Secular Humanism

     Many of us will not be willing to let go of our cherished secular worldviews. We would rather not hear the truths of our failings and deceptions. But before very long, in the coming days of justice, every one of us will stand alone in the light of truth on the "Day of the Lord." But we know that God’s justice is always tempered with mercy, therefore:

Isaiah 30:18    Truly, the Lord is waiting to show you grace,
                       Truly, He will arise to pardon you.
                        For the Lord is a God of justice;
                        Happy are all who wait for Him.
                        Indeed, O people in Zion, dwellers of
                        Jerusalem, you shall not have cause to weep.
                        He will grant you His favor at the sound of your cry;
                        He will respond as soon as He hears it.
                        My Lord will provide for you meager bread and scant water.

     Then your Guide will no more be ignored, but your eyes will watch your Guide; and, whenever you deviate to the right or to the left, your ears will heed the command from behind you: "This is the road; follow it!" Here the Lord is addressing the faithful and true remnants, as well as the downtrodden and humble. This passage applies to the future, the end of this age, because "the Lord" has not yet arisen to "pardon" Israel and Judah for their transgressions. The true way, the kingdom of heaven within, is an ancient way although it seems new to our modern world.

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Isaiah 47:10    And you thought to yourself,
                       "I am and there is none but me."
                       Evil is coming upon you
                       Which you will not know how to charm away;
                       Disaster is falling upon you
                       Which you will not be able to appease;
                       Coming upon you suddenly
                       Is ruin of which you know nothing.

     Isaiah is speaking about Babylon and its upcoming conquest by Cyrus of Persia. But ends of ages are similar. Perhaps this verse will also pertain to our own upcoming "world crisis."

Secularism

                   The father of secularism was the narrow minded and godless
                   attitude of . . . atheistic science. Secularism had its inception as a rising
                   protest against the domination . . . by the institutionalized Christian
                   church. The majority of professed Christians . . . are unwittingly
                   actual secularists. Secularism . . . sells man into slavish bondage to the
                   totalitarian state . . . the tyranny of political and economic
                   slavery. Secularism can never bring peace to mankind. Nothing
                   can take the place of God in human society . . . Secularism
                   simply ignores God. More recently, secularism has assumed
                   a more militant attitude, assuming to take the place of the
                   religion whose totalitarian bondage it one time resisted. But Beware:
                   this godless philosophy will lead only to unrest, animosity, unhappiness,
                   war, and worldwide disaster.
Complete secularization . . . can lead only to disaster.

     Those that argue that this "disaster" lies in our past (WWII) should answer the question whether or not secularism still governs the world of today or not.

                    Christianity unwittingly seems to sponsor a society, which
                    staggers under the guilt of tolerating science without idealism,
                    politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure
                    without restraint, knowledge without character, power
                    without conscience, and industry without moral
it
y.
                    Selfish men and women simply will not pay such a price for
                    even the greatest spiritual treasure ever offered mortal man.
                    Only when man has become sufficiently disillusioned by the
                    sorrowful disappointment attendant upon the foolish and
                    deceptive pursuits of selfishness . . . will he be disposed to
                    turn . . . to the religion of Jesus of Nazareth. (Man is not yet so disillusioned)

                  Another world war (WWII) will teach the so-called sovereign
                   nations to form some sort of federation, thus creating the
                   machinery for preventing small wars . . .(but not large ones)
                   An international police force will prevent many minor wars,
                   but it will not be effective in preventing major wars.
                   Worldwide confederations of nations . . . will not prevent
                   world wars nor control the three, four or five most powerful
                   governments. (Is this applicable to today?)

     Shortly, we will be entering this period of world crisis. Mankind’s latest Tower of Babel will fall. It will involve not only wars but also ecological, environmental, meteorological, financial, economic, social and political chaos. Further:

                   Institutional religion cannot afford inspiration and provide
                   leadership in this impending, worldwide social reconstruction
                   and economic reorganization because it has unfortunately
                   become more or less of an organic part of the social order and
                   the economic system, which is destined to undergo reconstruction.
                   (Doesn’t reconstruction imply deconstruction first?)

