I was recently invited to prepare a presentation for a group of Scouts, 10 years old, on energy. The Scouts now have a pin, Building A Better World, teaching about energy, sustainability and our planet.
Processing my thoughts and attempting to communicate complex issues with 10 year olds, kept pushing me back to my underlying belief system. I can’t do it, but I would like to start with the following questions.
- Do you believe there is a God or do you believe there is no God?
- If you answered yes, there is a God, do you believe He is personal or distant, involved or disconnected?
- If yes, God is personal, do you believe He has a plan for life on planet earth or He has none, letting nature take its course.
If the answers are affirmative in each question (the Biblical understanding of life on planet earth), one is forced to believe He gave us in the planet all the natural resources to advance our lives. We believe he gave us intellect and technological advances to be good stewards of the resources. If the answer is negative in each question (A secular worldview), one is forced to become like chicken little believing the sky is falling. Everything is either out of control or we have some idea that we can control or steer the outcome by our efforts.
My point is, our underlying belief system shapes the way we approach everything. Our view of relationships with people, animals, work, government and the planet are all guided by our beliefs.
Giving serious consideration to your underlying beliefs intentionally solidifying foundational concepts will impact all aspects of your life. No matter what conclusions you embrace, all aspects of your thinking and living will be shaped by those deep-seated beliefs.
I think this is worth pondering.