That’s right. Resisting God hurts the environment. I know you probably think I’m crazy for saying such a thing, but before you write me off, I’ll present the evidence from the Bible so we can see how logical such a statement is. After all, I can assure you I didn’t make this up.
Hosea 4 is where this idea comes from. In verses 1-3 we find the following:
1Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. 2By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. 3Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
God’s beef was that there was no truth, mercy, or godly knowledge in the nation. Proverbs 1:7 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Wherever there is lack of godly knowledge, you can bet that lack of knowledge is a result of a lack of fearing, respecting, and reverencing God since fearing the Lord is where true knowledge starts.
Lack of fear in a society that causes a lack of knowledge then has a negative ripple effect in that society. People in such a society have no concern for what is truthful. They couldn’t care less about whether something lines up with the word of God or not. They say to God’s prophets, “Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” [Isaiah 30:10]. They cry out, “We don’t want to hear about sin or Jesus. We don’t care what the Bible says or what God thinks if there even is a God!” So they exchange the truth of God for the lie that man evolved on his own from primordial sludge, that as long as their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds they’ll be fine. They believe truth is whatever you make it out to be and that whatever makes them feel good is okay.
Resistance to truth leads to a lack of mercy toward others and toward anything God has done. After all, if one doesn’t realize a merciful God has shown them mercy, how can genuine unselfish mercy be shown to others? If it makes a person feel good to use others for their own selfish ends, so be it. If they fear the unborn child inside of them will stand in their way of getting what they really want out of life, then the child must be sacrificed. If someone is seen as hindering them from their goal, all bets are off and situations must be manipulated, rumors and innuendo spread, or frivolous lawsuits filed to push them out of the way with no regard for them or their families.
Lack of knowledge of God that brings a lack of truth that results in a lack of mercy leads us to Hosea 4:2– swearing, lying, killing, stealing, and adultery. Such a society has no problem with using God’s name in vain and misusing God’s name to unjustly curse others. They don’t mind broadcasting their lies by any medium at their disposal to tear someone down or build themselves up. Killing, in the sense of murder, is no problem for them, whether it’s as drastic as taking a person’s life or as simple as murdering another person’s spirit with ungodly words as Jesus points out in Matthew 5:21-22. Thieves lack respect for others’ belongings and lack mercy for whatever struggles their victim went through to acquire what they stole from them. Adultery shows disrespect for what God joined together and lack of mercy for the feelings of the spouse who was victimized.
When these sins run rampant in a society, then Hosea 4:2 states the people “break out.” This is the destruction of all boundaries God has set up for our well-being and protection. People become like a dog who is fenced in for his protection, but wants out, thinking that what lies beyond the fence is much better when in fact they are being protected from being run over by a vehicle, from hunger, or from someone who enjoys harming dogs. When those boundaries are broken, “blood toucheth blood.” People seek revenge or continual personal wars which can result in collateral damage where innocent bystanders are caught in the crossfire.
Collateral damage is not only human, as Hosea 4:3 points out. When men start wars with each other, whether they be legal actions in court or other means, people “languish”, which means it can lead to a lack of personal resources to take care of basic needs. American Indians on reservations are a good example of this. If personal wars are land disputes, not only can the physical land suffer, but animals on the land suffer also by famines or droughts. In the beginning God gave mankind dominion over creation to nurture it, but those with no regard for their fellow man or anything God created, will abuse humans, animals, or land to get what they want.
This is how resisting God hurts the environment. Let me state here that I’m not with the environmental movement or believe the global warming arguments since those movements resist the true God in favor of a god who desires population control (most often via abortion) by any means necessary and they consider animals as man’s equals or superiors. Their policies hurt humans and humans are the only part of creation made in the image of God.
What God mentioned in Hosea 4 can be seen to some degree in every nation and to the extreme in many places on the African continent where civil wars seem to pop up frequently, or in nations that enforce sharia where even Muslims hate each other, or in socialist/communist nations. When they harden their hearts against God and start the process of hurting the environment, God withdraws himself to hasten their downfall so they can eat the fruit of their ways unless they repent.
7At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
9And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. Jeremiah 18
–Harry A. Gaylord–