But, lest we despair:

                   The religion of living experience finds no difficulty in keeping
                   ahead of all these social developments and economic upheavals,
                   amid which it ever functions as a moral stabilizer, social guide and spiritual pilot.
                   A new and fuller revelation of the religion of Jesus is destined
                   to conquer an empire of materialistic secularism . . .(our world empire of today)
                   The hour is striking for a rediscovery of the true and original
                   foundation of present-day distorted and compromised Christianity—
                   the real life and teachings of Jesus. (The Kingdom of Heaven within)

                    And why does secularism fail?

                  Those who would invent a religion (any system of strong
                  convictions) without God are like those who would get the
                  fruit without trees. . . You cannot have effects without causes.
                 Man may graft many purely humanistic branches onto his
                  godless religion, but such an experience is devoid of survival
                  values . . . only social fruits are forthcoming, not spiritual . . .
                  A lasting social system without morality predicated on
                  spiritual realities can no more be maintained than can a solar
                  system without gravity.

     Secularism fails because it is inherently faulty. Man is dependent on God whether he likes it or not. Man cannot find his way without God. This dependence is built into the very nature of the Father-Son relationship. And this relationship is the rock that we must build on and the star that we must hope upon.

                  . . . by the insight of the spirit of my Father which dwells
                  within you, I am led to declare that upon this foundation (the
                  indwelling spirit) will I build the brotherhood of the Kingdom
                  of Heaven. Upon this rock of spiritual reality . . .

     Consider further information from the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSC):

Thanksgiving Psalms
DSC, Vs. 7 The way of man is not established except by the
                   spirit of God which created him . . .

     The Community Rule, DSC Mankind has no way, and man is unable to establish his steps since justification is with God and perfection of way is from His hand. All things come to pass by His knowledge; He establishes things by His design and without Him nothing is done. (Teacher of Righteousness)

     Finally, I would note that secular humanism gives birth to all the present reigning ideologies: communism, socialism, and capitalism too. "Isims" are systems of human thought that have become so highly revered that they become the intellectual equivalent of the ancient physical idols that were worshipped in vain. Capitalists consider profit and capital first, last, and always. Spiritual values, social values, and environmental values are usually not part of the equation. Capitalism and other ideologies should be made to serve people rather than people being made, as now, to serve the ideology. People are the purpose and meaning of life. The Fatherhood of God forever establishes the transcendent value of His sons and daughters. People must come before profit. People will come before profit. God has established it. We live in His Universe. At this point in time however, we collectively, choose and have chosen profit over people, and humanity languishes in the cold, dark night of the inevitable results. Let’s now look at some quotes from Humanist Manifestos I and II, which are the declarations of belief proposed by secular humanists.

Secular Humanism

     Humanist Manifesto I was the first major document (1933) of the modern Humanist Movement. Consider the following quotes from this document. "Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created."

     To say that the universe has no cause is the equivalent of professing belief in an astounding miracle of infinite magnitude, unsurpassable by any human mind. And yet science, the very study of cause and effect, is the pillar of secular humanism. Secular humanists say that we should discard "super-natural superstitions" that are non-scientific. The statement that the universe has no cause is not testable and therefore non-scientific. The statement is an overt declaration of an unfounded, unscientific, belief, no different than any other belief, including religious varieties. My beliefs are axioms, yours are superstitions, would be one way to express this.

     "Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values." (Humanist Manifesto I)

     Here science is used to exclude the possibility of any "supernaturally" established values. First of all, science can have nothing to say about the domain of intangible value, only religion can answer the question why? Science attends only to the questions how, when and where. Ultimate causes, origins, and destiny are questions of religion. Second of all, humanists have already declared that the universe merely is and is not created. This statement itself, as shown above, lies outside the natural world of causes. It is itself a "supernatural" explanation.

