Does God Care about His Creation?

Of course he does. That’s the essence of the Christian doctrine of providence–God not only created the world, but he continues to care for it.

But I recently read an article that suggests that only neo-pagans and pantheists are concerned about creation.  The author was arguing against those who would see Revelation 11:18 as promising vengeance upon those who “destroy the earth.”

Let’s look at just a few Bible verses.

1. In Genesis 1 and 2, we read that God created all things, and pronounced them “good.” He created Adam and Eve, and gave them dominion over the earth–responsibility to care for it.

2. Their sin affected the earth (Gen. 3:17ff)–thorns and thistles now grew, and man would labor to produce his bread from the ground.

3. In Gen 6, the spread of sin leads God to destroy the earth, and its creatures, with a flood. But he resolves to save a remnant, through Noah and the ark. “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark” (Gen. 8:1), And after the flood, God said, “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth” (Gen 9:9-10), and the sign of that covenant was the rainbow,

4. In the Sabbath commandment (Exodus 20:8-11), which points back to creation, cattle are included in the command to rest. Likewise, in the sabbatical year (Leviticus 25:3-5), the land itself is promised rest.

5. All creation belongs to God alone (Deut 10:14; 1 Chron 29:11; Ps 24:1).

6. God guides the course of creation (Job 38; Ps 104)).

7. Creation points to the Creator (Ps 19).

8. God had compassion on the cattle of Nineveh (Jonah 4:11).

9. God cares for the birds and the flowers (Matt 6:26-29).

10. And God’s concern for the earth is ultimately shown by the fact that he will create a new heavens and a new earth (Rev 21; Isa 65), where all things will live in harmony.

Christian concern for the creation is rooted not in a deification of nature, but in Worship of the Creator.  Who would despoil the earth, but one who despised the Creator? So it is no surprise that God will “destroy those who destroy the earth” (Rev 11:18)–or that the last warning says, “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Rev 14:7).