Are You God – Centered or Man – Centered?

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Every person that is ever born physically on this planet is influenced by people and events in their environment. This is important because knowing this will show that how a person views a concept, idea, or situation will be a reflection of the biases and influences formed in their life since they were born. As Christians, we too bring our influences and biases into our walk with God. Scripture says that we should die to ourselves and this means that our influences and biases and opinions should die also. Jesus now lives in us therefore what matters to the flesh no longer apply.

A good illustration of this would be how we view the nature of man versus how a humanist would view it.  A Christian would view the nature of man in the way that the Bible says. God created Adam. When Adam sinned, sin entered into the world. When a person is born physically, they are spiritually dead. No person is born seeking after God. People can do nothing to save themselves. God must draw people to himself. A prayer does not save people and our faith does not save them either. There is nothing man can do to earn salvation. Salvation is a free gift from God. When this free gift is received, God considers us justified. “All who are justified will one day be glorified. Our justification (past) and glorification (future) depend entirely on God alone.

But in the interim, we all have a great deal of trouble with obedience. We easily stray from the path of righteousness and do not always follow biblical patterns of behavior.”[1] Christians will one day be glorified, made perfect by God. Until that time comes, they are to walk in the path of obedience that shows they are the tree that produces the fruit of Righteousness.

Secular humanists, on the other hand, disregard both God and scripture. This view exalts a man-centered system leaving no room for a personal relationship with an almighty and holy God. Self must be satisfied. Human interests and values are of great concern because the goal is to help the client find happiness. These secular humanists can try all they want to find this sense of well-being however; they will never be truly satisfied or truly happy.

The apostle John says it better than this writer can express. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” John 3:36.[2] This writer prays that these secular humanists will one day see the light of God’s Word and be drawn to it. It would be awesome to know that these humanists had a real life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ and that they choose now to seek pleasure, purpose, significance, meaning and desire from God above anything this world has to offer.

[1]                Dr. Larry Crabb, Effective Biblical Counseling, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1977), 25.

[2]                Unless otherwise notated, the ESV version of the Bible is used.