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Beware Humanism

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." Proverbs 16:25

When Jesus was asked which of the Commandments was the greatest of all He replied, -"The first Commandment, to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind." Then the Lord said the second greatest was to love your neighbor as yourself. This was the embodiment of the last six Commandments. What we learn from this is that our first responsibility is to love God and secondly to love our neighbor as ourselves.

The Bible says that God created all things for Himself and for His glory. Man was made for God, God was not made for man. This is an important distinction because humanism has crept into the Church. Humanism replaces the greatest Commandment, which puts God first, with the second which emphasizes love and care toward man. This philosophy preaches the use of God and His ways for the sole benefit of man.

But God is not a means to an end, -He is the beginning and the end. The ultimate goal of humanism is to be happy as you live your life. The ultimate goal of true Christianity is to please God and be happy when you die. This is not to say that joy and happiness is not a part of a Christianís life, it is, but as a by-product.

 God wants His children to have happy, fulfilled lives but the historic truth is millions have suffered and died for their faith in Christ. Even today there are an estimated 200,000 Christians martyred every year. True Christianity for many in the world is not "your best life now" but eternal life to come.

During the days of slavery there was a man who owned and worked thousands of slaves on an island. He denied any Christian missionaries access to the island so the slaves would not hear the gospel of Christ. Two young Christian Moravians heard about this and sold themselves into slavery in order to secretly preach the gospel to slaves. Their family members were shocked and tried to talk them out of it, but they could not. As they watched them walking toward the slave ship the two young men turned and raised clasped hands and said, -"May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!"

Suddenly it became clear why they were making such a great sacrifice. It was for Jesus, the Lamb that was slain. What motivated them to bring salvation to those poor African slaves? That Jesus would receive the reward of His suffering. They werenít going merely because they loved them, but because God did and had demonstrated it by giving His own His to save them. Let us always put God first and beware the snare of humanism.

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

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