- De-Creation is a result of humankind’s decision to operate apart from Te Atua.
An important aspect of de-creation is humankind’s separation from the rest of creation.
- The devastation of the earth’s environment by humankind is the most obvious example of the physical destruction of God’s creation.
- God’s covenant with Noah is a sign that Te Atua continues to care for creation.
Words to Understand
- De-creation: Destruction; — opposed to creation
- Urbanisation: The act or fact of urbanising, or taking on the characteristics of a city
- Ocean dumping: Marine debris, also known as marine litter, is human-created waste that has deliberately or accidentally become afloat in a lake, sea, ocean or waterway.
- Deforestation: To divest or clear of forests or trees.
- Industrialisation: To develop industry on an extensive scale in (a country, region, etc).
- Covenant: An agreement between God and mankind.
Sin and Death Enter the World
As well as telling us about Gods creation of the universe and everything that lives in it, the Book of Genesis also tells a story that explains how evil entered the good world that God made. This is how it goes:
In the middle of the Garden of Eden stood two trees – the tree of life and the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad. God said to his human creation, “You may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden, except the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad. You must not eat the fruit of that tree; if you do, you will die the same day.” The man and woman chose to disobey God and eat the forbidden fruit. Because of this they are driven out of the beautiful, life-giving Garden of Eden and forced to work hard to make the earth produce enough food for them to survive until their lives end. By eating from the tree and going against the Creator’s plan humankind caused sin and death to enter the world.
Read Genesis 3:17-19 to find out what God said when the man and woman separated themselves from God. Fill in the blanks- make sure that you highlight in a different colour the words that you have used.
Because of what you have done, the ground will be under a curse. You will have to work hard all your life to make it produce enough food for you. It will produce weeds and thorns, and you will have to eat wild plants. You will have to work hard and sweat to make the soil produce anything, until you go back to the soil from which you were formed . You were from soil, and you will become soil again.
- Which words in the above passage tell us that the relationship between humans and the rest of creation has changed?
“The ground will be cursed”; “It will produce weeds and thorns”; “You will have to work hard all your life to make it produce food for you”
- How has this relationship changed?
Before God said the earth and what was in it would be under humankind’s control. Now the earth is written as the enemy of humankind – something that will make our life difficult.