Is the material world good or evil?
This world is God’s original gift to us. When He created it, it was good. However, since that time we have corrupted it, polluted it, and have just been bad managers in general. But is God’s world still good? I believe that it depends on where you look. When you see the effects of human influence on the earth, it doesn’t look very pretty. But if you look at God’s raw world, you see the true beauty and power of our God. As always, feel free to comment on what I write.
In order to understand what makes this planet good, I think it is time for a history lesson. About 6,000 years ago, a very special thing happened. The entire universe, and particularly Earth, came into existence. We were given the opportunity to use the resources from this world to build and do as we wished. Unfortunately, the Fall occurred, and we lost all we had to the Devil. Ever since that time, man has been trying to recover what was lost, but has simply made himself a source of entertainment to Satan and his legions. Mankind as a whole has not often cared for the earth, beyond what he could get from it.
In that respect, the earth is no longer good. It is spiritually dead, and being physically destroyed as you read this. Man has lost all sense of direction, and is hoping to build his Tower of Babel to the sky. Just look at the skyscrapers of our day. Any one of these would dwarf the Babylonian tower. Not only that, but man also seems to have an innate need to destroy, pervert, and pollute all purity that comes his way. The wilds are rapidly diminishing, and animals are being driven extinct all over the world.
But when you look at those places that man has not yet made his way to, you find animals and natural wonders of the rarest beauty. When God speaks to Job, we find that He takes pride in his work. He speaks of feeding the baby lions and eagles, the crooked lightning, the serrated clouds, and the rest of His creation. We should also remember that while the world as a whole may be spiritually dead, there is a very small minority of Christians who are doing their best to spread the Gospel of Christ to all the nations. All is not lost. At the end of time, God will come back and make an end of the corruption that he finds in the world. However, the only ones who will be able to enjoy this are those who are his children.