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February 5, 2005 

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Q: In Genesis 1:28, God talks about man subduing the earth and having dominion over it. What exactly does that mean?

A: Many people feel that subduing the earth means to “conquer” it. But the Hebrew word used indicates that we should “study and understand” the earth.

Quotable quote:

“… I think that some people may have an inability to cope, and maybe this might sound a bit extreme, but that might be Darwinian theory, the Darwin theory of survival of the fittest. Maybe some of us aren’t meant to survive, maybe some of us are meant to kill ourselves …

“There’s too many people in the world as it is. Maybe it is survival of the fittest, maybe some of us are meant to just give up, and maybe that would help the species.”

– Black Dog Days—The Experience and Treatment of Depression, Life Matters with Norman Swan (ABC [Australia] radio), May 4, 2000.

God was instructing Adam to study all of life and understand how He made it work. It was like God telling Adam to go to school and learn the sciences, including such areas as botany, zoology, chemistry and ecology. Adam had the task to learn about every aspect of God’s creation, not just to lay back and take life easy.

With the knowledge that Adam was to have learned, he was then to have taken dominion over the earth. This meant that he was to be a good steward of all of the resources on the earth and not abuse them.

Like Adam, we’re also to subdue the earth—but this doesn’t mean we’re to let the earth have dominion over us. Let’s be reminded that we’re to use the earth’s resources for man’s good and God’s glory, understanding from Genesis that sin and the Judgment of the Curse have drastically affected our world. Thus, it’ll require hard work on our part!

Recommended resources:

Did Adam Have a Belly Button?
Did Adam Have a Belly Button?
Did Eve Really Have an Extra Rib?
Did Eve Really Have an Extra Rib?
The Answers Book
The Answers Book
Dinosaurs of Eden
Dinosaurs of Eden

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February 3: In Six Days Testimony 7: Ariel A. Roth, biology
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