“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:8-9)
The biggest enemy to the church in Europe and North America, the so-called First World, is rational humanism. This life philosophy exists because subsistence is not a problem, and services such as medicine can be readily obtained. The majority of people have jobs that pay well enough to have a comfortable life. People believe in good and bad, but everything is relative, according to the situation one is experiencing.
Rational thought can justify almost any action. A classic example of rational humanism using rational thought to justify something forbidden by the Ten Commandments is abortion. All the literature on abortion is called family planning. This completely neutralizes the moral choices involved. The topic is referred to as birth control. The justification for killing a human in formation is based upon convenience for the mother, and on whether she is ready or not, and in a position to have a baby. This situation is the outcome of the collapse of morals in society called the sexual revolution. Freedom in a moral vacuum leads to promiscuity. Lust leads to throwing caution to the wind, and even in the face of an epidemic like AIDS, there is an increase in teenage pregnancies. All of these depravities are accepted as the norm, and are justified as progress in society.
A person can go his or her whole life believing that we are enough – in other words, that all ideas come from humans, and, given enough time, human beings can solve any problem. There is a rational humanist discipline for every aspect of a person’s life: medicine for the sick, philosophy for the thinker, psychology for the treatment of mental problems, science for the proof and investigation of natural laws and behaviors, and so on. In this view, the news media delivers the facts about the human condition, and human experts, especially scientists, are the source of the “proven” truth. All moral decisions are relative. In other words, there is no absolute truth in rational humanism, but only different reactions to different situations.
A huge gulf stands between Christians and rational humanists. The statement from Genesis 1:3, “And God said, Let there be light, and there was light,” cannot be explained in rational terms; it must be accepted on faith. Rational humanists cannot explain the origin of light, but they dismiss out of hand that a divine force spoke and it was created. They are certain that light appeared as part of “natural” causes. All the physicists are concerned with are the scientific properties of light, and whether it acts like a particle, a wave, or a force. Rational humanism does not worry about the origin of anything (that is, the first instance), and the life philosophy assumes that every situation has a correct, rational solution.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” (Hebrews8:10)
As Christians, we must meet intellectuals and professionals with an answer to how rational humanism and science have failed us in terms of improving our human condition. Jesus created heaven and earth, and he could completely overwhelm any scientist with the wisdom and knowledge that he posseses, not to mention the power. Modern society has rational arguments for so many acts and philosophies that we cannot tolerate because His laws are written on our hearts. Rational Humanism comes from the Devil. It is seductive and very persuasive, but it puts man above God as the answer for everything. Wise people warn us that the most difficult things to erase from our mind to get to Jesus are the thoughts that put our humanity first. We must learn about the enemy in order to defeat it. Be aware that the world will seduce you with rational words, and most of these do not recognize God. As Christians, we must know how to fight this with faith.
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” (Psalm 118:8-9)