I recently heard of a man that had held up a store. In the commission
of the crime, he shot a man that died shortly after the incident. The robber
was convicted of whatever the charges were in the death of the man, and
was imprisoned. When the man was interviewed, he said he was innocent.
He had done nothing wrong except rob the store. (The court had eye witnesses
which lead to his conviction.)
Guess why the man felt he was innocent. He admitted he had shot the
man - "But, I didn't make him die. That wasn't my fault. He stepped in
front of my gun and died." (Ruff quote)
This man was able to reach his conclusion based on the claims of humanism.
There is no wrong, if I don't think that it's wrong. I can do no wrong.
I have no responsibility for what I do. I am my own ethics - whatever is
right for me is right.
I would like to share some quotes from "Focus On Missions" a paper put
out by the Fellowship of Missions, May 1984.
"Top Offenses in the public schools in 1940.
2. Chewing gum
3. Making noise
4. Running in the halls
5. Getting out of turn in line
6. Wearing improper clothing
7. Not putting paper in wastebaskets
Offenses in the public schools in 1982
In recent news reports we know that students are carrying hand guns
to their classes. Some schools have installed metal detectors to screen
out the weapons before the students are allowed into school.
Some comments from humanists:
"Fundamental Bible-believing people do not have the right to indoctrinate
their children in their faith. We are preparing them for the year 2000,
when America will be a part of a one-world global society."
"I am convinced that the battle for humankind's future must be waged
and won in the public-school classroom by teachers that correctly perceive
their role as proselyters of a new faith [speaking of humanism]."
"Dr. Paul Brandwon, who is a child psychologist, says, 'Any child who
believes in God is mentally ill.' Dr. Pierce of Harvard University says,
'Every child in America who enters school at the age of five is mentally
ill, because he comes to school with an allegiance to our elected officials,
toward our founding fathers, toward our institutions, toward the preservation
of this form of government that we have - patriotism, nationalism, and
sovereignty. All that proves that children are sick because a truly well
individual is one who has rejected all of those things, and is truly the
international child of the future."
Might we now wonder just what George Bush's new world order was? I think
that we may well know. A world society may come to pass, but the last time
the world came together, they turned against God - TOWER OF BABEL.
"It's OK to lie. It's OK to steal. It's OK to have premarital sex. It's
OK to cheat, or to kill if these things are part of your value system,
and you have clarified these values for yourself. The important thing is
not what values you choose, but that you have chosen them yourself freely
and without coercion of parents, spouse, priest, friends, ministers or
social pressure of any kind."
Need we wonder why the gangs in our cities feel that there is nothing
wrong with what they are doing? No.
Let us consider humanism in this section. I would like to go through
their manifestoes point by point and make comments. The quotes are all
from their manifestoes.
HUMANIST MANIFESTO I: (1933)
As you read this document it is clear that they are replacing old outdated
religion with the new "HUMANIST RELIGION".
As we go through these points keep our country and society in mind and
see if you see signs of Humanism around us.
1. Humanism is Atheistic:
The universe is "self-existing and not created". I recently read that
all of Wheaton's scientific faculty were theistic evolutionists.
2. Humanism is Evolutionary: Man "has emerged as the result of a continuous
process" - a part of nature.
3. Humanism is Mortalistic: The "dualism of mind and body must be rejected."
Only one unit exists. The mind and body is one item that is going to die.
Serve it well.
4. Man's religious culture and civilization emerge from man's "interaction
with his natural environment and with his social heritage." This is true
for the unsaved, but we have the Bible to shape our culture and civilization.
Their system is all downward according to Romans one for the unsaved.
5. Realities may be found only by "means of intelligent inquiry and
by the assessment of their relation to human needs." Religion must be based
on findings of the "scientific spirit and method." No. True religion must
be based on the Bible. Natural laws can be found by the scientific method,
but moral laws come form God.
6. "Theism, Deism, Modernism," and other thoughts are in the past. They
are outdated. This is false advertising. Christianity would be included
in their "other thoughts," and my Bible tells me it is eternal as is our
God. Already we can see they reject God, the Bible, and thing's spiritual.
How can we deal with a humanist? Ask that the Holy Spirit to work in
their heart. Philosophically - show them that there is the possibility
of a supreme creator. Explain that the Word is God's message to man. Explain
the Gospel, including hell.