     "We are convinced that the time has passed for theism, deism, modernism, and the several varieties of ‘new thought’."(Humanist Manifesto I)

     Here we have stated the real battle of the human will. Who makes the rules? God or man? Whose universe is it anyway? The question has a real answer and if the wrong answer is given there are real consequences that will result. We truly reap what we sow.

     "In the place of the old attitudes involved in worship and prayer the humanist finds his religious emotions expressed in a heightened sense of personal life and in a cooperative effort to promote social well-being."

     The fruits of the spirit (peace, happiness, and joy) will only grow from a good tree rooted in God’s spirit. All goodness comes from God, man has no goodness of his own, regardless of the words he may utter.

     "Man will learn to face the crises of life in terms of his knowledge of their naturalness and probability. Reasonable and manly attitudes will be fostered by education and supported by custom. We assume that humanism will take the path of social and mental hygiene and discourage sentimental and unreal hopes and wishful thinking." (Humanist Manifesto I)

     Now it is revealed that secular humanists are "reasonable and manly." Theists are therefore superstitious and weak, and they rely on fantasy religion, the "opiate of the masses." "Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power for its achievement. He must set intelligence and will to the task."

     Man is capable of doing anything and everything. This sounds great, unfortunately it lacks truth. Man needs God. We can assert our power and mastery, but our experiences reveal our insignificance.  Pride goeth before the fall.

     Now we go to Humanist Manifesto II written in 1973. (select passages) "As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in the prayer-hearing God, assumed to live and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about
them, is an unproved and outmoded faith. Salvationism, based on mere affirmation, still appears as harmful, diverting people with false hopes of heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival."

     We now learn that faith is unproved, ineffective, and outmoded. How many studies have we ever done to actually find out if there are any differences in the lives of believers vs. non-believers? The answer is zero. I would bet that you would find dramatic differences if such a study were done without bias. In fact, a few recent medical studies have shown strong correlations between faith and positive health outcomes. The humanist dogma is succumbing to truth. Lastly, to say that faith is unproved is the equivalent of saying nothing because there would be no faith necessary if proof were possible. Similarly, one can prove anything in mathematics if one allows dividing by zero as this statement does.

     "Humanism can provide the purpose and inspiration that so many seek; it can give personal meaning and significance to human life." (Humanist. Manifesro. II)

     If this were true, we would probably be in great shape. But it isn’t and we aren’t. Establishing purpose and meaning to life without God is like establishing a solar system without the sun. In both situations, planets or people fly apart.   "We affirm a set of common principles that can serve as a basis for united action – positive principles relevant to the present human condition.  They are a design for a secular society on a planetary scale."  This reveals the grand scope (planetary) that this vision is being applied to. The United Nations charter is a direct outgrowth of these planetary Humanist Manifestos. Will it work?  "We find insufficient evidence for belief in the existence of a super-natural; it is either meaningless or irrelevant to the question of survival and fulfillment of the human race. As non theists, we begin with humans not God, nature not deity. Nature may indeed be broader and deeper than we now know; any new discoveries, however, will but enlarge our know-ledge of the natural."

     Here, the victory over theism is openly stated and confidently relied on to predict that "new discoveries" will only add to the conviction. How can unknown discoveries already be known to be explainable by what we presently know? This is another statement of arrogance, not reason. "The preciousness and dignity of the individual person is a central humanist value."  The aspirations appear noble at times. Give credit where credit is due. Success requires more than good intentions though. It requires wisdom and truth.  "People are more important than decalogues, rules, proscriptions, or regulations."

     Great, but are people also more important even than profit? The world system answers no. And why are regulations, bureaucracies, and rules allowed to remove the human touch from our social interactions? We loose opportunities to serve our fellow man. Since man has no intrinsic value other than what we decide to give him (according to secular humanism), when push comes to shove, these floating, man made, values are easily put aside. After all isn't "everything relative?"

