Derrick continues our study of the Humanist worldview:

1.   Who is God?  Humanists can be of the following beliefs:

    A.  God does not exist. (atheism)

    B.  God’s existence is doubtful and He is unknowable. (agnosticism)

    C. God is a figment of the imagination. (idolatry) 

2.   Where did the Universe come from?

     The universe has always been and is made up of eternal, uncreated matter governed by innate, unthinking and unreasonable physical laws.

     There is an ironic close mindedness among evolutionary secular humanists.  They believe that the universe had a beginning that can be explained through evolutionary processes.  Evolutionary secular humanism leads to a bleak pessimism about the universe, humanity and life.  A Darwinian worldview means there is “no life after death; no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning for life; no free will.”

3.   How do we know right from wrong?

     For secular humanists, right and wrong are relative terms and can be whatever you make them out to be.  Without a standard of ethics, we are left with two options:  tolerance or force.

     A.  Tolerance used to be endurance of someone’s beliefs.  Today, tolerance is acceptance of other’s beliefs.  Tolerance has become more important than truth.

     B.  If there are no ethic standards, there’s always force or “the will to power”. 

     A simple principle:  more self-governance requires fewer laws.  More laws encourage less self-governance.  Secular humanists can provide no better vision for humanity than increased laws, government oversight, and the will to power.

4.   What happens after death?

     We are reconciled to live only once.  The best secular humanists can hope for is to leave the world a better place, reduce suffering, improve society, promote peace, develop a global community and save the environment.

In closing, Derrick shared a story about a British newspaper which asked readers to respond to the following question: “What’s wrong with the world?”  One response that caught the attention of the paper was this:

                   Dear Sirs,

                   I am.

                   Sincerely,

                   G.K. Chesterton

You and I are what is wrong with the world.  Only Jesus Christ can make it right.  Through Christ, we learn who we were meant to be — holy and perfect.  Through Christ, we learn what we are to become — children of Christ.  The lesson:  Christ is more human than all of us.  If we want to learn, we can only do so through knowing Him.

Next Sunday… 

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