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TW 700 from PFHL Course 230-- New Age Humanism vs. Christian Doctrine (source unknown)
Directions: Write an essay about how you personally relate to or have experienced the concepts in the following information. This is worth 3 units, so write at least 4 quality pages. Matthew 24:11-12 2 Corinthians 11:14 Colossians 2:8-10 1 Timothy 4:1 2 Timothy 3:1-5 1 John 4:1-4 1 Timothy 6:20-21
The World-view Sources-How We Know What We Think We Know An individual’s “world view” is how he or she views history and what is happening (reality) based on faith assumptions and cultural presuppositions. The Greeks influenced Jewish thinking and even most Christians’ views, especially the separation of physical and spiritual. Later, one of the keys to the development of science was the new emphasis starting in the 1500s-1600s of the Christian emphasis of God being rational as Scripture reports. The Gnostics were influenced much more by Greek philosophies than by Scripture. Then there were the Protestant and Reformed movements in Christianity which had great affects on world views. But since then, there has been much Christian compromising with evolution and origin theories. Humanism, material wealth problems, psychology, and excuses are now emphasized much more than sins and what pleases God. The allegorical approach of interpreting Scripture instead of straight forward interpretation is being done by most preachers and Bible teachers. Conclusions-- Our Beliefs 1. What we think we know-- Our view of “the facts”. 2. Principles we base our choices on-- Our morality and values. 3. How we see truth in the real world-- Our sense of what is real. Records, Artifacts, & Other Evidence 1. Objects that tell us something has happened, like fossi1s, ruins, & forensic evidence. 2. Records that tell a story from various points of view-- like manuscripts or clay tablets. 3. Observed phenomena & patterns-- controlled experiments & the data gathered from them. Includes other forms of direct observation. Basic Faith-- Assumptions & Presuppositions 1. Ideas we must accept on faith that can't be proved. 2. Unconscious assumptions we all take for granted. 3. Cultural assumptions of religion, philosophy, & ideo1ogy. 4. Family relationship assumptions that affect our perception of ourse1ves & others. The Fallacy of Humanism (written in 1980 by a student at Calvary Bible College) The world today is witnessing the infiltration of Humanism as never before in the history of man. This godless philosophy has infiltrated our government, our churches, our schools, and even our homes. Possibly the greatest tragedy, however, is that very few Christians have even a minimal understanding of Secular Humanism. The following material is presented for the purpose of assisting Godly Christian parents in teaching their children to detect humanistic philosophies through a basic knowledge and proper understanding of Scriptural truths. A. HUMANISTIC DECEPTION The statements in this column are paraphrases of the points in the Humanist Manifesto I (1939). It is essential when dealing with any philosophy to examine the statements of that philosophy only in light of Scripture. There is no need for the Christian to study the
reasoning and logic which support that philosophy since it is possible to think logically to a wrong conclusion (Romans 16: 19). B. BIBLICAL TRUTH Although only one biblical truth is presented in each section, there are numerous others throughout Scripture which refute every false concept of Secular Humanism. C. RELATED SCRIPTURE Supporting Scriptures for the Biblical truths are given. Familiarity with these and similar passages will enable the Christian to detect the subtle lies of Humanism. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, and readers are encouraged to extend the list through personal study. A HUMANISTIC DECEPTION B BIBLICAL TRUTH C RELATED
SCRIPTURES Genesis 1 Psalm 136:51 Our universe came into existence apart Our universe was designed and created Psalm 136:5 from Divine intervention. by the living God. Hebrews 11:3 2 Peter 3:3.4 Genesis 1:27-28 God created man as a created at one point The human race evolved from lower 1 Corinthians 15:45 of time. forms of life over a very long period. 2 Peter 3:3-4 Man is basically an animal and, as such, Man was made in the image of God; he has no spirit or spiritual capacity-- his therefore has a mind, a spirit, and a mind is not distinct from his body. spiritual capacity for the things of God. John 3:6 1 Corinthians 2:11 1 Thessalonians 5:23
To satisfy certain social, environmental, Christianity is not man trying to reach John 3:16-17 and emotional needs, man has created God, but rather God interceding in human Romans 5:8 his own religions and passed them on to history to save man. Galatians 4:1-5 other generations.
