Then God said, “Now let’s make humans who will be like us.
They will rule over all the fish in the sea and the birds in the air. They will rule over all the large animals and all the little things that crawl on the earth.”
Genesis 1:26 (ERV)
God made you, and me, and every living thing on earth. He created the Animals, Vegetation, Bacteria, Fungi, Insects, etc. But there is a hierarchy that places human beings as rulers of the earth and everything on it.
Rule does not mean ruin.
With our authority comes responsibility, and ultimately, accountability. God wants us to rule with the mercy, kindness, and love that He applies to our lives.
Perhaps we should stop (wrongfully) wondering why He’s “cursing the earth” with so much sickness, disharmony, and poverty by first accepting responsibility for the mess we’ve created—then working purposefully to restore the natural order of things.
The Bible, Simplified