The Greatest Threat to Mankind

I think I have figured out why most people could care less
about the proliferation of injustice in the world…

Their focus is on their own self interests and the pursuit of pleasure. To care  more about others would mean they would have to care less about themselves.

Many people have various ideas as to what constitutes the greatest threat to mankind. But in the final analysis, it is as cartoonist Walt Kelly said in his POGO comic strip on Earth Day, 1971; “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

The philosophy of Humanism puts forth “the denial of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity; the rejection of religion in favor of a belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts” Source: The Free Dictionary

According to Wikipedia:

Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over established doctrine or faith (fideism). The meaning of the term humanism has fluctuated, according to the successive intellectual movements which have identified with it.

Basically, most humanists today believe that we (humans) are capable of dealing with life on our own terms, via reason and science. Most humanists believe that we are evolving socially toward a Utopian future. They blame religion and theistic thought as “the proverbial monkey-wrench” that impedes our social and technological progress. On the surface, one might be tempted to agree with such reasoning. However, a close inspection of the facts reveals that throughout history, people have created, used, and abused, various methods and institutions, as a means of coercing and controlling people and their social environment. So in all truth, it is humans who are impeding their own progress. It is in the advancement of personal self-interest wherein the problems lies.

The heart of the problem is the heart of mankind
– individually and collectively.

A sincere and honest examination of human history bears this out. Even the Bible illuminates this fact repeatedly. Every time mankind seeks to exercise its independence from God, history takes a turn for the worse — even when it is purportedly done in the name of God.

Man’s inhumanity to man has not only been done in the name of God — it has been done under various philosophical, ideological, social and political umbrellas, tents, and camps.

Left to its own devices, mankind will never be able to agree on what is best for everyone, because everyone has their own idea of what is best, based on their own self-interests. The bottom line is, no matter what banner we use to rally the troops, if it is devoid of God, it will fail — usually sooner, rather than later.

Image credit: Terminator 2: Zade Rosenthal

Think of the scene near the end of the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where the androids are destroyed in the molten iron ore. As the Terminator melts, it morphs and struggles to survive, but ultimately, it is destroyed. This is what becomes of every attempt by mankind to  “create a better world” that is devoid of God.

Humanism fails because it lifts mankind above its Creator, as did Lucifer, the most magnificent angel of all — and look how that turned our for him and his followers. A special place of destruction was created for Lucifer and the angels who rebelled against God with him – much the same end for them as the android in Terminator 2.

So contrary to Humanistic thought, the greatest enemy to mankind is not God and those who honestly and sincerely strive to live according to his teachings. Rather it is living as though we are our own gods and have no need of our Creator.

In all truth, the greatest enemy of mankind, is the heart of mankind
when it tries to live as though God does not exist.


Karl Rhoads

I am a Married, Forgiven, Imperfect Follower of Christ. I am a recovered alcoholic (since July 12, 1999) and an ordained minister of the Gospel of Christ (since July 6, 2002). I have been saved from the grave (more then a few times) by the loving hand of the God and Father of our Lord, Christ Jesus. My heart's desire is to meet the needs of others with the love of Christ as he directs and enables me to do so.

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