Rule over the earth

The Bible records that God told us to rule over the earth. Well, sort of. That’s what we like to think it said. It seems to leave us with the freedom to do whatever we want with it. However, what it really says is this:

rule over the earthGe 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

And right there is the problem.  The Bible doesn’t actually say “rule over the earth”.  On top of that, there are other words besides “rule over”.  And while we may like to think that it really does say we are to rule over the earth, it actually says to fill and subdue it.  It’s the animals that we are to rule over – not the entire earth.  

To make matters worse, there’s a really good chance that fill, subdue and rule over don’t mean anything close to what we want them to mean.

So – rule over the earth?  Sorry, but no.

We’ll get into what all those words really do mean in this category of articles.





image by Gerd Altmann

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