Bible Reading: Revelation 21:1-8
Key Verse: Verse 1 - "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”
Key Words: I saw a new heaven and a new earth
According to the Council for Secular Humanism, within the United States, the term “Secular Humanism” describes a world view with the following elements and principles:
- Need to test beliefs – A conviction that dogmas, ideologies and traditions, whether religious, political or social, must be weighed and tested by each individual and not simply accepted by faith.
- Reason, evidence, scientific method – A commitment to the use of critical reason, factual evidence and scientific methods of inquiry in seeking solutions to human problems and answers to important human questions.
- Fulfillment, growth, creativity – A primary concern with fulfillment, growth and creativity for both the individual and humankind in general.
- Search for truth – A constant search for objective truth, with the understanding that new knowledge and experience constantly alter our imperfect perception of it.
- This life – A concern for this life (as opposed to an afterlife) and a commitment to making it meaningful through better understanding of ourselves, our history, our intellectual and artistic achievements, and the outlooks of those who differ from us.
- Ethics – A search for viable individual, social and political principles of ethical conduct, judging them on their ability to enhance human well-being and individual responsibility.
- Building a better world – A conviction that with reason, an open exchange of ideas, good will, and tolerance, progress can be made in building a better world for ourselves and our children.
- Need to test beliefs – What is the “rule” or guide by which one tests their beliefs? We, as believers, as well believe in testing our beliefs, but not by our own standard but by God’s Word (I John 4:1; II Corinthians 10:12).
- Reason, evidence, scientific method – We believe without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).
- Fulfillment, growth, creativity – “For without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
- Search for truth – John 1:17 and 14:6.
- This life – Luke 12:19-21; Revelation 3:17.
- Ethics – How about Galatians 5:22-23? Sounds pretty responsible to me!
- Building a better world – God has that planned, too! Revelation 21:1-5
What to do:
✞ Look to Jesus. He’s got all things under control.
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