Isaiah 52:13 "Indeed, My servant shall prosper,
                    Be exalted and raised to great heights…
                    Just so he shall startle many nations.
                    Kings shall be silenced because of him
                    For they shall see what has not been told them,
                    Shall behold what they never have heard."

     The servant of Isaiah is the end of the age final prophet, the interpreter of the law of the Dead Sea Scrolls will startle nations and shut the mouths of kings because he will reveal and inform them of their soon to be ill-fated destiny (as foretold by The Prophets) if they fail to heed their warning. As always, the door will be held open for any that will turn from their way. God desires man to correct his ways. He does not desire their punishment. However, the innocent must be protected, and poor choices have poor results.

Jeremiah 10:23   I know, O Lord, that man’s road is not his to choose,
                          That man, as he walks cannot direct his own steps.

     Secular humanism assumes that man is capable of building his own world and using his own rules and values. The only problem with this assumption is merely that it is false and is being proven false as we speak. Man not only should want God, but more importantly man needs God and is dependent on Him for everything. This layer of necessity will be laid bare for all to see. The failure of man’s sovereign rule is a valuable lesson for all who look upon us. Man and God are incomplete without one another. They are related as parent is to child.

Now, Jeremiah asks the Lord:

Jeremiah 12:1 Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
                      Why are the workers of treachery at ease?
                      You have planted them and they have taken root,
                      They spread they even bear fruit
                      You are present in their mouths,
                      But far from their thoughts.

The Lord answers:

Jeremiah 12:7   I have abandoned my House
                        I have deserted my possession,
                        to the power of it (their conduct belies the genuineness of
                        their profession)… (Parentheses are part of text)

II Timothy 3:9   But they will not get very far, for their rash folly will become obvious to everybody…

     These descriptions would have sounded completely foreign just five to ten years ago. Now, they send a chill of recognition down our spine. The only line I would wonder about is the last; "the rash folly" of our leaders is unfortunately not obvious to a majority of people. The blind lead the blind, in lock step, over the cliff.

               Another world war will teach the so-called sovereign nations to
                form some sort of federation, thus creating the machinery for preventing
                small wars, wars between the lesser nations…but global wars will go
                on until the government of mankind is created.

     "Another world war" would logically seem to be WWII and the League of Nations and the United Nations is the "some sort of federation" that has evolved and will prevent small wars. Since we have no world government, further world wars will occur until a world government is established. Stated otherwise, there will be more global wars after WWII until the government of mankind is created. Nothing short of a global disaster could cause such a government to form at the present time, and the one that would form would be a global disaster itself.

               The inherent weakness of secularism is that it discards ethics and
                religion for politics and power.
                Has this happened? If it is still true, then it follows that we are still in big trouble.
               
Secular social and political optimism is an illusion. Without God,
                neither freedom and liberty, nor property and wealth will lead to
                peace. You simply cannot establish the brotherhood of men without
                the Fatherhood of God. A lasting social system without a morality
                predicated on spiritual realities can no more be maintained than
                could a solar system without gravity.

     No matter how hard we hope that our secular systems will "evolve smoothly" into spiritual based systems, it doesn’t change the evidence arrayed against that possibility. Smooth gradual physical evolution is punctuated by rapid, dramatic and unpredictable changes. "When physical conditions are ripe, sudden mental evolutions may occur, when mind status is propitious, sudden spiritual transformations may occur…"

     Are the present wielders of political, financial and military power really going to accept and understand anything except complete defeat on their own terms? Continuing:

     The previous dispensation and age is ending and a new one is beginning now.

     The diagnosis of the problem is spiritual degeneracy and moral corruption. The treatment is spiritual regeneration.

