Fundamentals of Economics

Essay #4: General Principles

God acted.  “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”.  Genesis 1:1

God created man in God’s image.  “And God said, Let us make man in our image“.  Genesis 1:26a

God instructed man to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it”.  Genesis 1:28b

God specifically command man to act.  “And the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it”.  Genesis 2:15

The principle of subduing should not be overlooked.  Dr. Henry MorrisThe Biblical Basis for Modern Science, states, “The command to subdue the earth, although couched in military terminology, should be understood to mean bringing all earth’s systems and process into a state of optimum productivity and utility, offering the greatest glory to God and benefit to mankind.”

The usual application of this command is in the traditional hard or physical sciences:  Biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics and the like for obvious reason.  The creation of the world was a tremendous event and most readily seen and experienced by these sciences.

What is lacking in fundamental Christianity is an understanding of the soft or non-physical sciences.  The fascination with creation is understandable and many have written to support the Biblical position. Not so with the non-physical sciences, especially economics.  The non-physical sciences tend to be dominated by man centered thinking, not biblical revelation.  Even the vast number of ministries devoted to psychology, and by extension, counseling, find their basis in the precepts of man, not in the Word of God.

Man centered thinking brings about man centered solutions. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12

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