This so-called “verse” doesn’t even pass the sniff test. It’s not even close to the theology that appears throughout the Bible. It does however, match the theology promoted by liberal environmentalists.
I guess they think that’s enough. It’s not.
(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is fond of quoting a particular passage of Scripture. The quote, however, does not appear in the Bible and is “fictional,” according to biblical scholars.
In her April 22 Earth Day news release, Pelosi said, “The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.’ On this Earth Day, and every day, let us pledge to our children, and our children’s children, that they will have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature.”
Cybercast News Service repeatedly queried the speaker’s office for two days to determine where the alleged Bible quote is found. Thus far, no one has responded.
Is Pelosi’s alleged quote merely an attempt to express a biblical principle about man’s need to care for the environment? The scholars differed slightly on that question, but none believe the case for environmentalism comes directly form Scripture, as Pelosi indicated.
Eric Jenislawski, a professor at Virginia’s Christendom College, said that the Bible teaches in Genesis that man was placed on earth “to till it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). But just a few verses earlier, he pointed out, God also commanded man “to fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28).
“Responsible use of the Old Testament cannot divorce the biblical notion of stewardship (that man is obligated to care for God’s creation) from the equally important biblical view that the entire natural world was created for man, for him to subdue it and to reign over it,” Jenislawski said.
“Environmentalists who make man subservient to the natural world actually invert the biblical view of man’s relationship to the earth,” he said.