God made us stewards over the earth
Jesus Christ said that He is the way and the truth and the life; that no one would get to the Father in heaven except by Him. He also told others that the devil is the father of all lies.
When I read the November 15 editorial, “A not-so-modest proposal to slow growth,” by Larry D. Cook, I thought he was kidding at first. Then I became horrified. The idea that our planet, “mothership earth,” to quote him, faces a dilemma of overpopulation smacks of propaganda that’s been fed to Americans for decades now.
I’ve traveled throughout New York State and as far west as Colorado by car. The amount of uninhabited land boggled my mind! And that’s just in the United States. Resources abound.
When I considered the idea of Mr. Cook to decrease the population from over 8 billion inhabitants to 2 billion, he’s proposing killing six out of eight people! Then he used the theory of Evolution‘s ideal of weeding out the slow, weak and aging like we’re just animals.
In the Old Testament of the Bible, in Genesis 1:26-28, (NASB), it says: “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it: and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
So God made us stewards over the earth, not worshipers of it. If we all came from a common ancestor, there are no superior races, no inferior humans – whether they are intelligent or they have suffered a brain injury and need help to function. Human beings, valuable creations from a loving God, were commanded to tend the earth and care for animals. Satan became our enemy because he hates God and we are made in the image of God.
God promises in the New Testament, in Matthew, chapter six, that if we’ll seek Him first and His righteousness, He’ll meet our every need. Rather than killing off approximately 6 billion people, (unthinkable!), perhaps Mr. Cook can read a Bible and learn how to nurture and protect God’s children.
If people truly lived Jesus’ commands to “Love God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength; and to love your neighbor as yourself, the sharing of food and water and materials would result. Provision and care flows from God’s unlimited resources.”
Those who follow Satan’s lies to kill, to live in order to become gods, to worship false gods and/or stuff, experience less protection from God. God is a gentleman, to use human terminology. He does not force His love and favor on anyone. But if you read the Bible, it’s clear that God gives consequences to folks for ignoring His commandments. God is our creator and as such, ruler over all and worthy of respect and obedience.
If Mr. Cook and Ted Turner and others choose to spread the lie that humans are vermin to be disposed of as mother earth’s predators – they will face God’s wrath.
Constance A. Buckley