Can god give man the dominion over other animals and the environment?

@arjun999 (1005)
India
April 1, 2008 2:06am CST
This is accepted in many religions all over the world and is the basis on some of them. But this has lead to the destruction of the environment by man. Several species have been extinct. Natural resources have been plundered beyond the rate of recovery. So will god give man such a right that he can do whatever he wants with the environment and get away with it.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
I think the moment Adam and Eve were kicked out of Eden, man was destined to destroy the earth.It makes me think that G-d had a good creation , the earth and then he added man, big mistake. So yes , I think G-d did give man the earth and we are destroying it bit by bit.
@arjun999 (1005)
• India
2 Apr 08
I agree that humans are destorying the environment but i dont think we have any right to do that. We have the power to do so but not the right.
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• United States
2 Apr 08
I agree. It is very disrespectful to G-d and His piece of art, the earth.
• United States
2 Apr 08
Yeah, it seems that we the way we understand dominion is to exploit Mother Earth the way we want it to be. But my professors in Scriptures told us that the original implication of the term was to emphasize that man is above all else someone who outstands creation. It is an assertion about man's being at the apex of creation, that's why he is there to 'subdue' it. He says that it is a positive statement about our status as 'special' because we were created in the image and likeness of God. However, negative implications of the term would seem to suggest that man can do whatever he wants in creation. Seen in this way, it is totally out of context. We are here to mutually co-exist with creation. That's what Buddhism has long taught, and long practiced. We are not here to exploit everything under our capricious wants and desires. We are here to cultivate the earth - pretty much how Adam and Eve did it when they were pushed out of paradise. I'm sorry if I had to be a little Biblical in my response. It's just that Jewish and Christian religion base themselves heavily on the Scriptures, and sometimes, misreading the true implications of the terms or concpets in the Bible, because we use the lenses of modern perspective in the way we approach it, somehow leads us away from their original intent. This is what happens when we interpret the words 'have dominion over all creation' as to have a power to do whatever you want in creation. Farfetched. There is I believe an increasing need to review through exigesis some of the teachings of the Bible whcih have seemingly led us into a state of confusion.
@arjun999 (1005)
• India
3 Apr 08
I agree. We should try to co- exist with nature. Its ok if you are biblical in your response. This discussion is not against any religion. This is only to make people aware of the harms they are doing to the environment giving this phrase as an excuse. I agree that we have to review it.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
2 Apr 08
It's not so much a right as the fact that we are at the top of the food chain. We are smarter than most other animals and have opposible digits that helps to make us excel at using tools. When monkey's figure out how to make tactical nuke's and bio-agents, that may change but until that day comes, might in this case makes right. But of course, I think we are all in agreement that it isn't right. It's more about ignorance and greed and those two thing may lead to the destruction of mankind by our own hands. It's amazing what we've done in the last 100 years. The things we've created that are now ultimately killing us. Hopefully we will have the forsight to change things, and I think we are up to the task if we as a race start thinking about a future beyond our, or our childrens' childrens lives.
@arjun999 (1005)
• India
2 Apr 08
With smartness comes a responsiblility too. See the motto of superheroes 'With great power comes a great responsibility'. This applies to the entire human species as a whole. We due to our superior braion have this power. We have a responsiblity to this planet we are on. We have a responsiblility to the future generations. I agree with you.
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@onedollar (782)
• Belgium
19 Apr 08
The problem comes from the assumption that God exists. If we would start from the fact that there is no God I'm sure we would take better care of the environment as we wouldn't get a 2nd chance.