|The Human Goodness Cult|
Secular Humanism is probably the most recognized name for the natural-human-goodness belief. If you Google "Human Goodness Cult," you will get this page and some information from Chris Short who writes about, "Human Service Alliance and after quite a few name changes (to include the University for Human Goodness) it is now known as the Center for Purposeful Living." You will also find a Wikipedia page about the so-called "noble savage" that says, ""... humans in a state of nature were neither good nor bad, but that they possessed a moral sense based on the emotion of sympathy, and that this emotion was the source and foundation of human goodness and benevolence."
The reality is the God speaks to every person, but only a few will respond. Very few want to hold God in their knowledge. Most refuse to acknowledge Him and would rather lean on their own understanding. (If you are familiar with the Bible, you will recognize the Scriptures upon which the previous sentence is built.) (some caveats about hearing God's Voice)
God is the only source of goodness and love. There is a lot of false goodness and love (hypocrisy), but there is only One Source of true goodness and love."
This page is addressing a mindset that can be found in almost all organizations. It is addressing a viewpoint that is in the spirit of antichrist. That viewpoint is self-righteousness and is the real difference between a cult and the church. It is not addressing any particular organization.
There are many differences between various cults and the church, but the common denominator is that cults all teach salvation by some other means than Christ alone while the church teaches salvation through Christ alone. As a result, cults tend to need a doctrine of human goodness. Any person can be affected by doctrines of cults. If you attend a self-help group, you probably have been exposed to the Human Goodness Cult theology. If you read self-help books, you probably have been exposed to the Human Goodness Cult theology. If you have attended classes at a university, you probably have been exposed to the Human Goodness Cult theology. If you have attended high school or grade school, you probably have been exposed to the Human Goodness Cult theology. If you watch TV or movies or play video games, you probably have been exposed to the Human Goodness Cult theology. If you listen to popular music, you probably have been exposed to the Human Goodness Cult theology. Every cult teaches these things and cults use all the methods listed above to teach their doctrines, while Christians, who are commanded to lead people to Christ, are usually silent or else unconsciously repeating the cult doctrines without realizing that they are doing damage to souls of others.
Have you ever heard these:
"Most people are basically good."
"Every person has a seed of goodness in them."
"All people have a good part of their heart and an evil part of their heart."
"All people have a spark of God in them."
"All people have a little bit of God in them.You just have to find that God in them."
You just have to find that spark of goodness in others.
All of these are lies.
What does the Bible say?
The Bible, speaking of God, says, "My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. (Psalm 144:2)"
Jesus said, "There is none good but God."
Paul, speaking as a Christian, says, "I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." Romans 7:18
John 1:9 speaks of "The light that lights every man the comes into the world." If someone shines a flashlight on you, is the light in you? No. Can you ignore the light or make it have no effect on you? Yes. That is why true Atheists protect themselves from Jesus.They do not want that light shining on them.
"The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time."Genesis 6:5 Without Jesus, this is the natural state of mankind. This is what happens without Christ.
Cults console their members that they are all basically good and that they can do good and please whatever god the cult is trying to please.Truth: They cannot please God and neither can we.
What about Christ in us? Colossians 1:27 That is a change that happens to us when we accept Christ.It starts like this.The Father draws us.He shines His light on us.At first, most people reject the light.Over time, through His love, the Father draws those who will be drawn.He keeps drawing them until the day when they accept Christ as the One who will rule over their lives and deliver them from the emptiness and pain of sin.Then, their most inner being, their spirit, is joined to the Spirit of Christ.That is the new birth. However, the fleshly nature still has no good in it. The battle between the flesh and the spirit begins. Before this point, the person was totally Satan's own, living in self-righteousness.
Can you see the difference between a cult and the Christian teachings?
The Human Goodness Cult is a dangerous false religion because followers of the Human Goodness Cult don't receive Jesus Christ as the only Creator of the Universe, the God Who created them and their only Savior from bondage to sin. At the same time His love for those who have been deceived by the Human Goodness Cult compels God to speak to them daily through His creation and through other means; they will not listen to Him.
They don't believe Him when He tells them that it is in Him alone that they can find life, peace, joy, fulfillment, love, righteousness, and every other good thing. They don't believe Jesus that rejecting Him as their one and only God is the most serious sin that could be committed--the sin against the first commandment.
