You got a point.
for instance this belief that many religious people seem to have that God created the Earth for our needs and therefore we don’t need to exercise any restraint in how we use the environment around us.
In a way I believe God (the old religious system) did evolve earth to meet mankind’s needs. But I think we do need restraints on our environment today.
Earth was not made for mankind as much as it was made for cows or birds. Man is a virus that lives on protein. Almost all protein consumed by mankind today except fish, was most likely domesticated in a time of highly evolved religion. There are technological advances. The ones that has help mankind the most are technological advances in the area of protein production.
Walk into the supper market and try and find a product other than fish that has not been domesticated. This means all vegetables, nuts, fruit, meats and grain products. And the same applies to cotton, wool, sugar cane, you name it.
Then realize that domestication of some items in past sometimes took as long as 20,000 years for domestication.
Those are mankind’s real technological advances. Not how fast man can travel or television. The next time you pick up an apple or orange ask yourself, “How did this apple become just the idea fruit for mankind?”
The Genesis stories talks about God’s garden and God’s knowledge in the fruit of the tree. In the timeline of mankind, this Domestication Period of earth plants and animals must of been part of the religion of God.
Older religions must have been based upon knowledge and technology because we would not be here today if it was not for theses pass technological advances. It seem by the time of Sumer that most of mankind’s domestication had been done and much of the knowledge base and history had been lost, like some sort of natural disaster or plague had wiped out the area of advanced knowledge and Sumer was starting over but never was able to reestablish the old system.
Go back to the cradle of civilization in Iraq and you will not find the footprints of domestication like you do in Mexico with corn. Just try following the Chicken and Olive and you will see they made major changes to mankind. And it was not just the items themselves, it was also technology of grafting and incubation that made these item change the lifestyle of all mankind. The Olive had already been domesticated to the point of grafting the branches. It could not be grown from seeds. Yet, history cannot tell us today the reason for the passing or giving of the olive branch. And yet it seems so obvious that it is almost funny. Thank god for DNA.
Even an Atheist should give god what is do to god. And God (the knowledge in the prehistory religious system) did create earth for mankind as we know it today.
A side note of interest. The potato came out of South America, but in Europe the historians were in a big debate that the potato may have came from South America but it had to have gone by way of India to be domesticated. Because in Old Europe it was understood that all domestication came from India. The oldest religious maps have the Garden of Eden in India. A couple months ago, a DNA test showed that the potato was most likely domesticated in South America and not India but it was not 100% sure and left open a door for the potato also getting to India from the East long before it got to Europe from the West.