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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What Are You Doing about It?

This morning I rode my bicycle to work. I admit that I enjoyed the ride. The temperature was cool, the breeze was with me and the traffic was relatively light. I saw one other cyclist who looked like he might also be commuting. Traffic picked up as I went along.

I wondered: Do these one-person-per-car commuters understand what they are doing to the environment? Exhaust fumes flew all around. I really don't know what the drive to work costs our environment. I also wondered whether or not these people would say that the environment needed to be protected.

Before I go on I must admit something to you. I don't believe that mankind is the major contributor to global warming. In fact, there are some dubious findings which support this theory. I believe that, like many scientific theories, that anthropomorphic global warming theory is faith based. A faith based theory gathers whatever information necessary to prove the basic tenet of the faith and either disregards or ignores anything that doesn't fit into that tenet. (Yes, I realize that my own faith system does the exact same thing. I just want those who claim to be so factually scientific to realize they are acting on faith too.)

That being said, I still believe very strongly in preserving the environment. I recycle, turn my thermostat to a warmer temperature in the summer and ride my bicycle to work. I believe that there are better sources of energy that may have not been utilized effectively as yet. I understand that burning fossil fuels fills our planet with pollution. I just don't have to be scared by wild stories of New York sinking in a rising ocean to act conservatively.

So, here's my thing: If the majority of people believe that Global Warming is true, why don't they do something about it rather than just talking about it? You see, I may be wrong and the planet will not suffer because of my view of Global Warming. But if the Global Warming believers are right, the planet won't be in better because of their belief if they don't do something about it.

So, I am forced to believe that there are a lot of people who say they believe but they really don't. A small group of people actually believe.

Now, if I take that same logic to my own faith in Jesus Christ, would I come up with the same conclusion? I think so. There are a lot of people who say they believe, buy the shirts and bumper stickers and go to church but aren't doing one thing to bring others to Christ.

I really understand what James said. Evidently, this saying you believe and doing nothing about it has lasted for a very long time.

James 2:18 (ESV)
18  But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.


Craig Godfrey said...

Maybe you should apply for some Carbon Credits for taking your bike to work.

Seriously though, the world has swallowed the big con of Global Warming hook, line and sinker.

And as Christians, some need to take a good, hard look in the mirror.
A family member of mine attends a church where the environment takes precedence over evangelism. Teams go out on a Sunday afternoon to clean up the local beach, not giving one thought to saving the lost.

The world has it back to front, and the more I think about it, we would be wise not to consider conforming to it - for in hoping they will change, it is us who change the most.

Anthony Chia said...

There can be 2 cases:

1. Case of belief without works. Supposedly, if they believe, they would, and so, when they wouldn't, it could be they really did NOT believe. They may say they believe, but they really don't. For such, this is the poser: "If you really believe the hanging bridge would hold, why wouldn't you walk across it?"

2. Case of selfishness.
They believe alright, but when it does NOT hurt them or benefit them directly, they are prone to "just pass by the other side of the road".

Having said the above, still why are we not doing? At the core of it, it got to do with our love capacity (to love God, and so, too, men) has been impaired from the Fall. We need to work with God to have it restored. And that is currently the subject of my study and teaching in my divine healing meetings.

Anthony Chia, high.expressions