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

Is The Old Testament Irrelevant?

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An old heresy is being revived in the church today. It teaches that the Old Testament is finished, no longer relevant for believers. It compounds this error by teaching the Book of Revelation has already taken place. This heresy could cost you your salvation!

Without the end-time prophecy and moral law (Ten Commandments) and understanding of God’s position on the Jew and Israel that we gain from the Old Testament, we will look like, smell like and act like the world. Without understanding of the biblical Feasts, we will not be ready for the return of the Lord. The first Feasts pointed toward the first coming of Jesus. The fall Feasts foreshadow His return!

The Hebrew word translated “convocation” in Leviticus 23 referring to the biblical Feasts, should be translated “rehearsals.” The fall Feasts are dress rehearsals for His return. The end-time prophecies in the Old Testament have come true 100% of the time. Now the remaining one-third of Old Testament prophecies that have not yet been fulfilled are ready to come to pass. Even the New Testament letter written by Timothy referring to the ONLY Bible the first church had, says, “ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).

Guess who gains by removing these end-time prophetic books?

The trump card for why the Book of Revelation has NOT already come to pass is the date it was written. Those who believe it was all fulfilled in AD 70 must deal with the conclusive historical evidence that John wrote the book after AD 90!

The major purpose of these end-time heresies is to have you so ignorant of end times that you will be deceived and NOT be on God’s side. I often wondered why God’s Word said in Matthew 24:12 (NAS), “Because lawlessness [Scripture-lessness/Old and New Testament] is increased, MOST people’s love will grow cold.”

Article By Sid Roth

The Real Red Sea Crossing | Proof of the Biblical Exodus!

red sea chariotsFor many years I felt a sort of disconnect from the reality of the accounts in the bible. When one reads the bible accounts of Moses’s exploits and the miracles that YHVH did for the Israelites in the wilderness, it is easy to become disillusioned with whether or not theses accounts are real or not. This video that was produced by Ron Wyatt was one of the turning points for me in regards to observable evidence regarding the red sea crossing and true biblical accounts of the Exodus. If you are wavering in your faith and your belief in YHVH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses, look no further. This account will bring all the truth to the light. Yahshuah Ha Moshiach (Jesus the Messiah) says it best when he states in Matthew Chapter 8 “8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Ron Wyatt and his family knocked, and the door was opened. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

-The Berean

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.

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO GAIN A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THIS PORTION OF SCRIPTURE

-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.

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THIS PORTION OF SCRIPTURE

-The Berean

Is the Law of God Obsolete? Are we Now Under Grace?

torah ripThe Torah is considered to be a cosmic force. Heaven and earth would not exist without the Torah.” Every ounce of justice that we experience today was founded on torah. Torah is God’s constitution. Although it continues to get amendments [covenants], the original contract is never abolished. “Similarly, there are rabbinical parallels for the importance of the little hooks [tittles] and the jot [Jod], the smallest letter of the alphabet, which cannot be removed from the Torah of Moses without danger. There is a reason that it is still in our bibles and the old and new have not been completely separated. So Yeshuah did not have the slightest intention to render the Torah powerless or to regard it as obsolete. On the contrary: He fulfills and completes it and sheds light on the true and deep meaning of the Torah. ‘Fulfill’ is ‘establish’: Jesus establishes the Torah; thereby – interestingly enough – with reference to current rabbinical language when explaining the Torah: whoever interprets the Torah wrongly ‘unravels’ the word of the Torah; whoever gives the correct interpretation ‘fulfills’ the word or ‘establishes’ it’. Therefore, Yeshuah can only intend not only to take the Torah absolutely seriously, but also to seek intensively for the correct interpretation of the Torah in such a way as to fulfill and to establish it!

Matthew 5: 13-20 – “13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp-stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works [FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD. WHAT ARE THE WORKS WE NEED TO DO TO GLORIFY THE FATHER?], and glorify your Father who is in heaven [BY KEEPING THE TEN COMMANDMENTS]. 17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill (establish). 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished [WE ARE A PART OF ACCOMPLISHING IT AND THAT DOES NOT MEAN JUST BELIEVING]. 19 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. 20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” IT DOESN’T GET MUCH SIMPLER THAN THAT. The belief has to be coupled with actions. Yeshuah says to believe, to teach, and to do. He not only fulfilled that which Yahweh set out for us to uphold, he establishes the true meaning of what it means to fulfill the torah and therefore challenges us to do the same as he did and follow in his footsteps. He leads us by example and essentially provides a priestly covering for us knowing that we would fail.

