It is a very basic doctrine of my Native American Religion that to use a gift given by the Creator without careful stewardship is to disregard the Creator. To use up the good of the earth is that kind of disregard.
What I don't understand is how people, especially Christians, get the idea that they can do whatever needs to be done with the earth, and still be O.K. with their God.
Yes, if the human species is "top dog", what do we do with that responsibility?
What I don't understand is how people, especially Christians, get the idea that they can do whatever needs to be done with the earth, and still be O.K. with their God. Lookit.
James Stark wrote:
**Hoping LasVegasLee is willing to share his foxhole**
To be "spiritual" is not a necessity when it comes to caring for this, our only planet. It doesn't matter whether you are Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Pagan, or any other system of belief (or non-belief). The topic of this thread begs a very serious and valid question: Does one NEED to be spiritual to hold the same reverance for the earth that spiritual folks do? Can an atheist care as much about the planet as a christian? (I do realize the intended topic was not, in fact this, but the relation to it I feel is very relevant. )
And I think we can go somewhat beyond caring for the Earth, by finding our place within nature. Believing ourselves to be separate from nature is the first step down the road to abusing nature.