You may be thinking, “Humanism sounds to me like good Christianity. The Christian worldview you are talking about sounds strict and demanding. It does not seem very “nice”….or “full of grace”….or “loving and accepting of everyone”! Doesn’t God’s Word say to walk in love?”
Yes, God’s second commandment is to love one another as He loves us. God’s kind of love “speaks the truth in love”. Look at Ephesians 4: 11-16….(my notes in parentheses)
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers (these leaders particularly need to be alert to and stand against deception, corruption, infiltration of outside worldview), for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (to lift people up to better life by His standards), till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (to have God’s worldview and live in it); that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting (that we not be confused, deceived, and misled), but, SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in LOVE.(correction and instruction in His absolutes are true love)”
If I know someone is walking into certain danger, is it more loving, full of grace and mercy, and of real help to tell someone the truth that their path is leading to trouble, destruction, and possible death …or should I just be nice, bless them, and encourage them on their journey? The Bible tells us to “speak the truth in love”. Absolute truth is demanding because it is true. Everything else is a lie, not true, and leads to destruction. Just because something is socially acceptable does not make it right (righteous). Just because someone says they have a Christian worldview, does not make all they say correct. We must search out truth according to God’s Word. People can think wrong and go wrong. Making way for people to go wrong is not true love.
Proverbs 11:19, “As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.”
Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Romans 1: 28-32, “ And even as they did not like to retain God in their KNOWLEDGE, God gave them over to a DEBASED MIND, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also APPROVE of those who PRACTICE them.”
The truth is demanding because it is actually true and demands to be followed for success. It is real love to tell someone the truth, even when it hurts or is not what they want to hear, because that way they can avoid destruction and find a new path to good life. Real love risks rejection and persecution so that the one loved might seek and find a better righteous (right and true way) life. The twisted truth is showing sympathy and talking about love and understanding while allowing as human compassion….this is the counterfeit love and hoax of global humanitarian humanism…..estimating man to be god unto himself, where truth is relative to his own desires. Satan tempted Eve to eat of this fruit so that she could be like God!