Is Humanism The Same as Creationism?

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All throughout the bible God makes it clear that one of man’s downfalls is that we try to take credit for things that only God can take credit for. A good example of this would be if a homeowner hired an architect and a construction company to build their dream home. After the home was completed and a few years go by, the owner begins to tell people that they built the home with their bare hands and anyone is capable of building the same house if they want it bad enough. They begin to take credit for something that they did not do and could not do by themselves. This is essentially the premise of humanism. Many humanists make creationists out to be the weird ones for believing in God when in reality it is more odd to believe that we are the architects of everything. Humanists take a stance that we did everything and we are essentially a communal figure of God. We do not need a specific God; we just need to work together. If we were to look to history for an answer, we would see a specific instance where God saw this humanistic mentality and decided to tear down the tower of babel because once again, man was trying to oust God and become the supreme ruler and architect.

[Genesis 11:1-8] states, “11:1 Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. 2 It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. 4 They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 5 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. 6 The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing, which they purpose to do, will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

In the Humanist Manifesto III, the last paragraph states, “Thus engaged in the flow of life, we aspire to this vision with the informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals. The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone.

Although humanism has some very biblically based principles towards human rights, they strip the credit from the Creator and deny the fact that the only reason we know of these basic principles is because of God and the biblical account of creation [saying that they built the house]. Humanism is clearly a proponent of removing supernaturalism (God) from our existence therefore putting us in charge of making up the rules as we go along. This is extremely dangerous and is one of the reasons so many Christians who take on this mentality begin to fudge on the rules that God set in place as eternal and everlasting. This is the beginning and the end of any civilization and can only result in another babel experience.

How does this compare to enlightenment or the “age of reason”? The age of enlightenment that we read of in Gutek is quite different than the one that we see happening today. Although the age of reason leaned on scientific principles and natural law, there was still a respect for the creator and His role in things. This is not true today and humanism seeks to remove the Creator (God) from the equation. Good examples of this were pioneers such as Pestalozzi, Owen, Jefferson, Rush, and Webster were motivated by progress, scientific momentum, and human equality, but they still has a love and respect for the creator (Gutek, 1995, pg. 161). Therefore the age of enlightenment cannot be the same as the age of humanism that we live in today.

The humanist generation of today rejects God and his role in the human experience. I am of the belief that we need to be progressive and work hard to instill biblical principles into society, however, I refuse to deny credit where credit is due. This is why I have to reject humanism as a whole. What is your perception?

References:

Gutek, G. L. (1995). A history of the Western educational experience. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

HUMANIST MANIFESTO III. (2011). The Humanist, 71(4), 39. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/874547532?accountid=12085

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WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS | (Proverbs Chapter 28)

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Proverbs Chapter 28 (NASB):

“28:1The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,

But the righteous are bold as a lion.

2By the transgression of a land many are its princes,

But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures. [This is key…The only reason the earth and the human race remains is because of the righteous. If righteous people ceased to exist, we would implode.]

3A poor man who oppresses the lowly

Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.

4Those who forsake the law [Torah/YaHoVaH’s Instructions/God’s Law….Way] praise the wicked,

But those who keep the law [Torah/YaHoVaH’s Instructions/God’s Law….Way] strive with them.

5Evil men do not understand justice,

But those who seek the LORD [YaHoVaH] understand all things.

6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity

Than he who is crooked though he be rich.

7He who keeps the law [Torah/YaHoVaH’s Instructions/God’s Law….Way] is a discerning son,

But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.

8He who increases his wealth by interest and usury

Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.

9He who turns away his ear from listening to the law [Torah/YaHoVaH’s Instructions/God’s Law….Way],

Even his prayer is an abomination.

10He who leads the upright astray in an evil way

Will himself fall into his own pit,

But the blameless will inherit good.

11The rich man is wise in his own eyes,

But the poor who has understanding sees through him.

12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,

But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.

13He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,

But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

14How blessed is the man who fears [YaHoVaH and His Ways] always,

But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

15Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear

Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

16A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding,

But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

17A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood

Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.