What does it mean to believe? God gives us a precursor to what it means to believe in Genesis.

“Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6).

Nothing was said out loud! No words were spoken. Abram made an invisible, personal choice. He believed! This belief was a decision on Abraham’s part, and his belief resulted in God declaring him to be righteous. Abram’s faith was mental. It was silent, invisible, and yet real.

The Hebrew word “believe” is in the Hebrew hithpael stem. This means that it is causative. God caused Abram to believe. God gave Abraham the faith to believe. The faith that Abram exercised was not a work of his flesh. It was not produced by his humanness.

What does this word “believe” mean? This is the first time in the Bible that it is used in this way. Since Genesis is a seed book (the book of beginnings), the meaning of the word here should give us the pattern for what it means, “to believe” today. This verse clearly explains the kind of faith that justifies us.

The Hebrew language is a picture language (Paleo Hebrew). Words in the Hebrew come from pictures, like hieroglyphics in Egypt. For example, the Hebrew word for “grace” is chessed. The word comes from a picture of a shepherd who is walking through a flock of sheep. A little lamb is having trouble finding his way. The shepherd reaches down and grabs the little lamb by the front feet with one hand and by the back feet with the other hand and throws him over his shoulder and carries that little lamb right over the rough spots. This is a picture of what Yeshuah means when we are to believe. We have to believe that when we fall or things get rough in life, he will be the one that will grab our feet and carry us over the rocks. However, this does not mean that we will not be put down again and have to continue walking on our own.

The Hebrew word chasah is the picture of a wolf chasing a rabbit. The rabbit gets into the cleft of the rock so the wolf can’t get him. The wolf can’t climb into those little places. It means, “to take shelter” and as it is used in the Bible, it means, “to take shelter in the Lord (Yeshuah).”

Furthermore, when our children are young, we instruct them to believe that what we tell them is the truth even though they are still drinking milk and are not experienced in life. They do not know why some things are done and others are not. Therefore, it is irresponsible to take one scripture that Yeshuah says, and base an entire theology on that one statement.

If belief was all God intended us to do than why didn’t God tell the Israelites that all they had to do was to believe in Moses and what he had done for them by delivering them from Egypt? Essentially, Moses was a shadow picture of the role that Yeshuah would play. He was their savior [from Egypt] and the people took shelter beneath Moses’s relationship with Yahweh. When Yahweh began to speak to the Israelites from the mountain, they covered their ears and asked Moses to speak to God for them. He became the mediator. However, Moses said, this is what Yahweh wants you to do and this is how you do it?

Likewise, when Yeshuah spoke those words, He was saying that He was the high priest and that He had become the mediator between Yahweh and His creation. It is highly unlikely that He was telling them to just do whatever feels right and that he will take care of the rest. We would never do this with our own children; therefore, he would not do this with us. We have to take all that Yeshuah said and compile a complete picture of what is expected of us who believe that he is the messiah. Yeshuah wants us to eat solid food and not just drink milk. When we are saved we are babies under Yeshuah the high priest, however, we are intended to grow up and learn what we are supposed to do. Paul and the Apostles were well versed in the torah and most of them had it memorized so they were “eating meat” while the gentiles were “drinking milk” and needed a condensed version of the guidelines. This does not mean that we are not to grow up and start taking on responsibility. Hebrews makes it clear.

Hebrews 5: 11-14 – “11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time (they were telling the gentile converts that they had been saved long enough to now graduate to meat) you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God [the teachings and tings of old], and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness [the torah], for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice [following God’s instructions for what is good and evil…..ten commandments] have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” This is not something that just happens because you believe.

Hebrews 10-26-29 “26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. 28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?” This means that there is more that needs to be done than just believe.

It is impossible to try and understand the new testament without understanding the old testament just like it is impossible to understand a book by reading it backwards. We have to learn who the characters are so that we can understand the plot of the book. In the end I cannot tell you what to do or what not to do. This is between you and the creator. You have to search your heart and search the scriptures to know what God wants from you. You have to separate the torah that the rabbis have created by adding their own amendments from the torah that Yeshuah fulfilled and established [which is the same Torah that Yahweh instituted because Yeshuah only does the will of the Father]. One way or another, the Torah still exists and will until heaven and earth pass away just like the constitution will exist until Obama takes it away (no pun intended). I wish you well in your journey.

-The Berean

Keyword Phrase: Is the Law of God Obsolete?