7 Nature is beautiful and we are stewards of Gods creation Among all creatures

7 nature is beautiful and we are stewards of gods

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7. Nature is beautiful and we are stewards of God's creation: Among all creatures, humans are the only ones made in God's image and have been given the right to have dominion over all His creations. Being the most intelligent and gifted with reason, humans are capable of manipulating creation to their own advantage. We are made not to rule the world but to help the world. Humans are God's creation and we need to take care of everything. 3 major religions in the world (compare their ideas about the environment): Religion has a powerful influence on the attitude towards the environment. There is a central belief amongst religions that God created nature and it should be protected. Many people that follow their religions wholeheartedly believe that nature and humans were created equally, this causes many to strive to protect and respect the environment. However, some beliefs promote a “man over nature” attitude and believe man has dominion over nature. Many people do not follow their religions completely, greed and self-perseverance have played a big part in the destruction of the environment. Religion is also considered a ‘’sensitive topic’’ many feel that all religions should be taught in schools (not just Christianity). There should be one set of rules/guidelines concerning the environment. 1. Christianity Ancient Christian beliefs believed that humans were the most important species and that they had a right to rule nature and use resources however they see fit. They believed there was a hierarchy of beings on earth and their domination of nature was part of God’s plan. However, some believe that God and the world are entwined and that all living things should be valued and that the natural world should be treated with care and respect. 2. Islam Islamic religion believes that everything was created in balance, humans are a part of nature. They believe God holds dominance over nature, he created everything for a reason and he knows what they need to survive. They have rules about the use of the environment, water is precious and should be used with discretion. It is believed to be unlawful to catch an animal with the intent to keep it. Herbivores may be hunted but should be killed in a certain way. Carnivores are not to be hunted unless they present a threat to someone or the community. No wastage is allowed, the whole animal must be used. Plants may be used by all humans but only if no one else is disadvantaged or the supply runs short. 3. Buddhism Buddhism believes all living creatures should be treated with love and respect. They believe in reincarnation and therefore see many things as ‘’ mothers and fathers’’. Being kind to animals is important as it is believed that they could return as one in the next life and showing kindness will earn you points for the life to come. They believe the body and other living beings are made up of four elements (earth, fire, water and air) and no beings that breathe may be killed. It is believed that nature is influenced by human morality, they feel if morality improves so will the environment. Buddhism strongly believes in a non-violent attitude (evens towards plants). They are reminded that everything they use for their daily needs has come at the expense of another.
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