18He who walks blamelessly will be delivered,

But he who is crooked will fall all at once.

19He who tills his land will have plenty of food,

But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.

20A faithful man will abound with blessings,

But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.

21To show partiality is not good,

Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.

22A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth

And does not know that want will come upon him.

23He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor

Than he who flatters with the tongue.

24He who robs his father or his mother

And says, “It is not a transgression,”

Is the companion of a man who destroys.

25An arrogant man stirs up strife,

But he who trusts in the LORD [YaHoVaH] will prosper.

26He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,

But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

27He who gives to the poor will never want,

But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.

28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves;

But when they perish, the righteous increase.”
This really encouraged me this morning when I was feeling like the hearts of the human race are becoming more and more inclined towards selfishness, wickedness, unrighteousness, stubbornness, hard heartedness and almost everything described in this portion of Proverbs. If we truly want to be discerning sons and daughters [verse 7], we have to understand what the creator requires of us and not throw a temper tantrum when it doesn’t fit into our earthly view of what is right and wrong. We cannot get our definition of sin and unrighteousness from the world because they are only pursuing vain things and are not after the heart of the Father. I will leave my commentary to a minimum on this one and let YaHoVaH speak to you individually from His Words.
Have a blessed day and “BE AS BOLD AS A LION” [Verse 1] in these end times where wickedness abounds.
-The Berean

Time To Start Eating Meat! | Has The Time Come For Believers To Grow Up & Start Searching For Themselves?

how-to-draw-a-baby-drinking-milkHebrews 5:11: concerning whom [Jesus/Yahshuah] we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

Hebrews 5:12: For indeed, although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first elements of the Words of Elohim [First elements are referencing Torah or the Oracles of God. All of theses things were studied daily and weekly in homes and synagogues during Yahshuah’s time]. And you have become such as those who need milk and not solid food.

Hebrews 5:13: For everyone partaking of milk is inexperienced in the word of righteousness [word of Torah], for he is a babe.

Hebrews 5:14: But solid food is for the mature [those who are experienced in the word of Torah] whose senses have been trained by practice [understanding and living righteousness] to discern both good and evil.

To understand this portion of scripture, we have to come to terms that the disciples and the apostles were well versed in the Torah [the first elements of God] and knew what Yahweh expected of them. There was no “New Testament” when they were fulfilling the great commission. They were keeping the feasts, gathering on Sabbath and reading Torah, and studying the Scriptures [Torah, Prophets, Writings] daily. When they were preaching, teaching, and spreading the good news of Yahshuah, they were coming up against gentile converts who were coming out of pagan upbringings and backgrounds. Unfortunately, a majority of these new converts were choosing to accept the salvation message of Yahshuah the high priest and atoner of sins, however, they were continuing to stay entrenched in their pagan practices. These converts were also neglecting to go to synagogue on Sabbath and learn the torah and the perfect law of Yahweh in order to understand and live in righteousness. This is why the writers of Hebrews felt compelled to say what they said at the end of Hebrews chapter 5. Jeremiah and Amos also mention this problem in the following passages:

Amos 2:4: Thus said יהוה, “For three transgressions of Yehuḏah, and for four, I do not turn it back, because they have rejected the Torah of יהוה, and did not guard His laws. And their lies after which their fathers walked lead them astray.

Jeremiah 16:19: O יהוה, my strength and my stronghold and my refuge, in the day of distress the gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited only falsehood, futility, and there is no value in them.”

Jeremiah 10:2: Thus said יהוה, “Do not learn the way of the gentiles, and do not be awed by the signs of the heavens, for the gentiles are awed by them.

