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How Should People Treat The Environment?

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Transcript of How Should People Treat The Environment?

How Should People Treat The Environment?
Should Christians do more to care for the environment?
Christians are responsible for the world created by God

The earth belongs to God and Christians should be stewards of Gods creation.

Christians have a duty of care and love to protect the Earth for future generations.

Christians should use their conscience and situation ethics to make the most loving decision about what to do.
In this case they must preserve the environment so future generations can live happily.

Therefore Christians should do as much as they can to protect the environment.

Christian organisations who work to raise awareness on environmental issues:
'The environment is the governments responsibility not religions`
We think...
EVERYONE is responsible for the environment
Including governments and religions
We all have a duty of care and stewardship to preserve our planet for future generations.

But what do you think?

What is Stewardship?
Looking after something so it can be passed on to the next generation

Stewardship in the Bible
Genesis accounts of creation – In this God gave humans the right to rule over earth.

The Old Testament – This teaches that humans have a responsibility to
treat animals humanely

The Parable of the Talents/Minas – Jesus taught that...

How does stewardship affect Christian attitudes towards the environment?
This means that Christians should try to reduce pollution and preserve resources for future generations.

Fair sharing of the Earth’s resources Christians should try to improve the lives of people living in LEDCs.

Christians feel they should look after the environment as after death they will be judged by God on their behaviour

What does the Catechism say?
“The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation.”

“Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for
the common good of past, present, and future humanity.”

“Use of the mineral, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe
cannot be divorced from respect for moral imperatives.”

What is a Khalifa?
a Muslim steward or successor
Islam teaches that God created Adam as his Khalifa.
This means that all Muslims are God’s khalifas.
They have to keep the balance of creation and look after the Earth...
Islam teaches that there will be a Day of Judgement...
People will be questioned by God on the way they have looked after the Earth
Those who have polluted or misused will not be allowed into heaven.
A major part of the test from God is looking after the environment...
those who do not will be punished.
Teachings about stewardship affecting attitudes to the environment
The responsibility of being God’s Khalifa means Muslims should try to reduce pollution and preserve resources.
Belief in fair sharing of the Earth’s resources and trying to improve the standard of living in LEDCs.
Muslims feel they have a duty to share in and support the work of groups...
Unity and balance in creation, Muslims should work to make sure the environment is as God intended it to be.
Evidence from the Qur'an
Behold thy Lord said to the angels ‘I will create a vicegerent on earth’…
And he taught Adam the nature of all things…
And behold , We said to the angles: ‘Bow down to Adam.’ And they bowed down. Qur’an 2:30-34
and to treat the land kindly by not growing crops every fiftieth year.
God expects humans to pass on to
the next generation more than they have been given.
by following the way of life set in the Qur’an and the Shari’ah.
by following the way of life set in the Qur’an and the Shari’ah.
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