Hymn 22    For Thou hast made known to me the counsel of Thy truth
                  Thy marvelous mysteries…
                  and by the spirit which Thou hast given me…
                  Thou hast opened knowledge to me…
                  and Thou hast shed Thy Holy Spirit over dust…
                  to bring him into the company of the ‘gods’
                  and unite them (dust and ashes) with the Sons of Heaven.

     The Teacher of Righteousness, in the last few stanzas is amazed at how God transmutes dust into spirit, the ultimate miracle of the universe of time and space. Surely, such knowledge was revealed by a bonafide and powerful experience with God. In beautiful verse, reminiscent of the beatitudes, the Teacher of Righteousness conceives of himself as:

Hymn 24     A messenger in the season of Thy goodness,
                   that to the humble he might bring
                   glad tidings of Thy great Mercy,
                   proclaiming salvation from out of the fountain of holiness…
                   to the contrite spirit,
                   and everlasting joy to those who mourn.

     The Teacher of Righteousness knows the futility of "man’s way" from his own experience of sinfulness and error.

Hymn 12    The way of man is not established
                  Thanksgiving except by the spirit which God created for him
                  Hymns to make a perfect way for the children of men.

     With such words, the Teacher of Righteousness reveals a personal understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven within, the new covenant of God and man. The Teacher of Righteousness has learned to abandon himself completely to the Will of God, through the leading of the spirit within. This verse (Hymn 12) could also be considered the first critique of secular humanism.

Hymn 15  I have not relied upon the works of my hands
                to raise up my heart
                Nor have I sought refuge
                in my own strength.
                I have no fleshly refuge,
                and Thy servant has no righteous deeds…
                But I lean on the abundance of Thy mercies
                and hope for the greatness of Thy grace

The teacher of Righteousness continues with commentary on Habakkuk 2:12-13:

1QpHabakkuk  the spouter of lies led many astray...he raises a congregation built on deceit…who
                         vilified and outraged the elect of God. (Teacher of Righteousness)

     The Spouter of Lies, the Liar, and probably the Wicked Priest all seem to represent the same sort of person. He is a type, and since we are at the end of the completion of The Age, this "Liar" type and all other types of this period will be represented by the zenith and full completion of their historical precursor types of the past. The Liar will be more deceitful, the Kittim more merciless and the remnants more worthy than ever before. But finally, the age initiated by the failure of Adam will conclude, bringing its harvest of both good and evil to judgment, thus making ready the field for plowing and reseeding when "the waters that cover the sea and the earth will be filled with the knowledge and glory of the Lord." (Habakkuk. 2:14) Let’s now turn to the Teacher’s commentary on Isaiah, 4Q161-5.

4Q161-5 "For ten acres of vineyard shall produce only one bath, and an omer of seed shall yield but one ephah." (Isaiah 5:10) Teacher of Interpreted, this saying concerns the last days, the devastation Righteousness of the land by sword and famine. My people go into exile for want of knowledge, and their noblemen die of hunger and their multitude is parched with thirst…the nobility of Jerusalem and her multitude go down, her tumult and he who rejoices in her. (Isaiah 5:11-14) (Teacher of Righteousness)

     Jerusalem and much of modern Israel are primarily secular in their outlook at this point in time. They have drifted away from God for "want of knowledge" and the truth of God. The majority of these people of modern Israel will suffer drought, famine, and military disaster as a result. Only a small faithful remnant of Judah which is comprised of some who stay in Jerusalem during war and some who are gathered from exile when Melchizedek arrives in Bozrah (located in Southern Jordan). In addition to the two components of the Judah (Jewish) remnant, there will be added the Israel remnant of faithful Christians, among whom will be the elect, who:

4Q160   Shall take refuge in Thy house…Amid the rage of the enemies of Thy
Fr 3-5    people…and all the peoples of Thy lands shall know that Thou hast
              Samuel created them (the elect)…and the multitudes shall understand that this
              Apocryphon is Thy people…Thy holy ones whom Thou hast sanctified.
               (Teacher of Righteousness)

     Our financial system is a fraud; it is a deceptive way to transfer wealth from the working man to the banker. Everything not based on a foundation of integrity, honesty, and sincerity will collapse of its own weight. For a social system to endure, mans way must become God’s way.  Is this what will happen to our financial system and our financial assets?

