What Went Wrong, Part 2
Don't let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ
(Colossians 2:8, NLT
Humanism has had such a negative impact on our culture that it deserves special attention. It has impacted every person, and especially vulnerable and naove young people in schools and universities, and many adult products of these institutions who still bear the spiritual scars.
We are all for humans, but humanism is not the same as humanitarianism. Humanism is a godless philosophy that has permeated our government and institutions, and has become a presupposition in our major educational institutions.
Leading humanists codified their creed in 1933 with the Humanist Manifesto, saying: "Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created. Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values."
Humanists believe that God does not exist. Man is therefore solely responsible for his own destiny and is captain of his own fate and master of his own soul.
The Humanist Manifesto II, published in 1973, restated the humanists' hostility toward Christianity: "As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith
in the 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. Salvationism, based on mere affirmation, still appears as harmful, diverting people with false hopes of Heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival."
This second Humanist Manifest was signed by prominent Americans such as Ed Doerr, executive director of Americans for Religious Liberty, and Betty Friedan, founder of the National Organization of Women.
In A Christian Manifesto, his famed response to the Humanist Manifesto, the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer argued, "[The humanists] have reduced Man to even less than his natural finiteness by seeing him only as a complex arrangement of molecules, made complex by blind chance."
Humanism has found its way into school and university curricula, textbooks and classes. Many of our young people are being taught that there is no God, no Divine Law, no accountability, no purpose in life, and that they are the result of some primordial, random collision of molecules and descended from apes. Is it any wonder that many have no respect for life, either in the streets or in the womb?
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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