a Christian Steward is 'Chico Mendes', he was a Brazilian rubber tapper who taught that it was possible to earn an income without destroying the forest. ...read more.

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In this sense many Christians look at the bible as though God has given them authority over the creation; the bible story of creation says humans were given 'dominion' over the world and its creatures, and for most of them it means being in charge of the world for God. Although according to the Rev Dr John Stott, President of Tear Fund, he states that "...It is not ours to treat as we please. 'Dominion' is not a synonym for 'domination', let alone 'destruction'.' This contradicts being the boss over something and doing as we please, but specifies that God has given Christians a special part to play in order to rule his creation in a loving and caring way which is good for the environment as well as mankind. ...read more.

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In the Assisi Declaration a gathering of leaders of world faiths met, this happened in September 1986. They discussed the welfare of planet earth, the Assisi Declaration stated: 'Christians repudiate all ill-considered exploitation of nature which threatens to destroy it and, in turn, to make man the victim of degradation.' This emphasis that the Christian believes that God created everything and we all have a responsibility to protect the world. In conclusion I shall state again that Christians on the whole believe that God created the Earth and that people who follow Christianity should take on board there roles as stewards and carry out there responsibility to make sure the world is protected and not exploited. SONIA KUMAR 11JD ...read more.

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