|Dr. Couch, what is the difference between humanism and liberalism?|
ANSWER: I guess I don't see much of a difference. But this may help: Humanism puts man before God. Liberalism generally throws away all rules and guidelines, especially the Judeo-Christian guideline and makes new laws as it goes along. Both terms are bedfellows in my opinion! And they both function together. Before he died, the Christian philosopher, Francis A. Schaeffer, saw our day coming. In fact it was "already here" when he began to write his many works on the Bible, culture, and history. He understood exactly what was going on. In his book A Christian View of the West he wrote:
The humanists push for "freedom," but having no Christian consensus to contain it, that "freedom" leads to chaos or to slavery under the state (or under an elite system). Humanism, with its lack of "any" final base for values or law, always leads to chaos. It then naturally leads to some form of authoritarianism to control the chaos. Having produced the sickness, humanism gives more of the same kind of medicine for a cure. With its mistaken concept of final reality, it has no intrinsic reason to be interested in the individual, the human being. Its natural interest is the two collectives, the state and society.
There is no turning back the onward march of humanism, liberalism, self-aggrandizement, immorality, and socialism in America. We have cut the ties of the Christian base and now have nothing to go back to. Judeo-Christianity to a degree was in the past, respected and seen as a foundation of the American society. That is now gone. And the sewer pipe spews forth rebellion and revolt, all coming out from our secular universities. Our secular universities are anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-Right-and-Wrong! We are moving deep into both the social and "religious" apostasy that will then lead the world under the anger, and the wrath of God—the seven year tribulation period. But the Scriptures make it clear, believers in Christ will not be here! We are to be removed from the "wrath that is on its way" (1 Thess. 1:10)!
Thanks for asking.
Mal Couch, Ph.D., Th.D.