In the Book of Genesis, God created the world, forming water, land, and humans. In making His creation, God imposed limitation on the formed world, and while some consider creation to be static, His development of a creation is a continual progression of humankind’s will. This means that the Earth (His creation) is subject to the altering of humankind.
With this in mind, it becomes apparent that God’s creation, in which He entrusted humankind to ‘take care of it,’ (Genesis 2:15), is an ever-changing landscape that is subject to the free will of humans. In this, we find the responsibility to care for the creation He has given us.
For more on humankind’s Biblical responsibly to care for creation, as depicted in Genesis, read Patheos article on the theological bases for Christian conservation.
A Brief Theology of Creation for Earth Day
By Kyle Roberts for Patheos
God brought a world into being, and thereby became vulnerable, instilling within creation a measure of freedom for its own continued development. Gen 1 suggests that God’s spoken, creative word entrusts creation itself with the glorious responsibility of freedom. God sanctions its self-emergence: “let the water…be gathered…”; “let the land produce vegetation;” “let there be lights in the vault of the sky”; “let the water teem with living creatures”; “let the land produce living creatures.”