What Attitude Should Followers of Christ Have Toward Secular Humanists?
What Attitude Should Followers of Christ Have Toward Secular Humanists?
The attitude of the follower of Christ toward Secular/Religious Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics, or members of any other false religion should be an attitude of love, concern, and compassion. We know that Evolution isn't science. God offers His gifts to us, but does not force any of His gifts on anyone. Many will choose spiritual death and we need to pray for them, not disrespect them. They will be likely to disrespect us and be angry with us because of the spirit they follow. We have the option of following that same spirit, but we are led by the Holy Spirit instead. They have a history of violence. They have a history of using many clever tricks to deceive and they have no One to tell them not to lie or even to define what a lie is. Be aware that almost all of the media is either totally controlled or heavily influenced by Secular Humanism, as is the educational system on all levels. Do not be deceived. Do not sit in the counsel of the ungodly. Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Ravi Zacharias' Questionable Answers: 1. What is the nature of evil? Can you talk of evil without first assuming a moral framework, definition of right and wrong? No. 2. What is the nature of justice? Can you cry for justice without knowing the justifiable source for all moral law? No. 3. What is nature of love? Can you talk of love unless you ask the question of life's intrinsic value? Is there essential value to a human being? No. 4. What is the nature of forgiveness? Can you talk of forgiveness unless you talk of alienation and atonement? How do you talk about forgiveness coupled with justice unless you have someone who pays the price so forgiveness can take place? No.
The skeptic's hunger for answers to these four questions is pointing to the cross.
Answering these four questions gives some understanding of the answer to this question: "Why did Jesus Christ have to die?" Only when the cross is the centerpiece can these four questions be addressed in a way that makes sense. The only rational answers to these four questions point to the cross of Christ.
In every religion other than Christianity, the basis is somehow trying to work your way by your own efforts in your own power. Even atheism ends with effort from self, since that is all they want to acknowledge. Christianity is the only way that speaks of the Almighty God sacrificing Himself for His Creation to buy them back to Himself.
How should a Christian (follower of Christ) treat an evolutionist? With the love and respect that flows from Christ. Be aware that the worldly would love to try to squeeze you into their mold. Romans 12:2 Proverbs 13:20 Don't demand respect in return, because you probably won't get it. You will have to learn to turn the other cheek.
You will have keep in mind that you are dealing with someone who does not share your values. An unbeliever has a totally different idea of what truth is and has no solid reason to tell the truth. They do not even have the Bible to tell them the difference between a lie and the truth. They will probably believe in relativism, which means that they don't even believe that absolute truth exists. They do not have the Spirit of God. Be careful.
A follower of Christ would benefit a great deal from educating himself or herself about the things that have been observed that show the hand of God in creation. Those who follow Christ should know that there is no proof of Evolution other than speculatively rationalized proof. Speculatively rationalized proof is not valid because rational-lie-zed speculation is simply making things up and claiming that those made-up fantasies are facts. This seems to be so obvious that it should not have to written here, but the human mind is so easily deceived that this warning must be given.
Those who follow Christ should realize why evolution has been proven to be a scientific impossibility. It is good to know the real facts and to know the tricks used by Evolutionists.
A proponent of New Age or of Humanism has much to fear in being open to a mutually respectful discussion of evolution and creation. If Evolution were not one of the highly protected dogmas of a religious viewpoint, the religious zeal of evolution's loyal followers would seem weird. You would wonder why evolutionists become mean-spirited just because their ideas are challenged. If you didn't know that the doctrines of Evolution are vital to the existence of the New Age and to the Humanist religion, then you would expect evolutionists to have an open mind. However, Evolution is an extremely vulnerable doctrine, especially since there isn't a single bit of conclusive evidence that even can show that evolution is a remote possibility. You would normally expect that people who claim to be part of the scientific community would be questioning the teaching of evolution. but it is a religious idea not a scientific idea.
