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Does the Bible say anything about taking care of the environment? I have some friends who are very passionate about this issue, but they don't really believe in God or Jesus the way I do, and they even claim the Bible is anti-environmental. Are they right?


I’m grateful for your friends’ concern for the environment—but no, they aren’t right when they say the Bible isn’t concerned about the environment. In fact, of all people, Christians should be the most concerned for the environment.

Why is this? The reason is because Christians know God created the world, and we are only its stewards or trustees. The very first verse of the Bible says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). When we see the world as a gift from God, we will do our best to take care of it and use it wisely, instead of poisoning or destroying it.

We don’t worship the earth; instead, we realize that God gave it to us, and we are accountable to Him for how we use it. After creating Adam, the first man, the Bible says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). God didn’t tell him to exploit the world or treat it recklessly, but to watch over it and use it wisely. Like a good ruler, we should seek the welfare of everything God entrusts to us—including the creation. The Bible says, “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal” (Proverbs 12:10).

Yes, we should take care of the environment. But most of all, we should take care of our souls. Is Christ the center of your life, and are you seeking to live for Him every day?

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  1. Binay Ranjan Hial says:

    It is very meaningful to read the message about taking care of Earth. I want receive more inspiring messages.

  2. Simpson Mewa says:

    Being an Environment student, I really like this piece of encouragement. And I admire the way you concluded it by saying most of all we should take care of our souls which is very true.

  3. Susan says:

    I am very concerned about climate change. When I speak with other Christians they just say it’s in God’s hands like they don’t have to make any changes. I have always believed that we should be good stewards of the Earth that God gave us. As powerful as God is and having the Holy Host reside in us we can do great things on this issue. People and animals are being impacted in a negative way and it only shows how connected we are and how what we do does matter because it’s harmful to others. No man is an island unto himself.

  4. crystal says:

    Thank you for this clear and concise directive for Christians to take a stronger stand for protecting the environment. I think you should take it a step further, however, and state that this includes voting for people who are going to do so. Voting for people who can make laws to protect the environment, to reward advances in clean energy, to punish corporations that break those laws and endanger human lives is all part of this. Please consider prayerfully. If a political party is claiming to be in line with the values of the Christian church, they must also be the party of protecting this planet. It is a moral issue.

  5. Steve Stilson says:

    Don’t forget Revelation 11:18. “The time has come for judging …. and destroying those who destroy the earth.” God wants us to take care of the earth.