7. Religion should grow from "actions, purpose, and experience which
are humanly significant." No. Religion is set within the Scriptures.
They say that "Nothing human is alien to the religious."
Religion ". . .includes labor, art, science, philosophy, love, friendship,
recreation - all that is in its degree expressive of intelligently satisfying
human living." Is there a sense in which we've blown this? The Denver Art
Museum, years ago, had a lot of religious art, but it was all depicting
Roman Catholic theology. We probably should appreciate what is being done
in some of our Christian schools in the area of the arts, rather than condemning
them for their efforts.
"The distinction between the sacred and the secular can no longer be
maintained." There may be a hint of truth in what they say, if I understand
what they say. Christianity has substituted separation from the world for
the separation from worldly practices. We have no art, we have no science,
we have little philosophy. We have eliminated those things from our existence.
Art is not bad, nor immoral as such. Indeed, we use art in our literature
and books, so why have we separated ourselves from the idea of religious
The problem for the humanist is that they relegate all of these things
as an end to bring man to the highest point that he can climb. God says
that man can reach much higher plains than just this life.
8. The "development and fulfillment" of man's personality in this life
is of prime importance. In a sense this is true for Christians if God is
doing the developing and fulfilling. Many of these points are good points,
with God left out.
9. Where religious people gain fulfillment in worship and prayer the
Humanist finds fulfillment in a "heightened sense of personal life and
in a cooperative effort to promote social well being." In a sense this
is what Christians gain from worship, prayer, and seeing to one another's
It is of interest that the liberals and the Mormons are fully into this
aspect of humanism. They concentrate on the physical needs of people. It
might be added that one of the darts of criticism thrown toward Christians,
is that they are not meeting the physical needs of people, and those throwing
the darts are correct. We have for too long blinded ourselves to the physical
in deference to the spiritual.
10. There will be no more "religious emotions and attitudes" associated
with the supernatural. (because there is no supernatural.) They think as
the Russians thought about religion. Declare it nonexistent and it won't
11. "We assume that Humanism will take the path of social and mental
hygiene and discourage sentimental and unreal hopes and wishful thinking."
Man will face any crises of life in "terms of his knowledge of their naturalness
and probability." This is why people can feel so indifferent to death.
It is part of the natural order, so must be taken in stride. No big deal.
This is why abortion is so popular, and it is why the killing of the
elderly is coming to our society.
12. To increase joy in living the Humanist will "aim to foster the creative
in man and to encourage achievements that add to the satisfactions of life."
The Christian does the same except that he does it for the satisfaction
13. All religious institutions must be reorganized as soon as possible
to help in the fulfillment of life and the enhancement of "human life."
Indeed, this is being done; the world council of churches is going down
the humanistic trail.
We see in this point that the humanist is gearing all of life toward
life, and not God. God is non-existent, thus must be programed out of our
14. "A socialized and cooperative economic order must be established
to the end that the equitable distribution of the means of life be possible.
The goal of Humanism is a free and universal society in which people voluntarily
and intelligently cooperate for the common good. Humanists demand a shared
life in a shared world." Sounds like the world economic system. "SWIFT"
is an international banking organization of one thousand banks that make
their transactions electronically. The control of the individual by electronic
numbers is quickly coming to us.
Socialism and communism do not work, yet the American people want more
and more social programs. We are speeding toward socialism, while the communist
countries are fleeing from it. They have rejected humanism, because it
does not work, while we desire it because we are in the middle of its promises,
and have not yet reached its inadequacies.
15. Humanism will
"affirm life rather than DENY IT;" (SOMEWHAT STRANGE IN that they hold
"seek to elicit the possibilities of life, not flee from it;"
"endeavor to establish the conditions of a satisfactory life for all,
not merely for the few."
From these goals the flow of Humanism will progress. Have you heard
this in religious circles lately? Reverend Ike, and several others are
preaching a get rich theology, where all you have to do is ask and you
will be rich. God is a great big Santa Claus.
"The quest for the good life is still the central task for mankind."
This probably in one sentence, sums up all that God is combating in the
world system today. The good life. The good life as Madison Avenue portrays
it. God tells us that we can have the good life by walking with Him through
trials and troubles, while the humanist tells us the good life requires
no trials and troubles.