With that in mind, we have to examine the church today and come to terms with the fact that we are still up against the same battle. So many sheeple are going to church and turning to their church fathers which have inherited falsehood, futility, and things of no value for answers to the harder questions of the faith rather than searching the scriptures [entire bible, not just the new testament] on their own and submitting to the heart of Yahweh no matter who agrees or disagrees with them. Again this comes down to the heart of the searcher. If they are looking for loopholes so that they can maintain their comfortable way of life, circle of friends, church family, and comfortable lifestyle, they will find more than enough answers from the fathers of falsehood. It is our responsibility to search the scriptures, which are inspired by the Master יהוה [every jot and every tittle from beginning to end]. As I write this I cannot help but feel a sense of frustration because the things I am saying should be widely accepted by the followers of Messiah, however, it seems that so many Christians continue to drink milk in spite of the feast that Yahweh has put at the banquet table in the perfectness of His word. It is easy to understand the frustration of the writers of Hebrews. Now that we have built a solid foundation of what is expected, let me leave you with this final thought:

Studying in the word and understanding the word of Yahweh is a lot like learning how to cook. When we are babies we drink milk. After a period of time our mothers begin to wean us off of the milk and start feeding us solid food. Then a few years go by and mom starts making the peanut butter sandwiches with chips. Eventually mom and dad start to allow us to make our own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and occasionally we are allowed to open a can of chili and heat it up in a pot on the stove. Our parents are doing something so profound, they are slowly teaching us to become independent and feed ourselves because they know that the day will come that they will not be there to cook a well balanced, nutritious meal for their children. Their children will need to learn to cook for themselves. Everyone knows that a diet of cold cereal and peanut butter sandwiches is not healthy and we need to eat a balanced diet. Although we are always welcome at our parent’s house for a home cooked meal, we are now responsible to cook our own meals and lead an independent life. Why then is it any different in our walk with Yahweh and our understanding of His scriptures? To many of us are going to church every week hoping to get a big helping of milk from the “man of God” who is now responsible for feeding the sheeple milk on a weekly basis. Although his/her intentions are pure [most of the time], Yahweh never intended His people to continue, “milking the breast of the sovereigns.”

Isaiah 60:16: “And you shall drink dry the milk of the gentiles, and shall milk the breast of sovereigns. And you shall know that I, יהוה, your Saviour and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ.

It is time to start making some steak dinners my friends. It is time to find the answers for yourself in the scriptures of Yahweh and not try to find loopholes. We need to check our hearts and be willing to change no matter what the consequence.

II Chronicles 16:9: “For the eyes of יהוה diligently search throughout all the earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect to Him.

Jeremiah 17:10: “I, יהוה, search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.

Jeremiah 29:13: ‘And you shall seek Me, and shall find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:25: I have turned round, even my heart, to know and to search, and to seek out wisdom and a conclusion, to know the wrongness of folly, even of foolishness and madness.

Ecclesiastes 1:13: And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that has been done under the heavens; this evil task Elohim has given to the sons of man, to be humbled by it.

Psalms 139:23: Search me, O Ěl, and know my heart; Try me, and know my thoughts;

Psalms 44:21: Would Elohim not search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.

IF WE SEEK, WE WILL FIND!

Deuteronomy 4:29: “But from there you shall seek יהוה your Elohim, and shall find, when you search for Him with all your heart and with all your being.

Jeremiah 29:13: ‘And you shall seek Me, and shall find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Matthew 7:7: “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.

One final thought about FEAR. There are many who have a desire to search but they are afraid of being led astray or being deceived. This is a contradiction to the scriptures that were mentioned above. There is no way that the scriptures of Yahweh can deceive us especially when the Torah, The Prophets, and The Gospels all say, “if you seek you will find”. The biggest deception that the enemy has embedded in the hearts of believers is the fear of searching. We have not been given a spirit of fear. Fear is from the enemy and therefore the only thing that we need to be afraid of is the “falsehood, futility, and things of no value” that we have inherited from our fathers. Although there have been things hidden throughout the ages, Yahweh is opening the eyes of His people through his word. Do not be afraid, trust in Yahweh, search your heart, and change accordingly.

Shalom,

-The Berean

Did Paul Teach that the Law was Done Away with?

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Many believers stand on the foundation that Paul is in their corner when it comes to the law of God. Are they right? Let us examine the scripture to see if these things are so.