The ungodly people base all their beliefs on assumptions, while those who follow Christ base their beliefs on divine revelation. God lead them in real time or they could not follow Him.� The assumptions of the ungodly act as filters and a way to censor out any information that supports the existence of God.� Assumptions filter out reality. They set up a web of rules to filter out God.� They will only accept those things that conform to Naturalism, materialism, and uniformitarianism.� Naturalism claims that God does nothing.� Materialism claims that there is no God or spiritual realm.� Uniformitarianism claims that there was not creation and that there was no violent worldwide flood, as the Bible and numerous other historical accounts record.� Whatever they observe that does not conform to this complex filter is censored.� The way that it is censored can take several forms.� The ungodly may boldly proclaim that, though the data appears to support God's version and refute the version of the ungodly, yet it still must be interpreted to mean just the opposite of what it does mean.� A backup method that ungodly people use is to prophecy that in the future, science will be able to explain what they see as an anomaly.� If that fails, they will hide the data, set it aside, or lie to keep the public from knowing the truth.� The data clearly demolishes the story of the ungodly and clearly supports the reality of the Creator God, His Bible, and His abiding Presence in His people.� When confronted with the obvious, a closed-minded ungodly person says, "I can't understand it."� They are willingly ignorant because they refuse to hold God in their knowledge.� The reality is that these people, for whatever reason, don't what to know the Creator.� They don't want to truly know Jesus, their Creator.
In any case, Evolutionism is part of an anti-God theology of an anti-God religion that needs Evolutionism to survive. That's what the big deal is. When you get the facts on this so-called theory, it's pretty hard to take it seriously. And evolution has never brought about a single advancement that has helped mankind, so why are they so religious and hateful about it? Because Humanism is a religion without the Holy Spirit that flows from Jesus Christ. When religion goes away from Jesus Christ, it either goes into spiritual deadness or it goes into religious violence and hate. This is what happened when the church went away from Christ during the time now known as the dark ages.
Proponents of Humanism get upset when Christians tell of what God is doing in their lives, and this is true even though the ungodly still controls all the media, the schools, the entertainment industry, the news agencies, virtually every mode of communications. Since these people use the word, tolerance, so often, you would think they would be more tolerant, but they say that serving Christ is intolerable. If you didn't understand the nature of the spiritual war that is going on, you would think that these proponents of Humanism would learn to show the same restraint that the vast majority of those who follow Jesus show as they watch the same proponents of Humanism use tax dollars to teach the major tenets of the Humanism religion in the schools. It's not as if the followers of Humanism had creation forced on them from every angle in the same way the Christians have the rational-lie-zed speculations Humanism forced on them.
And it's not as though there were a threat of violence from true followers of Christ. Christ forbids it. Christians must be careful not to follow the worldly example. There is not a single instance, in Scripture, of righteous anger on the part of a human. God is the only one who can be angry and righteous.
Some religions have been propagated by threat of violence. Over a thousand years ago, the speculatively rationalized so-called Christianity of some who got into power during the dark ages (under a church government that had mostly turned away from God's Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit) was such a religion that often used violence. Keep in mind that there were always those who followed Jesus, but, worldliness did creep in and affect the faith of many. The leaders of what was called the Church became violent toward those who walked with God. Anger has always come from the spiritually dead against those who want to go on to a deeper experience with Jesus Christ. Hindu, Islam, and Buddhism have sects that use violence to propagate their religion. The Humanist religion has killed many to propagate itself and continues to do so. There are many who use religion as a cloak for political exploits, some of whom claim to act as Christians, but Christ is not leading them in their violent acts. There are many cults that have been guilty of propagating their religion through violence.
Never once, however, has the Spirit of God led a follower of Jesus to use violence to try to force anyone to believe in Jesus, as 1 Corinthians 14:38 states. God puts out the option. He offers salvation, but He doesn't force Himself on anyone. Those who choose hell have made their own choice. And God lets them go that way when they choose to.
In theory, most Evolutionists and Humanists would surely claim to have an open mind. Why would anyone get so dogmatic about a theory when they personally have never seen any actual evidence for the theory. No one has seen actual evidence for evolution. No one! In practice, though, proponents of Humanism are only open-minded to their own preconceived ideas. Only God can open their minds.
A follower of Humanism has nothing to fear in being open to a mutually respectful discussion of evolution and creation. Arguments or debates don't accomplish anything, but a good, positive discussion of the facts is worthwhile. Those who don't want to know the Truth cannot be argued into accepting the Truth, because it takes the work of the Holy Spirit to turn a person's mind to the Truth; The Truth is a person, Jesus Christ. When an evolutionist realizes that evolution is a scientific impossibility, perhaps it would be a good thing for them to look for a new idea. God is real. Jesus is really the way that God gave for us to return to Him. Take hold of it. This Jesus is for you.
Zealots of Secular/Religious Humanism, Atheism, Agnosticism, and any other New Age religion need our concern, compassion, and prayers. They need to hear the truth, too, but not coercion, anger, or disrespect. They are likely to coerce, become angry, and disrespect as they have a history of violence and of using many clever tricks to deceive, but the person who follows Christ will not follow suit. Evolution isn't science.
Here are some audio and video resources that may help you with conversations you may have with unbelievers: