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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