Before the Fall of Man, as described in the book of Genesis, there was a garden, the Garden of Eden. What is interesting is that God created the animals to live together. They were not to be eaten by Man, nor by each other, but Man was to take care of them and the rest of Creation. Man was given food from seed-bearing plants and trees that bore fruit, so he was a vegan. It is only after the Fall, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that animals were eaten by Man. Also, creation became the ‘property’ of Man, to do with what they wanted. Thus, we have the environmental disaster we have today. When we read Revelation and after the Final Judgment, things revert back to what it was like in the Garden of Eden.
So, what does that say to us today. It is essential we re-think our attitude to the environment and to what we buy. The more we take from ‘Creation’, the worse things will get. So, it is important that we consider whether we really need what is on offer; those things that are necessary, can they be re-cycled and can they be shared with others. This leads to the need to re-think what jobs we actually need and how Man can use the skills God has given him in a more effective way. For example, we probably need specialists who can help us use the land in a more natural way so that it is not over-used and yet can provide more ecologically-sound locally-grown food. This is particularly important to areas being desertified, like West Africa and the Middle East. In all this, we need to see more people growing their own food.
We do not need scientists who want to clone animals and humans – that goes against God’s creation ordinance.
Those that are creative whether in fashion or design need to have a bigger vision for making things that long-lasting and are functional. For example, dress designers could create sensible fashion which is in tune with our bodies and the local environment, using locally-sourced materials, and running the business in an ethical way, including making sure the supply chains operate in the same way. Taking that a bit further, we need to help designers in India, etc to be able to find local markets and rely less on exports to reduce the need for transport, and the variability in currency trading..
Going back to the Garden of Eden, the question we need to ask ourselves is what are eating today – is it good for us, is it natural, does it do the environment any good? If not, how can we make what is good, natural and environmentally-friendly, more interesting and there is variety?
Just a few thoughts for you to think about.