What is Secular Humanism?
By Ron Kempen, Gospel Light Ministries
This month we will look at a belief system that is popular today. As I’ve said, people have the right to believe anything they want to believe. I’ve also said that while people may be sincere in what they believe, they still may be sincerely mistaken and some day will have to answer to someone about why they chose not to believe in the truth. That said, this month we will look at the reasons some people choose to believe in what is called secular humanism and what this belief system is about. This information was taken from the following website: http://www.secularhumanism.org.
Secular humanism is nonreligious, meaning that it espouses no belief in a realm or beings imagined to transcend ordinary experience. It holds that nature (the world of everyday physical experience) is all there is, and that reliable knowledge is best obtained when we query nature using the scientific method. This idea that nature is all there is, is called naturalism, which asserts that supernatural entities like God do not exist, and warns us that knowledge gained without appealing to the natural world and without impartial review by multiple observers is unreliable. Secular humanists provide a broad worldview, grounding their lives in the context of our universe and relying on methods demonstrated by science. Secular humanists see themselves as undesigned, unintended beings that arose through evolution, possessing unique attributes of self-awareness and moral agency.
In looking at secular humanism through the eyes of Scripture, however, one can spot immediately some of its flaws. The secular humanist relies on scientists and experience as two methods of learning, both of which appear to be the safest, most trustworthy sources in attaining knowledge of the “hows” and “whys” of life. This is how many in the world would think, so it makes sense to them. However, the Bible tells us that there is a better way, the correct way. It tells us that there is a God who is the Creator of everything. Most scientists whose teachings secular humanists follow believe in evolution. But the problem of evolution is that it denies the glory, awesomeness, and intelligence of the Creator, not to mention that evolution has huge flaws in it as a means of explaining what we see all around us. Just think about it. If we are here because of evolution, how did we get so many different species? Is it really logical that every single thing we see around us originally came from one organism? Nature itself testifies to a Creator in that if we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? Why do dogs give us puppies, cats give us kittens, and chickens give us chicks? Despite evolutionists’ claims, no missing links have ever been found that give credence to their theory.
As far as experience goes, it could teach a person what not to do, but you would readily make mistake after mistake until you got it right if you were depending upon the “trial and error” method. The Bible gives us the right way on everything already; we just have to pay attention to what it says. For instance, have you ever made a wrong turn and had to backtrack and were late for an appointment? The experience of making that wrong turn may help you in future travels, but you need to learn that you wouldn’t have made that mistake if you had had definite instructions before taking that wrong turn. The Bible gives us instructions for life before we make that wrong decision. In the Bible we find that everything was written so that we can know the right way. Second Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that the Bible will make us “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Secular humanism is self-satisfying. A secular humanist is not accountable to anybody but himself. Man is his own god and he determines right from wrong. Yet this poses a significant dilemma when you consider the logical implications of this thinking: If I am a god and I determine right from wrong, what if my actions impact someone else (who is also a god) who has determined his or her right and wrong differently? Then who is right? The Bible tells us in three places to “Deny yourself and follow Jesus” (Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23), not follow our own thinking and understanding of right and wrong, but to follow Jesus.
In going back to the idea that reliable knowledge is best obtained using science, why would one think that any type of spiritual information concerning God is unreliable? This shows that secular humanists have never felt the truth of God’s love in their hearts. They’ve never learned to seek after God. If they had, they would have found Him. The Bible tells us simply to “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
In closing, I urge any secular humanist to try seeking the Lord in His Word. We are sinners in the eyes of a holy God and are accountable to Him. Is there any reason to intelligently reject His existence? Or do you simply desire not to follow Him? The Bible doesn’t attempt to prove God exists; it speaks as though He does. Maybe I can’t prove to you that there is a God, but I can introduce you to His Son Jesus Christ who walked this earth, and you can judge for yourself from His written words in Scripture and from creation if He exists. His Word tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). If you are right, and there is no God, when I die, I lose nothing by having believed that God existed. But if I am right, and there is a just and holy God, then when you die, you’ll spend an eternity in hell because you didn’t believe in Him. Do you really want to remain an unbeliever? Think about it and then give the one true God the glory He deserves.