Are we overstepping our bounds by killing off hundreds of different speices and endangering thousands more?
Or is this either the "survival of the fitist" paradime from the atheists view or a "God gave us dominion over them" from the Cristianity view?
Or maybe a 3rd option.
What is the reality or what is our moral responsibility? The reality is that it is only the natural progress that weaker species die out and stronger ones survive.
Morally speaking I think we spend plenty of time conserving wildlife and protecting endangered species, anymore time spent and we'd have to foresake yet even more of the humans who are suffering and dying out everyday.
So what's more important to you, human life or animal life?
While all these ideas have somewhat substantisl foundation, who is to say we actually have any idea to what is going on. As with the Christian view dominion over the creatures is not exactly how it seems. Yes we are to how you say "reign" over them, But is more of caring for the earth and its creatures, not doing whatever the human race feels like. No matter what view you happen to be following, the current generations are thriving in this post modernistic theory for the "You Only Live Once" and even the scientist and other intellectuals and earth lovers have a hard time keeping this world livable and how ot should be for the sake of Progress.
Cause that's the logical solution, right?
But are we being selfish minded people for believing we are better?
For 'believing' we are better? I don't 'believe' anything. I know that I'm mentally superior to a rat.
Maybe the rat has a better sense of smell, but a sense of smell can't cure diseases, clean the air, or create alternative fuel sources. If you remove the smartest and most creative creatures on the planet from the planet, then you leave every other living thing in the world with polluted rivers, destroyed forests, and a carbonated atmosphere- with no way to fix it. You can't kill humans off because although they may be the biggest problem, they're also the only possible solution.
A king has authority of a large piece of land. On the land, he has hundreds of horses, thousands of people, and large fields of oats, barley and potatoes. He can do whatever he wants with it. Kill all the livestock, burn down their fields. But a good king would take care of everyone as best as he can.
I feel like because we do have dominion over this world, we should take care of it.
I am not an environmentalist in any sense of the word, and I think that people exaggerate pollution, climate change, etc.
I mean, a volcano puts out more pollution and CO2 than humans.
And who's to say that the climate isn't always changing? I thought there used to be an ice age, doesn't it make sense that things are warming up?
Of course, this doesn't give us and excuse to rip up forests and urbanize the whole planet. Nature should be cared for. We need to look after God's creation.
But killing humans is definitely not the answer. After all, we are God's creations, too. And unlike the animals, we were made in the very image of God.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:27-28)
“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”
God cares about all his creation, but we are even more precious in his eyes.
Besides, things would be rather boring without us humans around. :)
God bless. <3
As the most powerful species on the planat, we have a duty to do help, not harm. We have unfortunately failed at this. I believe that while rats and other animals may not be as intelligent as us, they still have worth, and still deserve a good life. We should at least try and undo the damage to the enviornment we have already caused, for our own sake and the enviornment's.
There is not a "Christian view", an "atheist view" and then some other extraneous option. People are more diverse than that, and not all Christians need to kill off thousands of animals to establish their dominion. Dominion already established. And of course killing off all of humanity is a horrible option. Is there a "none of the above"?