What Does The Bible Say About The End, Or Purpose, Of The Material Creation?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims
Genesis 9:1-3 – And God blessed Noe and his sons. And he said to them: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth. And let the fear and dread of you be upon all the beasts of the earth, and upon all the fowls of the air, and all that move upon the earth: all the fishes of the sea are delivered into your hand. And every thing that moveth and liveth shall be meat for you: even as the green herbs have I delivered them all to you:
Deuteronomy 4:19 – Lest perhaps lifting up thy eyes to heaven, thou see the sun and the moon, and all the stars of heaven, and being deceived by error thou adore and serve them, which the Lord thy God created for the service of all the nations, that are under heaven.
Proverbs 16:4 – The Lord hath made all things for himself: the wicked also for the evil day.
Ecclesiasticus 42:17 – Hath not the Lord made the saints to declare all his wonderful works, which the Lord Almighty hath firmly settled to be established for his glory?
Isaiah 45:18 – For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens, God himself that formed the earth, and made it, the very maker thereof: he did not create it in vain: he formed it to be inhabited. I am the Lord, and there is no other.