Paul himself believed in keeping the Law:

Acts 24:14 (NKJV) “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the Elohim of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.

Acts 25:8 (NKJV) while he answered for himself, “Neither against the Law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.”

Acts 18:21 (NKJV) but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, Yahweh (LORD) willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.

Romans 7:25 (NKJV) I thank Yahweh (LORD)–through Yahushua the Messiah our Master! So then, with the mind I myself serve the Law of Yahweh (LORD), but with the flesh the Law of sin.

Paul taught the disciples not to let anyone judge them for observing the Law (See the study on this on the home page)

Colossians 2:16 (NKJV) So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the body of the Messiah.

Paul says that the doers of the Law will be justified and those who break it will be judged.

Romans 2:12 (NKJV) For as many as have sinned without Law will also perish without Law, and as many as have sinned in the Law will be judged by the Law 13 (for not the hearers of the Law [are] just in the sight of Yahweh (LORD), but the doers of the Law will be justified;

The word that is translated “without Law” here is word #460 which means “not amenable to the Jewish/Mosaic Law”. (See Thayers and Strong’s lexicon). Paul says that we know His will and approve the things that are excellent when instructed out of the Law.

Romans 2:17 (NKJV) Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the Law, and make your boast in Yahweh (LORD), 18 and know [His] will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the Law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the Law.

Here Paul says that when we break the Law, we dishonor Yahweh (LORD) and blaspheme His name. Another way of looking at Romans 2:21 is Paul chastising the Jews because essentially they were taught the Torah there whole life and knew what God expected while the Gentiles did not. Therefore, the Gentiles were looking at the Jews and saying, “you are breaking the law so why do I need to keep it?” The Jews were like bigger brothers who were not showing their younger brother the way they should go.

Romans 2:21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who make your boast in the Law, do you dishonor Yahweh through breaking the Law? 24 For “the name of Yahweh (LORD) is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.

Below Paul twice states that we learn what sin is from the Law. This backs up the statement in 1John 3:4 that Sin is transgression of the Law.

Romans 3:20 (NKJV) Therefore by the deeds of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the Law [is] the knowledge of sin.

Romans 7:7 (NKJV) What shall we say then? [Is] the Law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the Law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the Law had said, “You shall not covet.”

Below is a key scripture proving that Paul believed that through faith we do not make the Law void, but rather we establish the Law (To cause or make to stand, #2476).

Romans 3:31 (NKJV) Do we then make void the Law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the Law.

Below is another key scripture like the one above proving that Paul did not believe that once we are under grace, that we can continue to sin (break the Law):

Romans 6:15 (NKJV) What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin [leading] to death, or of obedience [leading] to righteousness?

Below Paul is equating “the Law” with “the commandment” and stating his opinion of them:

Romans 7:12 (NKJV) Therefore the Law [is] holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

Below is an unpopular statement of Paul’s. Many like to believe that the Law is of the flesh.

Romans 7:14 (NKJV) For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

However, Paul delights in the Law of Yahweh (LORD):

Romans 7:22 (NKJV) For I delight in the Law of Yahweh (LORD) according to the inward man.

Now we will move on to where Paul uses the term “Lawlessness”. The word that is translated “Lawlessness” in the following verses is the Greek word “anomia” which carries the following definition:

BDB/Thayers # 458
458 anomia {an-om-ee’-ah}
from 459; TDNT – 4:1085,646; n f
AV – iniquity 12, unrighteousness 1, transgress the law + 4060 1,
transgression of the law 1; 15
1) the condition of without law
1a) because ignorant of it
1b) because of violating it
2) contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness

Furthermore, 460. anomos an-om’-oce adverb from 459; lawlessly, i.e. (specially) not amenable to (the Jewish) law:–without law.

Now for a second witness, here is the definition of this in the Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon:

458. anomia, an-om-ee’-ah; from 459; illegality, i.e. violation of the law or (gen.) wickedness: — iniquity X transgress (ion of) the law, unrighteousness.

