In what sense do humans rule over creation? (Psalm 8:6–8) Psalm 8:6-8 King James Version (KJV) 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
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I would say that, although God is superior to humans in every respect, He created humans (whom, unlike any other earthly life form, He made in His image (Genesis 1:27)) for the specific purpose of being stewards who were to be responsible and accountable for the care and preservation of all aspects of their environment. Thus, although humans are subordinate to God, they rule, by His specific design, purpose, and permission, over all other aspects of creation, including its resources and its lower life forms (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:15; Genesis 9:1-3).
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