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Loving Nature

To us, a person cannot fully love God unless he or she also loves God's creation:

whether it's expressed in the form of Mary's painting at the top of the page, or in Carol Vito's photo of this winter wonderland,

or through the gentle beauty of this mother and child drinking water,

or the beauty of this spotted touch-me-not,

or through this cat and rat who prove that Isaiah's prophecy of a peaceable kingdom (11:6-9) is a reality,

or through this peaceful encounter with a mouse in a tree.

Comments by Rod Preece - 10 Jan 2003

I wonder how one loves Nature as an evolutionist? Darwin follows the wisdom of the devout Leonardo da Vinci and Victor Hugo, and the secularist Henry David Thoreau, in regarding Nature in its post-Noah development as consisting in (Darwin's words):" the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horridly cruel works of nature." The task for a Judeo-Christian is not to love Nature as she is but to overcome her in order to return to the Golden Age world promised in Isaiah XI: 6-9:

"The wolf will live with the lamb, the panther lie down with the kid, calf, lion and fat-stock beast together, with a little boy to lead them. The cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like the ox. The infant will play over the den of the adder; the boy will put his hand into the viper's lair. No hurt, no harm will be done..."

Or as in Hosea 2.20:

"I shall make a treaty for [the people] with wild animals, and the birds of heaven and the creeping things of the earth; I shall break the bow and the sword and warfare, and banish them from the country, and I will let them sleep secure."

Until then Nature (see Romans 8:18-22) is the enemy, and our task is to help secure the constituent individual elements of nature (the sentient animals and humans) from the wrath of Nature.


Go on to Comments by Stephen Augustine - 10 Jan 2003

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