Now note that in both lexicons it states that both of these words come from the Greek word #459. This word means “To be destitute or in violation of the Mosaic or Jewish Law” (See Thayer’s and Strong’s Lexicons). Now the word #458 is translated “transgression of the Law” in the King James version of 1john 3:4

1John 3:4 (KJV) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the Law: for sin is the transgression of the Law.

Yes, this was written by John but it is surely showing that this word is certainly the definition of sin. For sin is “anomia” (condition of being without the Law or violation of the Law, transgression of the Law)

In these verses he shows that righteousness is the opposite of Lawlessness (#458 in violation of the Law). Therefore if one is keeping the Law, they must be walking in righteousness. (This is confirmed by the verses above.)

Romans 6:19 (NKJV) I speak in human [terms] because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members [as] slaves of uncleanness, and of Lawlessness [leading] to [more] Lawlessness, so now present your members [as] slaves [of] righteousness for holiness.

2Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with Lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

Here again, Paul equates this word (#458) Lawless with SIN.

Romans 4:7 (NKJV) “Blessed [are] [those] whose Lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered;

Below is an example where this word is used when translating the Old Testament.

Hebrews 1:9 (NKJV) You have loved righteousness and hated Lawlessness (#458); Therefore Elohim, Your Elohim, has anointed You. With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

This is interesting…here is an example of where the New Testament is quoting from the Old Testament. (From the Hebrew to the greek). Now what word does this greek word #458 translate from? Let’s find out:

Psalms 45:6 (KJV) Thy throne, O El’, [is] for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom [is] a right sceptre.Psal 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness:(From the greek #458) therefore El’, thy El’, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

It comes from the Hebrew word reshah (#7562) which means “Wickedness” !! Now how is this word used in other places in scripture? Here we see an example of a Psalm that makes wickedness the opposite of righteousness. (Just as Paul taught).

Below obedience is equated with righteousness (as defined by the Law)

Romans 10:5 (NKJV) For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the Law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”

Below are many other scriptures then where Paul says that we ought to walk in righteousness:

Ephesians 5:8 (NKJV) For you were once darkness, but now [you] [are] light in Yahweh (LORD). Walk as children of light  9 (for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to Yahweh (LORD). 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [them].

Ephesians 6:14 (NKJV) Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Philippians 1:9 (NKJV) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, Phil 1:10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of the Messiah, Phil 1:11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which [are] by Yahushua the Messiah, to the glory and praise of Yahweh (LORD).

2Timothy 2:22 (NKJV) Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on Yahweh (LORD) out of a pure heart. 23 (NKJV) But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.

Below is an example where Paul takes another step forward in showing that ALL SCRIPTURE (which must include the Law of Yahweh (LORD) because there was no written “new testament” at that time) is given by Yahweh (LORD), profitable for doctrine, for reproof and instruction in righteousness.

2Timothy 3:16 (NKJV) All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of Yahweh (LORD), and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,17 that the man of Yahweh (LORD) may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

“In conclusion we can see that there is very little doubt based on the verses in which Paul spoke, that he certainly upheld the Law as the very definition of righteousness and holiness. He taught that breaking these commandments was unrighteousness, lawlessness, wickedness, and most importantly, SIN. Therefore, we can conclude that whenever Paul speaks of Sin…he most certainly is talking about disobeying the commandments in the Law. This is just scratching the surface in order to give a good direction to go when discussing Paul’s teachings.

Finally, we can see that it must have been obvious to Paul as well as to his followers that obedience to the law was expected. I believe that many of the details of Law observance were worked out in their public meetings as well as in the synagogues (see where James made the decision in Acts 15 that the Gentiles would learn the Law on the synagogues every Sabbath). May Yahweh (LORD) lead us into the truth and into His Kingdom by His wonderful Spirit which is the word of Yahweh (LORD)” (Eliyah, 2013). (John 6:63)

-The Berean

One final quote:

Romans 8:6-7 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against Yahweh (LORD); for it is not subject to the Law of Yahweh (LORD), nor indeed can be.