What the Bible Says About God, the Natural World, and Us
The natural world was made by God.
Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
—Job 12:7–10 NIV
In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
The power and wisdom of God can be seen in nature.
Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders. Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?
—Job 37:14–16 NIV
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
—Psalm 19:1 NIV
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
—Isaiah 40:26 NIV
Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.
—Romans 1:20 NIV
O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small.
—Psalm 104:24–25 NLT
God and nature have a living relationship.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
—Psalm 19:1 NLT
The earth is full of [God’s] unfailing love.
—Psalm 33:5 NIV
You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.
—Psalm 65:9–10, 12–13 NIV
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
—Psalm 145:9 NIV
The beast of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
You have made heaven, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all.
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
God expects us to take care of the natural world.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
—Genesis 1:26 NIV
The land belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for me.
—Leviticus 25:23 NLT
A righteous man regards the life of his animal.
Lack of care for His creation displeases God.
They have made it an empty wasteland; I hear its mournful cry. The whole land is desolate, and no one even cares.
—Jeremiah 12:11 NLT
Woe to you shepherds who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock.
—Ezekiel 34:2–3 NIV
Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?
—Ezekiel 34:18 NIV
If we don’t take care of our planet, we will suffer the consequences.
The earth mourns and dries up, and the crops waste away and wither. Even the greatest people on earth waste away. The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God’s instructions, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse consumes the earth.
—Isaiah 24:4–6 NLT
The time has come for rewarding your servants the prophets and people—and for destroying those who destroy the earth.
—Revelation 11:18 NIV
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