Because this article addresses reason and intellectualism, it will be complicated, sorry. Humanists deny Bible believing Christian’s intellectual abilities. Regardless the multitude of believers in Christ that paved the ways of science, discovery and history, Christians are judged as ignorant. Believing in God somehow nullifies our ability to think. God wants man to think. God wants Christians to love with all our heart, soul, strength and mind (Luke 10:27). An easy argument can be made that our progressive society is deteriorating because love is no longer intellectual. Love today is about pleasure, when pleasure ceases time to leave. This is purposefully deep. No illusions of being up to the task accompany this article.
Humanism is faith in man. The members of its church claim reason their chief tenant. Humanists claim man’s achievement is only limited by his reason. Christians claim man’s ultimate achievement is outside his reason. Philosophy is limited to man’s thought and imagination. Humanist philosophy refuses to humble itself to all truths. If reason admits limited knowledge, it cannot deny God i.e., if a person knew 80% of all there is to know, knowledge of God could still exist in the 20% they do not know. How is purposeful ignorance a logically reasoned response? The ethical stance of humanism is equally limited to advantage societal development as perceived today. Humanists expect societies conform to a perceived perfection.
Eugenics is one means to that perfection. It develops from humanist Meeism. Eugenics attempts to improve the quality of the human race by manipulating genetics. Social normalcy is arbitrary because decisions originate from a relative productivity. Productivity’s definition changes with time, technology, scientific discovery and the latest pop-psychology.
The philosophies driving eugenics originate in Darwin’s theories of evolution. Darwin theorized increased specie complexity by random mutation and natural selection. Eugenics is neither random nor natural. Eugenics employs arranged marriages, forced birth control, segregation and forced sterilizations. Morals become relative to individual circumstance.
Eugenics began with a humanitarian focus, engineering criminal tendencies out of the human race. Eugenics became ghastly experimentation on humans under Hitler. Today they are less direct, more the heat being slowly turned up under the frog in the water pot. Abortion for suspected birth defects, embryonic stem cell research, selective artificial insemination and DNA manipulation are the first notches. This is not to say science should not work in these fields, however without an ethical baseline for decisions, man naturally abuses man for his own benefit. Humanism leads to eugenic type societal constructs. Romans 1:22-23 tells us,
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
The scriptures have many references concerning humanism. Romans 3:10,
There is none righteous, no, not one.
No man, no matter how ethical or moral he may seem, is righteous before God. Comparing ourselves to one another is folly (2 Corinthians 10:12). God compares us to His Son. We have all sinned and come short of God’s glory compared to Him (Romans 3:23). Like a fitful child, the Humanist reasons, “If I cannot be compared to another human, then I’ll simply live life my way.” The child says, “If I cannot have it my way I’ll play by myself.” Denying God does not provide escape; we cannot measure up to His righteousness. We can always reason a way to be better than the next guy, but one will never succeed against God. Humanism seeks to escape God’s comparison. Christians accept their plight and the one provision made for their acceptance into Heaven, the sacrificial death of Christ.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
The Bible encourages us to have faith in things outside ourselves, faith in things greater than us, faith in God. Man looks on the short term; God rewards on an eternal plane.
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that all scripture is breathed out by God. It is profitable for teaching, reproof correction and training in righteousness. Desires for righteousness grow when we grow in our knowledge of Christ. As we grow in humility before God, we desire His reproof and correction to train us in righteousness. Unlike humanists, Christians grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18).
Instead of dismantling humanity and genetically reassembling mankind, Christians encourage mankind to a higher plane of existence. Instead of forcing individual conformity or medically altering behavior, Christians encourage relationships and accountability. Instead of humanism’s coercion, Christians leave individuals to make their own decisions. Humanism judges mankind through a subjective science or personal bias as either viable or unviable for society. Christians love all God’s children. Christians love all mankind regardless societal perception; all mankind is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
Jesus teaches us to love one another. Christianity is about a life of love through faith. Humanism considers man’s limited and ever changing knowledge preeminent. Christians consider the creator of the universe who never changes preeminent. Man admits limited knowledge but emphatically denies God. Christians accept God knowing they have limited knowledge. Who is more open minded? Seek Jesus’ salvation today. He will change your life (2 Corinthians 3:18).