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2 TITLE: Is Man Is the Measure of all Things? TEXT: Psalm 8, Romans 3:10-23 THEME: Man’s greatness can only be found in the greatness of God’s grace.

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4 Dallas Willard "There are four great questions every human being must adopt an answer for in order to live."

5 Dallas Willard "There are four great questions every human being must adopt an answer for in order to live." –What is real?

6 Dallas Willard "There are four great questions every human being must adopt an answer for in order to live." –What is real? –Who has the good life?

7 Dallas Willard "There are four great questions every human being must adopt an answer for in order to live." –What is real? –Who has the good life? –Who is a good person?

8 Dallas Willard "There are four great questions every human being must adopt an answer for in order to live." –What is real? –Who has the good life? –Who is a good person? –How do you become a genuinely good person?

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10 What is the true nature of man?

11 I. A Secular Humanist View of Man A. Humanism Defined: A Humanist is someone who is interested in the intellectual and academic disciplines called humanities- so called because they deal with human nature in its fullness, the non-rational side of man as well as the rational. These have typically included literature, history, the fine-arts, philosophy and sometimes theology

12 I. A Secular Humanist View of Man B.Secular Humanism Defined: It is the addition of the word “secular” where the contrast begins and is to the Christian an oxymoron. The word “secular comes from the Latin word “saeculum” which means time or age. To call something secular is to call it time bound, a creature of history with no vision of eternity.

13 Humanist Manifesto I and II Principles in Conflict The universe is self-existing and not created HMI

14 Humanist Manifesto I and II Principles in Conflict The universe is self-existing and not created HMI There are no eternal values or outside enforcer of values. The only morality is that which emerges from human experience. HMI

15 Humanist Manifesto I and II Principles in Conflict The universe is self-existing and not created HMI There are no eternal values or outside enforcer of values. The only morality is that which emerges from human experience. HMI Man has only the here and now. HMI

16 Humanist Manifesto I and II Principles in Conflict The universe is self-existing and not created HMI There are no eternal values or outside enforcer of values. The only morality is that which emerges from human experience. HMI Man has only the here and now. HMI Man alone can fulfill his own dreams and pursue his own achievements apart from the involvement of a supreme being. HMI

17 Humanist Manifesto I and II Principles in Conflict In some cases it is possible to believe in a God abstractly as long as you do not act or think as if he exists. HMI

18 Humanist Manifesto I and II Principles in Conflict In some cases it is possible to believe in a God abstractly as long as you do not act or think as if he exists. HMI Traditional dogmatic or authoritarian religions that place revelation, God, ritual or creed about human need or experience do a disservice to the human species. HMII

19 Humanist Manifesto I and II Principles in Conflict We can discover no divine purpose for the human species. No deity can or will save us- we must save ourselves. HMII

20 Humanist Manifesto I and II Principles in Conflict We can discover no divine purpose for the human species. No deity can or will save us- we must save ourselves. HMII Traditional religions are sexuality repressive and do damage to mans psyche. HMII

21 Key promoters of Secular humanism. Francois Arouet (Voltaire)Philosopher Karl MarxEconomist TolstoyGeneral LeninPresident Sigmund FreudPsychologist Friedrich NietzschePhilosopher

22 Key promoters of Secular humanism. Adolph Hitler Jean-Paul SartrePhilosopher Francis CrickScientist Albert Ellis/KinseySexologists Guttmacher/Sanger

23 Key promoters of Secular humanism. Betty FreidanAuthor Isaac AsimovAuthor B.F. SkinnerPsychiatrist Carl RogersPsychiatrist John DeweyPhilosopher

24 C. Secular Humanisms View of Christianity

25 1.Hostile

26 Bill O’Rielly Interviewing Bill Maher.

27 Voltaire “This is what fools have written, what imbeciles comment, what rogues teach, and what you children are made to learn by heart. And the scholar who is filled with indignation and is irritated by the most abominable absurdities that have ever disgraced human nature, is called, “blasphemer!””

28 Paul Kurtz “Humanism cannot in any fair sense of the word apply to one who still believes in God as the source and creator of the universe… (Humanism) is squarely in opposition to the movements which seek to impose an orthodoxy of belief and morality.”

29 Karl Marx “Religion is the opiate of the people.”

30 Charles Darwin “I can hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true

31 Friedrich Nietzsche “Christianity should not be beautiful or embellished; it has waged deadly war against this higher type of man (the perfected man of secular humanism) … Christianity has sided with all that is weak and base with al its failures.”

32 C. Secular Humanisms View of Christianity 1.Hostile 2.Responsible for history evils

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34 What is the true nature of man?

35 II.Problems with Secular Humanism (Romans 3:10-23) A. Shift from focus on God and Heaven to Earth and Man.. –Hitchcock, “Genuine human progress and fulfillment must be based on the recognition that man is dependent on God.”

36 II.Problems with Secular Humanism (Romans 3:10-23) A.Shift from focus on God and Heaven to Earth and Man. B. No meaning or purpose beyond this life.

