CNN reported this week on a church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This church meeting seems like many other churches across the country. Music is played, someone gives announcements, an offering is collected, and a speaker talks about the importance of compassion and community.
There is one thing missing in this service each Sunday. What’s missing? God. This is the weekly meeting of the Humanist Community at Harvard University. This service is the idea of Harvard’s humanist chaplain. If you aren’t familiar with the humanist worldview, they believe that people can lead ethical lives and lives of personal fulfillment without God.
One humanist church singer, Shelley Segal, said this about their humanist church and worldview, I don’t believe in a great power to say thank you to. But that won’t take away from my gratitude.
So now I must ask who then should receive Segal’s gratitude? How can you say that you don’t believe in being thankful to God but you won’t let that take away from your gratitude? This is a non sequitur…in other words; this is an argument where the conclusion does not follow the basic premise of the argument. You see, it simply does not follow that there is no object for your gratitude. Gratitude by definition has an object.
The world is full of competing worldviews that frankly have no logical conclusions to their arguments. When you hear about various worldviews, follow them to their logical conclusions. Ask questions. You’ll be surprised at how many worldviews collapse under scrutiny.
We shouldn’t be surprised at all the false teachings and false worldviews we see today. 2 Peter 2:1 tells us this, But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.
So question worldviews that oppose a Christian worldview. Compare these to scripture, look logically at what arguments are presented and don’t be afraid to always ask people how they know their worldview is true. You’ll be surprised at the many illogical responses you will receive.