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Thursday, January 17, 2013

What Is Man? Garbage to Discard? Road Kill?

To maintain naturalism, the humanist has to reject the idea that man's nature is to be the image of
God: that, among other things he has the ability and duty to make moral judgments.  To humanism,
man is no more than a rabbit or a wolf.  He has natural instincts but they are of the earth, the product
of evolution.  If there are gods, then these gods are completely natural, the product of later phases of
evolution. Man is nothing special; if defective, he can be culled simply as a herd of goats can be
culled of defectives to improve the herd. He can also be created into a new humanity through 
education and discipline.

There is no sense of sin in this view, only mistakes and correctable defects.  The schools become the
instruments of salvation, for man will educate himself into perfection, into godhood.

Humanist may talk of natural law, but they mean it only in this sense, the law of nature which can be
understood only by examining nature.  There is no Divine revelation and certainly no revelation from
the Creator which describes the nature of man.  The nature of man can only be learned from science,
the examination of behavior.  Men, like animals must always act according to the law of their nature.

Whatever laws there are come from experience, the experience of mankind; certainly there are no
laws revealed by the Creator that command the image of God.

Certainly man desires to live and will protect his life energetically.  But so what? So will a skunk or a
salamander.  How is man's life different from theirs?  Man desires liberty.  So do most animals who
resist domestication.  At the zoo, animals and birds are caged for the most part.  Why is man any
different from them?  All animals seek happiness: they want to have food, shelter, sex, comfort.

No animal has complete right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Other animals take these
rights away from each other every day.  Foxes feed on rabbits; hawks confine rodents to their holes;
the lion doesn't consider the happiness of the gnu.  So why make a big deal over natural law?  Those
who resist the "progress of the race" must be neutralized for the good of all.

It is impossible to stress how ungodly and satanic all of the above philosophy is.  When we minimize
sin and make righteousness relative, then we degrade our view of mankind.  The result is uniformly
cruelty, brutality, slaughter,and carnage.  Tyrants always deceive themselves and comfort themselves
with the illusion that their cruelty is for the better good.  Josef Stalin said, "To make a omelet you
have to break some eggs."  He broke millions of them and never produced the omelet.

But new saviors and new dreams continue to arise, denying the image of God, denying sin, and
putting salvation far away from them.  For by making themselves antichrist, the true Savior Jesus
Christ is pushed far away from them.  And the blood of the innocents cries out to God as did the
blood of Abel who was murdered by his brother.  Man is not road kill.  He is not garbage to be
dumped in landfill.  Ge 9:6 "Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the
image of God made he man."

Man's nobility and exceptionalism lies in the image of God. He was created in true righteousness,
knowledge, and holiness, with dominion over the creation. By Adam's sin, this image is defaced and
corrupted but cannot be eradicated in spite of man's rebellion against God.  His rebellion does not
erase of image of God, but makes him liable for judgment and the wrath of God, in whom he lives
and moves and has his being. He is a sinner precisely because he is the image of God and is called to
repentance, faith, and glory.  God loves His image, but hates its defilement and perversion and will
bring eternal wrath and judgment upon everyone who remains wedded to his wickedness.

John 8:  "21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in
your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come....  23  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am
from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die
in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins."

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