The Fallacy of Humanism

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Have you ever heard of a building literally making someone sick? It happened one time in 1996 when a mother, Randi Armstrong, and her two daughters moved from California to Staten Island. According to the New York Times, Randi and the girls started mysteriously suffering from recurring itching, fatigue, headaches, and cold and flu symptoms. They spent days at a time in bed, missing school, and work. Randi spoke to the landlord and her doctor but no one could help her identify the cause of the problem.

Suffering for months, one day she saw a television news program describing maladies caused by a noxious mold called Stachy-botrys atra (pronounced stock-e-BAH-trus AH-tra) that grows in dark, warm, moist conditions. It had become a problem in some buildings on Staten Island because of the borough’s high water table. A library and a day-care center had been closed because of the mold. Instantly, Randi recognized the streaky patches of black, slimy mold on some of the walls and ceilings of her apartment. As quickly as she could, she moved out of the apartment. (Craig Brian Larson & Leadership Journal)

Sick buildings make a person physically ill. And in the same sense, when people make their abode with human philosophies and worldviews that are spiritually harmful then they, too, will suffer the consequences. This points to the fallacy of modern secular humanism.

What is “humanism”? It’s said to be…

…a term widely used within the church to describe the prevailing philosophy of today—the world’s mold that Christians have to resist deliberately. But what, specifically, is “humanism”? Probably its clearest definition and most aggressive repudiation of Christianity appears in the Humanist Manifesto II [Sept. 2, 1973], which contains the following basic tenets:

  • We believe that traditional dogmatic or authoritarian religions that place revelation, God, ritual, or creed above human needs and experience do a disservice to the human species.
  • Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful. They distract humans from present concerns, from self-actualization, and from rectifying social injustices.
  • We affirm that moral values derive their source from human experience. Ethics is autonomous and situational, needing no theological or ideological sanction. Ethics stem from human need and interest. To deny this distorts the whole basis of life. Reason and intelligence are the most effective instruments that human kind possesses. There is not substitute; neither faith nor passion suffices in itself.
  • No deity will save us; we must save ourselves. (as cited in 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching, Baker Book House, Michael P. Green, ed.)

This manifesto is one of three that have been published by prominent humanists for the past 85 years. Humanist Manifesto I was first published in 1933, at the time John Dewey and others organized the American Humanist Association, AHA. The tenets of the first manifesto essentially advocated socialism over capitalism.

In 2003, Humanist Manifesto III was published in The Humanist. Although it did not include the various tenets of the first two manifestos, it was printed in paragraphs containing words that did not directly oppose Christian beliefs like the second one. However, it still advocates a humanistic philosophy that is contrary to a belief in anything supernatural (i.e., God’s existence and that he is our Creator). (LINK: http://www.icr.org/article/evolving-humanist-manifestos/ )

When you think about it, humanism is basically the worship of humanity rather than worship of the one, true God. It denies God and the teachings in God’s Word. It believes that humanity is the solution to the world’s problems, and not God. Humanism couldn’t be more wrong.

Humanism is a sick building. It extols “the creature” rather than “the Creator” just like the Apostle Paul stated to the Roman Church:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Rom. 1:18-25, New American Standard Bible, NASB)

Evidence of God’s is everywhere, just as the Apostle Paul points out. But well-educated philosophers who profess to be wise turn out to be fools because they deny their own Creator. They are like the fool described in two Psalms (NASB):

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;
There is no one who does good. (Psalm 14:1)

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,”
They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice;
There is no one who does good. (Psalm 53:1)

The fallacy of humanism is that humanists believe it can succeed. The truth is, however, it will never bring lasting joy or prosperity or security and peace and especially love. Humanism travels on a one-way street going the wrong way. It goes against the flow of God’s moral character since it denies him. Humanism asserts its own “moral value” which is really “immoral” since it is without the One who establishes true moral value.

In essence, humanism is a “sick building” built on a weak foundation of sand rather than the solid rock of Christ’s highest standards (Matthew 7:24-27). Those who promote socialism, materialism, cultism, hedonism, and many other kinds of ism’s breed the spiritual sickness and diseases the lead to disappointment, disillusionment, and disaster. The Apostle Paul goes on to list these “sicknesses” and their results:

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (Rom. 1:26-32, NASB)

Have you ever noticed how those with a bent toward humanism tend to give their “hearty approval” for the very things God does not approve of? You might be watching a TV show and hear someone endorse something that is not according to God’s moral standards even though that person likes to make it look most popular and acceptable. But what they want you to accept leads to the sickness of a “depraved mind to do those things which are not proper….” When you observe the ills of this world, you can always trace it to the humanistic frame of mind, attributed to this problem called SIN.

It all started when our first parents disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were humanistic in their depraved minds when they humanly thought that they could be gods themselves rather than obeying the one, true God (Genesis 3:5-6). This led to their sin. And humanity has been suffering ever since.

It took the “second Adam,” Jesus Christ, to give humanity the hope of overcoming sin and the curse we are all under (1 Corinthians 15:45). Jesus was born to undo what Adam did and provide forgiveness of sin which is available since he died to save us from the penalty of sin, namely, eternal death (Isaiah 53; Rom. 5:6-8; 1 Cor. 15:3; Galatians 3:13-14; Ephesians 5:2; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 10:12; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 3:16). Those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior through faith, repentance, and baptism are able to escape the sickness of humanism and the misery it breeds. Believers find a better “house” to dwell in which they are able to really live through the power of God’s wisdom and grace (Psalm 84).

Here’s Jason Silver with a song from Psalm 84: http://youtu.be/W1_RuGwZEj8

Good News to YOU!
Pastor Michael

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