The biblical view on care of the creation : a case study of Nigeria
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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… and God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Gen.1: 1a, 3a).
Nigeria used to have beautiful forests, clean rivers and streams for drinking water, healthy food, and people were morally sound in taking care of God’s creation. What happened to these?
There are factors, e.g., overpopulation, i.e., too many people for the resources. Pollution of different kinds (oil spills, air, water and soil contamination, noise and visual pollution) has devastated many Nigerian people and their land. Modernity, with its pure scientific agenda, has caused greater attention to be paid to materialism because of its premise that the earth is to be subdued, harnessed and exploited for the benefit of human beings. Pantheism and new age are contributing factors to creation damage in Nigeria. Therefore, these worldviews are not good alternatives for sound ecological practices. After examining the biblical view, I am convinced that it addresses the heart of the problem. It provides a foundational and adequate view of creation. God is the Creator and has established a pattern for human beings to relate to him, and for humans to relate to each other, and to nature.
The Old Testament has given us the starting point of creation, humanity’s fall and its consequences. The New Testament gives us the picture of salvation and future glory.
The rightful stewardship of creation is seen in the principles of work, Sabbath rest, harvesting and tithing, it is also certain that any social, technical, legal or educational approach that does not violate biblical principles, but is instead based on them, will be a positive solution towards creational stewardship.