• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What do Christians believe about human responsibility for the created universe and their stewardship of it? Use Bible passages and Christian Church teaching to support your answer.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

AO1- What do Christians believe about human responsibility for the created universe and their stewardship of it? Use Bible passages and Christian Church teaching to support your answer. (16) The word "stewardship" is defined as "looking after something that is not your own; caring for it on behalf of an owner and then returning it." Human beings are the custodians and trustees of creation. Our role is to act as 'stewards' of the world God has created for us and look after the planet and maintain it for future generations. The Bible discusses Christian stewardship and the human responsibility of the created universe clearly and explicitly in Genesis. It outlines what God has created us for and what he expects of us as humans- created in 'his image' as described in Genesis 1:26-301. Most Christians see the principle of our stewardship in these four verses. In essence, God has told us to take care of the world for him and that is our great responsibility. More rules however, appear in other books of the Bible. For example in Deuteronomy 20:19-202, God reminds us of the destructive nature of war as all available wood was used to make siege towers. ...read more.

Middle

As Christians, what can we do on our own personal level? Someone once said. "One drop of water in the sea cannot be seen; but put the drops together and you get an ocean". This tells us that one person's seemingly insignificant action when put together with others it is significant. Therefore, take action by maybe writing a letter to your council expressing your concerns, join an environmental group like Greenpeace, organize groups to help clean up local parks, and give money to groups such as AROCHA. Even recycling at home can make a big difference. However, doing all of these things doesn't make it a Christian response. So what must we really do to make it a relevant Christian response? The motivation is provided in the teachings of the Bible, mentioned in AO1. Christians must first be aware of all of God's creation. Then one can move on to an appreciation of creation and in the appreciation only then a true Christian stewardship where your lifestyle and decision making is a reflection of Christian teaching on the environment achieved. Ed Beale is a twenty-seven year old Christian who did his part by raising money for Operation Noah (a climate change project of the Christian Ecology Link) ...read more.

Conclusion

Christian teaching is explicit, we are simply looking after the world for God, as Genesis points out: God created us to rule over the world for him in his image- to "have dominion" over his creatures. On the other hand, God nonetheless has given us the world to look after and as a result to a certain extent we can use it as we want. God has told us to: "Rule over the fish and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Thus, in essence God has entrusted us with his earth and instructed us to subdue it, and it is up to us whether we use it appropriately or abuse it. God has also given us free will on his planet but it is our responsibility to use it correctly. In Ezekiel 24:183 the way in which many of us treat the world today is reflected. The Bible is unequivocal in saying that the world is not our own, we are only here to look after it. In Isaiah 42:54 we are made clear on God's position in this world. I believe God as creator expects us to rule this world in a responsible manner and to treat it with care and love, whereas generally mankind has been greedy, short-sighted and selfish. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Existence of God section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Existence of God essays

  1. How does Rossetti treat the themes of love and time in these poems?

    "One had a cats face/ One whisked a tail", using animal imagery Rossetti reflects the Goblin men to be sinister and threatening as a parallel to how she viewed men due to her past experiences of having several unsuccessful relationships.

  2. Explain the Christian idea of God. How is this idea of God reflected in ...

    It is believed in Christianity that God had created everything. The quotes in the following from the Bible support this: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..." (Gen.1:1) "And God created great whales and every living creature that moveth..."(Gen.1: 3)

  1. R.E. Medical issues

    people would say that genetic engineering is perfectly justifiable, and it is not 'playing God' as many religious people would say, but it is merely the use of the medical technologies that we have to use to save and improve the lives of many people.

  2. Man and the Universe

    Buddhism Buddhism is a religion that does not believe in a deity, and is more of a philosophy with the belief of karma. It is based on many doctrines such as the four noble truths and noble eightfold path. These doctrines were started by Siddhartha Gautama, more commonly known as 'the Buddha' or 'Awakened One'.

  1. Bereshit, the first word in Genesis translates to "in a beginning"

    He draws the conclusion that because of the verse's anomalous structure and the abnormality of the content compared with the rest of the passage, it does not fit the "pattern of creation"36, which begins with verse 3. Despite this, the rejection of the myths or the purposeful act of giving

  2. Describe the Christian cosmology and the Muslim cosmology.

    Some religious people ask how everything can be so perfectly designed to do its job or be given the ability to adapt to do its job, that it must be the work of a designer. This is backed up by the theory of Paley's watch.

  1. T H E C O S M O L O G ...

    6. An infinite series is possible. If this is true, then there need be no sufficient reason and no end to the regress of justification. 7. There is no way of establishing the principle of causality (see discussion of this point under Ockham above). KANT's CRITICISMS ================== Kant's key criticism (although there are a number)

  2. Examine and consider the significance of modern teaching about a suffering God.

    Examining the basis of their belief, the Church came to the conclusion that many of their beliefs had been overtly influenced by Greek philosophy. The notion of an impassible God had come about in the early days of Christianity when it first came into contact with Greek philosophy.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work