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Why Should Humans Be Careful with the Natural World?

Why are we discussing this?
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A recent article about the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was titled: “World’s vertebrate population dropped by 60 percent since 1970, WWF says.”1 Regarding the founding of the WWF, an article in the Guardian states: “The catalyst for its foundation was a series of articles in the Observer by Sir Julian Huxley—a biologist and grandson of Thomas Huxley, the Victorian champion of evolution nicknamed ‘Darwin’s bulldog’—warning of the spoliation of wildlife habitats in Africa.”2

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE), a leading proponent of Darwinian evolution being taught as fact—without question—in our publican schools, states on its website: “The National Center for Science Education is the only national organization devoted to defending the teaching of climate change in public schools. Human-caused climate change is not scientifically controversial.”3 So this “scientific” organization also wants the issue of man-made climate change taught as fact, without question.

Why should we care?Signing a legal document, photo credit: ID 49192978 © Robyn Mackenzie | Dreamstime.com

But my question for any Darwinist concerned about man’s impact on the environment is: What’s the problem? We do not require beavers to have an environment impact statement before building a dam.4 We do not require an African lion to obtain a hunting permit or put a limit on his number of zebra kills.5 We do not require a grizzly bear fishing for salmon to obtain a fishing license.6 Why? It is because beavers, lions and grizzly bears are animals!

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The fact that we are concerned specifically about how man affects the environment shows that we are not just another animal.7 We are different than animals. If we do negatively impact the environment in a way that animals cannot, that shows we are not just another animal.

But just being concerned about our impact on the environment shows that we are not just another animal. Chimpanzees are considered by Darwinists to be our nearest relatives.8 But do they have deep conversations about their impact on the environment, or any other big picture issues? If they incur a disaster that is related to the environment, do they have a debate about what caused it as we are currently doing with the California wildfires?9

I believe that we have issues much more serious than man-made global warming/climate change. I wrote about this in my article “Climate Change? Why Obama Does Not Get It!”10

But I do readily acknowledge that man has at times done harm to the environment that he lives in—to his own detriment. I do believe we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. I want to breathe clean air and drink clean water. I want to preserve the kinds of plants and animals. Genesis 1:26 NLT states: “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.'”

So as a Bible believer, I have a consistent worldview. Whereas any Darwinist, e.g. Bill Nye,  that thinks we are just another animal engaged in a battle of survival, yet at the same time believes we should be concerned about the environment, has an inconsistent worldview.

  1. https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/worlds-vertebrate-population-dropped-by-60-percent-since-1970-wwf-says/ar-BBP6mNN?OCID=ansmsnnews11
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/sep/14/greenpeace-wwf-anniversaries
  3. https://ncse.com/climate
  4. http://web.evs.anl.gov/uranium/eis/whatiseis/index.cfm
  5. https://definitions.uslegal.com/h/hunting-licenses/
  6. https://definitions.uslegal.com/f/fishing-license/
  7. https://education.seattlepi.com/effect-human-activities-environment-3653.html
  8. https://www.livescience.com/7929-human-evolution-closest-living-relatives-chimps.html
  9. https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckdevore/2018/07/30/californias-devastating-fires-are-man-caused-but-not-in-the-way-they-tell-us/#6161a10670af
  10. http://www.whyshouldyoubelieve.com/climate-change-why-obama-does-not-get-it/

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Terry Read

Written by Terry Read

Graduate of University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) – B.S. Engineering Management, 1986; Licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas – 1994 to Present; Volunteer data entry person at the San Antonio Pregnancy Care Center – 1992 to 2007;
Member of Kirby Baptist Church – 2006 to Present; Member San Antonio Bible Based Science Association – 2010 to Present; A director of San Antonio Bible Based Science Association – 2015 to Present; Co-host of Believing the Bible – 2016 to Present; Author of the book - Why Should I Believe? Why Should You Believe? - A Wake-Up Call to the Church!; Married to the former Elizabeth Cecilia – 1992 to Present;
Father of Joshua Read

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