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God in Nature

What I loved most about Emerson’s Nature was the comparison of spirit and nature. Because God the creator designed the beautiful nature that is around us, it is an obvious thought that the spirit of God would be in nature. As stated by Emerson, nature’s purpose is to “stand as the apparition of God” (54). Wouldn’t it make sense, then, that every time we walk outside, inhale the air around us, soak in the sun, lay on the grass and embrace nature that we are indeed embracing God? Nature is as much a part of creation just as we are. And, if we are made in God’s image, wouldn’t it be reasonable to say that nature is made to be beautiful and perfect as well? I can’t tell you how many times I walk outside and see trash and pollution scattered over the ground and in the air. We wouldn’t treat ourselves as trash; why should we treat nature, which is an apparition of God (therefore, nature is spiritual), like garbage as well. To treat nature as such is to turn away from God. Although this sounds harsh, just think twice the next time you throw your McDonald’s wrapper on the ground.

Caring for God’s Creation

I was very intrigued by Hull’s chapter 9 from <em>Infinite Nature</em>, especially the section on “Caring for Creation”. In Genesis 2:15, humans are told to “till and keep” the earth and all of creation. However, Hull describes that the word “till and keep” can have multiple meanings, such as “serve”, “care”, and “guard” (127). I thought this was interesting because at the beginning of time God bestowed upon humans the sole responsibility of caring for nature. He even goes so far as saying that “tilling and keeping become not just an obligation but a form of worship” (Hull, 128).

This got me thinking; wouldn’t worshiping nature be blasphemous? Nature is a product of God, but it isn’t God himself. If I worship nature over God, aren’t I disobeying the commandment of worshiping false gods? To me, this is the most logical interpretation of what Hull said. However, he further explains that nature proves God’s existence and intentional design. Therefore, according to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature is God; God is nature” (Hull, 131). WHAT?! God is not a tree! But, this is not Hull’s or Emerson’s point. They believe that creation embodies what truths and beauty God put on earth. If one were to destroy creation, then they are also destroying God (or what God gave them). Nature and God are almost inseparable on earth; what God made for us, his creation, is good just as we are good and just as he is good. We must “worship” nature because God reveals himself to us physically through his creations. 

-Sara