The Danger of Humanism

When man decide what is wrong and what is right:

In Genesis 11 we find the story of the Tower of Babel. The builders of Babel were the first humanists. Instead of God these first humanists put themselves at the center of their lives and activities. They decided to build a monument to themselves. “Whose top will reach into heaven” expresses their intent to reach into areas that God should have occupied in their lives.

The term “humanism” sounds innocent, even denoting virtue and honor to God’s highest creation. Who could be against the betterment of mankind? When we examine the ideology or philosophy of secular humanism, however, we realize how dangerous it is. Basically, humanism puts man at the center of everything. God is just a crutch or a symbol that the simpleminded use to explain the yet unknowable. Some tenets of humanism:

  1. There is no evidence of the supernatural. God does not exist.
  2. No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.
  3. Beliefs in life after death distract humans from present concerns.Life has meaning only here and now.
  4. Reason and intelligence are the most effective instruments that humankind possesses. There is no substitute.
  5. The right to birth control, abortion, and divorce should be given to all.
  6. The right to euthanasia and suicide should be held by all.

Notice that humanism is focused on man. Religion, God and faith are completely out of the picture. Man decides what is moral and worthwhile.

The builders of the Tower of Babel were full of pride. They did not build in humility and dependence upon God. They sought their own will, not the will of God. They built in vain. The result of their effort was the exact opposite of what they originally intended to do and they were scattered.

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

  1. This Psalm is a song of ascents of Solomon. This Psalm calls you to recognize and acknowledge that God is the true builder and that all you do must be done in an attitude of humble dependence upon Him.
  2. It calls you to look to God for your security, both on a national and in a personal level.
  3. It calls you to trust God for your safety and the safety of your family.
  4. Your dependence upon God, as Christians, will not produce vain effort. If you seek God’s will in all you do and have, then it is not vain work.

In humility, seek God in all you do. Seek His will. Give to Him your work, your security, your family… and He will bless you

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