“Thus God created the man in his image: in the image of God created he him: he created them male and female. And God blessed them, and said to them, Bring forth fruit, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heaven, and over the beasts, and over all the earth, and over everything that creepeth and moveth on the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given unto you every herb bearing seed, which is upon all the earth, and every tree, wherein is the fruit of a tree being seed: that shall be to you for meat.“ Genesis 1:27-29 (Geneva)
In the above portion of Scripture, God made clear His design and purpose for man’s relationship and responsibilities toward the nature He had made. Today our culture is engaged in a sometime fierce debate over the balance of man’s responsibilities to nature. In some cases of history we see examples where men or businesses have raped the land without regard to the impact it would have on future generations or the surrounding ecosystem. On the other hand, there are some who have taken the crusade to defend nature to such an extreme that huge oil deposits in North America remain forbidden due to fear of things like “interrupting elk migration habits.”
A big debate last year and this year between Congress and the President has been over the Keystone Pipeline which would bring a tremendous amount of fuel and business into the United States from Canada, if implemented. President Obama has appeared reluctant to offend segments of his base who see the pipeline as having a negative environmental impact.
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