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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. Annesha says:

    we will all do as god says because as we all know god is all mighty and he gave this world to us because we need a place to live in and adapt to, so we should give back a real big thank you to him to show our appreciation and our gratefulness by taking extremely good care of the world in which he gave us to live in. so thank you god. Thank you so much. we love you god.

  2. Ezekiel Akwanah Okelloh. says:

    Am really inspired the teachings,Climate change is big challenge to us. New approach is
    key if we are to make any meaningful
    step . Am ,soon launching a creative programme and hv chapters all over my cou ntry and beyond!
    We must ACT! It’s God’s command! Glory to God.

  3. Donna says:

    Thank you so much for stating this. I am Christian and I believe that God led me to see that the environment and all wildlife are also His and He loves them. Yet I know many Christians that do not see this. I wonder how we as Christians can overlook this being that our environment and all the life within it is also God’s creation. He gave it all to us but not to abuse or neglect. I pray that every Christian opens their eyes, ears, and hearts and sees this.

  4. Wayne Johnson says:

    Thanks for this answer. It sometimes seems like such a divisive issue, but God made this earth as a beautiful environment for his living creation to inhabit. Leaving a healthy place to live for the next generation is a good thing, and is clearly God’s will! Being good stewards is really important! But we definitely aren’t supposed to worship creation, we are to worship the Creator. The creation merely points us to the Creator.

  5. Erin says:

    Another thing to remember is that at some point Jesus will return and live among us. He will physically be here! We need to persevere and prepare the way.

  6. Malwin Amedzro says:

    We need to take care of the environment because without the enviroment we do not have a place to stay.

  7. Sammy Satia says:

    Nice topic.

  8. James W Momin says:

    God really intended us to take the good care of the natural environment.

  9. marc says:

    God commanded Noah to fill the ark with male and female animals of each species. I think this certainly would apply to the endangered species act.

  10. Inoka Rajapaksha says:

    Your program is valuable for me.