Pope Francis Warns: "If We Destroy Creation, It Will Destroy Us". At the Vatican on Wednesday that if humans destroy God's "greatest gift," creation it will destroy them. He urged people to safeguard creation. The Vatican Radio reported on Francis' remarks. The Vatican leader also reflected that the "gift of knowledge" should steer people away from wrong. Creation is a gift.
Pope Francis warned at the Vatican on Wednesday that if humans destroy God's "greatest gift," which is creation itself, it will in turn destroy them.
"He urged people to nurture and safeguard Creation as God's greatest gift to us, because while God always forgives, Creation never forgives and – he warned – if we destroy Creation, in the end it will destroy us," The Vatican Radio reported on Francis' remarks.
The Vatican leader also reflected that the "gift of knowledge" should steer people away from wrong attitudes, such as "considering ourselves masters of Creation. Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude."
In his speech, Francis reminded the audience of the first chapter of Genesis, where God created the world, and "saw that it was good."
"If God sees that Creation is something good and beautiful, we too must have this attitude, we must see that Creation is something good and beautiful. The gift of knowledge, of this beauty, we have to thank God for having given us this gift, this beauty," the Roman Catholic Church leader said.
He added that humans were appointed to be custodians, not masters of creation.