Another result is that we pervert our assignment to care for the earth. Humans have misunderstood the use of having dominion over the earth as a license to do what we want with the earth. After all, since it is all going to be incinerated (rather than purified by a refiner’s fire), then let’s use it all up before the end.
Instead of a dualistic worldview, we need to have a holistic worldview. The environment is a spiritual issue. There are issues of justice. My abuse and neglect of my environment has huge negative consequences for my neighbor not just down the street but around the world. My waste shows that I don’t really care for what is right. I don’t care about what is the Lord’s. I don’t really love my neighbor.