37 II.Problems with Secular Humanism (Romans 3:10-23) A.Shift from focus on God and Heaven to Earth and Man. B. No meaning or purpose beyond this life. Pascal, “Science (and secular humanism) might become anti-humanistic, by reducing man to a mere speck in the universe.

38 II.Problems with Secular Humanism (Romans 3:10-23) A.Shift from focus on God and Heaven to Earth and Man. B. No meaning or purpose beyond this life. C. Diminishes the sinfulness of man

39 II.Problems with Secular Humanism (Romans 3:10-23) A.Shift from focus on God and Heaven to Earth and Man. B. No meaning or purpose beyond this life. C. Diminishes the sinfulness of man Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

40 II.Problems with Secular Humanism (Romans 3:10-23) A.Shift from focus on God and Heaven to Earth and Man. B. No meaning or purpose beyond this life. C. Diminishes the sinfulness of man D. Condemns Christianity while ignoring the evil its own history

41 II.Problems with Secular Humanism (Romans 3:10-23) D.Condemns Christianity while ignoring the evil its own history. Voltaire and Lafayette Marx, Trotsky, Lenin and Stalin Hitler Mao Tse Tung Khmer Rouge

42 II.Problems with Secular Humanism (Romans 3:10-23) A.Shift from focus on God and Heaven to Earth and Man. B. No meaning or purpose beyond this life. C. Diminishes the sinfulness of man D. Condemns Christianity while ignoring the evil its own history E. Secular Humanism is a betrayal true humanism.

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44 What is the true nature of man?

45 III.A Biblical View of Man: Psalm 8 Man is created a little lower than “elohim.” A.Man bears God’s Image: Genesis 1:26 says “let us make man in our own image”

46 III.A Biblical View of Man: Psalm 8 A. Man bears God’s Image: B. Man is the apex of God’s creation:

47 III.A Biblical View of Man: Psalm 8 A. Man bears God’s Image: B. Man is the apex of God’s creation: Man is by nature sinful, self centered and prone to deception. God values man so much he has made the supreme sacrifice to redeem him.

48 III.A Biblical View of Man: Psalm 8 A. Man bears God’s Image: B. Man is the apex of God’s creation: C. Man is by nature sinful, self centered and prone to deception

49 III.A Biblical View of Man: Psalm 8 A. Man bears God’s Image: B. Man is the apex of God’s creation: C. Man is by nature sinful, self centered and prone to deception D. God values man so much he has made the supreme sacrifice to redeem him.

50 Peter Hitchens Rogier van der Weyden The Last Judgment

51 Peter Hitchens, Rogier van der Weyden “…I peered at the naked figures fleeing toward the pit of hell...These people did not appear remote or from the ancient past; they were my own generation… They were me and the people I knew… I had absolutely no doubt that I was among the damned, if there were any damned.”

52 Four great questions worldview questions 1. What is real? Christianity says that God is real. He is truth and he is the sources of all truth. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me. We cannot understand what is real unless we start with God.

53 Four great questions worldview questions 2. Who has the good life?  For the Christian the good life is found by growing and living in union with God in a mutually loving relationship.

54 Four great questions worldview questions 3. Who is a good person? A person is declared good and righteous when he places his faith and trust in Jesus Christ. It says, “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

55 Four great questions worldview questions 4. How do you become a genuinely good person? Romans 8 says we become good by living under the law of the Spirit of God.

56 Peter Hitchens “And in all my experiences in life, I have seldom seen a more powerful argument for the fallen nature of man, and his inability to achieve perfection, than those countries in which man sets himself up to replace God with the state” pg. 152.

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58 Philosopher A.N. Wilson When I took part in the procession last Sunday and heard the Gospel being chanted, I assented to it with complete simplicity. My own return to faith has surprised no one more than myself. Why did I return to it? Partially, perhaps it is no more than the confidence I have gained with age. Rather than being cowed by them, I relish the notion that, by asserting a belief in the risen Christ, I am defying all the liberal clever-clogs on the block. …

59 Philosopher A.N. Wilson But there is more to it than that. My belief has come about in large measure because of the lives and examples of people I have known—not the famous, not saints, but friends and relations who have lived, and faced death, in the light of the Resurrection story, or in the quiet acceptance that they have a future after they die. …

60 Philosopher A.N. Wilson Sadly, [the secularists] have all but accepted that only stupid people actually believe in Christianity, and that the few intelligent people left in the churches are there only for the music or believe it all in some symbolic or contorted way which, when examined, turns out not to be belief after all. As a matter of fact, I am sure the opposite is the case and that materialist atheism is not merely an arid creed, but totally irrational.

61 Philosopher A.N. Wilson Materialist atheism says we are just a collection of chemicals. It has no answer whatsoever to the question of how we should be capable of love or heroism or poetry if we are simply animated pieces of meat. The Resurrection, which proclaims that matter and spirit are mysteriously conjoined, is the ultimate key to who we are.

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