It’s Creation Time

Here is a Bible Study from ‘Roots’

Genesis 1.1 - 2.3

According to this ancient creation story, over six days God created the earth, beginning with the day and night, and continuing with water and dry land; populating the land with vegetation; creating the sun, moon and stars; filling the waters, the skies and the land with animals; and finally creating man and woman, tasking them with the care of everything which had been made. Content with creation, God rests on the seventh day. Look at all the parts of our world that are described here, and how they interlink with one another. There couldn’t be:

a day without night;

dry land without the sea;

fruits and seeds without dry land to grow on;

fish without the sea for them to live in;

birds without the sky;

and finally, humans, who can’t exist without everything else – the water to drink, the land to live on, the plants to eat.

Take out just one of those elements because we have destroyed it with our actions, and the rest will begin to become unbalanced and flounder. For example, it is said that without bees, mankind will die out within four years. How we treat God’s creation really matters. This story of creation shows us what an incredible, complicated and beautiful place the earth is. We are asked to care for it, to make sure that natural balance is maintained, but climate change is a result of our failure to do this: affecting the make-up of our atmosphere, the temperature of our waters, the ecosystems and demand for certain foods putting pressure on the natural world. We need to nurture this fragile balance, rather than upset its equilibrium with the way we live our lives. Science has shown us that there is now an urgent need to respond to the crisis created through climate change. The COP26 Conference is an important moment in this as world leaders meet to make progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.