"If God created the world, how do we know what we can change and what things should remain sacred and inviolable?' I think it's a great question, what say you?
Short answer: Do we get to decide?
Longer answer: Maybe instead, the priority for the believer, while on earth, is to become more conformed to the image of God's Son, and in love point others to Him also. (For 'Maybe', read 'definitely'... )
I get that we are continually being conformed in Christ's image and my life certainly has proof of that. Yet, we do have free will and do make decisions. As someone who is continually seeking to make an [positive] impact in the world, I take risks, make myself to be vulnerable (like now), and take leaps of faith. I fully expect him to catch me at times and also let me fall; resulting in some hard lessons that will allow me to gain wisdom, humility, character. The Romans 5 stuff.
I don't know that you gave me an answer with the question, "Do we decide?" That may be 'THE' question. Maybe some questions are better left unanswered?
Yes, good question . To us Christians, everything God made must be respected and looked after. If we destroy something we have to be able to justify our action to God. The problem is that we share the earth with the unGodly. So looking after the earth / making changes becomes discerning what are tolerable and intolerable. Yes, this is not our home we are going to heaven one-day, but, we are stil here for the moment and whatever changes take place in society or the world do affect us! If we do not oppose the unsaved doing the intolerable things, our lives down here and that of our children will be a hell.
I believe that we are given free will, so I'm not entirely certain what we wouldn't be able to change. Perhaps I am misunderstanding the question. Are you asking what we are capable of, or what we should be doing as Christians?
We are given stewardship over the Earth. So, how far do we go with that? Is planting a garden overstepping our bounds? Weeding that same garden? Selective breeding? Cross-breeding? Genetic modification? How about smelting metals? Chemical engineering? Making bricks? Building houses? Digging wells? Or maybe this isn't the angle you're thinking of. I didn't see the movie where this question was posed, so I don't know the context. But these are questions I often think about. Some, of course, one can infer from Scripture, but others....well, where do we cross the line from stewardship to arrogance to playing god?
That's exactly what made that question jump out at me in this movie. There are examples that you give that are well intended, but then there are others that are man messing with God's design. It's tricky. Clearly God gave us the ability to do these things and even some people possess the gifts and skills to do it. But, isn't it somewhere in scripture it says something about "What God has created, let no man destroy or separate?" Can't find it...
I was asking the question more from the standpoint of what we [Christians] can change or if we are even capable of changing anything in the larger scheme of things. I like Rumley's example....
Horrible, horrible movie. I don't recommend any Christian watch it. "Cloud Atlas"
That's exactly what made that question jump out at me in this movie.