They don't realize that they were created to be joined to Jesus Christ, to have a continual flow of the Anointing of His Holy Spirit through them so that the Spirit will continually lead them and the Creator will do His work through them. They are blind to the fact that they were created to walk from glory to every-increasing glory by the Spirit of God. They are trapped in their own desires and tangled in the many lies that come from the father of all lies. If they did listen, God would set them free.
Instead, they are still in their sins. They attempt in vain to establish their own righteousness, a self-righteousness, and so they are unable to receive the free gift of righteousness that comes from the throne of God. If they would abandon their self-righteousness and self-dependence and believe God rather than their own understanding, and if they would stop contending against Jesus but rather accept Him and His free gift, then God would deliver them.
SeekFind.net defines a cult as that which does not depend on the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible. Click here for the only sure way to avoid being deceived by a cult. You know that you were created for more than you are experiencing. If you continue to think like you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. Is it enough? Read more. Read even more.
As a Christian, when you see anyone who has been deceived by the Human Goodness Cult, it is important to look to Jesus and let the love of God flow to them as it is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost. Perhaps you will pray. Perhaps God will give you a word of wisdom or a word of knowledge. Perhaps someone will turn to Christ.
Last updated: Dec, 2013
Human Goodness Cult--Self-Righteousness--Outline Form
Aren't most people basically good?
Toons & Vids
Logical Fallacy of Naturalism
The Foolishness of Revenge
The Problem of Leaving the Christian Walk in the Spirit and Just Drifting
Why can't I just do things in my own way and live a good life as I think best?
The Problem Of Ungodly Counsel
Ungodly Friends And Failure to Make Godly Friends
Science as a Religion or an Object of Worship
Drugs, The Bible Does Talk About Them
Forms and Rituals
The Foolishness of Self-righteousness
The Human Goodness Cult
Accepting this lie:
What is wrong with being separated from God? Why should I care?
Agnosticism And Agnostics
Atheists And Atheism
Humanism Also Known As Secular Humanism
Materialism, The Cult That Is Based On Nothing Other Than A Bald-faced Lie
Naturalism, A Belief-System that Is Opposed To God
The problem is not with science, but with false science, distorted science, and labeling things that are not science as
Rationalism: Why Is It A Cult? It Makes The Human Mind Into A False God, Giving It God-like Qualities That Don't Fit Reality.
What is the basis of the condemnation of those who reject Jesus?
New Age Movement
Pantheism: All Is God--God Is Everything There Is.
The Cult, Modernism
Intellectualism. Leaning On One's Own Understanding. When Does It Become A Cult?
I'm Just Searching For An Honest Scoffer
Post Modernism, The Last-Ditch Effort To Defend Evolution And Atheism
Relativism Is One Of The Chief Precepts Of Many Cults Including Post-Modernism
Alien & UFO Cults
Gnostics and Gnosticism
Some People Say There is No Meaning of Life or Alternate Meanings of Life
Statism & Statists
What About Evolutionism And Racism?
It's Called The Culture War
Standing in Judgment: What About All the Things that Are Wrong with the Church?
The Human Potential Movement (HPM)
At Ease Christianity
Evil For Good Christianity
Young people leaving the church
Evolution Myths - The Myth of Evolution
What is Uniformitarianism?
An Attitude Toward Politics And Government That Is Not In Line With Scripture Will Cause You To Remain In Bondage and Frustration
Satan Wants To Discredit those Who Follow Christ
The Wide Way Leads to Destruction. The Spirit of Error: It Is Truth that Sets Us Free. Lies Bring Bondage.
Worldview of Ethics
Answer to Critic
Appeal to Possibility
Argument to the Future
Love Between a Man and Woman
Righteousness & Holiness
Proof by Atheism
Scriptures About Marriage
The Reason for Rejecting Truth
Witness on the Internet
Flaky Human Reasoning
How Do You Know?
The Real Purpose of the Church
The Real Purpose of Life
From Glory to Glory
REAL Faith--What it IS & IS NOT
REAL Love--What it IS & IS NOT
How to be Led by God
How to Witness
Wisdom: Righteousness & Reality
Holiness & Mind/Soul
Redemption: Free From Sin
Stories Versus Revelation
Circular Reasoning-Who is Guilty?
How Can We Know Anything?
Mind Designed to Relate to God
Answers for the Confused
Fossil Record Says: "Creation"
Avoid These Pitfalls
Public School's Religion
Public School Failures