In recent years much ado has been made by alarmists who claim that mankind is destroying the earth. On the one extreme are those who believe mankind must essentially give up all modern technology and conveniences, and curtail population growth in order to save the earth. On the other extreme are those who live in constant fear that mankind will destroy the planet in a nuclear holocaust. In either case the underlying belief is that mankind will indeed one day destroy itself and the world on which we live.
Such beliefs and fears are the product of ignoring a simple truth of scripture. That truth is that the world’s destiny rests solely in the hands of God. The Bible begins with the magnificent statement, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). The record of Genesis 1 continues with a description of how God turned nothing into a perfect home for the man and woman He created on the sixth day of creation week. The plants, animals, and Adam and Eve, were created full grown and able to reproduce (Gen. 1:12, 22, 28). God spoke it all into existence in six days, and at the end of that time the scripture says, “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and morning, the sixth day” (Gen. 1:31).
God created the world as a place for mankind to live in preparation for eternal life with Him. By His own command mankind is supposed to multiply and fill the earth and subdue it (Gen. 1:28). This means everything on earth is for our use as we live here. This does not mean we should be wasteful or wantonly destructive of our beautiful home, but it means that it is not inherently wrong to use these resources for the betterment of our lives.
If we believe in God and in His word, we know that this planet will not run out of resources to sustain human life. If we believe in God and in His word, we know that mankind will never destroy the earth. We know this because the scriptures tell us the ultimate fate of the world is in God’s hands, not ours. In 2 Pet. 3:5-7 the scripture says that the ancient world was formed out of water and by water by the word of God. That world was also destroyed by water at the command of God. Peter then says that the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire by the same word of God (2 Pet. 3:10-13). This world is indeed going to end, but it will only end when God commands it to end.
The simple truth is that we cannot destroy the earth. Even with all the nuclear weapons we might ever create, or with all the billions who might populate it, we do not have the power or the authority to do so. Only God has this power, and only God has the authority, to destroy the world. Only He, who made it all at the beginning, can make it all go away at the end.
In the beginning was God, and at the end is God. All of earth’s history is bookended by this fundamental truth. It is this truth that gives us our only hope for eternity.