Wisdom vs. Humanism

Pastor Scott SummersPastor Scott Summers
Youth (4-6th grade) & Young Adult Pastor, Shiloh Community Church

In reading Proverbs 8, I can’t help but be drawn to the start of the chapter stating that wisdom is raising her voice and crying aloud. This is a repeated statement from Proverbs 1, verses 20-21:

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks.”

Wisdom isn’t hiding in some dark corner of the universe waiting to be discovered by only a select few people. Wisdom is available to everyone. Wisdom is crying in a loud voice to the young, old, simple, smart, men, women…it doesn’t matter. But What is wisdom?

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7a) and “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil” (v13a). This isn’t the tolerant view of, “oh, what’s right for you is right for you, and what’s right for me is right for me.” Wisdom is fearing the Lord, and hating what is evil.

But how do we discern what is evil? There’s one source: GOD’S WORD! There is literally nothing in this world that can provide this kind of absolute truth other than the BIBLE. The humanist, of course, would argue otherwise. According to the IHEU (International Humanist and Ethical Union):

“Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance that affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. Humanism stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethics based on human and other natural values in a spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. Humanism is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.”

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

When looking at the definition of humanism through the lens of this verse, it’s laughable to make such claims. Let’s have a bunch of deceitful and desperately sick individuals democratically collaborate on ethics. To correct their statement, let’s rewrite it like this:

Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance that affirms that deceitful and desperately sick beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. Humanism stands for the building of a more deceitful and desperately sick society through an ethics based on deceitful and desperately sick values in a spirit of reason and free inquiry through deceitful and desperately sick capabilities. Humanism is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.

With the majority of the country having a humanist view, I wonder where our democracy is taking us.

Woman sitting and thinking