A HUMANISTIC DECEPTION
B BIBLICAL TRUTH
C RELATED SCRIPTURES
Since God's ways are “higher” than man's Isaiah 55:9 To determine the existence and value of ways, man cannot rely solely upon the 1 Corinthians 1:17-31 any reality, one must rely entirely upon limited knowledge of science to answer 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 that which can be scientifically proven. questions, but must turn to the infallible 1 Timothy 6:20 Word of God. The wicked through the pride of his Psalm 10:4 There is no longer a need for the countenance will not seek after God: all Psalm 14:1 educated man to believe in the existence his thoughts are “There is no God.” Romans 1:18-23 of God. (Psalm 10:4) Religion consists of that which is The Christian is to set his affections on capable of intelligently satisfying man things above knowing that the things of (i.e., art, science, labor, philosophy. this world cannot satisfy. love, friendship, and recreation). There will be no eternal consequences There are both temporal and eternal for sin; therefore “eat, drink, and be consequences for sin. merry”. Proverbs 27:20 2 Corinthians 4:18 Colossians 3:1-2 1 John 2:15-18 Luke 12:19 Romans 6:23 Galatians 6:7.8 Hebrews 9:27
Man's religious emotions should be Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in John 4:24 redirected from the traditional attitudes the life of the believer, any attempts at Romans 8:1-14 of prayer and worship, to the humanistic self improvement and social well-being Galatians 5:19.23 ideals of self-improvement and social will be in vain. well-being. Since there is no scientific evidence to Without faith in the supernatural things of Mark 12:30 support belief in the supernatural, all God, it is impossible to please Him, for Romans 1:18-25 emotions and attitudes derived from that he that comes to God must believe that 1 Timothy 6:20 belief are unfounded. God lives and that He is worthy of man's Hebrews 11:6 seeking after Him. As knowledge and education increase, The goal of the Christian is not to be man will be able to effectively solve an mighty in intellect, but mighty in spirit. increasing number of the world's problems. The ultimate goal of religion is personal The ultimate goal of the Christian is the fulfillment and satisfaction in life. glorification of God. All institutions and associations (including religious) should strive for the fulfillment and satisfaction of human life. The Church is to produce servants and soldiers who are more concerned with pleasing their Master than themselves. 1 Corinthians 1:18-20 1 Corinthians 8:1 Ephesians 3:16-19 Matthew 10:38-39 1 Corinthians 1:27-31 1 Corinthians 10:31 2 Timothy 2:4 Matthew 16:24-26 Luke 17:6-10 2 Timothy 2:3.4
A HUMANISTIC DECEPTION
B BIBLICAL TRUTH
C RELATED SCRIPTURES Isaiah 14:12-14 Philippians 4:11-13 1 Timothy 6:8
A capitalistic society is unfair to the Those who desire “equal rights” poor; therefore, a society guaranteeing demonstrate discontent and fail to see equal rights should be established. God's sovereignty and purpose in their life.
Humanism will ultimately result in a satisfactory life for all.
Because man's heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked and Matthew 20:34-39 because of the existence of a personal 2 Timothy 3:1-7 devil, it is impossible for man to achieve Revelation 20:1-3 any form of peaceful universal society in this dispensation.
Christian Distinctives in a Post Christian Era World View Chart Topic God Bible Creator/Creation distinctive-Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 4:35, & 1 Timothy 2:5 God is a Spirit-- John 4:24 Jesus Christ One of many human faci1itators who Unique God-human; only Lord of the awakened followers to his point of view; moral Universe and Savior-- John 1:14; Mark teacher 1:1 the Holy Energy of life; very spirit of truth lying latent Spokesman for Jesus Christ; indweller of Spirit in us, we are only ignorant of this spirit and Christians-- John 15:26 & Romans 8:9 biased by "traditional", namely false, belief systems Epistemology Truth is within the very nature of all that lives; Truth is revealed in the Bible and the (basis for all is God Holy Spirit supernaturally reveals God's knowledge) love and will in the hearts of people-- 2 Timothy 3:16 & John 16:13 Humankind Because we are God, we are intrinsically good Made in the image of God, now fallen; and perfect; only the mind creates false images created a little lower than the angels-of this truth Genesis 1:27 & Psalm 8:5 Sin Ignorance of personal divinity and our true Fallen children of God; common human potential; this ignorance keeps us from the problem-truth of human perfection and our full success Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, & 1 John 1:8 in life New Age All is one (monism); all is God (pantheism); no "personhood"; distinctive, impersonal all pervading energy
Life after physical death Ethics
New Age Development of higher consciousness achieved by looking inside one's self and awakening the core of our being in order to release our full human (divine) potential. These are the processes of "paradigm shift", "understanding how we relate to shame, guilt, differences of gender", which are all means of awakening the truth within us. Good state of consciousness; reincarnation; karma of another try to realize the truth of one's divinity. Everything is relative to one's own interpretation of truth; everything depends on the situation; the "absolutes" taught to us in traditional belief systems are really fear oriented protection of one's self realizing one's full potential and power; "make a difference"; "win-win"; "you get what you give"; "design your life"; "to think is to create"; "live from a principled center"; love binds all truth, in spite of one's awareness about truth.
Bible Love gift for all who believe in the Gospel from the concerned-for-humanbeings, willing-to-sacrifice, and perfect God-- John 3:16 & John 1:12
Planned by Jesus Christ for believers only-John 14:2-3 & 1 Corinthians 15:12-57 Love others; do unto them as you would have them do to you; Christ-likeness-John 13:34-35, Galatians 5:14, Luke 6:31, & Ephesians 5:1-2