Hello and welcome back!
I am just sitting here at my desk while reflecting on how beautiful God’s seasons are! I love all seasons but like most of you I am ready to see the trees blossom out and the flowers to bloom.
I’m sure that all of you who follow me on Facebook are aware that I have a new granddaughter who is turning 6 months old very soon! How could you NOT know with all the photos and videos that I have been posting!
Belle and I are gonna have one fine time on our first excursion into nature together soon!
She is getting old enough now to really begin to enjoy new things and to commune with the creation in awe and excitement as the freshly created do! I get to be a part of that wonderful mystery of life!
Can you sense my excitement? I am practically grinning ear to ear as I write this! I will give a special blog report along with photos when this wonderful event takes place! I can’t wait to share it with you!
Ok, enough of my granddaddy excitement! Let’s continue with our overview of the mainline worldviews in the world today. Remember, these overviews are not meant to be comprehensive but to present the worldviews that will be presented in much more detail in the book, 21st Century Confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose. The purpose of this book will be to present a 21st century apologetic (defending the Christian faith) and to show the 21st century of their need for Jesus Christ in a dying world.
This post begins a new worldview exploration. We will be considering the worldview of Cosmic Humanism. What is cosmic humanism? Another name that identifies cosmic humanism you may be more familiar with. That name is the New Age movement.
Cosmic humanism or new age movement sees God and the universe as the same. This concept of God is called pantheism. Pantheists believe that the terms God and the world are interchangeable.
This New Age worldview believes that the world is God and God is the world. Cosmic humanism sees the concept of God being everywhere at once to be impossible in the physical world unless he IS the physical world.
“Cosmic Humanism or New Age thinking appears to revolve around a Marxist platform.”
Cosmic humanism sees the world as heading towards a coming new age, an age of peace where all human beings come together in agreement or what they term the Age of Aquarius. The song, Age of Aquarius was written for the musical Hair in 1967 and recorded in 1969 by the musical group, The 5th Dimension in 1969. Cosmic humanism views everything that exists is God and the human being is a part of one whole which they state makes everything one. Bottom line, cosmic humanists are saying: “Mankind is divine, mankind is God.”
Cosmic humanism does not believe in the Bible as being the word of God anymore than is the Qur’an or any other manuscript. One outspoken cosmic humanist has been quoted as saying, “We can take all the scriptures, and all the teachings, and all the tablets, and all the laws, and all the marshmallows and have a jolly good bonfire and marshmallow roast, because that is all they are worth.” This direct quote can be found in his book, Reflections on the Christ published by Findhorn Publications in 1982 on page 73.
Although cosmic humanists believe in the supernatural, unlike the other humanists that we have discussed, they do NOT believe in a personal God that created mankind and the universe. Instead, they believe that THEY are God. They believe that God IS the creation of which they are like a cup of God that is everything similar to a cup of sea water which makes the cup of sea water the same as the sea.
The cosmic humanist believes that there is no objective truth handed down by a personal, objective God but that all truth comes from the individual because the individual is God.
Jonathan Adolph has made the following statement and I quote: “In its broadest sense, New Age thinking can be characterized as a form of utopianism, the desire to create a better society, a ‘New Age’ in which humanity lives in harmony with itself, nature, and the cosmos.”
According to the description above, cosmic humanism or new age thinking appears to revolve around a Marxist platform.
Here is a quote from a widely viewed website that supports the New Age movement:
“New Age teachings became popular during the 1970’s as a reaction against what some perceived as the failure of Christianity and the failure of Secular Humanism to provide spiritual and ethical guidance for the future. Its roots are traceable to many sources: Astrology, Channeling, Hinduism, Gnostic traditions, Hermeticism, Spiritual Alchemy, Spiritualism, Taoism, Theosophy, Wicca and other Neo-pagan traditions, along with various aspects of Alternative Science and Healing, etc.”
That wraps up our overview of cosmic humanism. This will allow you to be able to recognize this worldview’s main concepts regardless of what form you may find it.
Next post, we will consider the worldview of Atheism.
Until next time!
QUESTION: Can you see any connection between secular humanism and cosmic humanism in terms of the age old question, “What is truth?”