As most people know here, I love nature and am a keen conservationist and birdwatcher. But I was wondering, is it truly glorifying God by experiencing nature, whether in person, or on nature documentaries. I am starting to think that God is better glorified through experiencing humanity, the image of God and climax of creation, and the amazing things which humanity can do. That is not to say that nature ‘cannot’ be enjoyed, only that humanity should be enjoyed more.
However, what an experience of humanity cannot do is show us the sheer ‘diversity’ of God’s creation, which Psalm 104 seems to celebrate. For that we need animals, plants and landscapes. Yet we do not need the animals to be alive to celebrate this diversity, as long as we have fossils and historical records, though in my own personal subjective opinion an experience of nature in the flesh is much more awe inspiring than simply reading about nature on the internet.
However, I still accept that conservation is a God honouring duty, since God promised safety to the animal kingdom after the flood. Currently, the main reason why I continue birdwatching is because websites like eBird use the data from people’s observations for scientific research and conservation.
What do you think. Can God be celebrated through nature, or is nature lacking in comparison to man’s glory?