Nostradamus   Treasure is placed in a Temple by Western citizens
10Q81            Withdrawn there to a secret place:
                        The Temple opened by hungry bonds
                        Recaptured, ravished, a terrible prey in their midst.

     The treasure is "treasuries" or financial assets in general. The Temple is the bank. The bank is our Temple where we worship money and wealth. "Where your treasure is, there will be your heart also." (Gospels) We’ve replaced God and His grace with money and wealth as our object of worship. Our God is money. Financial assets are brought to a secret place where the assets are borrowed against and leveraged into risky investments by the bankers. Debt eventually implodes (symbolized by "hungry bonds") and the assets are "ravished," becoming worthless.

     There is a book Secrets of the Temple, by William Greider, 1987, which exposes this Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve System was the crucial anomaly at the very core of representative democracy, an uncomfortable contradiction with the civic mythology of self-government. Yet the American system accepted the inconsistency. The Community of elected politicians acquiesced to its power. The private economy responded to its direction. Private capital depended on it for protection. The governors of the Federal Reserve decided the largest questions of the political economy, including who shall prosper and who shall fail, yet their role remained opaque and mysterious. The Federal Reserve was shielded from scrutiny partly by its own official secrecy, but also by the curious ignorance of the American public. (Secrets of the Temple, pg. 12)

     Money was like the sacred totem in a primitive culture, a mysterious object that efficiently expressed the larger social reality. In the American culture formed by democratic capitalism, money was the sacred totem. The common faith shared by Americans was secular rationalism and the social order was defined by the scientific abstractions surrounding money. Yet religious mystery was still required – priests and ritual, sacred secrets that sustained belief. If one understood money’s secrets, the true nature of the American social reality was made plain. Money revealed compromised ideals in the civic order. Limitations were imposed on the idea of democracy and sovereign citizens passively accepted them. Money defined the social hierarchy, the rank ordering of citizens, which valued some above others. Money expressed the culture’s deepest longings and obsessions, the fretful belief that a dead substance could somehow confer immortal life on those who accumulated it. Money was a living creed in American life, as Veblen said, a more convincing realty than human toil or material needs or the tenuous things of the human spirit.

     If the secrets of the temple were revealed, the money mystery would dissolve and people would have to look upon these things directly. Taboos uncoded lost their power to persuade. Americans would see the full terms that bound them together as a society, the deals that were made in their name and the harsh rituals. They would stand before the awesome authority to which free citizens deferred. They would know at last what it was they really believed in.

     The mystery was necessary, therefore, to sustain social faith. Knowledge was disturbing. Not knowing the secrets was reassuring. If Americans were afraid to look inside the temple, perhaps it was because they feared to see the truth about themselves. (Secrets of the Temple, pg. 716-717, William Greider)

     Now consider the presently reigning world system and world religion – secular humanism. Government by the elite substitutes for God and is the answer to every need and every problem. The High Priest is replaced by the scientist who knows all, explains all, and who conquers all. Man has put his trust and faith in "science"and in government. God doesn’t seem to be necessary. Man is the measure of all things. Man can succeed on his own, with his own brain and his own laws and his own values. Gone are the moral strictures, gone are the Ten Commandments, gone are right and wrong, gone are accountability, responsibility, and duty. Now we are told – if it feels good, do it! You owe it to yourself. You are entitled.

     To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family tradition, national patriotism, and religious dogmas…

The above presentation is a quote from the book,   "The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand"  by Edmund Joseph Roache.

Secular Humanism = A religion without God.

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