Confronting Humanism With God’s Love

JP: This was posted on SharperIron by my friend Pastor Joe Roof. The first link is to an guest editorial, People can be good for goodness’ sake, in The Greenville News. The second link is to a response by Bob Jones III, God offers love to all — including humanists. In encourage you to read both articles.

Brief excerpts from Mike Cubelo: People can be good for goodness’ sake:

Humanists have options during this holiday season because our social network is not based on a specific religion but on individual rapport.

A true friendship tends to break through religious filters.

These types of secular, seasonal options are examples of why the American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist. org) has a holiday message for all this year: “Why believe in God? Be good for goodness’ sake.”

In other words, you don’t need a spiritual or supernatural foundation to be kind, generous or to enjoy the company of each other, especially, during the holiday season. Religious tenets should not get in the way of human behavior or relationships. We cultivate our relationships personally with each other.

Our humanist holiday message serves as a simple reminder that religion is optional when it comes to being a moral person. We don’t need Santa to be checking his list twice for us to be good. Be responsible, treat people well, and it will not matter if it’s Christmas, Hanukkah or the winter solstice. You will be in the good company of good people. Be good for goodness’ sake!

Excerpts from Bob Jones III, God offers love to all — including humanists:

Mr. Cubelo concludes — along with his humanist fellows — that man can be good without God. The Bible says otherwise: “In me (… in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18). “There is none that doeth good (makes moral goodness)” (Romans 3:12).

Man without God can do a good act, but he can’t be good any more than an ambulance, which does a good thing by rushing an injured patient safely to the hospital, can be called good in the sense of possessing the property of moral goodness.

Let the humanists grope like blind men for the meaning of human existence. It is their right to judge all things based upon mere human reason if they choose, but the Creator God waits at the end of their way. They can’t avoid their Judge forever. If they could only see how small and insignificant mankind is in comparison with the great and eternal God of Heaven, they would bow their hearts in reverence before him rather than lift their arm in defiance against him. The poet James Weldon Johnson said it well when he said, “Your arm’s too short to box with God.”

How great is this great God of love. The psalmist said it well: “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest (cares for) him?” (Psalm 8:24).

How big is God? He challenges us to know something of that when he says, “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power …” (Isaiah 40:2526).

Our Milky Way galaxy is 100,000 light years across. The astronomers consider there to be at least 150 million galaxies. The Milky Way is our galaxy; the Earth is in it. Traveling at the speed of light, approximately 186,000 miles per second, they tell us it would take 100,000 years to traverse our galaxy. Traveling at 186,000 miles a second, we could cover more than 6 trillion miles per year, but it would still take 100,000 years just to traverse our own galaxy.

The Andromeda Nebula, another galaxy close by Earth in space distance, is about 10 quintillion (1 followed by 19 zeros) miles away and something like 600 quadrillion miles across.

But the cross of Jesus Christ shows the greatness of God more than all his creation does. His love reaches to humanists, rapists, baby killers, homosexuals — all who choose to embrace sin and thereby go astray. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9).

The great Creator God made himself known to us in the person of his Son, Who said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9).

God loves all people. From God’s perspective, that includes presidents, kings and queens, judges, and men on the street like the rest of us. It includes infidels, humanists, those who choose to destroy themselves through sexual immorality and those who exploit others for the sake of greed and all other forms of inhumanness that sinful hearts are capable of.

Any sinner who recognizes the folly of his sinful choices and the futility of succeeding by defying God and then humbles himself at the foot of the cross can be the recipient of the Savior’s loving pardon. No sin is too great, and no sinner is too hopeless to be beyond the reach of the great love of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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