Care for God’s Creation

I’ve been following updates from the preliminary events scheduled around the People’s Climate March in New York tomorrow, wishing I could join (Tumblr | Twitter). If you or someone you know is joining the march, please let us know in the comment section below.

For those of us unable to attend, here are points for contemplation:

ADVENTIST CHURCH STATEMENTS

ARTICLES

BOOKS

QUOTES–VARIOUS ADVENTIST VOICES

“We need to expand our moral horizon and our notions of justice and stewardship. Many Christians, even Seventh-day Adventists, do not properly value creation. There is more to good “stewardship” than paying a faithful tithe.” –Jo Ann Davidson, AU Seminary professor (Entrusted, p. 11)

“Thus the best approach to environmental care is theocentric–not anthropocentric nor ecocentric–and firmly anchored in the Bible.” — Humberto Rasi, Former world director of Education Department for the Seventh-day Adventist Church (Entrusted, p. 16)

“While it is important to detail stewardship requirements concerning the environment, money, possessions, time, and opportunities, the most crucial principle is God’s ownership of the earth and everything in it…. Thus, we must treat all of the earth as created by God and belonging ultimately to him as its Maker.” –Rahel Schafer, Assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Andrews University (Entrusted, p. 26)

“All living creatures are co-inhabitants of Earth, and as they also depend on its ecosystems for survival, the Bible holds humankind responsible for the preservation of the earth and the care of all living creatures.” –Rahel Schafer (Entrusted, p. 31)

“[1] The Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Beliefs include stewardship of the earth and its resources. See Seventh-day Adventists Believe: A Biblical Exposition of Fundamental Doctrines, 2nd ed. (Nampa, ID: Pacific Press, 2005), 301-310. Ellen G. White also strongly encourages care for animals and the environment. See Ministry of Healing (Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press, 1909), 315, 316; Patriarchs and Prophets (Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press, 1913), 443.” –Rahel Schafer (Entrusted, p. 31)

“In the sabbatarian triumvirate in the Old Testament, plenitude is valued over production. By plenitude is meant a reality that is sensitive to the needs of all creation, including non-human creation and the land. Cessation, we learn, does not negate plenitude. In this way the Sabbath is the foremost anchoring point for ecology and eco-theology in the Old Testament. From the point of view of the earth and non-human creation, the Sabbath is a beacon of hope.” –Sigve Tonstad, Minister, physician and author (Entrusted, p. 42)

QUOTES–ELLEN WHITE

“Pure, practical religion will be manifested in treating the earth as God’s treasure-house. The more intelligent a man becomes, the more should religious influence be radiating from him. And the Lord would have us treat the earth as a precious treasure, lent us in trust.” –Ellen G. White (Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 245; found in Entrusted, p. 13, 21)

“Animals are often transported long distances and subjected to great suffering in reaching a market. Taken from the green pastures and traveling for weary miles over the hot, dusty roads, or crowded into filthy cars, feverish and exhausted, often for many hours deprived of food and water, the poor creatures are driven to their death, that human beings may feast on the carcasses.” –Ellen G. White (Ministry of Healing, p. 314)

“Think of the cruelty to animals that meat eating involves, and its effect on those who inflict and those who behold it. How it destroys the tenderness with which we should regard the creatures of God!” –Ellen G. White (Ministry of Healing, p. 315)

“The intelligence displayed by many dumb animals approaches so closely to human intelligence that it is a mystery. The animals see and hear and love and fear and suffer. They use their organs far more faithfully than many human beings use theirs. They manifest sympathy and tenderness toward their companions in suffering. Many animals show an affection for those who have charge of them, far superior to the affection shown by some of the human race. They form attachments for man which are not broken without great suffering to them.” –Ellen G. White (Ministry of Healing, p. 315-316)

“Is it not time that all should aim to dispense with flesh foods?…. Let them, rather, return to the wholesome and delicious food given to man in the beginning, and themselves practice, and teach their children to practice, mercy toward the dumb creatures that God has made and has placed under our dominion” –Ellen G. White (Ministry of Healing, p. 317)

“Balaam had given evidence of the spirit that controlled him, by his treatment of his beast. ‘A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.’ Proverbs 12:10. Few realize as they should the sinfulness of abusing animals or leaving them to suffer from neglect. He who created man made the lower animals also, and ‘His tender mercies are over all His works.’ Psalm 145:9. The animals were created to serve man, but he has no right to cause them pain by harsh treatment or cruel exaction. It is because of man’s sin that ‘the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together.’ Romans 8:22. Suffering and death were thus entailed, not only upon the human race, but upon the animals. Surely, then, it becomes man to seek to lighten, instead of increasing, the weight of suffering which his transgression has brought upon God’s creatures. He who will abuse animals because he has them in his power is both a coward and a tyrant. A disposition to cause pain, whether to our fellow men or to the brute creation, is satanic. Many do not realize that their cruelty will ever be known, because the poor dumb animals cannot reveal it. But could the eyes of these men be opened, as were those of Balaam, they would see an angel of God standing as a witness, to testify against them in the courts above. A record goes up to heaven, and a day is coming when judgment will be pronounced against those who abuse God’s creatures.” –Ellen G. White (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 442-443)

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