THE GENESIS OF HUMANISM (2)
After the Deluge we see Nimrod, whose name means ‘rebellion’ or ‘valiant’ championing a desire to, “Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” [Genesis 11:4]. It was not for the reverential Creator. It was for a personal ‘us’. Humanism is a masquerading toga of satanic rebellion. It is his medium of expressing his distaste for God and His mission on earth. Humanism is a tower of Babel, a huge confusion. As they scattered abroad they took two things with them, to their various nations, the instructive words of Noah, passed down generations and the destructiveness they learned from the leadership of Nimrod; a reminiscence of what the pristine parents ate – fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Lucifer was never faced with a dearth of receptacles to keep and disseminate his nefarious doctrines!
Oratory renaissance of Greece produced global philosophers whose ideas fashioned universal intellectualism which crept into every facet of human endeavours. Docetism found an inroad into the Church, teaching that Christ was merely a consciousness which came on Jesus, left Him and to another person, disparaging the Incarnation and consequently the existence of an Almighty Jehovah. Satanic beat must go on, and observing that his religious grip a la Catholicism was weakening he had to check his receptacles and he found a willing Brunetto Latini to hoist the flag of Humanism, laced with the philosophies of Greek Aristotle and Italian Cicero. Earlier Bishops of Catholicism like Augustine were known to have expressed humanistic values. Humanism seems humane but the spiritual underlying currents are quiet ominous! It employs highfalutin rhetoric, poetry and philosophy to deceive unsuspecting and ear itching fellows. The erudition of Roman Catholic priest, Erasmus stems from his humanist proclivity. So was Philipp Melanchthon and also John Calvin. The teaching of James Arminius, which catechizes that for a born again to finally make it to heaven he will have to keep contributing moral goodness (quiet humanistic), was influenced by the humanism of Erasmus and Melanchthon. An estimate of over 90% of Christians still believe (humanistically, unbeknown to them) that Christ’s vicarious death is inadequate to get them to heaven unless a personal act (of individualism) is performed! Please do read my blog titled, “Why Go Arminianistic Soteriology” (5 parts) which has over 130 treated verses of scripture to prove security of salvation.
Secular Humanism, they will tell you, is not a religion. Humanists are of the pinion that a humanist religion is an oxymoron. Do they not believe in something? Do they not see themselves as gods? Pre-Socratic philosophic writings prove the existence of humanistic beliefs. They were discovered through Muslim sources and translated from Arabic to European languages. Secularism is a term invented by George Jacob Holyoake in 1851, to describe a form of opinion which concerns itself only with questions, the issues of which can be tested by the experience of this life. Secular humanism postulates that human beings have the capability to be ethical or moral without religion or a god. It holds a strong viewpoint that ideology –religious or political –must be thoroughly examined by each individual and not simply accepted or rejected on faith. Do you know what the Bible says concerning faith, in Romans 1:17, 4:5; Hebrews 11:6? It says somewhere that without faith no man can please God. A faithless humanistic value is definitely Godless. An essential part of secular humanism is a continual search for the truth, primarily through science and, of course, philosophy. Science cannot answer all because there are things quite beyond it. Philosophy can also be erratic for knowledge is a developing fact. Utilitarianism and positivism and the likes are some of their guiding lights to happiness and no wonder their logo, internationally is the ‘Happy Human’.
Scholasticism is the philosophic and theological movement that attempted to use natural human reason, in particular, the philosophy and science of Aristotle, to understand the supernatural content of Christian revelation. Humanism was intended to replace an unsatisfactory scholasticism of the eleventh century. Both of these philosophies thrived with the help of Catholicism. This is why one has to be very careful in the hearing and the study of the Bible. Too many dogmatic pollutions pervade the catechisms in Christendom. Philosophy is the bane of the theological disruptions the Church is grappling with. Lucifer slipped it into ecumenical plantation, using his warped Judases. The Bible is clear enough except for technicalities arising from the original writings of Hebrew and Greek (which are not impossible to study). Those who will want to have it their way will always find a way of distortion, misrepresenting the truth of the word of God to suit the purposed intention. Cabbala, Docetism, Gnosticism, Arianism, Hegelianism, Spiritism, Aminianism, Liberalism, Existentialism and what have you? They have taken their ill tolls in making a nonsense of God’s protocol. Thank God there will always be Christians to straighten the unholy twists. Amen!