Running head: DISCUSSION
My original post:
Genesis 1: 28
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish
the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (King James Version)
The Biome I would want to live in someday is next to the sea with sandy beaches, warm
climate, medium humidity levels, warm wind currents, and a heavily forested area. Changes in
climate might, however, have an impact on this biome specifically the rising levels of
temperature from greenhouse gases. This is because they are likely to cause polar glaciers to melt
and flood the beaches. It is essential that individual care about this issue since human activities
contributes to an increase in greenhouse gases and has an impact on life.
The stewardship and dominion clause given in Genesis mandates Christians to be
concerned about the environment and to take an active role in ensuring that other than using the
resources that the environment provides, they have a role and responsibility to care for it.
Brown, A. L (2006). Environmental Conflict Among Evangelicals Retrieved from
Posts to respond to:
Post #1 – T
I live in Windsor, Virginia which is in the Western Tidewater area of the state. Windsor is
located a little less than fifty miles from Virginia Beach, the coast. Virginia is in the
deciduous forest biome. The weather we experience is mild. Winter temperatures average
around 35-48 degrees and summer temperatures average around 71-85 degrees. We have
less rain in January with an average rain fall of around 2.81 inches while June is a little
higher at around 4.96 inches. Our winters are usually cold and dry while our summer our
hot and humid. We can get storms such as hurricanes and northeaster’s and the occasional
snowstorm. Virginia is known to have four distinct seasons. However, the weather can
drastically change in a twenty-four-hour period
. Last week we had snow one day and the
next day was in the low sixties.
Climate change can affect many different areas of a biome. One in the
biome that I live is sea levels rising. As ice melts with warmer temperatures
this adds more water in the oceans causing sea levels to rise. In this area this is
a concern during storms like hurricanes. With higher water levels this makes
for more flooding in low lying areas and could eventually destroy wetlands.
I believe Christians should take the position of caring about the environment
and climate change. If you believe in God and his word, then you know that he
gave us this planet and the job to look after it and the living things on it. It is
up to us to do the right things to keep it.
Genesis 1:26 – And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them
have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and
over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Post #2 – B
My current biome is Virginia Beach, VA, and it is a temperate deciduous biome that
consists of four seasons – spring, winter, summer, and fall. The area receives between
30-60 inches of precipitation annually. The mid-Atlantic region experiences
a range of
weather in which seasonal attributes often overlap, i.e. unseasonal warm days in
winter. Changes to the climate could cause these anomalies to become more frequent
and intense, as well as increase their duration. Such changes could negatively impact
the local economy by curtailing tourism. In Genesis, God gave man dominion over the
earth. “This command, often called the “cultural mandate,” has never been nullified”
(Whelchel, 2012). Therefore, Christians have an obligation to preserve the
environment. We are not called to rule over in an aggressive, dominant manner.
Rather, we are directed to take ownership and responsibility for it, to care for it, and
treat it respectfully.
Whelchel, H. (2012). A biblical view of dominion: Stewardship. Retrieved
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