Secular Humanism and the Church

globeProbably one of the most rampant worldviews in conflict with the Church today is secular humanism. This is the belief that there is no God, no spiritual direction, no afterlife. This world and this life is all there is to the secular humanist. There is no room for or need for God. Secular humanists rely solely on human reason.

The prevalence of secular humanism leads to a kind of elevation of humanity and a quest to live life to satisfy your own personal needs to the fullest, since this is all there is.

What can the Church do in the midst of secular humanism? One way is to gently point people to the Bible’s statements of the involvement of God in the world.

Psalm 33:6, 8-9, 11, and 13-15 say: By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Let all the earth fear the Lord let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.”

There comes a moment, too, in the life of anyone when things cannot be explained rationally or in human terms, when a crisis hits or things don’t turn out the way people think they should humanly speaking.

That is when the Church can step in and say, “There is more to life than this.” That is when the Church can say to the disenfranchised secular humanist: “Turn to Christ for hope and a future.” Simon Peter acknowledged his dependence on Christ is this way, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69).

I am also reminded of Paul who said,“ If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:19-20). The knowledge of a life after this life is what can carry us through all the struggles we encounter which we can have no earthly explanation for. 

Our hope in Christ is what makes our life here on earth something that has purpose and meaning and something that is beyond ourselves and our personal wants and needs. Christ knew what we truly needed: salvation from sin. And he came to earth to open the door to a glorious life to come through his death and resurrection.

Our secular world will fade away, but our spiritual life with Christ is eternal. What a blessing to remember day after day.

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