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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Should Christians Celebrate the Birth of Jesus or Paul? – The Daily Beast

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It is highly unlikely that Paul intended christianity to become what it is today, however, I find it interesting that secular media is now starting to pick up on the distinct differences between what Y’Shuah taught and what his ministry consisted of and what modern Christianity has become today. Even the secular media and those who read it see this yet most Christians today refuse to see the stark contrast between the ministry of Yahshuah (The Jew) and Christ (Constantine’s Christianity). -The Berean

Millions celebrate the birth of Jesus without realizing that it was the Apostle Paul, not Jesus, who was the founder of Christianity. Jesus was a Jew not a Christian. He regularly went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, read from the Torah, observed the Jewish festivals such as Passover and Yom Kippur, and quoted the Shema: “Hear O Israel, The Lord our God is One Lord.” In Jesus’ day the closest holiday to Christmas was the Roman celebration of theSaturnalia.

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Are You Confused About Colossians Chapter 2 (Video)?

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2:1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. 5 For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.
6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. 9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.
16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day– 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.
20 If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)–in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

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-The Berean

Are You Confused about Ephesians 2 (VIDEO)?

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2:1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which isperformed in the flesh by human hands– 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

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-The Berean

Did Jesus (Yeshuah) Nail the Law (Torah) to the Cross?

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In Acts 17:11 Paul talks about the Berean’s and says, “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” What scripture were they examining? They were examining the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings. The New Testament did not exist at that time. When Paul was preaching the good news and writing letters to the church and new potential converts, not all of the converts were reading the Old Testament to see if what he was saying was true or not. Unfortunately, today’s average Christian (follower of Yeshuah) could be placed in the same category.

With that in mind, lets address the law of God and who it applies to. All throughout the Torah Yahweh makes it clear that the rules for Israel were to be an example for the rest of the world on how to live and run their nation. Anyone who wants to serve the God of the Hebrews (Yahweh) had/has to go by the same set of rules. Yahweh, Yeshuah, and all the prophets say this over and over again. The covenant he made with Levi was only if Levi and his sons would follow God and His torah. The new covenant is that Yeshuah, through the order of Melchizedek became the high priest because the sons of Levi (the priestly line) broke their part of the covenant which was contingent on their actions whether or not the covenant would be canceled. The covenant of the torah (which was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai) is eternal whether we choose to keep it or not. This is why we do not read about the suffering servant in the prophets until after the Levitical priesthood was failing to do their job. This is why there is such a disconnect between Jews and Christians because the Jews still believe the Levitical covenant is still in tact and they do not need a replacement (Yeshuah). That is the covenant that was nailed to the cross in a matter of speaking. It is imperative that we make the distinction between covenants. There is a misconception in Christianity that there are only two covenants which is false. There are several that God made throughout the human narrative and each has different expectations and rules. Some are eternal and others are contingent. For example the covenant with Noah is eternal, YHWH will never flood the entire earth again. The covenant with the tribe of Levi was not eternal; it was contingent on their obedience to the torah. The torah that was given on Mt. Sinai was eternal regardless if we keep it or not. If we are followers of Yeshuah whom was a Hebrew that kept the torah (eternal) and consider ourselves grafted in through Him, then we are obligated to keep the torah (eternal) until heaven and earth pass away. A great example of the Levites being replaced would be Samuel. God chose him because the Levites of his time were so wicked that God raised Samuel up as the high priest and prophet. Another example of how God is looking for obedience rather than lineage was Caleb. Caleb was a Ceenite not an Israelite yet he received a portion of the promise land because he was more obedient to the torah than other Israelites who were part of the 12 tribes. I don’t discredit a persons attempt to understand the gospels based on what they were raised to believe but sometimes we have to remove the glasses we were raised to wear and begin to see things from a different perspective. Jeremiah 16:19 says, “O LORD (YHWH), my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction (End Days), The Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.” Will man make gods for himself, which are not gods?”

I think the reason this debate is so hard for followers of Christ to entertain is because they are afraid of being deceived, which is a valid concern, however, if we are looking to the scriptures like the Bereans did, which including the Torah and the prophets, for direction, we cannot go wrong and perhaps the deception we are afraid of has come from the fact that we have been told that the old is obsolete. This is a blanket statement that needs to be broken down. Believers need to read the Torah, Joshua, and the Prophets in a chronological complete context before trying to interpret the gospels. The bible is like a map and if you are zoomed in on a small town, it is hard to understand how to get to that town unless you zoom out to see the whole map. Most interpretations are solely based on the gospels, which does not give the researcher a clear context of what the writers of the gospels (Paul, Peter, etc.) were addressing and what they were not addressing. This is very common for “sound-bite theology”. Did Jesus nail the law to the cross? Did Jesus come to fulfill the law? Yes! Which law or what part of it? The book of Hebrews and the book of James shed a lot of light on this issue. The covenant that is addressed in Hebrews is the one He made with Levi, not the Torah (Commandments/Instructions of God) that were given on Mt. Sinai. There is a reason that Martin Luther wanted these book banned from the cannon of scripture. One reason in particular is the fact that it pointed back to the seventh day Sabbath which is a part of the creation story and the Ten Commandments given to Moses. This is why the Ten Commandments say, “remember”. The seventh day sabbath was established at creation. In Hebrew the word “remember” translates as “to guard” which means it is of value and can be taken away. We can see a representation of the sabbath being taken away by the fact that so many Christians are under that the sabbath is on Sunday which is a Catholic ordinance and the the seventh day rest of Yahweh. This is a whole different discussion so I will get back on track. It is very clear that the author(s) of Hebrews is clarifying the difference between Gods instructions and the Covenant with Levi and his descendants. For example, in the beginning of Hebrews in Chapter 4 the author talks about the promise of rest (The Sabbath/Ten Commandments).

Hebrews Chapter 4 goes as follows:

4:1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they (the Israelites before Yeshuah Came) also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we (followers of Yeshuah) who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,

 “AS I (YHWH) SWORE IN MY WRATH,

THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,”

 although His (YHWH’s) works were finished from the foundation of the world.

 4 For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS”; 5 and again in this passage, “THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.” 6 Therefore, since it remains for some (those who are obedient and follow Yeshuah united with faith) to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David (the line of David) after so long a time just as has been said before (referencing back to their disobedience and why they were not able to enter the rest),

 “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,

DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.”

 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience (Not keeping the Torah).

 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest (Yeshuah) who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin (What is the definition of sin?). 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Hebrews goes on to talk about the real reason Yeshuah had to come which was to become the eternal high priest and make it so that all who believe and take on the purification process of Yeshuah the eternal perfected high priest, they could then enter the holy of holies and communion with YHWH because the Levitical priest failed to do their job. There is nothing in the scriptures that says God’s instructions for life were done away with or invalid, in fact, Matthew 5:19 states that,

“Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:18  says,

“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law (Torah/God’s instructions) until all is accomplished.”

Luke 16:17 goes on to say,

“But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law (Torah) to fail.”

Based on what we know about what we just learned in Hebrews about Yeshuah fulfilling the priestly aspect of the Levitical covenant, Matthew and Luke are not talking about the Levitical covenant and based on deductive reasoning the Torah is still in tact or at least until heaven and earth pass away which seems highly unlikely. This means that YHWH desires that we keep His commandments and that Yeshuah is now the high priest there fore making it possible to enter into the holy of holies through His sacrifice. Next time we are going to talk about whether Yeshuah is Yahweh or an Angel that was seated at the right hand of the Father. Trinitarians get ready.

-The Berean