This manifesto was signed by John Dewey [father of the modern public
school system philosophy], R. Lester Mondale [father of Walter Mondale
the politician], and others.
In short: A communistic society that can eat drink and be merry for
they only die.
Humanist Manifesto II:
They shoot themselves in the foot, so to speak, in the opening statements
of this document.
"The future is however, filled with dangers. In learning to apply the
scientific method to nature and human life, we have opened the door to
ecological damage, overpopulation, dehumanizing institutions, totalitarian
repression, and nuclear and biochemical disaster. Faced with apocalyptic
prophesies and doomsday scenarios, many flee in despair from reason and
embrace irrational cults and theologies of withdrawal and retreat." Everything
isn't peaches and cream - somebody left some of the pits in!
Yet, they stated in their 1933 document, "Religion must formulate its
hopes and plans in the light of the scientific spirit and method." Much
of what they describe comes from some of the people that they have been
educating for so many years with the thought of modern education produced
by one of their proponents, John Dewey.
In the next paragraph they state, "We need to extend the uses of scientific
Following along with point number fourteen of the Humanist Manifesto
I they state, "The ultimate goal should be the fulfillment of the potential
for growth in each human personality - not for the favored few, but for
all of humankind. Only a shared world and global measures will suffice."
It is stated that many religions etc. claim heritage in the Humanist
camp yet they are not truly Humanist. However the H.M.II states that "Humanism
is an ethical process through which we all can move, above and beyond the
divisive particulars, heroic personalities, dogmatic creeds, and ritual
customs of past religions or their mere negation." They say that other
isms cannot be humanist, yet all of us, no matter what ism we belong to
can be humanist. (listed were: types of Humanism - "scientific, ethical,
democratic, religious, and Marxist". Those claiming to be heirs of Humanism
- "Free thought, Theism, Agnosticism, Skepticism, Deism, Rationalism, Ethical
culture, and Liberal Religion...") I might add the "God is dead" issue
comes from humanist thought.
In short we all can work toward the goals of Humanism in our own way,
but that we will all get there one day through cooperation in areas of
commonality. How can you work separately, commonly?
1. NO GOD - MAN SAVES MANKIND
This point seems to restate much that was stated in H.M.I. "No deity
will save us; we must save ourselves." This is also the thought of communism
- only communism will save man. Again, I might make mention of the fact
that communism did not save man. The Russian people would declare this
2. "Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are
both illusory and harmful. They distract humans from present concerns,
from self-actualization, and from rectifying social injustices." "There
is no credible evidence that life survives the death of the body. We continue
to exist in our progeny and in the way that our lives have influenced others
in our culture."
This contradicts the history of all civilizations that believed in some
sort of afterlife.
They view religions as obstacles to human progress. Other ideologies
including governmental systems such as capitalism and communism also hinder
human progress. Throw out religion, government, and economics so we can
spread the money around. Everything will be great. Once all is given equally
there will be no more problems. Again, I mention communism and the total
collapse of the system that did not work. I am sure that the humanist would
say that communism is not humanism, yet the points of each system are very
3. Moral values come from experience. "Ethics is autonomous and situational,
needing no theological or ideological sanction. Ethics stems from human
need and interest. To deny this distorts the whole basis of life. Human
life has meaning because we create and develop our futures. Happiness and
the creative realization of human needs and desires, individually and in
shared enjoyment, are continuous themes of Humanism. We strive for the
good life here and now."
No moral standard, they say. No ethical standard, they say. And now
we can know where our present world came from. No morals and no ethics
have been the result in the United States in the 90's.
4. "The controlled use of scientific methods, which have transformed
the natural and social sciences since the renaissance, must be extended
further in the solution of human problems."
(Didn't we see somewhere that the scientific method caused trouble?
"In learning to apply the scientific method to nature and human life, we
have opened the door to ecological damage, overpopulation, dehumanizing
institutions, totalitarian repression, and nuclear and biochemical disaster.")
"As science pushes back the boundary of the known, one's sense of wonder
is continually renewed, and art, poetry, and music find their places, along
with religion and ethics." They have stated that religion was passing away
- are art and poetry and music to pass away also? What do art, poetry,
and music have to do with science? Can we say that what is going on in
current popular music is an improvement on the past?
5. "We reject all religious ideological, or moral codes that denigrate
the individual, suppress freedom, dull intellect, dehumanize personality.
