What is mankind’s relationship to the rest of the cosmos?
This is a continuation of the series that started with the post:
God created all things, both mankind and the cosmos. John 1:3 says:
“All things were made by Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
Mankind’s relationship to the rest of the world to be its’ caretaker. God created humans to take care of the earth He also created. Although humans are to be stewards of the earth, they are not stewards of the entire cosmos. God created and sustains the entire universe.
While mankind is one species among other creatures, the way humans were created sets them apart from the others. Mankind was created to bear the image of God. In the beginning of the Bible, Genesis 1:27 says:
“So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”
Mankind is created in God’s image and is the only species created in His image. While God is the creator of the cosmos, it was not created in the image of God. Mankind is to have a personal relationship with God. 1 John 4:10 says:
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.”
This is not true of anything else, only humans. Nothing else in the cosmos has the ability to maintain a relationship with God.