Monday, August 20, 2012

Created as Stewards - Vegetarianism? Aliens?


Lesson 5: Created as Stewards

Needed: picture of alien (included after student sheet)

Bible Study: Read Genesis 1:26-27.

God put humans in charge of the earth. Does that mean that we can just do whatever we want with it? No. God put us in charge of the earth, but only as His stewards. God is still the owner of the earth and He will make us answer for how well we’ve taken care of it.


 

Imagine someone painting a picture. It’s the greatest picture they’ve ever painted and they’re really proud of it and pleased with it and it’s just great. And then they give it to you. Because they love you. Now you can do one of two things. You can cherish that painting and take care of it like the work of art and gift that it is. Or you can trash it. Ignore it, use it for a dartboard, throw it away, whatever.

 

God has given us the gift of the earth; the soil and the plants and the animals as a gift because He loves us. We have a choice: trash it or cherish it. Appreciate it or tear it down.

 

We need to respect God’s creation by taking good care of it.

 

But there was something else I found interesting in that Bible passage. What did it say that people were supposed to eat? Plants.

 

And what were the animals supposed to eat? Plants.

 

Well that’s a mistake then. Because we know that people and other animals hunt and eat animals, right? We don’t just eat plants like this Bible passage says.

 

Read Genesis 9:1-3.

 

Read Isaiah 11:6-9.

 

Humans and animals ate plants in the beginning and lived in peace with one another until sin entered the world. When Christ returns and restores creation to the way it was supposed to be, humans and animals will live in peace with each other once again. God allowing us to eat animals, and animals to eat other animals, is just temporary.

 

Read Genesis 2:1-3.

 

How many days does it say God took to create the Universe? Six days.

 

That’s symbolic, right? Like maybe it’s saying six days, but a “day” is really like a billion years. Because science tells us that it took billions of years for the Universe to evolve, right?

 

So how long did it take God to create the Universe? Billions of years? Six days.

 

Okay. So God created the Universe in six days. And He made animals and people and everything else on Earth in those six days. But now I’m wondering, Is that all that God did in those six days? Is Earth the only planet He was working on? Is Earth the only planet that God chose to create life on? In other words, could there be aliens somewhere, on another planet somewhere in the Universe?

 

The Bible doesn’t say anything about life on other planets. Which makes me think that we will never meet them, at least not while we’re here on Earth or else God would have told us.

 

But that doesn’t mean  there’s not aliens. God loves to create. God loves variety. Look at all the different kinds of animals He made. Look at all the people there are. And not one of them is the same.

 

God very well could have created more and different kinds of life somewhere in this huge Universe of ours.


 

Created

 

Lesson 5: Created as Stewards

 

Bible Study: Read Genesis 1:26-27.

God put humans in charge of the earth. Does that mean that we can just do whatever we want with it?


 


 


Imagine someone painting a picture. It’s the greatest picture they’ve ever painted and they’re really proud of it and pleased with it and it’s just great. And then they give it to you. Because they love you. What would you do with it?

 

 

Why has God given us the Earth?

 

 

What did it say that people were supposed to eat?

 

 

And what were the animals supposed to eat?

 

 

That’s a mistake then, right? Because we know that people and other animals hunt and eat animals. We don’t just eat plants like this Bible passage says.

 

 

Read Genesis 9:1-3.

 

 

What did God do in this passage?

 

 

Read Isaiah 11:6-9.

 

 

What will life be like someday?

 

 

Read Genesis 2:1-3.

 

 

How many days does it say God took to create the Universe?

 

 

Do you think that means real days, or should we understand “day” to be just symbolic of any period of time?

 

 

So God created the Universe and He made animals and people and everything else on Earth. But now I’m wondering, Is that all that God did during creation? Is Earth the only planet He was working on? Is Earth the only planet that God chose to create life on? In other words, could there be aliens somewhere, on another planet somewhere in the Universe?


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