Biology, It’s a Command
I wish, when I was in tenth grade Biology, someone would have told me what Henry Morris writes in his book I am currently reading, Defending The FaithÂ . I thinkÂ I would have tried a whole lotÂ harder. Mr Morris writes:
The Bible encourages-in fact, commands- the study of biology and all other factual science. The very first divine commandment given to man was: ” Be fruitful, andÂ multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion overÂ the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every livingÂ thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
This “dominion mandate” as it has been called, is in effect a command to “do science.” For Adam and his descendants could only “subdue” the earth and “have dominion” over all its living creatures by learning their nature and functions. This clearly implies the establishment of a science of biology, so that mankind could properly care for and utilize the world’s resources of animal and plant life as created by God.
Laura, for an essay on pollution and what has resulted after that, took us to this verse in the Bible today. In her research, she recognized real problems, but she also learned an important lesson on how we should care for, and learn about God’s creation, but not to go to an extreme as to invent a ‘crisis’ to tell people just how to live so you can line your own pockets, as she couldÂ clearly see that happening in our modern world today.