We believe in maximum individual autonomy consonant with social responsibility."
"The possibilities of individual freedom of choice exist in human life
and should be increased." Indeed, there is free choice and they practice
it when they reject God.
Every single individual is free to do as they please. This can only
be if we eliminate not only morals, and ethics, but all laws, governments,
committees, schools and anything else that might limit the individual.
Can you envision such a social structure. Indeed, is not the legislation
of no limits or controls a limit or control?
6. "In the area of sexuality, we believe that intolerant attitudes,
often cultivated by orthodox religions and puritanical cultures, unduly
repress sexual conduct. The right to birth control, abortion, and divorce
should be recognized."
"Moral education for children and adults is an important way of developing
awareness and sexual maturity."
SOUND LIKE SEX EDUCATION IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS? By the way it is called
"community action" in California. The use of anatomically correct models
of sexual organs in the public schools is putting sexuality on the completely
human - physical level, and is eliminating any possible meaning to sex
in the emotional/love realm.
No wonder the teenage pregnancy rates are up. No wonder the age of sexual
activity is down. It's just a biological function to be engaged in when
we want to. THE CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE HORRIFIED AT WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT IN
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS!
How can you have a democracy if you are redistributing wealth - causing
all to live on the same income - and how is it governed? Surely they wouldn't
want to tax people and cramp their personality.
7. "To enhance freedom and dignity the individual must experience a
full range of civil liberties in all societies. This includes freedom of
speech and the press, political democracy, the legal right of opposition
to governmental policies fair judicial process, religious liberty, freedom
of association, and artistic, scientific, and cultural freedom. It also
includes a recognition of an individual's right to die with dignity, euthanasia,
and the right to suicide."
The American humanist cries for much of what he already has in this
country. Most of these items are guaranteed in our Constitution, yet we
can't have the restraints of government. They seem illogical at times.
You cannot guarantee the things they desire without governmental control.
The cry for democracy is also seen in that statement - a democracy is
a governmental system. They do not want government, so how can they want
8. "We are committed to an open and democratic society. We must extend
participatory democracy in its true sense to the economy, the school, the
family, the workplace, and the voluntary associations." To have this completed
they must eliminate all Christians, Muslims, Buddhists etc. Open, requires
only humanists in society. Sounds like Hitler's Arian world! I have to
wonder what will happen when they mix humanism with Arianism.
Have we not seen this today? Demanding democracy in the home, in the
school, in the work place, etc. Unions have tried in the work place and
seem to be failing. People feel the company has no right to run it the
way they want to. If a strike is called the company is not allowed to hire
replacements. "MY RIGHTS" The unions fail to understand that in a democracy,
the company extends rights to the worker as the company sees fit, not as
the employee sees fit. If they want democracy, they will have to find a
way to function without the free enterprise aspect of it. They will need
to have a democracy that controls all aspects of life, which sounds like
communism, which is what humanism is.
9. "The separation of church and state and the separation of ideology
and state are imperatives." Yet, the humanism ideology will become the
state and that is okay. Again, their logic escapes me.
How can you have separation of church and state if they don't believe
in the church, nor any religious institution?
How do you separate ideology from the state. The state is made up of
people that certainly have some sort of ideology!
Some today demand separation of Church and state? They say that the
constitution demands it. No, it doesn't. Indeed, the founders of our country
instituted prayer in the governmental sessions, had Bibles printed with
government funds, and founded the country on spiritual principles. We in
later years have had a judicial system that has given us separation of
church and state.
10. Economic systems should be evaluated by "whether or not they increase
economic well-being for all individuals and groups, minimize poverty and
hardship, increase the sum of human satisfaction, and enhance the quality
of life." "We need to democratize the economy and judge it by its responsiveness
to human needs testing results in terms of the common good."
Have you heard this on the news in recent years? We need to decrease
military spending so that we can help the poor. We need to cut the space
program and worry about the problems on earth. Yes, the media has attempted
to move this into American thinking.
By the way if the riches of the world are distributed evenly as they
desire, how can poverty and hardship exist?
11. They view a national minimum guaranteed annual income as necessary
to help the poor, sick, etc.
"We believe in the right to universal education."
This study is continued in topic number d04300. There you find how humanism
has filtered into the church and Christian family.