When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm 8:3-9 (NIV)
After reading the Living Planet Index, my colleague emailed me and asked me an interesting question. This was extracts of our brief email conversation:
Colleague: Is it really true we have 20 years left at this rate of natural depletion?
Me: The truth is… we really do not know. Reason being is that we do not have the exact figures of what we really have on earth to begin with. It is impossible to take stock of the entire earth’s resources.
Colleague: Hmmm… true.
Me: But back to your question. In my opinion, I don’t think we have 20 years left. My personal belief is that the God who created this earth and people will continue to provide as He has over the generations. The real question is whether some people are hoarding the earth resources for selfish reasons and not spreading it out for others to have equal access to them.
Colleague: I agree with you.
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle.
And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
Genesis 1:26-28 (The Message)