Christian Humanism

Theology teaches us that God is able to do all things that are in keeping with His character and will. This speaks of His omnipotence. Because God is infinite, eternal, and ase, all things which He created are for the sole purpose of displaying His own glory. Therefore God is both the creator of the universe, and the purpose of its existence (see the end of Romans 11).

In 1933, a document entitled “Humanist Manfesto” was written and signed by three dozen people from various fields and vocations. This document teaches, among other things, that there is no Creator. The logical conclusion to this notion is that matter is therefore eternal. The document also teaches that all things exist for the purpose of giving man pleasure, thus making mankind the purpose of the existence of the universe. The document concludes by saying that since those things are humanismso, mankind has the ability to utilize everything in this universe to achieve his own ultimate happiness and to fulfill his own personal desires. This is all done apart from God and, by extension, apart from any absolute set of moral codes.

Now, before we cry out too loudly against this kind of humanism “out other,” realize that those humanistic ideas have influenced American Christianity for a very long time. Many within Christianity elevate their own wishes, desires, and aspirations above those of God. Without saying it in such blunt language, some Christians function as if there is no God and essentially view themselves as perfectly capable of making themselves happy and fulfilled apart from God. That is the essence of humanism.

Christianity and this Humanism do not, nor cannot, mix. Christianity, in its core, is the recognition that there is a God who created all things, sustains all things, and is the purpose of all things. While all of that may not be understood at the point of conversion, a true Christian will not deny those truths that are taught in the Bible.

When Christians elevate things of this earth to an inordinate place of love and priority, they are embracing the notions of secular humanism – in this case materialism.

When Christians rely more on their own abilities, intellect, wisdom, etc. more than they do on God, they are embracing the notions of secular humanism.

When Christians hold onto their own desires, wills, and aspirations while neglecting, ignoring, or rejecting God’s, they are embracing the notions of secular humanism.

Christian humanism, as I have described it here, is an oxymoron, yet it has subtly (or perhaps not so subtly) entered the realm of Christianity. It is time for Christians to fully embrace Christ and go under the scalpel of Scripture, masterfully used by the Holy Spirit, in order to remove any remnants of humanism within us, all for the glory of God.

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One New Year’s Resolution Worth Making

Psalm 119:10, “With my whole heart I seek you….”

Now that the holiday rush has essentially ended, the reality of a new year is setting in, along with sobering thoughts of what goals we should set. While there is nothing wrong with setting various kinds of goals for the year, we should set one desire ahead of them all. Every Christian should strive to echo the words of the psalmist here in seeking God wholeheartedly. This speaks of a frequent, regular, life-consuming purseeking-godsuit of God.

Seek after God’s person. God has graciously given us His Word in order for us to know Him. The Bible is not just a guidebook for life, it is the very revelation of God. We need to commit ourselves to know God in our Bible reading, not just check off a box in our yearly reading schedule.

Seek after God’s pleasure. There are things that please God, and therefore there are things that do not please Him. It should be our daily pursuit to only do those things that please our Father, and therefore to remove and shun those things which do not. Our pleasures must be submitted to the pleasures of God.

Seek after God’s purposes. God wants more from us than just coasting along in our Christian walk. God desires our sanctification even more than we do. God desires us to evangelize the lost around us. God desires that every part of our lives elevates Him above all.

Seek after God’s people. As God’s people, we need each other more than we realize. No Christian is meant to function properly apart from the regular and faithful interaction with the church. We must commit ourselves to attend every service at church, but also commit ourselves to frequent interaction, encouragement, and edification of God’s people outside the church walls.

Seek after God’s power. As believers, we have the tools necessary for powerful Christian living. God has given us as believers His Spirit to guide us, His attention in prayer to help and strengthen us, and His grace to enable us to live the kind of Christian lives God would have us live.

Seek after God’s peace. Peace with God is secured in our justification. The peace of God should be an ongoing pursuit of every Christian, as we cast all of our cares upon God, and relinquish all control over our lives. Control freaks have no peace because they are too worried about what must be controlled next. Those whose minds are fully trusting in the Lord will find their souls at rest.

Seek after God’s presence. The day of Christ’s return is drawing near. Believers need to start thinking and living more today in light of eternity. 2015 could be the year when we see the Lord face to face. We need to be more aware of this reality.

RESOLVED: to seek after the God of the Bible wholeheartedly, unreservedly, and unashamedly in 2015.