by Ray Harmer
I tire of people referring to this planet as “mother earth”. The concept is warm and fuzzy but it does not hold water. “We must protect our mother,” the environmentalists rage. I’m all about protecting my mom, my children’s mother, and other mothers too. And I will acknowledge we need to protect our environment reasonably. But I draw a line when folks try to make this planet part of my family. Some of our environmental extremists give you the feeling that if we do something to offend “mother earth” the rolling pin is coming out or we will be sent to our room. Equally false is dear old “father time”. Such ascribing of human traits to inanimate objects or animals is known as anthropomorphisizing. Think of it this way; movies have bears, squirrels, vampires, and dogs talking and they live in houses, go to school, and eat at dinner tables.
As far as the anthropomorphism “mother earth,” it is no more than an attempt to take glory from the Creator and His Creation. The Bible says right from the start, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Gen. 1:1). Venture to say, most people who espouse evolution refer to our planet as “ mother earth”. They have created their own “planet” albeit a facade. God wanted us to know right from the beginning (literally) that ”…the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves…” (Ps. 100:3).
Psalm 107 shows not only has God created this world, but He sustains it, controls it and cares for it. The Bible proclaims, “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths…” (Ps. 107:23-26). He created the seas, the waves, the winds and their bounds. God commands the winds, the rains and the course of rivers and streams (107:33).
Israel is in the middle of a desert, yet God has power to…”turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase” (107:35-37). We serve a God who is omnipotent. “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hardfor me?” (Jer.32:27). This Psalm repeats this verse 8 four times, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Ps. 107:8,15,21&31). I suppose God knows we need frequent reminding.