As someone sporting over six decades of day-to-day utilitarian use myself I appreciate the richness and character of applied wear and tear.
The environment is a huge piece of the complex puzzle that contributes to making us whole people. In Romans 8 Paul points out how the entire created order is waiting for us (people) to “get it” to the extent that redemption is our way of life
As the beginning (the Big Bang) obviously predates the advent of humankind, it follows that we would not even exist if it were not for this movement into disorder.
It’s not any specific behavior, or adherence to a particular doctrine, or religious ritual, or repetition of the right magic phrase that grants us the honor of a relationship with God – No, it’s Jesus who makes redemption possible. This privilege is ours to accept, or to reject.
The central theme of the scriptures is the redemptive initiative of God’s relentless love.
As sapient beings, imagined and created in the image of the divine, we are God’s possession. When we return to God, then,via the process of reclamation, the relationship – intended from the foundation of time – is restored.