Our special feature in this issue deals with Humanism. To many, particularly the older brethren and sisters, this may seem to be an unusual topic to devote so much space to in the Magazine. Let us firstly state that many brethren feel that Humanism is one of the greatest threats we face in the Truth today, and a direct challenge to the teaching of the Word of God. Secondly, one of the reasons why some may query why we write about a new philosophical term called Humanism is because they do not appreciate what this theory is all about and how it is affecting our lives. After reading these articles we hope that you too may share the concern that many have, so that we may all make a concerted effort to save our young ones and ourselves from this deceptive and God-denying theory.

Humanism has as its premise that “there is no God” and that “man” has evolved to become the pinnacle of all life forms. Thus the central concern for man is to seek to fulfil that which brings him happiness in this existence. To those enlightened by the Word of God such a doctrine is quickly seen to be not only blasphemous, but evil in its outworking. A teaching that liberates the flesh to seek gratification and excitement in whatever way the carnal mind desires must ultimately bring that society to depravity and utter destruction at the hand of a righteous God. This doctrine of Humanism is not some fleeting whim but has been the avowed policy of academics, educationalists and law-makers for well over fifty years, and has been slowly and carefully kneaded into all stratas of society so that today we live in a society that borders on the amoral, because of its corrupting influence.

To those of you who are older, do not pass it off with a whimsical “I don’t know what the younger generation is coming to”, for the younger generation are our children and our grandchildren. We need to appreciate the pressures that they are under from all sections of society and provide them with the spiritual weapons to fight off this permissive and flesh-centred philosophy.

“The Fool Hath Said… ” Arguing against human philosophy by human reasoning is not the answer. “This is the victory that overcometh the world—even our faith” (1 John 5:4) and “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17). Let us then take the sword of the spirit, even the Word of God, and with it do battle against this evil and destructive theory.

The Psalmist very swiftly dealt the death blow to the corrupt root of Humanism when he wrote: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (Psa 14:1). The apostle Paul takes up the words of this brief psalm when he writes: “We have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Rom 3:9–12). His conclusion is that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).

With these clear testimonies of the Scriptures in mind let us consider the following extracts, taken from the writings of leading humanists:

“As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism [a belief in the existence of a God –Ed], especially faith in a prayer-hearing God, assumed to love and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith… Reasonable minds look to other means of survival” (Kurtz and Wilson 1973, 4). [If anythingis “unproved” it is Evolution which is the basis for Humanism! –Ed].

“For humanism the central concern is always the happiness of man in this existence, not in some fanciful never-never land beyond the grave; a happiness worthwhile as an end in itself and not subordinate or dependent on a Supreme Deity” (Lamont 1977, 30).

“Biology has conclusively shown that man and all other forms of life were the result, not of a supernatural act of God, but of an infinitely long process of evolution probably stretching over at least two billion years… With its increasing complexity, there came about an accompanying development and integration of animal behaviour and control, culminating in the species man and in the phenomenon called mind. Mind, in short, appeared at the present apex of the evolutionary process and not at the beginning” (Lamont 1977, 83). [Biology has not “conclusively shown” this at all. –Ed].

Thus has “the fool” spoken! Evolution is enthroned in his mind and God “is not”. The natural corollary is that “the mind of man” itself is the “present apex of the evolutionary process” and must be worshipped as the god of this new theory. Humanism is the natural outcome.

“Professing Themselves to be Wise”

 The road to this destructive doctrine is not a new one. It was being traversed in the days of Paul. Writing to the Romans he describes the utter folly of such human “wisdom”, and sets out the end result of such thinking when men reject the existence of Yahweh as the Creator and substitute for His wisdom their own “imaginations”.

Having stated that the marvels of creation testify clearly that there is an eternal power and Godhead and that man therefore is “without excuse” if he does not believe this (Rom 1:19–20), Paul proceeds to show the folly of man’s wilful waywardness. They “became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (v21–22). Today academic circles are full of such “foolish professors” who through their denial of God have finally “worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (v25). Evolution, and its corollary Humanism, worship what they call “the present apex of the evolutionary process”, the carnal “Mind of Man” which is “enmity against God” (Rom 8:7).

How accurately Paul describes the natural flow-through of this evil process. The result is base immorality, described as “vile affections”, with lust burning and enflamed and “reprobate minds”. The list that Paul gives shocks decency, yet it is the description of this present evil and pernicious world in which we live and in which we are trying to bring up our young ones. It is this doctrine of Humanism that is now enshrined in our “reformed” Family Law, our Workplace Laws and Equal Opportunities Regulations, to name but a few areas of its activity. It is this philosophy that is the “gospel” of our Education System for children. Humanism is the greatest threat to life in the Truth today. Its doctrines directly challenge the God-ordained roles of brethren and sisters and children in both ecclesial and family life.

Teach them Diligently unto thy Children

 The antidote to Humanism is to have a strong and living faith, built soundly upon the Word of our God. The Humanist, knowing this, sees that for his doctrine to prevail it must be taught to children before they are affected by religion. Consider the words of J Huxley, the grandson of Julian Huxley who was the foremost disciple of Charles Darwin, the evolutionist. He wrote:

“Thus the general philosophy of UNESCO should, it seems, be a scientific world humanism, global in extent and evolutionary in background. Evolution in the broad sense denotes all the historical processes of change and development at work in the universe. It is divisible into three very different sectors: the inorganic or lifeless, the organic or biological, and the social or human” (J Huxley 1976, 16).

The apostles of Humanism are convicted activists in all areas that they can exert their influence. UNESCO is the wing of the United Nations which is involved in international children’s affairs. It was involved in drawing up the UN Convention on “The Rights of the Child”. Among other things these Rights prohibit parents from influencing or restricting a child’s views on morality or religion. They prohibit a parent placing restrictions on what a child sees, reads, hears, is taught in school or experiences in any way. These Rights destroy the principle of “Honour thy father and thy mother” (Exod 20:12).

The sure and proven method to counter this influence is to have the Word of God open daily in the home, to read it and talk of its glorious lessons, “teaching them diligently unto our children” (Deut 6:7). Only in this way will we and our children be fortified in faith to “overcome the world”.

Noah Found Grace

 Let us not despair in the current situation but rather take heart. Christ said that as it was in the days of Noah, so it would be again in the earth before his return. In those days “every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5). What evil days they must have been, but we see the same wickedness around us today. Yet by faithful perseverance and obedience Noah and his family were delivered.

We need to maintain that same faith in God and His Word, to maintain personal holiness and separation from the world’s corrupting ways and philosophies, to witness against these godless theories and to walk justly and uprightly in this generation. This is the antidote to this godless age. Then, like Noah, we will find grace with our families when Yahweh sends His Son to “judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:31).