The earth suffers for the sins of its people,
for they have twisted God’s instructions,
violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant.
Therefore, a curse consumes the earth.
Its people must pay the price for their sin.
They are destroyed by fire,
and only a few are left alive.
(Isaiah 24:5-6 NLT)
The Holman Bible says:
The earth is polluted by its inhabitants,
for they have transgressed teachings,
and broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore a curse has consumed the earth,
and its inhabitants have become guilty;
the earth’s inhabitants have been burned,
and only a few survive.
So, the meaning between the earth suffering for the sins of the people and the earth being polluted by its inhabitants is an interesting way these two versions make it clear that it is the sin of the people who cause the earth to suffer and be polluted. How do you think science would react to these statements?
These are not pleasant Verses to read or write about, yet I think it describes how sin affects the world around us. Some people think it is our emissions that affect our world, they say science proves it, but I question it. Isaiah says the earth suffers because of the sins of the people, not because it is emitting exhaust gases. I am not ignorant of science, and respect science for what it has accomplished, but science is not infallible. Science has the same kind of failure percentages as the rest of us have when we do our jobs. Who doesn’t make mistakes or come up short when it comes to performance? So, why shouldn’t science have the same scrutiny the rest of us are under? When people say, “I follow the science,” I say, “Good for you. Just remember, science is not an exact art and it gets it wrong occasionally, too. Remember, everything on earth, including science, is flawed because it is a part of man’s quest to know.”
God tells us that the land is affected by how the inhabitants live who dwell in the land:
Romans 8:22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Sin affected all of creation as well as humans. For instance, the world, as well as our bodies, is decaying. Because of the Fall, death became a reality, for all men, animals, and nature; it all dies. Genesis Chapter 3 tells us the ground was cursed with thorns and thistles, animals were cursed, and the world was no longer perfect.
God knows everything, and He is the one who reveals to us the things we are to know.
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
God is the only one who knows about the earth and its inhabitants, and He says it’s polluted because of our sin. It may be true that we do pollute the rivers and the oceans with the pesticides from our farmlands and lawns, but at the end of the day it is our sinful greed and our sinful consumption that pollutes the land.
We have gone after the god of this world and sold our souls for pleasure, wealth, and power. These are the gods of this world who get us fixated upon living for ourselves, and the more we consume the more we want. Bankruptcies in 2018-19 were about 1 for every 55 households. In 2020, that figure dropped by 28% due to COVID-19 and the shutdown of much of our economy. We like to consume. As long as we are able to spend money, there will be people who will manufacture and market products where they cut corners to produce products cheaper so the profits are larger. Again, it is the sin of consumption that drives our economy along with the accompanying greed.
There is a lot about our economy that does benefit people too, so it not all dark. But, when we see the EPA and other agencies fining and sanctioning companies because they pollute the land, we have to ask why? What is it about their business and products that drives them to pollute?
The bottom line is that the sinfulness of man brings out the consumption and the greed. In doing so, the reason for evil behavior grows expediently. The bottom line is not about pollution … it is about the sin in our hearts. It is how we live with each other, often in tension, and how we endeavor to consume and capture the spoils of what others have in this world.
We suffer and we pollute because we have ignored God and disobeyed His commands.
That is why this world is in such distress.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler