Posted by: forbygrace | March 12, 2009

Modern Distortions

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to teach a lesson on how humanism has affected the church over the last 100 years or so.  Humanism is a philosophy that ascribes all meaning in life to man–his happiness, goals and accomplishments.  The way in which a humanistic philosophy affects our thinking is very subtle and the Christian is not immune. You see it’s disastrous results in a message that speaks to me, myself and I more than Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that speaks to happiness and satisfaction more than righteousness and sanctification.

The new path will help you understand how to be more happy and satisfied by following Him.  The old path will lead you to know Him and consequently you will be satisfied.  The pursuit of the old path is Him, not what He can give us.

If you do a word search for happiness in the bible and then do one for righteousness, here is what you get:

In the NASB:    Happiness-4     Righteousness-299

In the NIV:     Happiness-6     Righteousness-299

In the NKJV:    Happiness-2     Righteousness-301

IN the ESV: Happiness-2     Righteousness-273

As you meditate on scripture ask yourself how many of the people we read about would be happy by our standards.  How many would be looked upon as proof the Christian life “works”?  Would Job, Jeremiah or Noah–who labored for 120 years as a preacher of righteousness and only 7 came into the ark?  What about the New Testament saints who were often in poverty and suffering extreme persecution?

True happiness begins with pursuing God not by pursuing happiness.  God does make man happy but it is a happiness that is not of this world and that the world does not understand.

Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.  Jeremiah 6:16

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