Stewardship or Dominion over the earth’s creatures?

Stewardship in Christianity follows from the belief that human beings are created by the same God who created the entire universe and everything in it. To look after the Earth, and thus God’s dominion, is the responsibility of the Christian steward.

Dominion is the idea that God gave the earth to humans to use at their will. This idea comes from the Bible: Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ Genesis 1:26-27

The debate over whether it’s stewardship or dominion over the earth can be brought to play in some news about IVF being used on dogs. A litter of seven puppies are the first to be successfully created through IVF treatment. Scientists are excited about what this will mean for procedures that may save endangered species and possibly eradicate genetic disorders in animal species too.

 

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