The religion which White and most modern environmentalists advocate is some form of pantheism. Pantheism is also based on evolution, of course, but it is a different kind of evolution than Darwinism.
Most "New-Agers" are opposed to Darwinism, because they recognize the folly of its pseudo-science and the cruelty of its motivations. But they are evolutionists nonetheless, bitterly opposed to the Creator God of the Bible. Instead, they "worship and serve the creation more than the Creator" Romans They are wrong, however, in attributing our "ecologic crisis" to the Creator and His "dominion mandate," even though there are, no doubt, some Christians who have indeed been insensitive to nature.
In fact, many of the "social Darwinists" of the 19th and 20th centuries were "theistic" evolutionists, and were so enamored of the idea of "evolutionary progress," that they labored diligently to harmonize the Bible with this system. This was impossible, of course, for the Bible is squarely opposed to any form of evolutionism -- atheistic, theistic, or pantheistic.
The Bible certainly does not condone human cruelty to animals or even to plant life, but it also condemns all forms of nature worship. Christians today are under many pressures to compromise, either with Darwinian evolutionism on the one hand, or pantheistic New-Age evolutionism on the other. It is more important than ever, therefore, for us to try to understand the full implications of our relation to God's creation, as well as our personal relation to Him as our Creator and Redeemer.
After God had finished creating all other things, He created man and woman and gave them "dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth" Genesis This "dominion mandate" thus makes a clear distinction between mankind and all the rest of creation, for only men and women were created "in the image of God" Genesis , and were given control "over all the earth.
And God does care for His creation; He is not capricious. He is omniscient and omnipotent and has a divine purpose in every thing He created. Before sin and death came into the world, God placed Adam in the garden of Eden and told him "to dress it and to keep it" Genesis Then, he and Eve were told later that they were to "be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish i. The clear implication was that, as the population expanded to fill the earth, his descendants were to "dress and keep" their own respective parts of the earth, just as Adam was to care for his.
The work of subduing the earth would involve learning to understand all its processes and all its creatures, for the benefit of mankind and the glory of God. This mandate is still in effect today. It apples to all descendants of Adam and Eve, but is even more important for Christians, because we who have been saved have come to know the Lord not only in His work as the world's Creator, but also as the world's Redeemer. In exercising his dominion over the earth, man has the right to eat of its fruits and herbs Genesis and also the flesh of animals.
Even God, appearing to Abraham in human form, ate of "a calf, tender and good," along with "butter and milk" Genesis ,7,8 , and Jesus ate of the Passover lamb with His disciples Luke ,8. The skins of animals may also be used to make human clothing. John the Baptist, the greatest man ever born of woman, according to Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother's womb Matthew ; Luke , "was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins" Mark Animals were also used, with God's approval, for transportation Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an ass's colt, for example , to serve as beasts of burden, and as sacrifices for sin.
Trees were felled for construction and for firewood, and designated areas e. All such uses of the earth and its creatures are evidently recognized by God as necessary and proper in connection with His purposes for man in this present world.
At the same time, we must never forget that we are stewards of God's created world and that He cares deeply for it. This gave the album contemporary gravitas. Ecology was possibly Rare Earth's most consistent album, showing the band at the height of their artistry and credibility.
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