We live in a world that offers many different worldviews that attack the views of Christianity and the Biblical Christian Worldview. One of these alternative worldviews, in particular, is Secular Humanism. Secular Humanism completely rejects the views of the Christian worldview and focuses on the world and humanity as opposed to maintaining focus on God. The Biblical worldview and Secular Humanism are completely opposite in regards to beliefs, human interests, ideals, and God.
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Secular Humanism puts man as the main center of focus. This worldview believes that man is the foundation on which all is built. The focus is on personal progression and a strong sense of self. Secular Humanism places value on education, material, and intellectual growth. They place their ideas on cold, hard, scientific fact rather than faith in a higher being, God, and the Kingdom of Heaven. According to an article by Hans Weerstra, Secular Humanism “rejects religious faith” and “is closed to the divine and the spiritual and the supernatural” (p.5). The entire premise of Secular Humanism is to completely contradict the word of God in every way. In Colossians 2:8 it reads “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ” (NIV). This verse blatantly states that as Christians we are to stand strong in our faith of Jesus and the word of God and to reject worldviews, such as Secular Humanism, that “depend on human tradition” and worldly thought.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ
Secular Humanism is a worldview that has the power to completely destroy the Christian worldview from the core and foundation on which it was built (Weerstra, p.5). What this means is because Secular Humanism completely contradicts the Bible, it has the ability to generate doubt in the minds of Christians. This doubt can cause Christians to question the validity of the word of God, which we, as Christians, believe to be true and holy. Matthew 6:24 states “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (NIV). What this verse is telling us is that anything that holds value over God in our lives will cause us to reject the truth of His word and teachings found in the Bible. We will grow to love and ultimately worship whatever that very thing is and reject God and ultimately despise Him. Anyone who believes in the Secular Humanistic Worldview rejects the Lord, Our God. Because they worship the teachings of the world and neglect the teachings of God, they become an enemy of God, just as James 4:4 says, “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (NIV).
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money
As stated by Hans M. Weerstra, Humanism “centers upon distinctively human interests and ideals usually at the expense or exclusion of God” (p.5). Secular Humanism thrives of human gratification through materialistic and worldly, or secular, ways. These ways often include sexuality, drugs, money, and other things of the like. Those who believe in the Secular Humanistic Worldview often participate in these behaviors that very blatantly contradict the word of God in order to satisfy their own needs and wants in a way that demeans and devalues God in the worst way. 1 John 2:15-17 tells us “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world- lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life- comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (NIV). This passage tells Christians to reject the world and the ways it promotes. By doing so, we will enter the Kingdom of God and live forever.
Do not love the world or anything in the world
Weerstra emphasizes that in order to stand strong in your faith of the Christian Biblical Worldview, you need to create a solid foundation on which your faith is built. Much like the foundation Jesus describes in Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (NIV). This story and the infamous story about the three pigs and the wolf who blew their houses down are prime examples that the trials and tribulations of the world around us will try to come and tear our world apart. The trials and tribulations, like the rains in the biblical story, or the wolf in the pig story, will come and will try to tear down your walls and disqualify your view of the world, and of God. But if you create a solid foundation in Jesus, like the house on the rock, or the house of brick, then you can stand tall against all the negative evils the world will throw your way.
In a nation that accepts so many different views of the world, so many different religions, and so many different waves of thought, it can be hard to stand strong in your faith and stand up for the truth, which is the Word of God. As Christians, it is imperative to read the Bible and equip ourselves with the knowledge of the truth that God provides us with His word. It can be very easy to doubt when subjected to the ways of the world around us, but with a firm foundation of faith and knowledge of the Lord, we can stand against the trials and tribulations of the world around us and glorify God in all our days.
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