There are two worldviews. There are two minds. Each mind reflects a way of thinking. Each path results from a particular presumption. These paths are incompatible. Only one way can lead to the truth. Everything but the truth is a lie. Errors form a wider path consistent only in that everything from which it is composed is false.

Relativists believe everything is relative and that absolutes do not exist. They may be athiests and believe that rejecting God has the same consequence as not believing in unicorns.

Relativisits do not comprehend the structure of choice nor do they know or accept that choice has structure. They think they have found freedom within the relativity of their concepts. Relativists feel no obligation to choose right.  They reject the existence and even the possiblity of an ethical imperative.

To make a choice a basis on which to make the choice must exist. The ability to choose and the ability to reason are intrinsically connected. If we do not reason correctly ultimately we choose wrongly. If we do not choose on the basis of objective criteria we have no other basis for choosing than how we feel.

Once a choice is made an obligation exists all competing options must logically be put aside. This is the cost of choice and the price of reason. When we choose one route all other conflicting avenues are necessarily set aside. Scripture says we cannot have two masters. Man cannot serve both God and mammon. If we make a choice logic requires us to form a commitment.

To not choose to care for the earth is a contradiction of terms.

We cannot live and not care for the earth - we are immanent not transcendent. We have an obligation to care for the earth predicated on the fact that we are intrinsically the world. Us and it cannot be separated.

 

Materialism and Christianity

Christianity is not a resource to be mined for useful ideas.

A mistake common to non-believers and other religions is to assume that Christians can modify their beliefs to reconcile them with other concerns. Non-believers and those of other faiths do not understand why Christianity cannot be altered to make its ideas compatible with modern thinking. This is to equate faith with preference. It does not matter what seems preferable or even what seems to make sense to the world. It is the commitment to the truth that matters. To be rational one needs consistency in their life and it is on this basis that we are able to establish real commitment. If we are free to alter beliefs to make them more acceptable to others our rationality is as  suspect as is our commitment. 

Belief in fairies or materialism are selections from the same class of belief. If we do not accept God it is of little consequence what we believe. If the whole truth is not adopted then what does it matter what portion is accepted and which parts discarded? Alfred is not a more rational person though he knows God exists than Sue who is an atheist if he has not committed himself to the implications of his belief. If a person is not able to take his or her beliefs to their ultimate conclusions they are not beliefs that can be committed to.

Some people believe the faith of a Christian applies exclusively to God. One cannot commit to God and exclude concern for the world.  A person committed to being a good steward is more of a Christian that someone who professes God and devastates the planet.

A person can only commit to the truth. Because lies are inconsistent a person cannot logically be committed to beliefs based on lies. People do adhere to false doctrines and much is done in defense of false ideas but these beliefs are not committed to in the way the truth produces commitment. Truth brings consistency to a persons life. The person who believes wrongly always acts in contradictory ways. They are forced to adopt conflicting positions. If a person lives with contradiction in their life they are not committed to one single belief.

Faith in God requires total commitment because God is totally consistent with the Truth. When a person believes in materialism they do not make an absolute commitment to this because the belief that we are physical objects forces us to adopt  inconsistencies in the way we live. A person must diverge from atheism and materialism at certain points in their life because one cannot consistently live a lie.  Even the most ardent and committed causal determinist has to live as if he or she did not believe in causality. No one can actually live as if their decisions were determined by external events. While external events impact us it is rare instances when a chain of events or a set of circumstances impacts us in such a way that only a single response is possible. I.e. we always have choices. 

The most avaricious Capitalist often is also a philanthropist. Service Clubs are very popular with business people and incompatible with Capitalist doctrine but it is not possible to live immersed forever in greed. Greed is not compatible with the world. This is the way truth is. A person can commit to the truth but not to a corruption of it. Only the truth inspires us sufficiently for us to commit to it to the point where we are able to live consistently. Only the truth is rational enough that we can live within it wholly. We cannot commit to any faith but faith in the truth and this is that which was Created by God. All other beliefs contain contradictions. Materialists believe the universe is made out of inanimate matter but they do not live as if this is the case. They do not act as if they were made from inanimate matter. We all live and act as if a living God created us. Only in faith are we able to live consistently.

Understanding materialism

A Note On Choice: A child is by definition irresponsible and will ask for things without a sense of cost or contradiction. It is up to the parent to decipher the child’s true needs and make the choice. A child asking for a pony is not making a choice because the request is not based on values. Choices based on desires rather than values are ideological and elitist. The child may want a pony today and a lion tomorrow. He or she is not capable of making a true commitment because there are no costs attached to her desires. A parent that abuses a child can be deeply loved and a parent that cares for his or her child can be, in a moment of disappointment, hated. Unless the adult can make a commitment he or she suffers from the conflicting desires of a child. If the adult is committed to saving the environment this must impact everything else he or she does. The only way to commit is to do so unilaterally. We cannot make a conditional commitment. Marriages fail because the commitment is conditional and not absolute.

A unilateral commitment to God is referred to as a leap of faith. A Christian commits without restraint or conditions. This does not mean there are not rational grounds for belief. The leap is the total commitment made. Often this is made because of the overwhelming proof that God exists and that Jesus died to save us from sin.

Materialists because of their worldview, eliminate the foundation on which such leaps of faith can occur. Faith is not consistent with exploitation.

 

Entrepreneurial:

q       Prefers networks

q       Spiritual and meditative

q       Enjoys challenges

q       Less inclined to consumerism

q       Enjoys natural world

q       Takes responsibility

q       Leads by example

q       Values character

q       Problems are a challenge

q       Setbacks a thing to overcome

q       The means is the end

q       Enjoys diversity

Causalist

q       Hierarchical authority structures

q       Prefers clear lines of demarcation

q       Causal determinist

q       People are the problem

q       Consumerist

q       Does not like personal change

q       Values titles and positions

q       Seeks power

q       Blames others for setbacks

q       No real limits

q       Prefers  unity and conformity

q       End justifies the means

 

 

 

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